Super Bowl LV (that's 55) is Sunday, February 7, and eateries across the area are putting together Super Bowl takeout specials for your dining pleasure. But while some people may want wings and nachos for their watching party, others may want to experiment with the experience. So, we went through all the offers and came up with five distinct themes that'll make you a triumphant party host (for the one other person you're hosting, right?) this year.
Tommy Want Wingy
State Fare Kitchen & Bar is offering buckets of smoked wings. Get two pounds for $16. Sauces include sweet sriracha, honey BBQ, and jalapeño ranch.
Naturally, Pluckers Wing Bar has what you need in the wing department. Order starting January 31 and consider a variety of flavors, including gochujang and Dr. Pepper.
You can also go the Sticky's Chicken route. They're doing 25 pieces for $30, 50 pieces for $55, and 75 pieces for $65. Naturally, original Sticky's flavor is available, as well as spicy loud and bangin' (SLAB), Asian tings, and shallot. Or maybe you want your wings tossed with amchur and tamarind chutney; in that case, go to Pondicheri for two-dozen ($35). Pondicheri is also offering a package for $90, which includes the wings with a whole lot of Indian specialties.
Make Your Memories
How about making your Super Bowl dinner? Rosie Cannonball is featuring the Playmaker Package, which includes pre-rolled pizza dough and ingredients for three pizzas (pepperoni, cacio e pepe, and three cheese), plus a big green salad and a half-dozen cookies. It serves up to four and can be picked up between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on February 7. It's $68 plus taxes and fees.
Cheese? Salsa? Always a good option. Hugo's is doing a dozen enchiladas for $44, plus other à la carte items. Or you can do a taquiza package for two at $44; that has a choice of carne brava, carnitas, cochinita pibil, carnitas de pato, or papas con rajas. It's served with rice and beans, pico, salsa, and mini corn tortillas. Cocktails available include margs ($22–$52) and sangria ($28).
And Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen has game-day packs of cheese ($90) and chicken ($110) enchiladas. Add a gallon of margaritas for $68 more.
The Original Ninfa's on Navigation and Uptown are both offering a big $150 package with chicken flautas, beef fajita sliders, chicken adobo skewers, guacamole, queso, and salsa. Add a gallon of margaritas for $85. The whole thing serves six.
Tampa Bay vs Kansas City Challenge
My favorite way to celebrate the Super Bowl is to make or order food that represents the cities in the big game. For example, when my Eagles faced the Patriots in 2018, we made cheesesteaks and soft pretzels. With Tampa taking on Kansas City, tasty possibilities are afoot.
No food means more to Tampa than the Cuban sandwich, which is said to have been created on the Florida Gulf Coast. This perfect marriage of ham, roast pork, Swiss, mustard and pickles on crispy, pressed bread can be found at a couple restaurants in the city. I suggest ordering a couple to-go from Cafe Piquet ($8.99). Good pregame snack.
Kansas City, naturally, means barbecue, a tradition that started with Henry Perry and continued as his pit evolved into the original Arthur Bryant's Barbecue. Celebrate KC's barbecue heritage for dinner with pork ribs (baby back or spare) with a sticky sweet sauce. Consider Gabby's BBQ's family pack that serves up to six ($66.99). Feges BBQ has a big game package for $95 that includes pork ribs, plus chicken wings (what the hey), and another Kansas City barbecue staple: beef burnt ends. Everything just needs to be reheated.
Go Big or Go Home
High-profile restaurants are getting in on the act this year. Bludorn is offering a package for two (starting at $55) or four (starting at $100) that includes wings, spinach and artichoke dip, a fried chicken sandwich or dry-aged burger, and brownies. Add some Karbach Horseshoe Pilsner for extra. All proceeds go to the Southern Smoke Foundation.
B&B Butcher's is doing it real big. You can get a ready-to-roast tenderloin for $275 or a whole roasted prime rib for $550. Or you can do a sandwich platter ($11), with roast beef, turkey, ham, chicken, tuna, or vegetarian salad; a signature sandwich platter ($15) that hoagies it up a bit; or a charcuterie and cheese platter ($144), with five meats and a bunch of cheeses, olives, and crackers.
Then there's crawfish. We have our list of favorite places, and some will be offering takeout on February 7. You can also choose The Pit Room, which is doing three pounds for $27 (with corn, potato, and Andouille sausage). A package of three pounds (with the fixins') with snow crab clusters and a pound of shrimp is $59 total. By the pound: $9.95.