CINCINNATI — In little more than a week, FC Cincinnati will play its first home match against Inter Miami inside the new TQL Stadium.
On Friday, the stadium's executive chef, George Zappas whet appetites with a preview of what fans can expect to eat and drink when the team plays on May 16.
"We wanted to showcase what it is that Cincinnati gives to this stadium," Zappas said. "So first and foremost, we, I really fell in love with the name Cincinnati Porkopolis. It really spoke to me. So, we start of our Queen City eats with one of our fan favorites . . . We have our pork belly hotdog."
That Queen City Eats is a hot dog topped with fried pork belly and honey mustard on a freshly baked bun.
Zappas went on to introduce nearly a dozen unique dishes that will be served inside TQL Stadium when it opens.
Those dishes also included a pork sandwich topped with cabbage slaw, zesty sauce and pickle on a bun; a Taste of Belgium waffle; All Bowled Up, a poke bowl made with tuna, chicken, shrimp, rice, lettuce, other vegetables and sauces; the Best Thing From, a rotating sandwich that features ingredients from visiting club's city at TQL Stadium; a nacho made with blue corn tortillas, white cheese sauce, charred corn salsa and pastrami-rubbed brisket; a Harissa, a Tunisian hot chili pepper paste rubbed chicken finger basket; and Melted, a grilled cheese served with either smoked brisket or just cheese.
Zappas said for the vegetarian, the stadium will feature an Impossible Meat burger served on a freshly made bun with a side of french fries.
He also introduced Revel, an urban winery located in Over-the-Rhine that will serve three varietals of wines in cans for the first time at the stadium.
You can see photos of that food and drinks in the photo gallery below.