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Oklahoma City Thunder: Taking a peek at The Peake's new food choices

There's plenty of good food available at Chesapeake Energy Arena this season. Just don't try at all, as Jenni Carlson learned when the Thunder invited media members to come sample all the new items available.
by Jenni Carlson Published: November 2, 2013

There are several flavors. Classic Buffalo. Spicy Asian. Chipotle barbecue. Garlic Parmesan.

I'll save you the guesswork — garlic Parmesan is the answer.

It was good enough for me to eat an entire wing, and at that point, that was saying a lot.

Our final stops were on the club level, starting in the Sunset Club on the southwest side. Blue Pit BBQ there has smoked meats in all shapes and sizes, including a sandwich called the Thunder Stack that is about as big as my head.

But I would go with the garlic masher sundae. It's got your meats. It's got your potatoes. But it's served to look like a sundae. Mashed potatoes as the ice cream. Gravy as the chocolate topping.

Eat your heart out Ron Swanson.

I managed to eat a bite of each of the meats — the sausage was best — but even at that, I realized that I hadn't heeded the warning. I hadn't paced myself well enough.

And we still had one more stop.

The Tri State Lounge on the northeast side has a mojito quesadilla that is good, but frankly, I'm sure it's way better than I remember because by the time I took a bite of it, the last thing I wanted was anymore food.

Arena officials say that the best-selling food in every arena is the same. Popcorn. Hot dogs. Chicken tenders. Pretzels. That goes for Oklahoma City, too.

But The Peake expands and changes its menu more often than most because of Thunder fans. There are a ton of season ticket holders who attend 80 or 90 percent of games. That isn't the norm among NBA fans. But because it's the way Thunder fans do business, the arena has to work hard to give them a variety of food options.

I can attest — there is plenty of good stuff this season.

It was a stretch (primarily for my waistline) to try all that new food, but for you, Thunder fans, I did it.

For you, I made the sacrifice.

Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at (405) 475-4125. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.

by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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THUNDER TASTES

The Peake has a bunch of new food offerings for Thunder fans this season. Oklahoman columnist Jenni Carlson tried all of them, and here's a look at her top five:

1. Pit ham with smoke apple jack glaze, Center Court Carvery, $22.50 for the buffet or $14 for a sandwich.

2. Garlic parmesan wings, Wing-N-It, $9.50

3. Armadillo eggs, Center Court Grill, $9.

4. Stromboli, Red River Bistro, $8.50.

5. Muffaletta, Red River Bistro, $8.

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