Sure, all those master chefs out in parking lots can sling food with the best of them. No disrespect intended. However, once you pass through the stadium gates, you can find some pretty epic chowdown options. So, grab a napkin and let's take a tour of some of the NFL's most interesting stadium food -- Sid Saraf
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Kansas City -- Tailgate Sandwich
Sunday is the classic brunch day, so why not get your breakfast and lunch in one place? This Arrowhead Stadium behemoth (found in the Gridiron Express stands) has burnt ends -- BURNT ENDS!! -- with cheddar cheese sauce, beer grain syrup, bacon and a fried egg for good measure. It's all stacked on a piece of fried bread. Chow down on this and you're ready to go ... probably for the rest of the day.
Cleveland -- Bad to the Bone Bologna
When FirstEnergy Stadium executive chef Steve Aheimer wanted to pay tribute to the Dawg Pound, this is what popped out of his head. Do you like bologna? If you don't, you will now. Here's some fried all-beef bologna cut into Dawg bone shapes, American cheese, pickles and a secret spicy sauce on a soft roll. You'll get some chips and a bologna cheese sauce (why not?) on the side. Epic.
Tennessee -- Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich
You start with some spicy, breaded chicken breast and then you add lettuce, tomato, red onion and pickles. Serve it with a side of blue cheese and you're ready to go. Look for Logan's Roadhouse on the 100 and 300 levels at Nissan Stadium to find this crowd-pleaser.
Philadelphia -- The Quick & Carmichael
You'll want to get your hands on this with the speed of the sandwich's namesakes: legendary Eagles receivers Mike Quick and Harold Carmichael. Philly might be famous for cheesesteaks, but there's nothing wrong with cherry pulled pork combined with maple sugar smoked pulled chicken that's topped with a fist of slaw on a potato roll. You also get your choice of KC style or Carolina vinegar barbecue sauce. You might need a nap afterwards, but you'll snooze with a smile.
Pittsburgh -- Italian loaf sandwich
Jeet jet? Good, because if you're sitting in the East and West club sections at Heinz Field, you're going to need a big appetite to tackle this monster. Here's what happens when you take italian bread and fill it with ham, cappicola, buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes, onions, lettuce and giardiniera. That plus a beer equals good times.
Indianapolis -- Jumbo Pork Tenderloin Sandwich
If you've ever visited the Hoosier State, you know they take their pork seriously. And this jumbo-sized number at Lucas Oil Stadium is simply breaded tenderloin with lettuce, tomato and red onions served with a side a fries. Loosen that belt, folks.
Tampa Bay -- Red Sail Dog
Who doesn't love a little eatin' and plunderin'? While sitting under the Florida sun for a few hours, you might as well add a little heat. This dog comes topped with Sriracha mustard, red sauerkraut and scallion curls on a split-top bun. You'll have to be on the 100 level to discover this booty, so get after it.
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Carolina: The Hog Molly
Out of the mouth of angels, right? When Panthers GM Dave Gettleman stated that he wanted to stack his team with "Hog Mollies," or big players like the ones on the offensive and defensive lines, concessions company Delaware North was listening. Here is what they gave birth to: Eight ounces of brisket, french-friend onions, creamy slaw, barbecue sauce, pickled jalapeno peppers and four slices of bacon on a kaiser roll. And on Gettleman's orders, this sandwich will "drip down your arm." All for $12! You'll need to be on the 500 level at Bank of America Stadium to find this piece of heaven.
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Detroit -- Ford Field Beef Pasty
If you've ever been to Michigan, you might notice a certain popular dish. The pasty is basically a baked meat pie, similar to the kinds you can find in England. And they're good. If you find yourself at a Lions game this fall, you'll find this brand new option. This bad boy weighs in at three pounds and is stuffed to the rafters with ground beef, potatoes, carrots, onions, celery and rutabaga. It's served with a side of gravy. It's priced at a cool $17, but that's what you would expect to pay for three pounds of food at a restaurant.
San Francisco -- Bao Sampler
You know you're going to find something cool in a Bay Area stadium. Who doesn't love steamed buns? Here you've got three options when it comes to filling: Peking duck with hoisin sauce and fried green onions, Korean BBQ pork belly spicy kim chi mayo and slaw and finally, black vinegar-braised portobello with sriracha sauce and pickled cucumber. And of course, you're going to need some pickled daikon radish and fried lotus root chips on the side.
MetLife Stadium: The 'Kitchen Sink' Sandwich
It doesn't matter if you're there to see the Giants or the Jets. This sandwich doesn't discriminate and is always available. You've got three kinds of meat here: Thumann's hot dogs, Premio chicken and sweet italian sausage. Then you add some fried potatoes, hot cherry peppers and onions and put it all on a baguette. This is serious business, folks. This sandwich isn't messing around.
Houston -- 'No Bull' Chicken Stack
Feast your eyes on this creation from celebrity chef Grady Spears. Houston Texans fans are known for not taking any 'bull' in their house -- NRG Stadium. So, this sandwich pays tribute to that spirit by taking Hill Country smoked chicken and topping it with candied bacon, Texas jack cheese, cranberry mayo and arugula on a Sheila Partin jalapeno roll. Oh, and you get some kettle chips on the side. If you have tickets in the 100 level, you can find this masterpiece. That's the stuff of legend right there.
Minnesota -- 40 for 60 Burger
Legendary Vikings quarterback Joe Kapp had a gameday philosophy: 40 men playing as one for 60 mintes. That's a point of view that is expertly applied to this burger. Here we have a patty made out of 40 percent bacon and 60 percent ground beef topped with even more bacon and cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, crispy onions, fried egg and a special sauce. All of this comes on a pretzel bun. This is definitely a meal fit for a viking. Here's hoping it makes the trip from TCF Bank Stadium to the new U.S. Bank Stadium in 2016.
Baltimore -- Old Bay Shredded Chicken Sandwich
The simple things are what keep people coming back. And there's nothing more simple and delicious than putting beer braised pulled chicken, sweet corn mayonnaise and tomatoes together on a bun. Grab two while you're decked out in your Ravens gear at M&T Bank Stadium. You won't be sorry.
New Orleans -- BBQ Shrimp Bread Pudding
Ahhhh, N'awlins. The food alone is worth the trip. And if you get lucky enough to score a ticket to the Superdome for a Saints game, prepare to grub on this option. Savory bread pudding with BBQ shrimp in a smoky sauce. Man, it's good in the Big Easy.
Green Bay -- Big Game Burger
Sadly, this option isn't available anymore, but for one day -- Jan. 11, 2015 -- when the Packers played the Cowboys in a playoff game, the fans at Lambeau Field were treated to this unforgettable creation. This is a half-pound of venison, a half-pound of bacon and a half-pound of ground beef. Then, to combat the frigid conditions, it was topped with a heat blast of jalapeno cheese sauce and six strips of jalapeno smoked bacon. Then, for good measure came a helping of lettuce, six slices of tomato, pickles and secret sauce. Got all that? Whew. Here's hoping we see this again soon.
New Orleans -- Seafood Nachos
Anyone can drizzle cheese over chips. But this Superdome option takes it up a notch. Here we've got chips topped with shrimp and crawfish. Then that's topped with white queso sauce, red jalapenos, green onions and cheddar cheese. And if your fingers aren't covered in cheese within seconds, you're doing it wrong.