Surprising Top “Good Luck” Foods For The World Series

These Top “Good Luck” World Series Foods Might Surprise You

It’s been 71 years since the World Series headed to Wrigley Field, but tonight that streak ends. With a tied series, the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians will battle it out in game 3 in Chicago.

A new study released by Grubhub Trends might be just what superstitious fans need to get through this highly anticipated series.

Photo: Survey Monkey
Photo: Survey Monkey

Grubhub has tracked the top “good luck” foods ordered on regular season game days when the teams won.

Kaitlyn Carl, a Grubhub Trends expert, explained to News Talk Florida just how the top good luck foods were compiled.

“We looked at all the game day wins throughout the regular season and looked at the food most ordered on those days in comparison to the most ordered foods on game day loses throughout the regular season.”

The foods on this list are not what you might expect. In fact, most of the foods aren’t your typical pizza, hot dogs and wings orders.

According to Grubhub orders in the Chicago area, the top ten most ordered foods on days the Cubs won were:

  1. Hamachi Kama
  2. Creamy Mac and Cheese
  3. Black Bean Taco
  4. Horiatiki Salad
  5. Shepherd Salad
  6. Thai Chicken Crunch Salad
  7. Yellowtail Jalapeno Roll
  8. Taco de Panza
  9. Tuna Avocado Roll
  10. Grilled Pork Chop
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Hamachi Kama

According to Grubhub orders in the Cleveland area, the top ten most ordered foods on days the Indians won were:

  1. Shrimp Tempura Roll
  2. Tuna Melt
  3. Vegetable Roll
  4. Meat Pizza
  5. Turkey Club
  6. Chicken Poppers
  7. Shrimp Mei Fun
  8. Spring Roll
  9. Taco Salad
  10. Fried Baby Shrimp
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Shrimp Tempura Roll

“Grubhub is actually the nation’s leading online and mobile ordering company so we work with more than 45,000 restaurants across the U.S. so all of the data that we pulled is based on restaurants that we are partnered with,” explained Carl.

Due to almost everyone in the Chicago and Cleveland area being Cubs and Indian fans, Grubhub was able to really draw correlations that show which are the luckiest foods on those winning game days in each of those cities.

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But possibly one of the most shocking results of this data was the fact that deep dish pizza, which Chicago is most famously known for, was not one of the top ten luckiest foods for Cubs fans.

“I think because Chicago is known for their pizza that’s actually a food that’s ordered year round and is always popular and these were actually the foods ordered more so on these game day wins versus loses,” said Carl. “So I’m sure a lot of this favorite game day foods such as hot dogs and pizza were still ordered but neither those were ones that gave Chicago a little bit of extra luck.”

This isn’t the first study Grubhub has done, but it is the first one done for the World Series in these areas.

“For every big cultural moment we always love to see what foods are spiking and what foods are kind of the luckier foods for fans in those cities so this is something we do a lot of data analysis like this and always see different trends spike throughout the year.”

So if you feel like your team might need some extra help in tonight’s tie breaker, maybe consider ordering one of those top good luck foods.

“We’re (Grubhub) excited to have our Cleveland and Chicago fans hopefully order these foods throughout the rest of this series, I know the series is tied 1-1 so we’re pretty excited to provide a little extra luck to each of those cities.”


Allison Leslie is a University of South Florida graduate with a bachelors degree in Mass Communications. She joined Genesis in 2016. With a passion for sports, Allison has interned with 620 WDAE, Pewter Report, Trifecta Team: St. Petersburg Bowl, Bullscast, and many other publications. Being a native to the Bay Area, she has followed and supported Tampa Bay teams her whole life.