Well, there aren’t a lot of things on our minds for the weekend other than the Super Bowl! Here’s a look at some of the food the lucky people in Minneapolis will be eating, plus some great takeout spots and places to watch right here close to home.
Just what kind of refreshment options will be available at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis? In addition to the usual array of offerings, there are a couple special items. In honor of our own Pats, the executive chef has come up with a New England Clam Roll, and for the Eagles, a South Philly Roast Pork sandwich. And don’t forget the signature cocktails. The AFC special concoction is called The Wicked Red while the NFC is represented by Midnight Green Punch. These special items will be joined by some of the favorites that Minnesota fans get to choose from at regular games, where tail gating is more of an indoor sport thanks to the sub-zero temps that are common in the Twin Cities. These favorites include Walleye chowder, wild rice bratwurst, the Sota Dog and 612 Burger, smoked turkey leg and sloppy Joes. Other top choices are the bacon cheese curds, mac & cheese with Cheetos and Doritos, and espresso a la mode.
Getting hungry just thinking about the stadium food? Well, here are some local spots to pick up some shareable snacks to keep you fueled for the action on the field.
Sparky’s Wings & Things in Salem, NH will blow the mind of any chicken wing lover. There is a seemingly endless variety of wings, from super sweet and mild to burn the house down hot. PB & J wings? Why not! Or maybe the Tuscan style. If wings aren’t your thing but you like hot, give the M-80s a try – Habanero peppers stuffed with cheese and chorizo sausage. Delicious!
McKinnon’s Market in Salem, Danvers or Portsmouth offers a wide array of prepared foods and snacks. Give the coconut shrimp, Swedish meatballs and toasted ravioli a try, followed by one of their delicious cakes, pistachio whoopie pies or apple pies.
Stuft in Haverhill is a great place for something a little different with its Mexican street corn, mini beef & cheese empanadas and a personal favorite, the tater tots of the day.
Borelli’s in Methuen is a long time area favorite for picking up a traditional antipasto or Italian cold-cut tray, with a huge vegetable and Spinach dip tray to add some healthy vegetables to your high calorie game day diet.
China Blossom in North Andover is one of the top picks in the Merrimack Valley. Call early to order delivery of a PuPu platter or two. Something for everyone, for sure!
Do you prefer to head to someplace where you can watch the game with a crowd (and not have to clean up a mess at home)? We have lots of options!
Oak & Iron Brewing Company in Andover is a fun new spot in an old mill building. Feel free to bring your own snacks and enjoy some local handcrafted brews.
Jake & Joe’s Sports Grill or the Scoreboard Sports Bar & Grill in Woburn are always fun spots, with a good variety of food and lots of tv’s. And there’s abundant parking.
King’s at Market Street Lynnfield is perfect if you have family members who (gasp) aren’t interested in watching the game – they can check out the many shops and restaurants while you enjoy the game.
If you want to stay close to home, try Culpepper’s in North Andover. You get bonus points if you haven’t been before and can find the entry door on your first try! Muddy Waters in Methuen is a local gem and easy to get to on Riverside Drive. On your way there you can check out the new road configuration where the infamous Route 93/110 rotary has been replaced with on and off ramps and traffic lights. Or head to J Brian’s in Lawrence, another local favorite, where you can sample the crispy ribs, sliders and waffle fries.
So many choices! Make your game plan now so you can enjoy the Patriots win!