New Concessions at US Airways Center: The Taste Test
|The bustling new ZZ to Go was packed with customers during half-time.|
How do these new stadium eats fare against the more familiar Subway, Peter Piper Pizza, and the fried 'n' true Bargain Bites menu? Are they worth the price or will you be left with buyer's remorse, and the consolation that at least you might have a couple of free tacos from Jack in the Box to look forward to?
Check out the verdict on the new menu items after the jump...
|Don't be fooled! Those hefty dogs in the front are not what you'll get if you go all-natural.|
|A bitsy dog compared to the gigantic bun.|
|A fully loaded Sicilian Pizzan.|
We snagged a Sicilian Pizzan ($9.75) and a Turkey Meaball Grinder ($9.00) and settled in at the Bacardi Rum Bar during half-time to sample the eats. Both were a bit on the pricey side, but either one was certainly large enough to share between two people. The Sicilian Pizzan was a doughy, flavorful flat bread sandwich packed with spicy capicola, salami, smoked ham, provolone, lettuce, tomato, garlic aioli and giardinera. It was an awesomely massive sandwich with a good balance of ingredients, but if you finish this thing solo it would be one heck of a gut bomb.
|The saucy meatball grinder.|
We rounded out the evening by ordering some Elote (Mexican grilled corn) from Southwest Grill ($4.50). When we asked for the menu item we were greeted with befuddlement, as the cashier went to converse with the grill before returning and admitting that, "You're the first one to ever ask for that." A statement that did not bode well for the corn in question.
|The disappointing Southwest Grill.|
To give you an idea of how bad that corn tasted, we would have considered our complimentary 99 cent tacos duo from Jack In The Box fine dining by comparison. Stick with ZZ to Go for reasonably priced (for the size) Italian-style sandwiches and gelato. US Airways Center, your new concessions are batting an average of 0.333. Wait, wrong sports metaphor. Let's just say some of the new menu items are technically foul, and leave it at that.