LA Basketball fans aren’t permitted to bring their own food or drink into the Staples Center’s arena, so if you’ve got LA Clippers tickets you’ll need to eat out to avoid hunger pangs. Thankfully, there’s some great grub in and around Los Angeles’ premier stadium.
WP24: Star Chef Does Chinese
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Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck offers his take on Chinese food at WP24. It’s a high-class twist on the Chinese takeout you love, with celebrated dishes including the Szechuan style prime filet of beef “au poivre” and Peking duck. Fill up on appetizers and entrees before the game to keep hunger at bay during the action. Keep your eyes peeled for some famous clientele like Jack Nicholson, Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, and Billy Crystal. They all adore this place. Its location on the 24th floor of the Ritz-Carlton, right next to the Staples Center, offers enviable 360-degree Los Angeles’ views.
Ludo Bird: Food Truck Favorite in the Stadium
Acclaimed chef Ludo Lefebvre took the concept of his famous LudoTruck food truck to the Staples Center when he opened a concession stand in the stadium last October. It features all the Southern style treats that made the truck a success, including mouth-watering buttermilk Provencal fried chicken and honey lavender biscuits. Don’t miss out on dessert, because the brioche ice cream sandwiches are to die for. The Ludo Bird stand is conveniently located across from section 119.
L.A. Market by Kerry Simon: Farm to Table Arrives in the City
There’s something so comforting about the farm-to-table concept celebrated by Kerry Simon in his L.A. Market. It might be located in the middle of a big city, but its wholesome offerings including bucatini and flatbreads transport you to the country. The mezzo plates are a great option for groups looking for a pre-basketball feed. L.A. Live is adjacent to the Staples Center.
Outtakes Quick Cuisine: Variety at the Venue
If it’s diversity you’re looking for, then Outtakes is the place to go. The hummus and pita plate, garden salad, or grilled veggie sandwich will satisfy vegetarians and vegans, while the menu’s extensive kosher section ensures anyone following a kosher diet has plenty of choice. There is also sushi, turkey pastrami sandwiches, and plenty of other dishes designed to appeal to a variety of diners.
Most of the fare is nutritious, although Outtakes Quick Cuisine does sell Mrs. Fields Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches if you’re in the mood for indulging. And as the name suggests, you’ll get your food quickly so you don’t have to miss a moment of the game.
You’ll find Outtakes Quick Cuisine on the main concourse of the Staples Center, next to section 104.
Wetzel’s Gourmet Pretzels: American Classic Goes High Class
Soft pretzels are one of the most popular snacks eaten at basketball games, and few concession stands make them as good at Wetzel’s Gourmet Pretzels. Flavors like sinful cinnamon and sugar and almond crunch elevate these pretzels above the pack. If you feel like something a bit more substantial, try a Wetzel dog. They might be known as gourmet, but all the treats are relatively affordable. You’ll find Wetzel’s Gourmet Pretzels next to section 103 on the main concourse.
So don’t let a rumbling stomach spoil your next basketball game. There are plenty of great food options in and around the Staples Center.