MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - As a new season of Timberwolves' basketball opens, so too does a newly-renovated Target center--with new sights, sounds and even tastes.
Along with these changes comes a host of new foods in the arena, and, of course, some old favorites.
Tasked with overhauling the entire stadium's menu, Timberwolves' Executive Chef David Fhima had some help from Target Center's partner, Levy Restaurants, bringing in local restaurant favorites like the Parlour Burger from Borough and Parlour and the walleye sandwich from Lake Minnetonka staple Lord Fletcher's to stand alongside age-old stadium favorites like chicken tenders and hot dogs.
Fhima will also have his own, dedicated restaurant space where he will debut fare like Moroccan chicken tulips and organic cookies from Mother Bakery.
Twin Cities chain SotaRol and Duluth-based City Girl Coffee are also among the new vendors testing their luck at stadium food this season.
All of these items--and more--will be available at the Timberwolves home opener against the Utah Jazz on Friday, Oct. 20.
Parlour Burger - Parlour
Where to find it: Section 113
A well-made burger is a thing of beauty, and Parlour makes one of the best. It's so simple--one buttered roll and a patty with cheese, but coming in at No. 1 on CityPages' 100 Favorite Twin Cities Dishes, this burger speaks for itself.
Try the Parlor Burger. You won't regret it. pic.twitter.com/FTD9GVs6rF— Brett Bachman (@BrettABachman) October 10, 2017
Sushi burritos, or "Sotaritos" - SotaRol
Where to find it: Section 126
A trendy item whose novelty won't wear off after the first bite, the sushi burrito seems strange at first sight, but what's not to love? It's all the things that make sushi great: rice, fish and a few chopped vegetables, all wrapped up for easy consumption, even while cheering.
New Target Center food: "Sotarito" - a sushi burrito from Sotarol pic.twitter.com/29GRpRJMPy— FOX 9 (@FOX9) October 10, 2017
Walleye Sandwich - Lord Fletcher's
Where to find it: Section 136
Times may change, but the walleye sandwich stays the same. If you're bringing out-of-towners to see a game, stop by Lord Fletcher's and show them all the bounty the Land of 10,000 lakes has to offer.
It wouldn't be Minnesota without a walleye sandwich pic.twitter.com/wlU981kiHd— Brett Bachman (@BrettABachman) October 10, 2017
Organic Moroccan Chicken Tulips - Fhima's
Where to find it: Fhima's in Section 111
These aren't your grandpa's chicken wings.
Fhima is the mastermind behind Target Center's new menu, so it only seems fitting that he be given his on laboratory to experiment with his own version of stadium food. As long as he keeps churning out dishes like this, who's going to ask questions?
New Timberwolves/Lynx head chef David Fhima's creation for Target Center - Moroccan chicken tulips pic.twitter.com/D1pNwx5sMn— FOX 9 (@FOX9) October 10, 2017
Tuna Togarashi - LifeTime Fitness Life Café
Where to find it: Life Time Fitness' Life Café in Section 106
For those looking to escape the fried food trap, look no further than the LifeTime Fitness Life Cafe, featuring Tuna Togarashi--a lightly seared, thinly-sliced tuna steak on a bed of vegetables.
Coffee and espresso - City Girl Coffee
Where to find it: Section 118 and Section 136
Sourced locally from City Girl Coffee, which purports to buy only from women-owned farms and roasting operations, this brew is a perfect pick-me-up during a morning game--or even before a night out on the town. We're not judging.
Wine - Chankaska Wines
Where to find it: Section 138
Minneapolis and St. Paul are great for beer drinkers, with a bevy of craft brew options for hopheads of all stripes. With the addition of Chankaska Wines to the Target Center's vendor list, there's now some measure of equity in the alcohol market for fans who might be looking for something red or white while cheering on the green and blue.
Local Vegetable Stir Fry - Pagoda
Where to find it: Section 126
Break out your chopsticks for a new favorite: chicken and vegetables in a handy to-go container. It's the perfect change-of-pace for those disillusioned with another burger and fries.
Pizza - Freschetta
Where to find it: Section 131
Sometimes, you just need a slice. It's the perfect companion for a long night of basketball, and there's plenty of options to choose from.
Variety - Levy Restaurants
Where to find it: Throughout arena
Levy does most of the heavy lifting at the Target Center, staffing concessions stands across the arena that serve traditional favorites--hot dogs, cookies, brats, burgers and chicken tenders, among other things.
But in his attempt to elevate stadium fare Fhima took a bottom-up approach, working with higher-quality ingredients thrown together in new ways to create new takes on many of these old favorites. Hot dogs with kimchi, organic cookies, burgers made with pulled pork--and more--make up the backbone of the Timberwolves' new concession menu.