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New eats at Heinz Field

Written by Gretchen McKay on

Among the new dishes being offered at Heinz Field this season, from left: Fox's Pepperoni Pizza, "Burghers" on a Stick, and Stuffed Meatballs.

Heinz Field will welcome a few new bells and whistles when the Pittsburgh Steelers kick off the (pre) season tomorrow night against the Buffalo Bills. 

And no, we don't mean the cool, new high-def scoreboard in the Northwest corner of the stadium, even though we have to admit it's pretty sweet.  

We're talking food, as in the new concessions options created by Aramark Executive Chef John DiMartini.

In typical football fashion, most are big enough to feed a linebacker. Here's the rundown:

heinzemporersammyWhy settle for ketchup and mustard on a simple hamburger when you can go all out with an Emperor Burger (pictured at left)? Served on a brioche bun, this bad boy comes topped with shaved kielbasa, onion, bacon and sauerkraut. And don't forget the Heinz Field Secret Sauce. $12 (Sections 133, 122, 509, 533).

Those lucky dogs on the club level get a new burger, too -- the all-beef D-Line Burger. It comes smothered with smoked brisket, spicy jalapeno jam and barbecue sauce. Oh, and extra protein in the form of a fried egg and cheddar cheese. $9.75 (Sections 212, 236).

The new Stuffed Meatball (pictured at top) is made of not one but three ground meats -- beef, veal and pork. A belly buster if there ever was one, it's stuffed with spaghetti and fresh mozzarella, and them topped with marinara and provolone. Served with a garlic stick on the side. $7 (Sections 206, 230). 

Hot dog lovers, conversely, can pig out on the new foot-long Bacon, Egg & Cheese Dog. The $9 bacon-wrapped hot dog comes topped with cheddar cheese and a fried egg, with a squirt of chipotle mayo for spice. heinzbaconeggcheesedog

Like it more simple? The Carved Turkey sandwich is just that -- fresh smoked turkey piled high on a brioche bun. $8.50 (Sections 215, 239).  

Other options include a Three Rivers Kielbasa ($8) topped with sauerkraut, bacon jam, caramelized onions and stout mustard (Sections 209, 233). A Loaf of Italian Hoagie ($12) is a taste of Italy in a sandwich. It includes Italian meats, fresh mozzarella, sundried tomatoes, giardiniera (pickled veggies), lettuce and dressing. (Sections 215, 239).

Scored your way into a suite?  Then you'll be able to enjoy not only Burgatory Shakes (flavors are Coffee & Donuts and Campfire S'mores) but also the hamburger joint's Sliders,  which are hand-formed using sirloin, chuck, brisket and short ribs. The Standard Deluxe comes with American cheese and Burgatory House Sauce while the Moo Better Blues is topped with blue cheese IPA sauce, bacon jam, dill pickle and onion straws.

Also new in suites is the Football City Mini Sampler of hot dogs/kielbasa and Arancinis, panko-breaded rice balls. 

The most interesting new food, though, has to be the "Burgher on a Stick" (pictured at top). The seasoned ground beef kebab is mixed with cheddar, relish and bacon, then breaded in panko,  then deep fried. Spicy ketchup optional.

Last but not least, family-owned Fox's Pizza, which has been a Pittsburgh institution for more than 40 years, will offer 8-inch personal cheese or pepperoni pizzas in more than a dozen locations. $8 (Sections 108, 114, 120, 124, 130, 134, 138, 424, 508, 511, 513, 531, 535, 538).

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