Super bowl Sunday is one of my favorite days of the year.
It’s like Thanksgiving minus the judgement.
Meaning you can go straight for the booze, grab food with your hands and scream at the television without being afraid of what your extended family will think of you. The agenda for any super bowl watcher is this: Eat, drink, repeat. Here are a couple of places in the Boston area that are offering something a little different for the big game, but still deliver on those basic needs.
Craigie on Main
When you’re one of the best chefs in the country you don’t watch the big game with the typical spread of food. Case in point: Chef Tony Maws of Cragie on Main who has created a “Pig Parts” takeout super bowl deal. The deal includes half of a pig’s head, crispy pig’s tails, tortillas, guacamole, and pineapple and black bean salsa for $75 and is enough for 5 people to enjoy. Chef Maws, who will still be in mourning for the Pats loss two weeks ago, felt that pork parts and a game of pig skin were a “natural” pairing.
[853 Main St., Cambridge. @craigieonmain. craigieonmain.com]
Local 149 is celebrating the last football Sunday of the season by pulling out all of the stops at their restaurant in South Boston. On game day you can pick up a takeout deal for 10 people that includes 25 wings, 2 pepperoni pizzas, chips and dip for $85. If that combo isn’t your style, you can also pick up a 6 foot deli sub to take home made with locally-sourced ingredients. Jason Goodin, general manager, says that if you want to stay somewhere and watch the game, Local 149 is the perfect place to do it. They will be offering lots of Super Bowl specials in their dining room including a $6 bucket of wings, $5 burger, $7 nachos and $2 beer. All of that in addition to their normal menu which features fried Brussels sprouts, duck confit, and venison carpaccio.
[149 P St. Boston. @Local_149. local149.com]
South Street Diner
South Street Diner, a late-night Boston institution, is having some fun with the super bowl this year. When you buy a beer or a beer and burger combo at South Street Diner you get a ticket with numbers on it and your name entered into their grid behind the counter. Who ever’s numbers are closest to the final score of the game on Sunday wins a $50 gift certificate to the diner. If you want to watch the game at South Street Diner and see if your number wins, they’re offering a game day buffet that will change with the quarters.
[178 Kneeland St. Boston. @southstreetdine. southstreetdiner.com]
Football and barbecue have been inseparable since the first face-painted, football lover loaded a grill into the back of his truck for tailgatin’. The tradition continues at Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge where they’ll be offering barbecue by the pound for super bowl Sunday. Kurt Gurdall, the general manager, will be manning the grill. What’s on the menu? St. Louis style spare ribs, pulled pork, wings, brisket, barbecue chicken, house made sausages and more. “We’re starting at 11 a.m. and going until it runs out,” he says. They also have craft beer (the other necessity) to complete your super bowl spread. “What else do you need,” Kurt asks.
[244 Huron Ave., Cambridge. @formaggio. formaggiokitchen.com]