TOUCHDOWN MEALS

Houston Texans score big with mouthwatering new stadium menu offerings

Photo courtesy of Houston Texans

This article originally appeared on CultureMap.

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 BBQ 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.

Continue on CultureMap to see more from the delicious new menu.


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Houston drops the opener

Angels use big sixth inning to take opener from Astros

Houston's offense started hot, then went cold Monday. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images.

With a 2-1 series win under their belt to start this ten-game homestand, the Astros turned the page to a three-game set with the Angels on Monday night. Things started strong for Houston, building an early lead, but it would erode in the middle innings as the Angels would respond with a big sixth inning to take the opener.

Final Score: Angels 5, Astros 4

Astros' Record: 18-17, tied for second in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Jose Suarez (1-0)

Losing Pitcher: Brandon Bielak (1-2)

Houston Builds an early lead

After a 1-2-3 top of the first by Luis Garcia, Houston would start the scoring in the bottom of the inning. Back-to-back walks set things off, setting up an RBI ground-rule double by Alex Bregman, giving them the 1-0 lead. Kyle Tucker lead the bottom of the second off with a double, then came around to score on an RBI single by Myles Straw, then Michael Brantley made it 3-0 with an RBI double later in the inning.

Los Angeles roars back to take the lead

Los Angeles trimmed the lead to two runs in the top of the fourth with an RBI double, but Houston was able to get that run back on another RBI by Straw in the bottom of the fifth. Things fell apart for Garcia in the top of the sixth, with back-to-back one-out solo homers trimming the lead to one run and ending his night there: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 2 HR, 92 P.

The Angels didn't stop there, getting two more runs to take the lead off of Brandon Bielak, who managed just one out while blowing the lead. Brooks Raley would enter to get the final out of the inning, then tried to keep the deficit at one run when he returned in the top of the seventh. It looked like things might unravel for him, allowing the first two batters to reach base on a walk and single, but he would battle back to strike out the next three straight to strand both.

Angels take the opener

Joe Smith took over in the top of the eighth, still 5-4, but would get two outs while allowing a double in his three batters before Houston moved on to Kent Emanuel, who finished the inning off. After another scoreless inning for Houston's offense, Emanuel remained in the game in the top of the ninth to keep a walk-off chance alive, and he would do so by erasing a walk to send the one-run game to the bottom half. The Astros wouldn't pull off a comeback, though, dropping the opener to Los Angeles.

Up Next: The middle game of this series will be another 7:10 PM Central start on Tuesday night. It shapes up to be an exciting pitching matchup, with Lance McCullers Jr. (2-1, 3.58 ERA) for Houston going up against the two-way star Shohei Ohtani (1-0, 2.41 ERA) for Los Angeles.

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