Gone are the days of subpar hotdogs and nachos at Minneapolis’ Target Center now that chef David Fhima, in partnership with Levy, has re-envisioned the culinary scene inside the venue. Fhima came on just prior to the 2016-17 NBA season and hit the ground running, overhauling both the general area concessions and premium level menus. Fhima emphasizes the quality ingredients being used in the concessions menu items, all of which have a focus on local. Besides adding unique additions not often found in sporting arenas, Fhima’s quest for quality extends to classic fan favorites as well. “I wanted to make not only the best hotdog, but put it on the best bun,” he said.
Each of these tasty confections is available to all ticket holders beginning with the Timberwolves’ home opener on Friday, October 20th against the Utah Jazz.
Levy’s Kimchi Hot Dog
Located at: Sections 126 and 237
Kimchi and hot dogs aren’t necessarily two things that most people would put together, but when they meet the outcome is worth a try. Not only does the kimchi substitute as a less overwhelming version of horseradish, but the pop of pinkish purple color is highly Instagram-able.
Located at: Section 113
Ground sirloin, ribeye, brisket, and American cheese, the Parlour burger is a city-wide favorite that both Minnesotans and visiting fans can now enjoy as they watch the Timberwolves or the Lynx—the current WNBA champs—score points on the floor.
Levy’s Loaded Pork Burger
Located at: Sections 129 and 225
A combination of pulled pork and a traditional burger, the concoction is stacked high with meat and dripping with juice, all served on an organic bun.
Fhima’s Organic Chicken Tulips
Located at: Section 111
A more plump version of classic chicken wings practically fall of the bone with a special seasoning made by chef Fhima.
Life Cafe’s Tuna Togarashi
Located at: Section 106
Rare-ish tuna isn’t something sports fans will find a most venues, but it surprisingly easy to eat on the go. Plus, everything Life Cafe serves is healthy, so those in a hurry to get back to their seats don’t have to waste time scouring the menu to find something in line with clean eating.
Mother Dough Bakery’s Organic Cookies
Located at: Sections 136, 106, 118, 126, and 223
Made from a recipe handed down from his mother’s mother, Fhima brought the recipe for the dough that these cookies are made from with him when he came to the United States. They’re large enough to share and a nice alternative to the saltier offerings that dominate game food.
City Girl Coffee and Espresso
Located at: Sections 118 and 136
City Girl is not only a local establishment, but a purchase that caffeine fiends can feel good about. Their brews are sourced from women-owned or -managed farms around the world and a portion of every sale goes right back to them.