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Cincinnati Bengals

Updated: Sep 10, 2022



For week #2 of the 2018 NFL season, The World's Best Husband and I traveled to the great state of Ohio to catch some Thursday Night Football. The Bengals hosted the Baltimore Ravens.


I love Paul Brown Stadium. I had actually visited this venue, solo, one time before. Circa 1999 my middle brother, Rhett, had played in a college football game in nearby Georgetown, Kentucky on a Saturday afternoon. My Tampa Bay Bucs were in town the following day to take on the Bengals. I decided to stay and catch the game.

Spoiler alert! It is a million times more fun to go to a game with Spencer, and decidedly less scary. Rhett, a life-long Cincy fan, claims that since I have been to not one but two games here, I am a closet Ben-Gal.





The fans here are passionate and we sincerely enjoyed Who Dey-ing with the best of them.


We had some pretty great seats in the second row of one of the end zones. We were able to see several key plays up close and personal. The folks in front of us (season ticket holders) had friends texting them pictures all night. We definitely made it on tv.





Sadly, my theory that baseball stadium food is far superior to football stadium food was proven correct once again.


A sad little turkey dog.

My foiled attempt at a healthy option. This veggie wrap was drowning in juices and sadly inedible.

There was one dish that tried to save the day. The folks at Taco Trio definitely tried to put their stamp on this Mexican favorite. These were at least edible, and I give them bonus points for the creativity on the skirt steak, Flaming Hot Cheetos, cotija cheese, and pico de gallo taco.




For comparison, the day before we went to a Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers game down the street at the Great American Ball Park. We feasted on local favorites like cheese coneys, goetta fries, and a sinful cup of Cheetos popcorn. My theory relies heavily on the fact that baseball gets 81 games to perfect their food; football stadiums have merely 8 games to be creative and deliver tasty options. It is just not enough time.


We loved watching the Bengals win and go to 2-0 on the season. We had a blast in this city; we can't wait to come back for another visit.


Here are some more recipes from the Queen City. Feel free to share your Cincinnati-style recipe links with me!


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