Chow Bella

Check Out All the New Food at Talking Stick Resort Arena for Suns' Opener

The Colossal Loaded Fries & Rings is just one of the new menu items at Talking Stick Resort Arena.
The Colossal Loaded Fries & Rings is just one of the new menu items at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Courtesy of Phoenix Suns

Attention, hungry basketball fans: Talking Stick Resort Arena is getting a number of new food options for the Phoenix Suns' 2018-2019 season, which opens today, Wednesday, October 17.

They're the creations of Levy Restaurants' Eileen Aguilera, the new executive chef for the arena.

Aguilera is no stranger to stadium cuisine; she arrived in Phoenix in June after stints as executive sous chef at Dodger Stadium and the Staples Center in Los Angeles. But a new city brings new flavors to discover and different palates to satisfy, Aguilera says.

"We took a look at the flavors here" when designing this season's new menu items, she says. "We researched all over."


The result is a fan-friendly lineup of stadium fare accented with Southwestern flavors.


click to enlarge The Suns Spicy Chorizo Dog was named by season ticketholders. - COURTESY OF PHOENIX SUNS
The Suns Spicy Chorizo Dog was named by season ticketholders.
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The Suns Spicy Chorizo Dog ($9) is topped with locally made Schreiner’s chorizo, black bean salsa, jack and cheddar cheese, fire-roasted green chiles, chipotle aioli, and crispy tortilla strips. Aguilera says she loves it because of its "bright colors — it pops, it catches the eye."

click to enlarge The new Suns Spicy Southwest Loaded Fries ($10) is topped with Schreiner's chorizo, green chile queso, pico de gallo, and cilantro. - COURTESY OF PHOENIX SUNS
The new Suns Spicy Southwest Loaded Fries ($10) is topped with Schreiner's chorizo, green chile queso, pico de gallo, and cilantro.
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Schreiner's chorizo also makes a cameo on the Suns Spicy Southwest Loaded Fries ($10), a pile of potatoes blanketed with spicy green chile queso, pico de gallo, and cilantro.


click to enlarge COURTESY OF PHOENIX SUNS
Courtesy of Phoenix Suns
The marquee item this year is the Colossal Loaded Fries & Rings ($15). It's exactly what it sounds like: a shareable portion of french fries buried underneath Four Peaks Kilt Lifter beer cheese sauce, bacon, chives, sour cream, and beer-battered onion rings, all served in a souvenir basketball bowl.

click to enlarge The Big Kid Dog is topped with mac and cheese and Fritos. - COURTESY OF PHOENIX SUNS
The Big Kid Dog is topped with mac and cheese and Fritos.
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There are also a few new dishes that are exclusive to the game-day menus inside the arena's suites. The Big Kid Dog is a gourmet wiener topped with macaroni and cheese and Fritos. The Impossible Minis are slider-size version of the popular plant-based burger (the full-size version will be available at the arena's Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers location).

Click here for more information about dining options at Talking Stick Resort Arena.
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Jennifer Goldberg is the culture editor and Best of Phoenix editor for Phoenix New Times.