The idea of stadium food is changing across the country. What once was merely a medley of nachos, peanuts and hot dogs has now become eclectic, flavorful and even upscale. Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Energy Arena has certainly raised the dining bar as well. Prior to the 2013-2014 season, chefs with Levy Restaurants and Savor Catering introduced a large selection of new dishes and beverages, and further food refinements continue. So when you visit the arena, perhaps for a Thunder game, here are just a few of the offerings you can enjoy.
Note: Restaurants open an hour and a half prior to events and are available only for event ticket holders.
Jack Daniels Old No. 7 Club
Enter through the new grand entry, part of the renovations approved in 2008, and you're on the southwest side of the arena, not too far from the Jack Daniels Old No. 7 Club, a casual bar/restaurant where you can sample chicken wings, loaded fries, multi-layer nachos and more. With your food choice, sip a draft beer or cocktail. The patio portion is open 90 minutes after Thunder games, but you must be 21 to enter the club or patio at that time.
Budweiser Brew House Carvery
Just across from the Old No. 7 Club is the Budweiser Brew House Carvery. Here, you'll find a more upscale experience. Full buffets feature carved meats, potatoes, salads and breads. Though the choices change nightly, you might find pit ham with smoke apple jack glaze, hickory wood-smoked prime rib with burgundy mushrooms, smoke lobster mac ‘n’ cheese or tilapia menuier with lemon gerb butter sauce.
Budweiser Brew House
Also on the concourse level is a quality steakhouse. Though you can still get some "bar food" choices such as nachos and burgers, the Budweiser Brew House has armadillo eggs (breaded peppers stuffed with cheese and brisket), filet mignon, grilled shrimp, salmon, prime rib and more. For those with reservations, the Budweiser Brew House is actually open two and a half hours before an event. Call (405) 601-4459.
Red River Bistro & Angie’s Bakery
The Red River Bistro, right by Section 110, has some healthy options but also Stromboli and a three cheese bacon panini, and Angie's Bakery features gourmet pretzels and more.
Go up to the club level, and the northeast side is the spot for the Tri-State Lounge. There are large bars and televisions but also a dining area where you can order treats such as the mojito chicken quesadilla, steak sandwich or the huge ultimate nacho dish in the signature Thunder bowl.
Blue Pit BBQ
Around the bend on the Cox Club Level, check out all the smoked meats at Blue Pit BBQ. And after you have your house smoked brisket or the like, you can also get an ice cream sundae.
Oh don't worry... You can still get the traditional favorites. Throughout the arena, you'll find concession stands and carts with all the staples, as well as choices such as pizza, boneless wings, gourmet candy, wraps, salads, baked potatoes and much more.