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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Filini, Chicago Illinois
Located in the Aqua Tower, this contemporary Italian restaurant is serving up 50 cent Buffalo Wings, a $3 Hamburger Slider, and a 50th Anniversary Sampler, which includes two sliders, four Buffalo wings, two cod fritters, two arancini, and two seared scallops, for $19. Draft Beers are just $5.50 and Bloody Mary’s for $12. Make a reservation at Filini.
The Hungry Cat, Santa Monica, California
No matter the outcome of the game, you won’t get hangry at the Hungry Cat, thanks to these specials from chef David Lentz and chef de cuisine Kris Longley and drinks courtesy of Dona Bridges. Nosh on a Maine Lobster Roll and Fries and Beer-Battered Fish Tacos while you sip the Panther, made with Javis Mezcal, lime, orgeat, and Vedrenne Blue Curacao, or the Bronco, which features Arette Reposado Tequila, sour orange, and kaffir lime salt. Make a reservation at The Hungry Cat.
The Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges, Pound Ridge, New York
There’s no cozier or more delicious place to watch the action than with one of the world’s biggest chefs. Jean-Georges and his team are creating a sublime Super Sunday with hot game-day specials and cold beer. Make a reservation at The Inn at Pound Ridge.
Irvington, New York, New York
This Union Square eatery offers a large screen to view the game from both the bar and dining room and drink specials featuring local craft tap beers and bottled cocktails. Don’t miss the Short Rib Nachos, Buffalo Chicken Flatbread, and Grilled Wings. Make a reservation at Irvington.
Photo credit: Jason Varney (Alla Spina); Daniel Krieger (Dinosaur Bar-B-Que); Alexandra Romanoff (American Whiskey); Matt Hayek (Brother Jimmy’s).