Just because our beloved Eagles didn’t fly to the big game this year is no excuse not to enjoy the NFL’s Super Bowl XLVIII.
This Sunday, February 2, the Seattle Seahawks face the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey — kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. sharp.
In Philadelphia, the Super Bowl will be a festive affair thanks to so many of Philly’s favorite restaurants offering incredible specials either at the bar or at your door.
Whether you watch for the sport, the commercials or the half-time act, pick a spread of good eats to get you through the game.
Want to get out to a bar and watch the game? Check right here for a roundup of great football-friendly Center City sports bars.
Check out our roundup of top picks for where to eat in or take out some great game-day grub this Sunday.
Super Bowl Take-Out
• Percy Street Barbecue: South Street barbecue joint Percy Street Barbecue deals in expertly cured, sauced, smoked and grilled meats, making the destination a natural choice for pigskin-worthy take-out. On Super Bowl Sunday, February 2, Percy Street awards at-home diners with a free rack of ribs (ordinarily $22) with all to-go orders over $100. Plus, every additional $100 in take-out over than initial hundred earns another free rack of ribs, including catering orders placed with 48 hours of notice.
• Ela: In Queen Village, chef Jason Cichonski’s chic neighborhood bistro Ela gets in on the Super Bowl action with a special pre-order option for its winning wings. Order up wings online by the dozen now through Saturday at 4 p.m., and pick ’em up on either Saturday or Sunday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. For just $10 a dozen, the only hard choice is which sauce to order: burnt honey and lime, truffle Parmesan and herb, classic with house-made hot sauce, spicy salted caramel or coq au vin with red wine, thyme, bacon and caramelized onion.
• Fette Sau: Just in time for Super Bowl Sunday, Stephen Starr and Joe Carroll’s Fishtown barbecue haven Fette Sau debuts brand-new catering offerings, bringing full, smoky flavor right to fans’ doorsteps. Catering packages are now available for as few as six people with meat by the pound, in increments of five and 10 pounds, plus all the sides and sweets to accompany. Orders should be placed 48 hours in advance for off-site catering, including the number of game-day packages, which start at $185 for a complete meal for six to eight people.
• Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop: For Philadelphians who can’t imagine watching a football game without a cheesesteak in hand, Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop has an appealing take-out option. Joe’s now offers build-your-own cheesesteak kits, which come unassembled and include cooked steak (beef or chicken), Liscio’s rolls, choice of cheese, onions, pickles, peppers, ketchup and chips. Sides of sauce, mushrooms, lettuce and tomato are also available for an additional charge. Starting at $90 for kits that supply 10 to 15 people, it’s a super way to feed a crowd. Plus, on Super Bowl Sunday, all kits come with an order of free fries.
• Federal Donuts: The Birds may not be on the field on Sunday, but fans can nod to the home team with an order of crispy fried chicken from Federal Donuts. Pick up the one-two combination of doughnuts and fried chicken to chow down on at home, and place orders in advance for both locations through Friday at 5 p.m. by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Paesano’s: Satiate that hunger for great sandwiches at Paesano’s Philly Style, chef Peter McAndrews award-winning eateries on Girard Avenue in Fishtown and in the Italian Market. For Super Bowl Sunday, order up a package to feed 15 people for $75. The sweet sandwich spread includes pulled pork, beef brisket, roasted potatoes, two packs of Tastykakes, soda and water. Folks should allow 24 hours prior to pick-up or delivery for all orders.
• Wursthaus Schmitz: At Reading Terminal Market the options for prepared foods abound, but awesome sandwiches and sides from Wursthaus Schmitz might be the best bet. Order up a grill-ready package of bratwurst, knackwurst, bauernwurst, kielbasa or other sausage with all the fixings for $60 (which feeds 5-8 people) or $115 (feeds 12-15). Just call 215-922-4287 to order, or Wursthaus caters off-site events, too, if you’re planning an epic bash.
• Geno’s Steaks: Cheesesteaks are always a solid option for game-day dining. For the Super Bowl, Geno’s Steaks and Uber Philadelphia have teamed up to offer a chance to win a full-on party with Philadelphia Eagles’ linebacker Connor Barwin, 19 friends and some Geno’s Steaks. Just apply the promotional code UBERTAILGATE to your Uber account (or create one and apply — the promotion is good for both new and existing users) by Friday, January 31. On Saturday, a winner will be randomly selected and notified via email. On Sunday, the winner will see a tailgate icon pop up on his or her app. Then, the winner just requests the party to arrive, complete with the linebacker, 20 cheesesteaks, gear and more.
Super Bowl In-House Specials
• Brauhaus Schmitz: For a German-style pigskin party, report to Brauhaus Schmitz’s first Super Bowl Party. The game will be projected on a big screen in the Brauer Bund room, and for $20 guests can enjoy a huge spread of pork rinds, roast beef, meatballs, wings and more. Plus, drinks will be on special for $5.
More picks, below.
• Swann Lounge at the Four Seasons: Why watch the game from your humdrum living room? Settle in at the Four Seasons’ Lounge for a posh tailgate party. Far from stuffy, the menu includes Philly pretzel bites, Sriracha-glazed wings, pulled pork sliders and more.
• Varga Bar: Take a big bite out of the weekend at the annual Super Fowl Cook-Off, a festive wing-off event at Varga Bar in Washington Square West. On Super Bowl Sunday, the winner of a preliminary round will face off against chef Evan Turney — his duck confit chicken wings are outrageously good — in tastings by both expert judges and the crowd.
• Shake Shack: Sweet! In celebration of Super Bowl XLVIII, Shake Shack dishes a special edition Two-Pint Conversion from Thursday, January 30 through Sunday, February 2. Just buy a pint of frozen custard ($5.75) at any Shack — both the Rittenhouse and University City locations — and the second pint is free. Plus, the Shack will also hook up with a free Shake Shack mini foam footballs, while supplies last.
• Zama: For those who want to enjoy a catch of fresh fish, Zama in Rittenhouse Square will open its doors for lunch for the first time on a Sunday for the Super Bowl from 2 to 7 p.m. Stop in for lunch before the game, or to score a sushi trays for take-out. Trays include 10 rolls for $50, or pre-ordered for $45, by calling 215-568-1027, and will also be available with a six-pack of Kirin or Sapporo Light for $15.
• The Twisted Tail: Bourbon, blues and barbecue joint The Twisted Tail is home to a solid game-day deal. Take part in The Bucket Bowl and order up ribs, whole fried chickens, wings, cheddar burgers and beers — all served in buckets.
• Tria Taproom: Though the bar will close at 6 p.m. — Tria Taproom doesn’t have any televisions — Seattle and Denver compete during lunch service with a beer-fueled match up. For $3 a 11-ounce glass, Tria pits Denver brew Great Divide Hercules Double IPA against Seattle’s Elysian Savant IPA in a kick-the-keg challenge.
• Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant: All of the Iron Hill Brewery locations will offer a popular daily take-out deal: any two pizzas and one growler of house beer for just $25. While in the house, check out the raffle to win Iron Hill swag.
• City Tap House: Before the big game, fuel up on brunch at City Tap House’s Founders Brewing Company Beer Brunch, with dishes prepped to go with hefty brews like Nemesis 2010, Breakfast Stout, Centennial IPA and Reds Rye.