Sources tell me there’s a “Big Game” coming up this Sunday. I don’t know, I’m not really into sports.
It’s just so gosh darned American: exercising our right to watch America’s game on a big screen TV while drinking American beers and eating American food. In fact, of the teams playing is the Patriots, for goodness’ sake. The other team is the Falcons but they might as well be the Bald Eagles. Because right now we Americans could use some kind of sports to distract them from the news, even if it’s just for a few hours on a Sunday afternoon. Or at least another reason to drink heavily. If that reason’s the Super Bowl? So be it.
Here’s a solid list of places to go watch, some specials to partake in, and more than a few ways to make this Sunday super tasty. Sorry it’s super late.
What: Go Super Bowling
Cost: FREE admission
Details: The Big Game can’t get boring while there’s bowling to be played, local beers to be sampled and 51 cent wings to eat. Austin Eastciders, Rahr & Sons Brewing Co., Lakewood Brewing Co. and 3 Nations Brewing Co. will be in the house on Sunday sampling and as part of the recipes for some new wing flavors. Oh, and they have 34 TVs.
What: When you dip, I dip, we dip.
Where: High Fives
Cost: Just make a reservation
Details: Reserve a table for some game watching at High Fives and get your first bucket of domestics for $5, plus a complimentary Dip Board appetizer. If you’re still hungry, $20 bucks will get you a big board: smoked cheddar and summer sausage, sweet potato fritters, Irish nachos, stuffed jalapeños and guajillo BBQ wings.
What: Pig Out On The Patio
Where: The Ivy Tavern
Cost: $10 per plate, plus $3 domestics and $4 wells
Details: The folks at Ivy Tavern are roasting a pig and serving it up with cole slaw and potato salad at halftime for $10 a plate. Before and after the pig out, folks can watch the game on six indoor and three outdoor big screen TVs. Don’t miss out on beer samples by Revolver Brewing Co. either.
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What: Order an unforgettable pizza
Where: Stonedeck Pizza Pub
Details: Well, this is different. Stonedeck in Deep Ellum is turning their rectangular pizza into merely a tray, nestled into which you’ll find queso, marinara and bleu cheese dressing (all made in-house, of course). Chips, house-made pizza rolls and hot wings round out the crazy pie. It really is everything you need, all piled onto one pizza. Whether or not that’s a good thing is entirely up to you. Just add moonshine, cocktails, beer and the Big Game.
What: Eat a super steak buffet!
Where: Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse
Cost: $69.99 per person
Details: For those more interested in cow than pigskin, Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse is offering an all-you-can-eat prime rib situation, plus wings, sides and $2 draft beers for $69.99 per person, starting at 4:00 p.m. on game day. Call 214-744-3287 to reserve.
What: Keep it super simple.
Where: Cold Beer Co.
Cost: $5 Jameson and Deep Eddy Ruby Red & lemon shots, $1 PBR and Lonestar add-ons, $3 drafts
Details: Expect simplicity from a bar named Cold Beer Co. It’s about classic American apps like hot wings and chips & queso, cheap beer, drink specials, and a big screen TV to watch the Big Game. Easy does it.
What: Just wing it.
Cost: $10 for wings and beer
Details: If you’re looking for a place to chill, drink beer and eat wings on Game Day, Eureka!: You found it. For just $10 you can score an order of wings plus a “permanent” handle of beer starting at 1:00 p.m. which is early for Super Bowl Sunday. So settle in early and enjoy the day.
What: Party with the Miller Light girls.
Where: Pyramid Bar at The Fairmount Hotel
Details: At the Fairmount’s Pyramid Bar, the big screen will be broadcasting The Big Game this Sunday. Support your team of choice by ordering specialty cocktails and food specials designed specifically to cater to fans of either Atlanta or New England. Or, just drink a bunch of Miller Light, which just so happens to be the official beer of the Dallas Cowboys, with the Miller Light girls, who are set to make an appearance.
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What: Save $29 on the priciest pizza in town.
Details: This limited-time, deep-dish creation by Executive Chef Matt Ford (regularly $10 a slice or $80 for the whole pie) will be just $51 on Super Bowl Sunday in honor of the fifty-first Big Game. Only available on Sundays and Mondays and packed with pepperoni and calabrian chili sausage, it’s so much more than your typical delivery pizza. Just call 214.261.4600 with at least 24 hours notice of your pickup time (between noon and 5:30, also known as “kickoff.”)
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What: Bring Your Own Pigskin.
Where: CBD Provisions carnitas
Cost: $89 (feeds 4-6)
Details: Heading to a friend’s place to watch the game? Impress all in attendance with the famous carnitas from CBD Provisions at the Joule Hotel. Pick up a half pre-roasted Berkshire pig’s head, complete with salsas, tortillas, radish salad and lime plus chips and guac for $89. There will only be 15 of these available so call 214.261.4500 to secure yours in advance.
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What: Let it slide.
Where: Pecan Lodge BBQ
Details: Sure, you could barbecue your own ribs, brisket and sausage, and try to make green chile bacon mac and cheese that tastes as good as they make at Pecan Lodge, but goodness that sounds like a LOT of work. Super Bowl Sunday is for relaxing, right? So instead, why not order some poundage of the goods and take it to-go? There’s even a DIY Slider Pack stocked with smoked meats, rolls, coleslaw and PL sauce. Pickup is between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday; order at shop.pecanlodge.com by Friday.
What: Super Bowl and chill
Where: Your place
Cost: Price varies
Details: Not interested in leaving the couch? We get it. Baby steps, America. Have your super meal come to you. Try food delivery services like Caviar and Favor, who are sure to be handing out coupon codes and delivery discounts for Sunday, and then there’s LASH, where you can order both food AND alcohol at once, for the ultimate in laziness (or winning?)
NOTE: this piece was originally authored for Eater.