Tailgating Food Around the Country

by Country Inns & Suites
Friday, October 18, 2013

Tailgating is a time-honored tradition that showcases your unwavering fanhood and the best food you’ll ever eat in a parking lot. Fans all over the country gather for hours before the big game to cook out, play games, and paint faces. Although the scene can look very similar from stadium to stadium, the food is unique to each region. Get ready to tease your taste buds with these delicious tailgating treats from across the United States.

Comfort Eats in the Northeast

Snow and freezing temperatures don’t stop these die-hard tailgaters! In New England, fans stay warm with a hot bowl of clam chowder. You’ll also find Beef on Weck on the menu in Buffalo. This sandwich is traditionally made with roast beef on a kummelweck roll and dipped in au jus. Closer to the coast, you can find fans enjoying lobster rolls. However, don’t be surprised if you see more traditional foods during a tailgate, like hot dogs in a buttered bun or New York style pizza.

Clam Chowder

Midwest Chefs

The game day grub in the Midwest is as vast as it is delicious. Partygoers work up their appetites with several intense rounds of bean bag toss, a game rumored to have been created in Cincinnati. Huge bowls of macaroni salad and party mix can be found under the tents while beer-can chicken and bratwursts are cooking on the grill. From the cheese curds in Wisconsin to the chili in Ohio and the broiled crawfish in Missouri to grilled donuts in Chicago, tailgating food in the Midwest is definitely considered a win.


Savory Southern Food

Football and food are serious subjects in the South, and the food is seriously good! Barbeque is a Southern staple when it comes to tailgating, but you won’t find any crockpot pulled pork in this neck of the woods. True Southern tailgate pros tow huge grills to their tailgates for authentic pulled pork BBQ. That’s right — pig pickings while tossing around the pig skin. You can also find fried okra in Mississippi, jambalaya in Louisiana, and slow-cooked ribs in Carolina.

Pulled Pork

West Coast Cuisine

It’s no surprise that you’ll find surf and turf in the stadium parking lots of the West Coast. Fresh crab legs, fried shrimp, and wild salmon are common pre-game treats. You can also find some unique eats, like carne asada tacos and Hawaiian barbeque, cooked up by the fans in San Francisco. A variety of chips, creamy potato salad, and fresh veggie platters round out the menu for these tailgaters.

Carne Asada Tacos

Whether you prefer people watching from your folding chair or getting competitive with a round of flag football, most fans would agree that the food is the best part of tailgating. Each region brings a touch of their local cuisine to game day, creating dishes that will be enjoyed throughout the years. Make your next weekend getaway a tailgating trip and feast on some amazing food. We look forward to cheering with you when you book a stay at one of our Country Inns & Suites By Carlson hotels!

What is your go-to food for tailgating? Tell us in the comments below!