TOUCHDOWN MEALS

Houston Texans score big with mouthwatering new stadium menu offerings

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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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Astros magic number down to two. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images.

With no game on Monday, the Astros are rested and back in action Tuesday night at Minute Maid against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Luis Garcia (13-8, 3.90 ERA) will make the start for Houston, with Zach Davies (2-4, 4.03 ERA) pitching for the D-Backs. Lance McCullers was originally scheduled to pitch, but was scratched due to an "illness."


Magic number: 2

The Astros currently sit atop the AL sporting a 101-53 record, 6.5 games ahead of the 94-59 New York Yankees. So the Astros could clinch the AL on Tuesday with a win over the Diamondbacks, and a Yankees loss. The Yankees face the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night. The Yankees are 1.5 run underdogs according to online betting sites.

The Astros can also clinch by winning their next two games, regardless of what happens with the Yankees. Both the Yankees and the Astros are playing well currently, as both clubs have won 7 of their last 10 games.

With the Yankees game starting about an hour before the Astros take on the Diamondbacks, the Astros may know the results of Yankees-Blue Jays while they're trying to finish off the D-Backs. So be sure to watch tonight's Astros game because we could see some fun celebrations if the Astros manage to win and the Yankees fall to Toronto.

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