Before Kentucky hosted North Florida at a Thanksgiving Eve basketball game, KSR celebrated the holiday with a food tour of Rupp Arena during a portion of the first half. An idea I now regret as I made the business decision to sample all of the food in the building so that you, as a Kentucky Basketball fan, know what’s on the menu the next time you can attend a game at the Rupp.
So pull up a chair at the table and watch me sweat through $100 worth of food that I hope will be reimbursed for. And Happy Thanksgiving from KSR.
Rupp Arena Thanksgiving
Hunk-A-Pizza by Hunt Brothers – Is Hunt Brothers my number one choice for a pizza night? I can’t say it is. But when I get hungry in the Rupp Arena or near one of the 2.5 billion Hunt Brothers locations in Kentucky’s convenience stores, it gets the job done every time. I’ve eaten more Pepperoni Hunk-A pizzas at basketball games in Kentucky than I care to admit.
City Barbecue Pulled Pork Nachos – I’ve been writing and talking about City Barbecue’s Pulled Pork Nachos for years. Ryan Lemond and I used to run to the City Barbecue corner at the Rupp Arena after pregame shows to hit the line before the crowd rolled in. One year my New Year’s resolution was to stop eating pulled pork nachos at games. I think I made it to the first media timeout of the SEC home opener.
Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich – In the Rupp Arena there is a Chick-fil-A for all Chick-fil-A devotees; One that’s sticking to script because it was closed during Sunday’s exhibition game earlier this season. If you’ve ever been to a Chick-fil-A, this is one of them. Very good. Salute to the guys who worked at the counter yesterday. Blame Steven the producer for cutting you out of the video.
Skyline Chili Cheese Coney – Another returning resident of the Rupp Arena and the Official Chili of the UK Athletics, Skyline Chili is a popular cornerstone in the arena for lovers of the cinnamon, chocolaty goodness. I’ve been known to order a three-pack of Coneys once or twice on a cold Super Tuesday.
Spicy Californian Sushi Roll – New this year at the Rupp Arena is the Kroger Corner, a self-service mini grocery store with lighter fare and a wider selection of food and beverages. I walked out of the sushi department with a Spicy California Roll and it won’t be the last time I eat sushi during a basketball game in Kentucky.
Apple Cinnamon Apple Sauce – Some antioxidants for this meal; also from the Kroger corner. Bonus points for the squeezable container. I think this is for kids.
Buffalo Mac and Cheese – At each of the general concession stands, the chefs behind Hardwook & Oak are offering two new Mac and Cheese options in the Rupp Arena. One is a Buffalo Mac and Cheese, which explains why I’m sweating later in the video; the other is…
Dorito’s Mac and Cheese – This one was recommended from behind the counter as the best on the menu. “Angels speak to this man,” said my new friend as I took my first bite.
Braised short rib nachos in a souvenir bowl – Finally, this Thanksgiving’s turkey was Hardwood & Oak’s new braised short-rib nachos, served in a half basketball bowl as a souvenir. I was on my last breath when this one hit the table, but I got far enough into the pile of cheesy barbecue nachos to know it’s a winner. Will order again when I’m fit again.
Now it’s time to celebrate Thanksgiving by eating all day.