Dallas Cowboys fans are "very picky eaters," says Legends Hospitality executive chef Tony Sinese. But if they pick barbecue, Thai, burgers or healthy food, they'll find something new to eat at AT&T Stadium starting Sept. 16 when concessions open for the first Dallas Cowboys home game in Arlington.
Unlike another Arlington stadium close by, Globe Life Park, the concessions team at AT&T Stadium doesn't play the go-big-or-go-home game with food. There's no 24-inch hot dog here, or a chicken sandwich the size of a Frisbee.
"The NFL and the Jones family are supportive of proper eating habits," Sinese says.
But that doesn't mean everything new on the menu is healthy.
The biggest new item has to be the Sausage Supreme DCQ "Barbeque done the Cowboys Way" ($12). DCQ stands for "Dallas Cowboys 'Cue," a play on the word BBQ. This hot-dog-looking dish is actually a jalapeno cheese sausage link topped with mac and cheese, chopped brisket, barbecue sauce and jalapenos, pinched inside a hoagie bun.
It's "almost like a sundae," Sinese says -- because it's stacked with ingredients.
The menu also includes a Thai veggie wrap with spicy peanut sauce ($10); a wrap filled with chicken tenders sprinkled with Doritos ($10); and a buffalo chicken sandwich ($9) with garlic aioli and ranch coleslaw. There's a hamburger topped with pork belly and kimchi ($15), "because pork belly's just one of those things," the chef says. (See all four in the photo gallery above.)
Two standout dishes sampled during a media taste test are the new elote ($10) dish mixed with poblano mayo, hot sauce and cotija, stuffed inside an edible bread cone; and the mac and cheese brisket ($12), also served in a cone. (See a photo at the top of this story.) Both serve the same glorious purpose as a Frito pie piled inside a chip bag: They're easy to carry in one hand and eat while on the move. They were also the creamiest, most flavorful options of all the new concessions items available in the general public areas of AT&T Stadium.
Surely the healthiest new concessions item is the African-spiced supergrain bowl ($14), a dish with rice, barley and farro topped with grilled chicken.
Anyone lucky enough to be in the suites or on the club level will find new food, too, like a chimichurri tenderloin, Sriracha chicken roll, chess pie and house-made macarons.
Plenty of favorite items will return to the main concourses, like chili-cheese nachos; a Cowboys cheesesteak topped with queso; a burger with brisket; al pastor tacos; and chicken fried chicken served with Texas-shaped waffles. Save that last one for Instagram.
Sinese says his team fussed with each recipe dozens of times to try to give football fans some variety. Some dishes are healthy, he explains, "some guilty." And "some just want to be able to have some stadium food."