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Touchdown: Delicious Game Day 2016 Specials for Sunday #CHI #LA #NYC #PHL

When Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos take on Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers on February 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, there are thousands of restaurants around the nation that will be ready to host hordes of hungry and thirsty football fans. In that spirit, we’ve gathered some fun offers and specials that are a thousand steps above jarred salsa and wings from your local pizza joint. Find out where to celebrate game day 2016  in delicious style this weekend.

Alla Spina, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Add a touch of serious sophistication to your viewing with these conversions being offered by chef Julie Kline. She’s putting an upscale twist on two traditional game day dishes with her amazing Mortadella Hot Dog and playful Pig Tails with Fennel Agrodolce. Make a reservation at Alla Spina.

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American Cut, New York, New York
American Cut will be hosting a Sunday tailgate party on February 7, beginning at 5:30PM. For $150 per person, guests will enjoy offerings from chef Marc Forgione such as the NYC Pastrami Spice Sub, American Cut Wings with a chili lobster sauce, Tater Tots, Sunchoked Spinach with fontina and smoked salt, and desserts from pastry chef Tara Glick. Pair it all with drinks and specialty cocktails from the open bar while you soak up the gridiron action showing on two large projector screens with surround sound. Make a reservation at American Cut.

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American Whiskey, New York, New York
There are delicious two-for-one Smokey Chicken Wings from executive chef Roger Jacobsen, and even better, are the $7 pours of Stranahan’s, Breckenridge, and Defiant whiskeys from beverage director Joey Vargas in honor of Broncos QB John Elway who wore No. 7. You’ll also enjoy a free glass of Prosecco each time your team scores — if you are wearing a jersey of that team! Make a reservation at American Whiskey.

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Analogue, Chicago, Illinois
Located in the city’s Logan Square neighborhood, Analogue invites guests to enjoy a special menu of Cajun-style takes on football faves. The Big Game menu features Cajun Nachos with cheese sauce, red beans, chef Alfredo Nogueira’s pico de gallo made with pickles, and his housemade hot sauce, the Kaplan Burger, made by sous chef and butcher Danielle Kaplan, a cult-fave carryover from her days at Butcher & Larder, that features two patties, cheese, ketchup, mustard, pickles, and onions; and housemade Jalapeño Poppers. Guests can enjoy the game as it is projected on a blank wall in the typically TV-less restaurant. Make a reservation at Analogue.

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Brother Jimmy’s, New York, New York
The specials are all about the Carolina Panthers at Brother Jimmy’s. After all, the slogan here is “Put some South in Yo’ Mouth.” There’s the Panther Pulled Pork Sandwich and Charlotte Pimento Cheese Fries, and look for the enthusiastic staff to be passing blue shots around throughout the night. Plus, there are a whopping 25 televisions and a tricked out sound system that will keep you focused on all the action. Make a reservation at Brother Jimmy’s.

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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Restaurants, New York
So, it’s not T-Rex Tuesday, but you can still make game day seriously roar here. Founder and pit master John Stage of the meat mecca that is the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que dynasty invites you to quaff craft beers and dine on Dino signatures such as Dino Wings, St. Louis Ribs, and Creole Deviled Eggs at any of his New York locations. Make a reservation at a Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Restaurant near you.

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Best Bets: Where to Watch the Big Game in the Bay Area This Sunday

February has 29 delicious days in it, thanks to Leap Year, so we’re celebrating all month long with #29ReasonstoLoveFebruary. Reason #1? The bowl is coming to town, and you don’t really want to hover around your television at home and binge on stale chips, do you? Thankfully, you are not limited to rowdy sports bars either. This year, with the game taking place in Santa Clara, many Bay Area restaurants are getting in on the action. Whether you go close to the stadium, stay in San Francisco, or head away from the crowds up in Napa, you’ll be able to enjoy the game in high style. Here’s where to watch the big game in the Bay Area.

Birk’s
Located just a mile from the stadium in Santa Clara, Birk’s is installing a luxury heated outdoor tent to accommodate the crowds expected prior to the game, and will be screening the game on Sunday. On the week leading up to the game there will be special happy hour offerings and on the big day there will be a pre-game lunch, then specials on oysters, oyster shooters, braised pork belly sliders, and carnitas tacos. Make a reservation at Birk’s.

Where to Watch the Big Game in the Bay Area

Hog & Rocks
There might be gridlock ahead of the players hitting the gridiron, but the Mission district is easily accessible by public transportation — and there’s a parking garage on 21st, just a couple of blocks away from Hog & Rocks, for determined drivers. In addition to the regular menu, you can slurp down $1 oysters for the entire game or indulge in a combo of beer, a shot, and Korean-style spicy wings. Make a reservation at Hog & Rocks.

Where to Watch the Big Game in the Bay Area

Nostra Spaghetteria + Bar Mia
Nostra and Bar Mia, also located in the Mission District, will be showing the bowl on their two TV’s in the bar. On Sunday, February 7, they’ll open at 3PM — just in time for kickoff. Happy hour prices will be available at the bar throughout the entire game. Make a reservation at Nostra Spaghetteria.

Where to Watch the Big Game in the Bay Area

Palm House
In the Marina district, Palm House will extend their hours, opening an hour before the game to accommodate fans jockeying for the perfect viewing spot. Specials will most likely include tasty bites, such as mango chipotle BBQ wings, spiced tropical beer nut,s and Cuban fried chicken sliders. Make a reservation at Palm House.

Where to Watch the Big Game in the Bay Area

Bob’s Steak and Chop House
Right downtown, Bob’s Steak and Chop House, located at the Omni, will be adding even more TV’s to the lobby so everyone can easily see the game. The bar will have extended hours and a game day-themed menu with wings, nachos, quesadillas, chili cheese fries, and more. Budweiser and Bud Light, the official beers of the bowl, will be on tap. Make a reservation at Bob’s Steak and Chop House.

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Dine Like an #NFL Star: Where the New England Patriots Eat

As they drive toward another Super Bowl championship, it’s clear the New England Patriots football team knows how to score —both touchdowns and a table at their fave restaurants in and around Boston. Here’s the playbook for where the New England Patriots eat (yep, Tom Brady, too!). Tip: Don’t wear your Patriots’ jersey, jacket, shoelaces and face paint when eating at one of these spots — that would just be weird.

Del Frisco’s Grille, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Tom Brady has been known to frequent this suburban Boston restaurant, a lateral move from his home. The playful menu features classic comfort foods like Ahi Tuna Tacos (tuna tartare, avocado and spicy citrus mayo) and Truffle-infused Deviled Eggs. And the signature Cheesesteak Eggrolls, with a kick of sweet and spicy chili sauce or honey mustard, are a top pick among NFL players who dine at Del Frisco’s Grille locations in their hometowns (there are almost two dozen locations around the country). Filet mignon, lobster rolls, roasted chicken, and “two-fisted” sandwiches are also on the lineup. Make a reservation at Del Frisco’s Grille.

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Abe & Louie’s, Boston, Massachusetts
Patriots’ wide receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola have recently visited this classic American steakhouse, as has former Patriots’ cornerback Ty Law. Fans cheer for the signature corn-fed steaks, such as the aged Prime New York Sirloin, bone-in aged Prime Ribeye, and Prime Porterhouse, as well as for sideline dishes like baked potatoes, creamed corn, creamed spinach, and the traditional wedge salad with bacon lardons, tomatoes, and blue cheese or Thousand Island dressing. The stunning seafood tower, swordfish, lobster, and salmon are also team players as is the New England clam chowder, of course — home field advantage. Make a reservation at Abe & Louie’s.

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La Morra, Brookline Village, Massachusetts
The game plan for Brady when he visits this neighborhood restaurant: order the Bolognese di la Morra, reportedly the quarterback’s favorite. This isn’t necessarily your Nonna in the North End’s Bolognese — the traditional lamb, pork, veal and beef dish gets a conversion from a foie gras butter at La Morra. Go with the Tagliatelle al Ragu — housemade tagliatelle with bolognese. Sometimes Brady calls an audible and reportedly goes with the wood grill chicken under a brick. Make a reservation at La Morra.

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Top Chef Winners: Where Are They Now?

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Season 13 of Bravo’s hit reality cooking series Top Chef premiered last month (and, after a brief holiday hiatus, the season returns with episode 5, “Big Gay Wedding” Thursday night) which made us wonder: What do winners do after taking home the grand prize? We took a trip down memory lane to catch up on all of the champions, way back to the first season in 2006.

A few learnings: More often than not, Top Chef winners go on to open their own restaurant (or two or three of them). Only three out of 12 Top Chefs are women, and some are more high-profile than others. Some have won James Beard Awards while others have found careers in television. Many have opened or are planning on opening fast-casual concepts.

Here’s an overview of Top Chef winners, then and now.

1. Harold Dieterle

New York native Harold Dieterle won the first season of Top Chef, set in San Francisco in 2006, after besting runner-up Tiffani Faison in the final challenge in Las Vegas. Following stints at Della Femina in the Hamptons and Red Bar and 1770 House in New York City, he worked as a sous chef at The Harrison, also in NYC.

After taking home the $100,000 prize, Harold became a New York City restaurateur. He opened his first restaurant, Perilla, in 2007, and three years later he opened a Thai restaurant called Kin Shop. Later he opened a third concept, The Marrow.

Sadly, none of Harold’s restaurants have stood the test of time. In October 2014, he said goodbye to The Marrow, and last month he announced he would be closing Perilla and Kin Shop as well. In an interview with Eater, he attributed his decision to the rising cost of doing business in New York, adding, “It’s gotten to the point where I’m not having fun and enjoying myself. I’m not saying I never want to return to the restaurant business, but right now, I’m feeling a little beat up and a little tired.”

Up next: Harold and his wife are expecting their first child in February, so he’s planning to take some time off. But he expressed interest in opening a fast-casual concept down the road.

2. Ilan Hall

Filmed in Los Angeles, season two was the first time we saw Padma Lakshmi — now a star onTop Chef and beyond — take over as host. Ilan Hall (also a New Yorker) beat Marcel Vigneron in the season finale in Hawaii, amid plenty of heated rivalry between the two contestants. (Fun fact: Ilan and Marcel studied at the CIA at the same time. Apparently they have since made amends.)

Ilan was a line cook at New York City’s Casa Mono before winning Top Chef. In 2009, he opened his first restaurant, The Gorbals, in Los Angeles, but it closed within a week — the county health department shut it down due to an inadequate water heater. Happily it reopened a couple of months later, and in 2014, he opened a second location in Brooklyn. The same year, he announced he would be moving the location of the L.A. restaurant and changing the menu to be almost entirely vegan (it hasn’t reopened yet).

Now, Ilan is the host of Knife Fight, another reality cooking show in which two cooks square off, preparing dishes using a few designated ingredients in just one hour.

Up next: This week, Ilan announced he’s shutting The Gorbals in Brooklyn, changing the concept and the name. Esh — Hebrew for “fire” — will serve Israeli-Middle Eastern barbecue.

3. Hung Huynh

Season three of Top Chef took place in Miami and ended in Aspen, where Hung Huynh, a Vietnamese-American chef, beat two runners-up: Dale Levitski and Casey Thompson. Hung cooked at Per Se and Gilt in New York and held the post of Executive Sous Chef at Guy Savoy Las Vegas before joining the show.

After Top Chef, Hung competed in the 2008 Bocuse d’Or USA contest, with the aim of representing the United States at the international competition the following year. He lost out to Chef Timothy Hollingsworth but went on open a number restaurants with the EMM Group — The General, Catch, Lexington Brass — helping the group expand globally.

After four years, he cut his ties with the group in February 2015, frustrated that he wasn’t “taken seriously by somewhere like the New York Times” working with the large business.

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