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What to Eat at American Airlines Center, Home of Your Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Stars

American Airlines Center.
American Airlines Center.
Photo: Bill O./Yelp

2012_4_stadiumlogo.jpgWhether you're a die-hard Dallas Stars fan or a MFFL (Mavs Fan For Life, obviously), you're likely to work up an appetite during games at American Airlines Center. So, whether it's a brisket burger, tequila shots, or perhaps something a little more upscale you crave, we've got the concessions staked out so you don't have to wait in an epic long line and end up with peanuts. (Unless you want peanuts, because there are definitely peanuts.)

American Airlines Center's Five Standouts

GrillZone.jpgGrill Zone: Here, the messy, loaded cheeseburgers are half-pound beasts to contend with but it's worth it. And the housemade veggie burger ain't too shabby. [Sections 106 and 118]

southerndawg.jpgBig Dawgs: Try to ignore the spelling and just focus on the foot-longs, like the Texas loaded up with chili, jalapenos, onions and cheddar. [Sections 101, 112, 301, 318]
[Photo: Daniel B./Yelp]
audiclub.jpgAudi Club: When you require something a little more fancy than burgers and dogs or want to impress a date, the Audi Club is the way to go. Chef Mark Mabry offers a changing selection of menu items that evolves with the seasons, plus there's a large selection of vintage wines and desserts. This is the AAC's answer to in-stadium fine dining, and it requires reservations; call 214-665-4753.

oldno7.jpgJack Daniel's Old No. 7 Club: The sit-down patio option of the Old No. 7 is literally, a breath of fresh air. Plus, the bartenders are as fast serving up sports bar fare as they are at making a whiskey drink.

eljimedor.jpgEl Jimador Tequila Bar: This 21-and-older bar doesn't let you take your drinks back to your seat but it does offer serious specialty cocktails to help forget the last flagrant foul.


* indicates special Eater recommendations

Plaza Concourse

*Big Dawgs, Sections 101 and 112: Foot-long dogs including the Texas with chili, jalapenos, onions and cheddar.
Blue Moon Bar, Section 114: Blue Moon, Peroni and seasonal beers.
Bubba Burger, Sections 114 and 124: Burgers baskets, including a turkey option.
*Fast Break, Sections 104 and 116: Need a Nachos Grande (with chili and sour cream) you must eat with a fork? Go here. Note to parents: There is cotton candy.
*Grill Zone, Sections 106 and 118: Prepare for a line, because the Grill Zone has seriously loaded half-pound burgers. Fan favorites include the barbecue-bacon and black and blue versions. A housemade veggie burger is also available.
High Steaks, Sections 108 and 120: Steak sandwiches including Philly and Texas cheesesteaks.
Hot Popped and Twisted, Sections 113 and 123: Popcorn, peanuts and candy.
Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 Club: The street level and patio offers table service of basic grill and sports pub fare, while the lower level features a "chef's table" of hot and cold items. Specialty cocktails are a focus. The club is accessible from outside the stadium as well.
*Market to Go, Section 105: The gluten-free, vegetarians and health nuts also have a place to eat. Housemade wraps, sandwiches, snacks and salads.
Pizza Patron, Sections 102, 107, 111 and 119: An easy, but not-so-exciting chain pizza option.
Sheriff Blaylock's, Section 109: The Sheriff has the sausage, including hot links.
Slurpee, Section 121: 32 ounces of brain freeze.
*Stampede Station, Section 121: Barbecue sandwiches, loaded baked potatoes, and nachos.
Taco Bueno, Sections 105, 117: New this year, the Bueno is serving up drive-thru fare like chips and queso, beef Muchacos, cheese quesadillas, Southwest empanadas, and cheesecake chimichangas.
Texas Beers, Section 116: All Texas beers all the times. Fireman's 4 fans rejoice here.

Terrace Concourse

Big Dawgs, Sections 301 and 318: Foot-longs with chili, foot-longs without chili, German hot dogs, and the Southern, a barbecue bacon hot dog.
Bubba Burger, Sections 310 and 326: Burgers baskets -- including a turkey option-- and other park concessions like corn dogs.
Center Ice, Sections 319, 326 and 334: Frozen yogurt.
*Dr Pepper Bottling Plant, Section 306: Alcohol-free nostalgia to distract the kids and soda-loving grown-ups. Will it survive the Dr Pepper bottling wars?
*El Jimador Tequila Bar, Section 331: Fair warning, drinks must be enjoyed within the bar. Don't expect to dash in and dash back to the stands.
*Fast Break, Sections 307 and 324: Need a Nachos Grande (with chili and sour cream) you must eat with a fork? Go here. Note to parents: There is cotton candy.
Hot Popped and Twisted, Sections 302 and 317: Popcorn, peanuts and candy.
Motleys Pub, Sections 328 and 307: Find beer, wine and margaritas, but no sodas, so don't even try.
Pizza Patron, Sections 312 and 329: An easy but not-so-exciting chain pizza option.
Sheriff Blaylock's, Section 319: The Sheriff has the sausage. Get a brat and sauerkraut or some spicy Italian.
*Stampede Station, Section 334: Barbecue sandwiches, loaded baked potatoes, and nachos.

Platinum Level

The following are available to Platinum Level ticket holders only.
Audi Club: When you require something a little more fancy than burgers and dogs or want to impress a date, the Audi Club is the way to go. Chef Mark Mabry offers a changing selection of menu items that evolves with the seasons, plus there's a large selection of vintage wines and desserts. This is the AAC's answer to in-stadium fine dining, and it requires reservations; call 214-665-4753.
Chef's Corners: These are located in the "corners" of the PL, and offer gourmet twists on concession favorites like loaded cheese fries and a brisket burger.
Margarita Bar: Fans can find the roving frozen margarita in what looks like a vuvuzela, or they can have one make with premium tequila on the rocks. No brain freeze.
Platinum Market To Go: Housemade wraps, sandwiches, snacks and salads.
The Red Bull Lounge: Chi-chi digs for Red Bull cocktails.
Wine Press: Among the various upscale-ish bev stands on this level, this one is ideal for wine lovers.

Plaza Access

Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 Club: The street level and patio offers table service of basic grill and sports pub fare, while the lower level features a "chef's table" of hot and cold items. Specialty cocktails are a focus. The club is accessible from inside the stadium as well.
Pira Latin Fire: Latin American dishes and themed cocktails in a swank environment brought to you by Señor Pizza Patron, Antonio Swad. Also accessible to ticket holders from within the stadium.

American Airlines Center

2500 Victory Ave., Dallas, TX 75219

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