Grab some Carolina Hurricanes tickets and head to PNC Arena (formerly the RBC Center), home to the Carolina Hurricanes—an Eastern Conference NHL team that emerged as the 2005-06 Stanley Cup victors. The roughly 18,600-seat arena has plenty of food options to satisfy the palate of any fan, including North Carolina’s famous unique style of barbecue. Breakaway from your hunger and try one of these locations the next time you’re in Raleigh.
North Carolina BBQ Company
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Barbecued foods are an integral part of North Carolina’s heritage and culinary history. While there are multiple subsets of barbecue within the state itself, they all generally integrate vinegar into their signature sauces, making barbecue in the Tar Heel state unlike anywhere else in the world. You can stop by the North Carolina BBQ Company‘s multiple stands located in sections 104, 115, 123, 128, 308 and 324. They offer local favorites like pulled pork BBQ sandwiches with ‘slaw, turkey legs, and sweet tea.
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Marketed as “the ice cream of the future,” Dippin’ Dots are tiny balls of flavored ice cream flash frozen with liquid nitrogen. Due to their unique preparation methods, vendors store Dippin’ Dots at a frigid -40°F so they maintain their shape. They come in a variety of interesting flavors you’d normally see associated with ice cream, like Java Delight, Peanut Butter Chip, Cotton Candy, Vanilla, Caramel Brownie Sundae, and more. Head over to sections 105, 110, 120, 308 and 324 to try them out for yourself.
Take a walk to sections 126 and 314 to find Market Place, where you’ll find some of the healthiest food in all of PNC Arena. The Market Place stands first arrived in the arena back in 2008 when management staff were searching for healthier alternatives to the high-calorie food found throughout the rest of the venue. Fans can purchase hot soups, sushi, fresh panini sandwiches, salads, and other options that coincide with a healthy diet.
If you’re looking for interesting twist on a twisted sports favorite, Gourmet Pretzels does not disappoint. Stop by sections 103, 118 and 305 to try delicious varieties of stuffed pretzels. Stuffings include apple, cinnamon, cheddar, cream cheese, and plain.
South Street Cheese Steaks
Grab your hoagie rolls and get ready to smother your steak in cheese and onions. Philadelphia fans will feel right at home after they stop by South Street Cheese Steaks. You can find some of Philadelphia’s finest cuisine in the stadium in sections 123 and 324.
If you’re looking for an all-inclusive atmosphere with plenty of televisions and views of the game, Pub 300 (curiously located in section 312) is the place to go. In addition to a full bar, Pub 300 serves chicken paninis and gourmet hotdogs, as well as a bit of a latin flair with the Pub 300 Nachos Grande.
There are around 20 concession stands in PNC Arena for fans to get their grub on, as well as a handful of restaurants. Make the most of your time at the next Carolina Hurricanes game and enjoy America’s coldest sport with a full stomach.