Edible Events: Super Bowl Sunday Edition
On Sunday, the New England Patriots will face off against the New York Giants — use our handy guide to ensure that you celebrate (or stress eat) alongside a stack of gourmet chili dogs or a one-pound burger.
Super Bowl Party at Towne Stove and Spirits. The Back Bay restaurant is offering classic tailgating fare like bourbon-glazed chicken wings, wood-grilled pizzas, and super “bowl” (get it?) punch while displaying all of the action on 60” HD TVs. With 397 seats split between two floors — that includes three bars, dining rooms and a large patio — Towne is certainly not the coziest of restaurants around, but will provide an appropriately boisterous atmosphere on Sunday. Need an extra incentive? They’re raffling off a jersey signed by Tom Brady. 4 p.m., $50 per person, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, 617-351-2489, towneboston.com.
Clam Chowder ‘Super’ Bowls at Post 390. The hotly contested New York vs. Boston rivalry in everything reaches a boiling point with chef Eric Brennan’s “Rivalry Chowder.” The New York native’s creation is a melange of New England (creamy) and Manhattan-style (tomato-based) chowders, and is being offered at $8.50 during a pre-game brunch on Sunday. Perhaps the oversized fireplace, brick walls and proximity to Trinity Church will lend some peace, quiet, and sanctuary before all hell breaks loose. 406 Stuart Street, Boston, 617-399-0015, Post390Restaurant.com.
Game-Day Gluttony at Russell House Tavern. RHT is one of the more upscale gastropubs in Cambridge, which explains why chef Michael Scelfo will up the culinary ante come Sunday night. First, there’s his limited edition, artery-clogging “Giant Killer” burger (pictured above): two half-pound Archer Farm beef patties, Cabot Clothbound cheddar sauce, two crispy fried poached eggs, and house-cured ham, all for a mere $19. Less courageous diners can opt for tamer fare like tortilla chips with “Gronk”amole, or dollar oysters. Larger parties of 25 or more can reserve private dining space. 4 p.m., 14 JFK St., Cambridge, 617-500-3055, russellhousecambridge.com.
Burritos at Anna’s Taqueria. Mexican street food reaches its heart-stopping peak with Anna’s 30- inch Cubio Burrito, which clocks in at just under four pounds: It’s three steamed tortillas crammed with chicken-broth soaked rice, melted cheese, any combination of meats (be it carnitas, chile verde, salsa roja), any type of beans, and the works (guacamole, lettuce, salsa, sour cream, hot sauce, pickled jalapenos, etc.). Find it at any one of Anna’s six locations throughout Boston. Total cost for the messy affair? $16.05, plus tax. Various locations (Beacon Street, Harvard Street, Porter Square, Davis Square, MIT, Mass General), annastaqueria.com.
Super Bowl BBQ done right at Sweet Cheeks. Football (and BBQ) fans can look forward to a special $200 takeout package of Texas-style fare, which contains two dozen each of sticky smoked wings, buffalo wings, and fried chicken tenders, plus six sauces (including honey mustard, sticky soy, and blue cheese), and a hot dog kit for 12 (12 hot dogs, chili, green tomato relish, and the works). If the Patriots lose the game, you’ll at least have your bottle of pink Pepto to keep you company. 1381 Boylston St., Boston, 617-266-1300, sweetcheeksq.com.
Ultimate Burrito Face-Off at Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake. Though the game starts on Sunday, you can get into the Super Bowl spirit on Saturday, thanks to chef Brian Poe’s “Burrito Bowl II.” The culinary competition will pit some of Boston’s finest — Boloco’s Jason Hutchinson, Pigalle’s Marc Ofaly, Sweet Cheeks’ Tiffani Faison, Tremont 647’s Andy Husbands, and defending champ Jose Duarte of Taranta — against one another in creating a burrito that reflects the city of their favorite NFL team. 1-4 p.m., tickets $15, 384 Boylston St., Boston, 617-859-8555, rattlesnakebar.com. —by Jon Cheng