The Houston Texans recently held their annual whoop-it-up pep rally and food-a-rama for media at NRG Stadium. The defending AFC South champs bragged that stadium suites will be updated with new furniture and wood floors, there will be a new fall collection of Texans gear for women, while local stores and restaurants will offer special deals after each Texans win.
For example, after a Texans’ victory, Palais Royal will offer $20 off a $50 purchase, Mattress Firm will slash prices by 40 percent, and all pizzas at Papa John’s will be half-priced. Jack in the Box will give away free Jumbo Jacks with drink purchase if the Texans score two touchdowns. Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins should have that covered by halftime.
Now let’s get to the good stuff: the new food at NRG Stadium for the 2019 Texans season that (let’s hope) could extend into 2020. Here’s the starting lineup:
Killen’s Barbecue Frito Pie
Killens’s smoked brisket chili served on Fritos topped with Cheddar cheese (Stands 109, 129).
Red Diamond Fresh Brewed Tea Kiosk
Fresh-brewed flavored teas (Section 109).
HTX Brisket Melt
Grilled cheese brisket sandwich served with a house-made peach barbecue sauce and spicy pork rinds (Sections 351, 323, 520, 548).
New restaurant partners include Gringo’s Tex-Mex (Sections 118 and 138) and BB’s Tex-Orleans Café (Sections 112 and 132). Here are their standouts:
Gringo’s Tex-Mex Gringo’s Sampler
Chicken quesadillas; beef empanadas; chicken taquitos dressed with Mexican crema; and Southwest chicken egg rolls served with Gringo's chili con queso and Amazon sauce, which is a cilantro dipping sauce.
Plus, Gringo’s Street Tacos, featuring three tacos with marinated beef ribeye tips stuffed in double-layered yellow corn tortillas with finely diced onions and cilantro, accompanied by Gringo's chili con queso and spicy salsa.
BB’s Tex-Orleans Café
Cajun Empanadas, dumplings stuffed with creamy shrimp and crawfish Alfredo, celery, onions and herbs, deep-fried to perfection. Also shrimp po’boys with fried gulf shrimp, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and BB's sauce. (Editor’s note: I’ve had a couple dozen of these at the BB’s Café on Richmond. They’re beyond … .)
Privileged fans on the club level will have new items, too:
- The Original Ninfa’s Beef Brisket Tinga: slow-braised brisket served with sour cream and Cheddar cheese (Sections 309 and 336).
- Chris Shepherd’s Bacon Sausage Dog: pimento cheese on a pretzel bun and pimento (Sections 311 and 339).
- Goode Co. BBQ: assorted grab ‘n’ go items (Sections 308 and 334).
- Ultimate Bloody Mary Bar: protein toppers, shrimp, candied bacon, and chicken wings as well as a new assortment of mixers, spices and garnishes (Sections 307, 312, 335, 340).
Texans senior vice president of marketing Jennifer Davenport was an honorary stunt eater for the day. Her fave: Killen’s Frito Pie.
Like Ronnie Killen isn’t already killin’ it with his array of restaurants in Houston?