Peanuts, popcorn and crackerjacks — maybe that works at baseball games. But at the Moda Center, home to the NBA’s Trail Blazers, the WHL’s Winterhawks and portions of the 2015 NCAA tournament (aka March Madness), fans order up gourmet bites like pork belly, bourbon ice cream and peanut butter bacon burgers. Portland favorites including Sizzle Pie, Salt & Straw and Bunk Sandwiches line the arena concourses, making game day eating a slam-dunk. Here are our favorite courtside snacks:
Kure Juice Bar (Section A20) provides possibly the healthiest fare ever to grace a sports arena, in the form of green smoothies and fresh-pressed juices. Popular blends include the Extra Mile, made with coconut meat, coconut yogurt, almond butter and kale. Espresso aficionados will want to stop at Buzzsaw Coffee Cart (A22), where beverages are made with locally roasted Stumptown beans.
The bacon-and-beef behemoths at Killer Burger (A5) aren’t for the faint of heart — bacon is pre-mixed into each 1/3-lb patty — but adventurous eaters must try the peanut-butter-pickle-bacon burger with fries. Meat-lovers also can’t miss the salami-stacked muffaletta and pork belly cubano at Bunk Sandwiches (B19 & C32), all piled high on local Fleur de Lis Bakery bread.
It’s impossible to miss the aroma of gooey goodness wafting from the slices at Sizzle Pie (A15 & A26). With options like gluten-free crusts and vegan cheese, the eatery’s menu of classic and unconventional combinations — think steak, bacon and barbecue sauce — will appease any pizza fan. Meanwhile, up on the club level, Cha Cha Cha Taqueria (B9) wraps savory seasoned meats and pinto beans into burritos muy buenos.
No matter the score, life’s always sweet at all-star ice creamery Salt & Straw (A22 & B2), which scoops award-winning signature flavors like cinnamon snickerdoodle and sea salt with caramel ribbons. For one last sugary score, club-level patrons can also sink their teeth into classic cake donuts and chocolate buttermilk bars at Coco Donuts (B2).