Food & Drink

Sun Life Stadium dishes out new food options for 2015 Miami Dolphins season

Fresh football food: Nicole Valls of Versailles presents a tray of Cuban sandwiches like the ones that Versailles will sell at Miami Dolphins home games this year at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens.
Fresh football food: Nicole Valls of Versailles presents a tray of Cuban sandwiches like the ones that Versailles will sell at Miami Dolphins home games this year at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens. El Nuevo Herald

Miami Dolphins fans and visiting spectators at Sun Life Stadium this season have a new menu of food options to choose from during games.

Tacos al pastor from South Beach’s Bodega, conch fritters from Sloppy Joe’s in Key West and Cuban sandwiches from Versailles are part of the South Florida flavor that stadium executives said they wanted to highlight.

“Our motto this year was: Simple food done well,” said Ben Metzger, director of concessions and retail management.

The selection process was simple, Metzger said: Stay local, and bring in restaurant-inspired food to complement what’s available from existing vendors.

That meant bringing in Miami Beach taqueria Bodega, which has a presence at three stadium locations this year (see box for specific sections).

“This is perfect football-watching food,” Bodega chef Bernie Matz said, noting that Bodega’s fans will be able to recognize its stadium menu of tacos, tortas, chips and salsa. “It will be a completely different location but the same product.”

Key West favorite Sloppy Joe’s is bringing its menu of signature sloppy joe sandwiches, conch fritters, shrimp po’ boys, sloppy dogs and sloppy fries north to Sun Life.

“They were looking for the flavors of South Florida, so we’re so pleased to represent the Keys at Sun Life,” said Sloppy Joe’s Chris Mullis. “It’s a different taste, and it goes great with beer and football.”

For Versailles’ first season partnering with the Dolphins, the iconic Cuban-style restaurant is focusing on food that’s “easy to eat sitting at your seat,” owner Nicole Valls said. Look for Versailles’ lineup of Elena Ruz sandwiches, empanadas, croquetas, plantain chips and pastelitos at three spots in the stadium.

A South Beach Fresh kiosk will sell healthful food like tomato-mozzarella flatbreads, quinoa and kale salads, fruit cups, tuna wraps and more.

“People’s tastes are changing,” Metzger said. “Typically, people will drop a diet for a football day and go all in. But there are some that don’t want to do that, and they want fresh options, healthy options.”

As for refreshment, Paradise Cups has six types of snow creams and shave ice to try, and two craft beer tap rooms will feature 15 Florida-brewed beers as well as 36 from regional and national breweries.

And for those fans living it up in the stadium’s new ’72 Club, food can be ordered through touchscreen tablets located on the side of their seats.

“They have different apps they can use, change the channels on their TVs, order either merchandise or food, and many other options,” said Bill Senn, senior vice president of renovations. “Our guests are more than welcome to stay after games and partake in more food and recreation.”

Find the food

Here are the sections where you can find these food vendors at Sun Life Stadium this year during Miami Dolphins home games:

Bodega Taqueria: 142A, 329, 345A.

Sloppy Joe’s: 106, 144A, 317A.

Paradise Cups: 155.

Craft Beer Tap Room: 117, 147.

Versailles: 119A, 317, Club level.

Kosher Central: 111.

Sushi Maki: 126, Club level.

BurgerFi: 114A, 124, 350.

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