Tailgating In Style

This past weekend all of us New Yorkers traveled down to Philly to watch our beloved Villanova Wildcats take on the Georgetown Hoyas. While Villanova lost on a buzzer beater, the weekend was still a success, due largely in part to the delicious food that accompanied the game and the tailgate. Yes, we tailgate basketball games. Why you ask? Well, until recently no one really cared about football games, but basketball, well basketball is a way of life down at ‘Nova. And tailgating is a great excuse to drink beer in the freezing cold and pretend were still in college.

This weekend the tailgate fare was classed up a bit thanks to my friend Erika. She had made, marinated, and stuffed the greatest burger I’ve ever consumed while standing in a parking lot. First she made the meat mixture with ground beef, garlic, soy sauce, and barbecue sauce. Then she formed big meaty patties and stuffed them with cheddar cheese, chopped scallions, and bacon pieces. It was outrageously delicious and so ingenious. I love topping my burger with tons of cheese, onions, and sauce but when you’re grilling outside, your trunk is your prep kitchen, and your attempting to top a burger with mittens on…things can get pretty complicated. So when you stuff all your toppings inside the burger, you get all of the flavor and none of the mess.

After I inhaled the stuffed burger, we all enjoyed another classed-up tailgate treat. My friend Katie had made these absolutely scrumptious red velvet birthday cupcakes for Christine. There’s nothing like Bud Light and cupcakes at 11 in the morning, I was a happy girl.

Once inside the stadium I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one of my Philly favorites, the crab fries from Chickie and Petes. The name is deceiving because there isn’t any actual crab found in any part of this dish. Instead they are very liberally seasoned with Old Bay, and oh my God…it takes these fries off the flavor charts. They come with a side of gooey white cheddar cheese sauce that’s sinful and addicting, I could honestly drink the stuff. Just look at that…uh it’s heaven!

Erika’s Tailgate Burgers


1 pound ground meat

1 tbsp (each) minced garlic, soy sauce, barbecue sauce

8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese

1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced

1/2 pound of bacon, cooked and diced


In large bowl combine meat, garlic, soy sauce and barbecue sauce. Form into 8 patties, make a small well in the center, stuff with cheese, scallions and bacon. Cover. Grill until cooked through.


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