Chowing Down At Bucs GamesAugust 16th, 2014
OK, this afternoon is devoted not just to the Bucs, but to #FGU. Not sure what that hashtag is? Follow Joe on Twitter or his good friend, @CommishOnline, Justin Pawlowski, and you will know.
In short, the hashtag is a celebration of good grub. Man food. There is no such thing as an #FGU salad. Such an item does not exist.
Earlier this week, Joe was invited to take part in the food tasting of the new offerings at the Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway. The outlets are located on the 100 level concourse, the first concourse you get to when you enter the Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway.
Let Joe just say the food there is a significant upgrade over the fare that was previously offered at Bucs games. Significantly. Below are just a few highlights of food that Joe really liked, saving the best for last.
Pastrami sandwich: You may think this is no big deal, but when have you had a loaded pastrami sandwich, grilled, at a football game? It was quite good and the best thing about it is this sandwich was loaded with kraut. So, in the first quarter if you have an annoying Dixie Chicks fan or a fan of the Stinking Panthers sitting next to you, go buy a pastrami sandwich (make sure it has kraut) and down a few beers. By the second half, you will have chased that a-hole fan away. Either that, or he/she is going to be hating life and will never want to return to Tampa Bay.
Andouille sausage: Not a sandwich, but put in the middle of a hoagie topped with trinity relish and creole mustard. New Orleans is the center of the #FGU universe. Need Joe say more?
Tequila pizza: Very good. Perfect crust. Not too soft or soggy, not too crisp. Joe could easily taste the lime on the pizza (which comes with a white cheese of some sort). The tequila? Not so much. Still, it’s quite good.
Soft serve ice cream: Need to keep your significant other happy or shut up the kids? Here you go. No further comment needed.
Sweet potato fries: Joe’s second favorite item. These were really, really, really good. Sweet, crunchy crust and tender on the inside. Just right. They go with anything, especially…
Ham and cheese bocadillo: This was outstanding! Joe had never, ever heard of a “bocadillo” and it sounded like either some rodent native to Texas or something you would find in an, ahem, adult store. The name alone sounded anything but appetizing. Ham and cheese? Eh, how boring?
It was dynamite!!! The cheese is melted manchego, the ham serrano and served on Cuban bread. The kicker here was the roasted red pepper. This was by far the best sandwich available. If the Bucs sold this on the street on weekdays, Joe would drive over there right now to buy one. It’s that damned good!
So there is a quick rundown on the upgraded grub at the Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway. If you only get one item, buy the ham and cheese bocadillo and thank Joe later. You are welcome.
(Oh, and there four “Swashbuckler Bar” locations on the 100-level concourse that offer craft beers, wine and frozen drinks).