Eat + Drink

MLS All-Star menu offerings are here to stay at Sporting Park

Updated: 2013-07-31T01:35:51Z

By EDWARD HART

The Kansas City Star

The 2013 MLS All-Star Game at Sporting Park will be a black-tie affair. Literally.

At Wednesday night's game, vendors in tuxedos will be selling lobster tails, oysters Rockefeller, beef carpaccio and champagne in plastic flutes to fans in the stands.

But for the Sporting Kansas City fans who aren’t able to make it to the game for the five-star treatment, Sporting Park is rolling out a number of other inventive dining options that will still be available after the All-Star festivities end and AS Roma heads back to Italy.

The new offerings:

• Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Chicken Sandwich ($6.75): This spicy chicken sandwich has a twist: The chicken breast is battered with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, which give the dish the distinctive red hue of the popular cheesy snack. It’s served on a roll and topped with onions, tomato and lettuce.

• Fried Mac and Cheese Balls ($5): Designed with kids in mind, these put the Burger King cheesy tots to shame. The elbow pasta is deep-fried and served with a tangy ranch dressing that’s made in-house.

• Sporting Blue Cheese Bacon ($4.25): The jalapeno- or applewood-smoked bacon is topped with blue cheese and chives and will be available at Sporting Park’s the Tap, where fans will be able to munch on the crisp bacon strips while drinking craft beers.

This dish has quickly become a favorite of Sporting’s front office. Jake Reid, chief revenue officer, says the team is undefeated in all three matches that he, the club’s CEO and chief of staff have sampled the bacon beforehand. “That’s our favorite based on both taste and success on the field,” Reid said.

• Smoked Tequila Blackberry Beef Brisket ($7.25 sandwich): The Smoke House BBQ stand will be changing up its traditional brisket. The Tequila Blackberry Beef Brisket is served with a viscous barbecue sauce that has chunks of blackberries and is spiked with El Jimador tequila. “It’s my baby. I spent a lot of time brining the meat and on the texture of it,” executive chef Wade Taylor said.

• Italian Sausage Kebabs ($8): This new gluten-free selection has locally made Italian sausage served on a skewer with onions and peppers. The tender sausage can be drizzled with a sweet and tangy cilantro creme fraiche. Along with the kebabs, Sporting Park is also rolling out an Italian sausage sandwich for $8. And those who don’t want to choose between the sausage and the brisket can get the brisket and sausage combo for $12.

• Revamped personal pizzas ($7): After sales dipped on the pizza earlier this year, Taylor said his team got to work on re-imagining the fare. The time spent working on the homemade crust and sauce for the 9-inch pizzas has apparently paid off: They are now the third-most popular concession item at the park, Taylor said. The traditional cheese and pepperoni pizzas are available alongside a new buffalo chicken pizza.

Sporting Park has been rolling out the food items over the last three home games, so the only selection that will be unveiled for the first time is the brisket. Sporting KC and its food and beverage partner KC American Sportservice worked on the menu offerings for about three months, Harry Smith, Sporting KC food and beverage director, said.

The items will be here for the rest of the season — except for the champagne service and lobster tails and the like. The five-star offerings and the black-tie attire are here for one night only.

To reach Edward Hart, call 816-234-4446 or send email to thart@kcstar.com.

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