Reporters got a sneak peek at some new food fare being offered during OU football games this fall. Columnist Jenni Carlson may not be a food critic, but she knows what’s tasty.
NORMAN — Lots of fans think sports media types just sit around the press box eating cookies and drinking sodas.
As a local rabble-rouser once said: That ain’t true!
But on occasion, sports reporters are treated to free food. Perhaps the gold standard for that is OU’s annual sampler of food that will be served on game days inside the stadium in Norman. It happens the week of the home opener, and there’s always way more to try than we can stomach.
Though we make a good run at it.
Tuesday was sampler day, and I tried everything but only because the job demanded it. I took one for the team. I did it for you, dear reader.
So without further ado, here are three things hungry OU football fans will want to try this season
1. Beef wonton nachos from Cupbop
If you haven’t already hopped on the Cupbop train — the Korean barbecue joint went from Salt Lake City food truck to Shark Tank winner to legit chain with restaurants in six states — this is a good ticket to ride. Wonton nachos aren’t offered in Cupbop’s brick-and-mortar stores in Oklahoma, but this season, you’ll be able to find them at OU games.
They are worth standing in line.
The wonton chips are crisp, and the meat options are beef, chicken and pork. I tried the beef, and while there was a sauce topping the whole thing, it didn’t last long enough for me to figure out what the sauce was.
Cupbop has two locations in the stadium, one in the northwest corner and one in the east upper deck.
Hungry OU football fans will love the Okie hoagie from Rib Crib, which has three locations in the stadium. Smoked pork and a magical sauce make for a great combination. (Jenni Carlson/Sellout Crowd)
2. Okie hoagie from Rib Crib
We got to sample lots of sandwiches and burgers, and while I would not have been sad to eat a full-sized version of any of them, the Okie hoagie from Rib Crib topped my list. Served on a crunchy bread roll, it was overflowing with smoked pork and diced veggies.
What set the Okie hoagie apart: it was topped with a spectacular white sauce. Cheese? Maybe. Delicious? Definitely.
And the full-sized Okie hoagie that will be for sale on game days looks giant. Shareable, even.
Rib Crib has three locations in the stadium, one in each of the upper decks and a third on the east side near Gate 10.
One word: Nutella. That’s the secret sauce in Boomerang’s campfire fried pie. It’s one of the new offerings on OU game days inside the stadium. (Jenni Carlson/Sellout Crowd)
3. Campfire fried pie from Boomerang
Boomerang had three different flavors of fried pies to sample, but when I asked the workers which one they liked best, I heard only one word.
I know the peanut-butter-like spread is made of hazelnuts, but to me, it tastes like chocolate, and chocolate is heaven.
Put it in a warm, flakey fried pie?
Um, I may have a new chocolate addiction.
I talked up the Campfire so much to my fellow reporters that one of the Boomerang workers ran me down as I was leaving to give me a full-sized one. Even though it’s enough to share with two or three people, I’m going to be selfish and keep it all to myself. It’s just that good.
Boomerang’s in-stadium location is near Gate 2.
*Oklahoma fried steak sandwich: Fried ribeye with an onion ring. It will be served with gravy, but we didn’t have a chance to sample that. Everything’s better with gravy, so be sure to check out this offering from Levy Restaurants, which manages OU’s concessions.
*Schooner All-American ale: Local brewery COOP Ale Works has a special game-day brew. It’s light and crisp and will likely taste pretty good when the temperatures soar into the upper 90s on Saturday.