At first glance, the Hot Bob sandwich — one of the new food offerings available to Bears fans at Soldier Field concession stands this season, unveiled by the team Monday — is just an ordinary school-cafeteria sloppy Joe.
But take a bite and you’ll soon realize there’s just enough ghost chile in the seasoned beef with fried onion to take it to the head of the class of 2019 additions to the stadium menu.
Hot dogs, pizza and chicken tenders are sure to remain the big sellers at Bears games, as always. But every year concessionaire Aramark attempts to jazz things up with new items.
In addition to the Hot Bob, new items include the Lightlife’s plant-based burger and what’s touted as the Lake Shore Drive Hoagie, which is based on a South Side favorite, combining gyro meat, Italian Beef and corned beef with Tzatziki sauce, giardiniera and tomato.
Like some Bears games, not everything turns out as hoped.
A Nashville-style fried chicken sandwich introduced to great fanfare last year enjoyed an initial surge in interest, but appetite for it dropped off by season’s end. It’s not available this year, supplanted by a crispy chicken sandwich with bacon that will have to prove it can fly.
Here are photos of more of the food available at Soldier Field this Bears season.