Football Food, Ravens Style

Carrie Murphy

Ravens season is finally upon us. That means football food! The Ravens themselves eat like kings, enjoying sea bass and brie quesadillas courtesy of the team's caterer. I know most people tailgate outside the stadium, but just in case you aren't able to break out your minigrill and your cooler full of Boh, we've got your back. Here are our favorite spots to eat, both inside and outside of M&T Bank Stadium.

There are 55 concessions stands in the stadium, most selling standard fare like burgers and fries. But you should definitely pay a trip to Bell's Famous Chili. The homemade chili created by a Baltimore-area dad is not to be missed.

It's not super close to the stadium, but Pratt Street Alehouse is a good bet if you're looking for decent beer and hearty fare. They offer a Ravens burger, which consists of 8oz Angus burger topped with a 1/4 pound of pit beef, BBQ sauce, Tiger sauce, raw onion, pickles and melted cheddar cheese. Should be enough to get you through the game, right? Another filling choice is the Chicken Chesapeake Sandwich. Pratt Street Alehouse also offers quesadillas, pizzas, steak and crabcakes: standard bar fare, but perfect for a cold Ravens game day. 

Alewife is another good bet on the West Side, although it's also a bit of a walk to the stadium. A recent favorite among my friends, Alewife has all sorts of football-friendly food with a gourmet twist: think truffled mac and cheese, salmon salad and herbed duck fat fries. 

And of course, there's Mother's Grille in Federal Hill, known for their Purple Patio. Hanging out at Mother's is basically tailgating— minus having to cook anything yourself. Did I mention they open at 9 am for breakfast and bloody marys? That's hours and hours of football fun before the game even starts. Plus you can always watch the game from their HD screens...just in case you don't actually have a ticket. If you need some additional cred to get you in the door, Mother's was named one of the 25 best sports bars in America by Sporting Magazine. But don't dare walk in there on game day without your purple and black on. 

There's always Pickles Pub and Sliders, too, although I tend to think of them as more Orioles hangouts than Ravens. But if you need a burger or a brew, they're definitely serving!

Do you have any other suggestions for bars or restaurants located near Ravens stadium? How about eating inside? Let us know what's good!

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