The best part of the Super Bowl: We're in it! The second best part: the added excuse to spend all Sunday eating, drinking and falling into a football-fueled food coma. If you're planning to watch the game with fellow gourmands, put away the grocer's freezer–style grub and hit up one of these top local restaurants offering inventive takeout specials for the big day. Touchdown!
When it comes to talented teams, chef duo Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette score with their joint restaurants — including their most recent, the hotter-than-hot Little Donkey. But if you want a taste of Toro for your game day party, there are takeout options available from the buzzing South End tapas joint. The packages include sliders (pictured), street corn, patatas bravas and ensalada cortada designe to serve either four to six ($100) or eight to 12 ($175) hungry football fans. Order by 3 PM Saturday for pickup starting at 11 AM Sunday.
1704 Washington St.; 617-536-4300
Courtesy of Coppa
Feeling more in the mood for an Italian-inspired Sunday supper? Oringer and Bissonnette's other South End eatery, the enoteca Coppa, is also offering a special takeout spread for the big event. The packages include margarita and meatball wood-fired pizzas, Caesar salad and the restaurant's beloved Italian grinder loaded with salami, prosciutto, mortadella, provolone and pickled cherry peppers. They'll serve either four to six ($100) or 10-12 ($175) diners, and can be ordered until 3 PM Saturday for Sunday pickup.
253 Shawmut Ave.; 617-391-0902
Courtesy of Zac Wolf/Whole Heart Provisions
Whole Heart Provisions
Between the Buffalo wings and bacon-wrapped everything, Super Bowl snacks can be challenging territory for vegans. But if you're hanging with herbivores, here's a solution: Allston's Whole Heart Provisions is taking orders through Thursday night for an all-vegan array that includes pints of spicy mango guacamole, Buffalo cauliflower dip, street corn and Old Bay–spiked Brussels sprouts, among other options.
487 Cambridge St., Allston; 617-202-5041
Chef Steve "Nookie" Postal certainly knows a thing or two about game day grub — after all, before opening this New American spot in Cambridge, he was the executive chef at Fenway Park. Trading baseball for football, he's come up with a "party-to-go" ($300) intended to "feed 10 generously." His edible gifts include beef and black bean chili, a "Big Ass Italian Sub," mac 'n' cheese and a build-your-own-sundae kit. Order by Thursday night to pick up between 12-2 PM on Sunday.
11 Broad Canal Way, Cambridge; 617-945-7030
Courtesy of Tasty Burger
This Boston-based burger chain opened its very first location in the shadow of Fenway Park, and while it hasn't yet made it over to Gillette Stadium, that shouldn't stop you from tapping their patty-grilling talents for your very own party. With 24 hours' notice, you can opt for different tailgate-friendly catering packages, from the "sack of burgers" to the "large meal deal" that covers everything from chicken sandwiches to hot dogs. Plus: milkshakes for $50 per dozen. Need we say more?
1301 Boylston St.; 617-425-4444, multiple locations
If you're looking to elevate the culinary standards at your Super Bowl viewing, break out your black tie, dust off your monocle and bestow upon your guests some special platters from this typically high-end Back Bay icon for Japanese cuisine. Uni's game day platters, available with 24 hours' notice, include a "Brady Roll" of spicy tuna and avocado, Wagyu beef dumplings with black vinegar dipping sauce and gochujang chicken wings.
370 Commonwealth Ave.; 617-536-7200
Most football fans will spend Sunday watching at a dive bar; you, in-the-know foodie, will bring the dive bar to you. The team behind State Park, a Southern restaurant inspired by the diners and dives you find below the Mason-Dixon line, is offering up a menu of Super Bowl snacks that can be ordered online until noon on Friday. Options include a bucket of pickle-brined chicken and chicken katsu sandwiches — and in honor of Super Bowl LI, they're all $51.
1 Kendall Sq., Cambridge; 617-848-4355
Courtesy of Anna's Taqueria
This fast-casual brand of burrito builders, a local favorite, is usually where we turn to cure Sunday hangovers. But this weekend, turn to their catering arm to enable those beer-guzzling football fiestas, because orders for the Super Bowl are receiving a 10-percent discount. You can check out all the options, from do-it-yourself taco bars to burrito trays, right here.
446 Harvard St., Brookline; 617-277-7111, multiple locations
Between his work as the former executive chef for Barbara Lynch's group of restaurants and Bar Mezzana, his own upscale coastal Italian newcomer, we're used to seeing chef Colin Lynch turn out pretty refined fare. So there's something fun about seeing his approach to football-friendly noshes. Through 10 PM Thursday, place orders for Bar Mezzana's takeout specials that include racks of peppery barbecue ribs, Calabrian chile- and honey-tossed chicken wings served with gorgonzola crema and even a quart of margarita mix, among other options.
360 Harrison Ave.; 617-530-1770
Chef Jason Heard is a Georgia native, but he's hardly an enemy to Pats fans this Sunday, when the cavernous South Boston hot spot Coppersmith will be one of the neighborhood's prime locations for game watching. Can't make it over? This Southern gent is generously offering a "complete to-go BBQ menu" just for the Super Bowl. With 24 hours' notice you can get a feast of brisket, St. Louis ribs, housemade sausage loops, smoked chicken and other meats, priced at $70-$180 for helpings that serve 10-12 people. Fifteen side dishes, which range from cheddar cornbread bites to sweet potato salad, are available for $50 each.
40 W 3rd St., South Boston; 617-658-3452
Here's a fun idea for football fans in central Mass: the team at Worcester's new darling, Deadhorse Hill, has come up with a creative Super Bowl Delicatessen special. The Jewish deli–inspired feast feeds six to eight people ($200) and includes everything from tzimmes wings to sweet potato knishes, and cheese blintzes to pastrami and brisket.
281 Main St., Worcester; 774-420-7107