By now you may have heard of the traffic woes of getting home from Investors Group Field after a Winnipeg Blue Bomber Game.
Perhaps you even have first-hand experience with this. I think even the staff of the stadium would agree that there is still logistical work to be done in the transportation area. But what about the food at Investors Group Field? I think they’ve got that all figured out!
We attended the first game of the season with a guest from the United States. She has lived in Boston, Philadelphia and New York and is an avid sports fan. My husband and I expected to be impressed when we first walked into the stadium building and we were not disappointed. We were frankly very surprised to see how excited our guest was. She "oohed" and "ahhed" as we climbed up to the main concourse and she insisted that we take a lap around the venue to experience the entire building (and scope out what we wanted to choose for supper that evening).
As we made our circuit, we passed the venues that are run by the stadium itself — The First Down, The Huddle, Grid Iron Grill and the Rum Hut. The line up at "Shawarma Khan in a Snap" attests to the popularity of Obby Khan’s Middle Eastern sandwich and his reputation as a former Winnipeg Blue Bomber. I have yet to visit his city restaurant or the concession, but as we are huge shawarma fans, this will definitely occur over the summer.
We also spied the Salisbury House, Pizza Hotline and our favourite: Burrito Splendido. We split up and headed to three different concessions, when we had finally made up our minds. The butter chicken poutine caught my eye. The fries were pretty good and the butter chicken topping was VERY good. My husband is originally from Minnesota and has fond memories of ordering bratwursts at Vikings games, so he immediately knew that we wanted. He was very impressed with Winnipeg’s version.
Our guest was tempted by the grilled beef station that she compares to a delicacy of western New York State called beef on weck. She thought the original version might be hard to top, so opted instead for the pulled pork at Danny’s Whole Hog BBQ & Smokehouse. She was duly impressed by her quick supper and simply everything else that she experienced on game day.
In our minds, we have first-hand confirmation that Investor’s Group Field is a world-class sports and entertainment facility. Way to go Bombers!
Kathryne Grisim’s foodmusings.ca blog was named best local blog in Uptown Magazine’s Best of Winnipeg readers’ poll