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Top Stadium Foods in Denver

September 12, 2012 6:00 AM

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chilidog Top Stadium Foods in Denver

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Denver is sports town that loves its food. This means Denverites  want, and expect something more than a foil wrapped hot dog and giant soft drink. Whether your passion is football, baseball, basketball, lacrosse or hockey, Denver’s stadium food is championship quality for the foodie in you.

Coors Field
2001 Blake St.
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 292-0200
colorado.rockies.mlb.com

Coors Field is home to our Colorado Rockies, and while there’s nothing more American than baseball, hotdogs and peanuts, these concession stands are always here in case you’re looking to change it up a bit. Check out the stadium map to find these eateries.

Wazee Market
Section 137

In addition to expected baseball fare, the menu here includes wood-fired hand tossed pizzas, hot paninis, chicken parmesan sandwiches, Italian sausage and sub sandwiches with garlic parmesan fries. A full bar with Colorado craft beers, cocktails and wine is also available. For the sweet tooth on your bench, there is also cheesecake and gelato.

Helton Burger Shack
Section 153

Forget the frozen patties slapped on the griddle and kept warm under a heat lamp. Helton Burger Shack makes made to order burgers with a home-run side of Helton fried of onion rings and a thick shake.

Blue Moon Brewery
Section 111

This full service restaurant is only open during games starting 90-minutes prior to the national anthem, and closes 20 minutes after the game ends. Barbeque is the name of the game at Blue Moon, including chopped brisket and pulled pork sandwiches or pulled beef piled onto a mountain of nachos or baked potato. Blue Moon is the beer of choice here as well. Take note: the bar section closes in the 7th inning.

Mountain Ranch Club Bar and Grille
Mountain Ranch Club

Regulars to the Mountain Ranch Club will baulk, because their secret is out. This is a little known pocket of luxury at Coors Field. Any ticket holder (Rock Pile included) can gain access to the restaurant, but getting a table isn’t as easy. Season ticket holders have priority and all others can call in two-business days prior to the homestead. If you don’t have reservations, there is a long counter that looks out over the games, tables and a bar. The menu is upscale pub food, with steaks prime rib and comfort food platters of ribs, meatloaf and fried chicken. Yes, you can still get a hot dog or burger, too. The create your own salad, prepared by a chef, is always a good choice for healthier-minded eaters. Mountain Ranch Club can be found from the Gate B elevator behind section 111 (the elevator behind section 114). Game tickets are required for access.

Pepsi Center
1000 Chopper Circle
Denver CO 80204
(303) 405-1100
pepsicenter.com

Fans will tell you there is virtually no bad seat at the Pepsi Center, nor bad food. From nachos to pulled pork barbeque, you can’t go wrong with the vendors that are wall-to-wall around the entire concourse. Here are a few top notch vendors and restaurants you may not have considered.

Arena Bowl
General access

For the foodie sports lover, this made to order pasta spot is pure comfort Italian style. Fresh penne pasta is tossed to order with your choice of either a spicy marinara sauce or a savory white wine cream sauce and grilled chicken or spicy Italian sausage. The pasta is finished with fresh basil and shaved parmesan cheese.

Big Stack BBQ Chicken Nachos
General access

House-made thick cut tortilla chips smothered with a pico de gallo infused white cheese sauce. Fresh roasted shredded chicken, fresh cut jalapeños, and savory sweet BBQ sauce, top it off for a unique take on a sports fan’s favorite.

Chopped Bacon Cheeseburger
General access

This meat lover’s paradise starts with warm flat bread loaded with ground beef and sautéed onions. It is smothered in white cheese sauce, bacon crumbles and the chef’s own “Pickle De Gallo.

Blue Sky Grill
East side of the Pepsi Center near the box office

The Blue Sky Grill looks as if someone crammed a mountain lodge into the steel and glass Pepsi Center. This rustically elegant restaurant may make you forget where you are, but the menu will bring you back home. The menu is game-on steak house fare, with buffalo tenderloin, Colorado elk sausage rigatoni and beef ribeye steaks. For lighter appetites, there are grilled steak tacos, wings, burgers and sandwiches and salads. Reservations are recommended.

The Ridgeline
Club Level across from sections 228-232

This is a Club level suite and courtside only ticket holder restaurants. The Ridgeline has slate flooring, granite countertops and an open fireplace that looks much like a ski lodge. The dining room of The Ridgeline also features a large, outdoor patio which offers views of the mountains before the sun goes down and the downtown skyline at nightfall. Executive Chef am Carlsen offers up a rotating menu of specialty dishes.

Denver Post Newsroom
Club Level

The Denver Post Newsroom is a casual eating and bar area with leather chairs and soft lighting. The menu changes regularly, but includes appetizers, sandwiches and entrees.

Sport Authority Field at Mile High
1701 Bryant St, Suite 700
Denver, CO 80204
(720) 258-3000
www.sportsauthorityfieldatmilehigh.com

Football season calls for heartier foods that keep you warm in a cold snap and keep your attention when the game is just too good to ignore. These mile-high vendors are a few fan favorites.

Red Zone
Section 321

For barbeque that puts tailgaters to shame, try the pork ribs, smoked beef brisket, pulled pork or hot-link sandwich from Red Zone. Wash it down with sweet tea or a fresh lemonade or sweet tea.

Colorado Fare
Sections 1131, 132 and 133

Colorado street fare is the theme here with steak sandwiches, street tacos and nachos con carne. You’ll also find stadium staples like hot dogs, peanuts and other snacks.

Jalapeño Heaven
Sections 103, 107, 503 and 539

Mexican favorites include tamales, smothered burritos, specialty nachos, taquitos, churros and, of course margaritas. Muy beuno.

Bard’s Tail
Sections 103,321,325,506

Gluten-free beer and a variety of premium and micro brewed beers on tap and in bottles, also serves margaritas and a selection of wine.

Note that the locations of some concession stands are subject to change.

Kimberly Lord Stewart is a food author and journalist for CBS Denver local, Organic Food Reporter for Examiner.com, and the Food, Wine and Spirits editor for Denver Life magazine. Her book, “Eating Between the Lines” tells readers about the truth and myths of food labeling. Stewart is the recipient of two Association of Food Journalist awards for food news reporting and the Jessie Neal Business Journalism award. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.
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