The Golden State Warriors will complete their move from Oakland to San Francisco on Thursday when they host their first regular season game in their brand new Chase Center digs against the Los Angeles Clippers. While the star-studded affair on the court will get all the attention, even diehard fans have to eat eventually. While stadium food will inevitably be overpriced, the Chase Center has a food and drink lineup that makes it a Bay Area stage, through and through.
There’s no doubt that the Chase Center is a stadium made for its locals. It’s working with several Bay Area businesses to bring you Sam’s Chowder House from Half Moon Bay, San Francisco’s Hot Dog Bill’s (which will be serving the acclaimed “Burger Dog,” formerly exclusive to visitors to the Olympic Club Golf Course or Napa’s Silverado Golf Course), Tacolicious, and Tony G’s, and Bakesale Betty from Oakland.
We’re especially excited to see Big Nate’s BBQ, which has a long history with the NBA thanks to its founder, former Golden State Warrior and Hall of Famer Nate Thurmond, who died at 74 in 2016. Thurmond’s restaurant used to stand on Folsom Street in SoMa, but closed in 2011. It’s now being reimagined as a BBQ kiosk in the Chase Center in honor of Thurmond’s legacy.
Another highlight: La Cocina. La Cocina has made waves as a game changer for San Francisco’s food scene, fostering low-income women entrepreneurs by working as an incubator for small food businesses. The first La Cocina vendor will be Alicia’s Tamales Los Mayas.
La Cocina is one of the Chase Center’s “taste makers.” Other taste makers include: CC Made, Earl’s Brittle, Old Skool Café, Omakase Restaurant Group’s Live Sushi and Dumpling Time, Sarap Shop, Sugar & Spun, Yvonne’s Southern Sweets, Tin Pot Creamery, and La Corneta Tacqueria.
Overwhelmed by the choices? We’d recommend checking out Sarap Shop, a Filipino-American food truck (and now Chase Center vendor) that focuses on feel-good foods. Old Skool Café is also on our radar: It’s a youth-run, jazz supper club that serves soul food. For sweets, you can’t go wrong with the classics. Try some of Sugar & Spun’s unique cotton candy flavors, or CC Made’s caramel popcorn.
Food (not snacks) start at $10.
For beer and other drinks:
Budweiser fans (if they exist) will be excited to see the two-story Budweiser Legends Club, open to sideline club ticket holders. For a local taste, San Francisco’s Magnolia Beer will be served at multiple locations, including its Magnolia Brewing City Bistro. Beer starts at $12.
There are more than enough bar spaces across the Chase Center to keep the drinks flowing throughout the night. This includes Tanduay Rum Theater Boxes, Jameson from Pernod Ricard, and a Hennessy Bar serving Moët Hennessy spirits.
For those interested in nonalcoholic options, there will be Pepsi “hydration stations” located through the Chase Center, and Peet’s Coffee served at different locations.