Let's face it, the Super Bowl is as much about the food as it is about the football and the zany commercials. What you eat and drink while watching the biggest television broadcast of the year is of vital importance. You don't just sit at home eating TV dinners, you order pizzas and chicken and beer (maybe even beer-glazed chicken pizza?) and everything in between. See our Super Bowl Dining Guide. This year, Chicago restaurants and bars are rolling out plentiful Super Bowl specials and packages to celebrate the big game and keep you satsified. Here's your guide for where to fuel up and what to eat:
No doubt chicken is a big deal for Super Bowl, but fried chicken with honey butter raises the bar on the standard buffalo wings template. Honey Butter Fried Chicken's Super Bowl package is enough to feed 10 hungry spectators with items such as fried chicken with honey butter and corn muffins, fried chicken sandwiches, honey buffalo wings, pasta salad, roasted sweet potatoes, and chocolate toffee cookies. All this glory can be yours for $200, which is a great bargain considering several of your friends will be pleasantly sated. Orders can be picked up from the restaurant on February 2 between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. and can be placed by calling 773-478-4000.
(Whole pigs and fixings at Sunda)
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Taco Joint adds a little Mexican pizazz to the Super Bowl showdown this year, with a bottomless big game package. For just $32, guests can partake in bottomless margaritas, bottomless beer, and bottomless tacos, available from kickoff at 5:25 p.m. until the end of the game, so let's keep fingers crossed for overtime.
The Super Bowl is all about the meat, and Chop Shop has your carnivorous needs covered. The deli-cum-restaurant is slinging a myriad of hearty, meaty fare to-go this Super Bowl Sunday. Items are available pre-cooked and ready to eat, such as skirt steak, sausage and peppers, meatballs and gravy, and three-foot Italian-style party subs; while others are raw and designed to be cooked at home, such as sausages, beef burger patties, and bacon-wrapped filets. Place your orders by calling 773-537-4440.
Speaking of meat, the quintessential Super Bowl feast may very well be the whole-roasted pig on the docket at Sunda. After all, football is all about the pig skin. Guests can order their swine a week in advance and pick up the fully cooked pigs with ample sides for game day. The pigs are stuffed with longaniza and Hawaiian bread stuffing, served Kamayan-style with jasmine rice, lumpia, tomato-onion salad, garlic vinaigrette, foie gras gravy, and sweet chile sauce. It feeds 10-15 people, clocking in at $500 per porcine smorgasbord. Call 312-644-0500 to place an order.
(Chili is on at Howells & Hood)
Besides pig skin, if there's one food synonymous with football it's gotta be chili. It's burly, beefy, and heady, pretty much everything you need and want in football-watching cuisine. Fittingly enough, Howells & Hood is celebrating the Super Bowl with a chili cook-off on Super Bowl Sunday, featuring the spicy masterwork of six local chefs tasked with creating chili flights for $15 per person. Guests will get to vote for their favorites, with the oppotunity to win a $25 gift certificate to the restaurant. Participating chefs include Enoch Simpson from Endgrain, John Manion from La Sirena Clandestina, Matt Troost from Three Aces, Tom Van Lente from TWO, and more.
Things are getting smoky at Frontier. The obscure animal-focused barstaurant is offering a slew of smoked meats to-go for Super Bowl Sunday, available for pick up between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Options include smoked turkey, duck, smoked pork loin, porchetta, and boneless stuffed chicken, plus sides such as five-cheese mac and potato salad. And for those looking to pig out on the premises, Frontier is offering $100 whole smoked pigs for in-house reservations. Call 773-772-4322 to inquire/order.
- Matt Kirouac