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What to Eat First When Watching the Wild

The Xcel Energy Center has upped its hockey food game

“Dude, I could totally go for a stickwitch.”
Minnesota Wild / Official Team Page

Saturday the Minnesota Wild’s home opener for the 2017-18 NHL season will see the boys of winter in the Christmas colors host the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Xcel Energy Center.

Wild fans in the State of Hockey have likely had the date circled on their calendars since the schedule was released. But even those who aren’t major fans of the sport to make a visit to “the X” either next Saturday or for any of the 40 following home games if they’re hungry. Once again, downtown Saint Paul will be a bastion of good hockey and great eats all winter long.

A selection of new hotdogs at the concession stand
NHL / Website

From General Concessions

Bacon-Wrapped Dog

Full warning: this dish might ruin all regular hotdogs from here on out. Nueske’s bacon is wrapped around a hotdog, with coleslaw and Louisiana hot sauce.

Vietnamese Meatball Bahn Mi

Pork and basil meatballs rest on a hotdog bun and are joined with Asian vegetable slaw and Sriracha aioli.

Bucket O’ Balls

The least mysterious of offerings: savory Italian meatballs with zesty marinara and parmesan cheese in a big ol’ bucket. What else does a hungry hockey fan need? Nothing. The answer is nothing.

Original Hockey Mom Brownies

“Don’t be a cake eater, eat a brownie!” is the advice from the good people at OHMB. There’s a whole host of options to satisfy sweet and/or salty needs. Options include the Minneapplecrisp, Pumpkin Chai Cream Cheese, and Caramel Espresso just to name a few. Pro tip: the Puppy Chow brownie, layered in creamy peanut butter and topped with crunchy peanut butter, chocolate and powdered sugar-covered Chex Mix, is a brownie revelation.

From Club Level Concessions

Italian Beef Rolled Flatbread AKA “The Stickwhich”

Shaved Italian beef, giardinera, and Havarti cheese are slathered with marinara sauce and rolled into a flatbread. Presented in a convenient wrapper, the delivery system of “The Stickwhich” may make it the least messy Italian sandwich on the planet. Hockey jerseys are expensive. Delicious food while staying mess-free is a winning combination.

Pulled Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

The spice level continued rising with this item. The pulled chicken on a toasted bun is doused in Frank’s RedHot and joined by blue cheese coleslaw and crispy onions.

Two plates with towers of Tennessee hot and Southern fried chicken
Revival’s fried chicken
Joy Summers

From the Suite Level

Orange & Tabasco Wings

The crispy fried wings capture the perfect level of sweet and spice. Those who are lucky enough to find themselves on the suite level at any point this season should find these. They’re even better than the luxurious surroundings.

Lobster Mac & Cheese

This is a combination of two of the greatest foods in the known world — they also compliment each other perfectly. Decadent white cheddar shells and cheese are topped with succulent lobster meat.

Revival Chicken

The best fried chicken in the Twin Cities can also be found at Wild games. Revival’s Tennessee Hot was the chicken showcased at the event and rest assured, it is quite hot. Hockey arenas are chilly, but it’s wise to keep an abundance of cold beverages around when consuming this.

Xcel Energy Center

175 Kellogg Blvd W, Saint Paul, MN 55102 (651) 265-4800 Visit Website

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