College football and food: a magic combination.
There are a number of places in the U.S. where tailgating is almost as important as the game.
For the Food Network-challenged, tailgating is the art of eating prior to kickoff. There is only one rule that must be obeyed in this time-honored practice: The eating must be done in an area adjacent to the football stadium.
If this activity is performed away from the stadium, for instance at a private home, then it becomes a party. In some areas, this will qualify as a "tailgate party."
Proximity is defined, in this case, by where one parks in order to walk to the contest itself. Tailgating thus involves a parking lot or nearby field.
So now we have our definitions: Tailgate parties are usually at a house, while tailgating is done closer to the stadium.
School parking lots are alive with the smell of various hometown culinary favorites. LSU, for instance, features a menu of delicacies prepared on location before game time that rivals any down the river in New Orleans.
Still others, like Ole Miss and Tennessee, feature spectacular locales and gathering areas.
But this is a treatise of a specific nature regarding tailgating, not one to review the food prepared in the parking lots or available inside the stadiums.
Specifically, we are concerned only with where the best places are to obtain delicious food and take it to the stadium—the experience of consuming delights within the atmosphere of the game without actually preparing the meal.
There have been many well-written words concerning the homemade specialty dishes at tailgating locations throughout the country, but for this article, let's give the cooks a night out.
We present the 10 best places to get prepared food for tailgating at the ballgame.
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