Tuesday was food day U.S. Bank Stadium, where media members were allowed to enter the gates and try all the foods the $1 billion home to the Vikings has to offer.
From baked chicken wings to smoked chicken nachos and something called the Italian Grinder Sandwich, some of us here at BringMeTheNews along with Ben, Dana and Giselle from the Go 96.3 morning show bib'd up and chowed down.
These are our top 10 selections based the combined score of five of us giving 1-10 marks. Fifty points is a perfect score.
- Baked Chicken Wings - 50 points (Chappy's Street Eats)
- Fried Chicken Tacos - 45 points (Rusty Taco)
- Petit Fried Chicken Sandwich - 43.5 points (Revival)
- Gourmet Mini Cinnamon Rolls - 40 points (Cinnie Smiths)
- Smoked Chicken Nachos - 39 points (Twin Cities Foodie)
- Italian Grinder Sandwich - 38 points
- Hand-dipped Truffles - 37 points (Just Truffles)
- German Bratwurst - 33.5 points (Kramarczuk's)
- The Prairie Dog - 31 points (Prairie Dogs)
- Italian Porchetta Sandwich - 29.5 points
We also tried these amazing T-Rex Cookies (they're huge and use a slogan of "#sizematters") and everyone fell in love with the taste. The same goes for Lola's Cafe's dry rubbed and sweet chicken wings.
Here's a list of all the local vendors, via U.S. Bank Stadium's official food release. Click to link to see more local vendors you'll get at the stadium.
- A Peace of Cake (St. Paul, MN): Assorted nut mixes and various savory snacks.
- Alimama Catering (St. Paul, MN): Mediterranean and North African cuisine.
- Be Graceful Bakery & Catering (Edina, MN): Specialty sandwiches and hoagies.
- Chappy Street Eats (White Bear Lake, MN): Gluten-free fare.
- Chocolat Celeste (St. Paul, MN): Hand-crafted, artisan chocolates.
- Cinnie Smiths (McGregor, MN): Gourmet mini cinnamon rolls.
- Curds & Cakes (Foreston, MN): Cheese curds.
- Gramsky’s Sandwiches (Brooklyn Park, MN): Unique line of homemade sandwiches with a Midwest flare.
- Just Truffles (St. Paul, MN): Assorted, hand-dipped truffles.
- Kramarczuck’s Sausage Company (Minneapolis, MN): Handmade sausages made with time-honored methods and traditional recipes.
- Lola’s Cafe (Minneapolis, MN): Dry rubbed and sweet chicken wings, featuring Lola’s signature spice.
- Murray’s Steakhouse (Minneapolis, MN): A landmark steakhouse in downtown Minneapolis, home of the famous Silver Butter Knife Steak.
- Prairie Dogs (Minneapolis, MN): Artisan hot dogs and handcrafted sausage, made with locally raised meats.
- Thomasina’s Cashew Brittle (Minneapolis, MN): Handmade natural, preservative free and gluten-free brittle.
- T-Rex Cookie Company (Minneapolis, MN):Fresh baked half pound cookies.
- R Taco (Minneapolis, MN): Distinctive fast-casual tacos.
The foods are really, really good. We don't know how much they'll cost at Vikings games, but you're going to like your options.