Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Flavor File: New Snacks at AT&T Center

Posted By on Wed, Oct 21, 2015 at 5:26 PM

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A $100 million-plus dollar remodeling project at the AT&T Center included several food/booze venues and bites, which were highlighted during a recent media sneak-peak. New updates included a beefed-up Whataburger that'll be open to the public on non-event days; two new corner bars stocked with local and Texan craft brews located at the northeast and southeast corners of the AT&T Center; and a new "East Porch" on the H-E-B Fan Zone Level, where attendees will find mac 'n' cheese. No, it's not just any ol' mac (actually they have that, too). At The Porch, fans will find a Fiesta Mac with chorizo and pepper jack cheese and a double pig mac with pulled pork, bacon and fried onions, the latter of which I sampled and yes, it's as good as it sounds.

Plaza Level section 121 will now feature "Simply Chicken" with a plethora of pollo – BBQ chicken salads, buffalo chicken salads, tossed chicken tenders and boneless wings. Plaza Level food purveyor, Aramark, adds a bit of flair to each section so though you won't find insane sandwiches of yesteryear ('member the 3-pointer sandwich?!), you will find something called "Extreme Fries" with choice of buffalo chicken or BBQ chicken fries tossed with chingos of fixin's. 

Yes, you'll know be able to find street tacos on Plaza Level, but folks with a gnarly sweet tooth will love the new "Indulge" stations (five total across the Fan Zone and Plaza Levels) where you can buy giant chocolate chip cookie sandwiches ($6) that would feel right at home in Kawhi's hands, and fruit kabobs drizzled in chocolate sauce ($6.50). Yes, please. 

Charter Level, Terrace Level and Suites are all curated by Levy food services. There's a certain oomph to most of these dishes (pizza, sandwiches, tortas, Italian sandos, gelato), but the most appealing of the lot was the Spurger. A branded bun dons a Spurs logo, and the beef patty is topped with roasted and chopped poblanos, pimento cheese and chili. All the Spurger ($9.50) needs is tortilla chips and it could be a new spin on the bean burger.

It's a brand new, mostly delicious AT&T Center

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