We love nachos, wings, and sliders, but sometimes we yearn for more elevated fare when we’re hanging out at the bar. Thankfully, chefs are coming to the rescue by putting high-end spins on some of our favorite sports bar foods. Here are 12 restaurants for bar snacks that are next-level. Need to watch the big game while you nosh? Don’t miss our round-up of restaurants for sports lovers. And, even if you’re not near any of these spots, you can always find the right restaurant on OpenTable.com for any occasion or craving.
The Smith–U Street, Washington, D.C.
What could possibly make a mound of freshly fried potato chips taste even better? Dousing them with blue cheese fondue, of course! Betcha can’t eat just one. Make a reservation at The Smith–U Street.
Bud & Marilyn’s, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nashville hot buns taste as sassy as they sound. Fried hot chicken is dressed up with ranch, pickles, and pickle brine slaw. All that’s missing is the honky-tonk soundtrack. Make a reservation at Bud & Marilyn’s.
BeetleCat, Atlanta Georgia
Double deep-frying chicken wings keeps them crispy and light. They’re tossed in chili sauce to add a punch of pepper. Sesame buttermilk dressing arrives on the side for dunking. Make a reservation at BeetleCat.
Azabu, Miami Beach, Florida
Generous chunks of slipper lobster get tempura battered and frizzled golden. Dip the savory orbs into spicy mayo and roll them in tiny rice cracker pearls. Guaranteed to be the bite of the night. Make a reservation at Azabu.
Merriman’s Fish House, Poipu, Kauai, Hawaii
You’ve never had a quesadilla like this. That’s because it’s packed with Kalua pig and sweet onions. Plunge a triangle into the memorable kimchi mango sweet chili sauce. Make a reservation at Merriman’s Fish House.
Del Frisco’s Grille, Rockville, Maryland
This reminds us of the fancy baked brie mom used to make for her book club back in the day. In this modernized iteration, a round of warm goat cheese is topped with pomegranate seeds, roasted dates, apricot jam, and crushed pistachios. Mom would surely approve. Make a reservation at Del Frisco’s Grille.
Mirabelle, Washington, D.C.
These aren’t your average tacos. The shells are made from dried bananas and then filled with foie gras parfait and gooseberry preserves. Guaranteed to elevate your #TacoTuesday game. Make a reservation at Mirabelle.
Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
American Wagyu is the foundation of this hot dog inspired by Korean galbi barbecue. The ballpark play features pickled vegetables and chili paste instead of the usual mustard and relish. It’s a home run! Make a reservation at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar.
Westlight, Brooklyn, New York
Potato skins get kicked up a notch – or two. They’re topped off with Kaluga caviar and a dollop of yuzu-accented Hollandaise. Talk about ova the top! Make a reservation at Westlight.