Where to find the best Super Bowl Eats
For some people, the Super Bowl is about the halftime show. For others, it’s about the commercials. But for absolutely everyone, it’s about the food. Let’s face it, the snacks (Dips! Wings! Cheesy things!) and beer are what make or break this social gathering. If you’ve accidentally volunteered to host the shindig at your humble abode, don’t panic. Lucky for you, there are some fine purveyors of football-appropriate grub ‘round this part of town, and we’ve done all the legwork so you can kick back with a cold one on game day. Don’t feel like staying in this year? No problem. We’ve also included a few local joints that’ll accommodate you and your jersey-clad friends.
WHERE TO WATCH THE GAME
With a menu chock-full of this and that, a little bit of tacos, house-made meatballs, wings, burgers and an assortment of pizzas, you’ll be hard-pressed to make a bad decision at this storied watering hole. Oh, and that 100-foot bar that’s been around since the Prohibition era? Let’s just say it slings more boozy offerings (Think: an exhaustive list of cocktails, draft beer, whiskey and wine) than you can count on your—and your friends’—toes and fingers. (Note: Super Bowl Sunday is one of the few days Stag Bar + Kitchen takes reservations for via website).
Yes, there are TVs and ample, delicious offerings to graze while you watch, but there’s also beer. Correction: there’s some really, really good beer. As the only craft brewery in town, Helmsman Ale House produces a wide range of concoctions that run the gamut from a Chocolatey, caramel-y and cinnamon-y porter to citrus-forward IPAs. And going back to the food we touched on earlier, you’ll find fixings like a touchdown-worthy Bavarian pretzel, short-rib chili cheese nachos, za’atar lemon pepper chicken wings and so much more.
This Balboa Island staple is heavy on some pretty inspired cocktails—like Balboa Buzz and Darkside Martini— and classic sports-bar eats. We’re talking crispy calamari, fajita quesadillas, jalapeno poppers, filet nachos and a smorgasbord of burgers and sandwiches—another reminder that super bowl isn’t just about the chicken wings. (But if you still want chicken wings, they have that, too. They come cloaked in house-made buffalo, BBQ, jalapeño-teriyaki, or Thai Chili sauce).
Here’s the thing to know about Yard House’s tap list. It’s long. Like, over-150-taps long. We’ll spare you a rundown of exactly what you can expect to drink here, because the answer is “pretty much everything.” However, we’ll gladly talk about the delicious things you can nosh on while you watch the 49ers and Chiefs duel it out. Like, the poke nachos, which are always a menu favorite among regulars. Or like the classic sliders, whiskey black pepper wings and the well-endorsed spinach cheese dip, which typically get polished off the plate seconds after hitting the table.
WHERE TO FIND CATERING OPTIONS
If there’s one thing that successful Super Bowl viewing parties have in common, it’s a good dip. And nothing screams “crowd-pleaser” quite like a generous helping of guacamole. Don’t fancy the idea of crushing mounds and mounds of avocado? Let Avila’s El Ranchito do the heavy lifting. The folks behind this Mexican joint can whip up a mean plate of guacamole and warm, straight-out-of-the-oven tortilla chips (Take that, Tostitos). If you opt for the party tray, you’ll also get enough burritos, flautas, tacos and chingalingas to feed a group of 10 guests.
There’s a lot of goodness at this gourmet sandwich joint to, quite literally, sink your teeth into. Swing for the “Sun’s out, Buns out” package, which includes six sandwiches, salad and house-made, rosemary-and-sage potato chips dubbed “Shaka Spuds.” Also, we’re told, the caprese-style Summer Zephyr sandwich is the eatery’s most popular option, especially if there are vegetarians in company. (Note: Sessions now has two locations: on Newport Blvd and Fashion Island).
This Newport-Beach institution has been churning out New York-style pies—with a touch of California flair—since 1976, delivering ooey-gooey perfection that is surely capable of unfixing even the most captivated set of eyes from the TV screen. Go the simple route with Grandma’s Pie, a New-York-slash-Sicilian-style square pie topped with just the right amount of mozz, tangy marinara and fresh basil, or all out with the Bronx Bomber, which puts the humble pepperoni, sausage, mushroom, jalapeno and garlic on a crispy pedestal.
Sandwiches are a specialty at this longtime local favorite, where you can expect to find genius formulas like the Italian Job, which marries the silky-and-delicate mortadella, capicola and genoa salami with tomatoes, shaved onions and provolone cheese. And Pistol Pete, which brings together pastrami, slaw, swiss cheese and Russian dressing on a foundation of toasted marble rye bread. And as you peruse the deli’s catering menu, you might ask yourself: does a salad have a place at a Super Bowl shindig? It’s debatable, but what we do know is that Dory Deli’s plate of delicious greens are the ones you should happily make an exception for.Tags: newport beach, Restaurant, Super Bowl