The Patriots may not be playing, but we'll be watching. Super Bowl Sunday is coming up fast, and here's a sneak peek at some restaurants that are offering special menus, take-home party platters and even a chance for a free meal on February 7.
Night Market. Buffalo wings? How predictable. For something a bit off the beaten path, get over to this subterranean, Asian street-food concept in Harvard Square. Super Bowl Sunday will see 50-cent wings (with purchase of a boozy beverage) served in a variety of flavors: tebasaki, rendang, coffee BBQ, black pepper honey. If you'd rather gorge at home, Night Market also offers game-day take-out packages for pre-order. Options include a "mixed grill platter" of yakitori, meatballs and skewers, noodle trays and BBQ pork banh mi sandwiches. To order, call ahead. 75 Winthrop St., Cambridge; 857-285-6948
Olde Magoun's Saloon. This Somerville gastropub has two celebrations going down on Super Bowl Sunday. From 12–3 PM, the 11th Annual Chili Cookoff will pit 30 contestants and their most fantastic home recipes in a bid to win prizes and bragging rights. The best part: it's totally free to taste, so pull on some elastic-waist pants and head over. Afterwards, Olde Magoun's will host an All-You-Can-Eat BBQ Tailgate from 5–8 PM, slinging tailgate-apropos eats like pulled pork, BBQ chicken, jalapeño and bacon mac 'n' cheese and more. 518 Medford St., Somerville; 617-776-2600
Papagayo. We like these odds. Arrive before kickoff to any location of the Boston-area Mexican chain, and declare the team you want to win. If your pick is indeed the victor, 100% of your food is free; if they don't, you'll get a free entree on a future visit. The only hitch? You have to be there by kickoff and stay for the entire game. But let's be honest: you were going to be drinking that long, anyway. 15 West St.; 617-423-3600, plus additional locations
Rosa Mexicano. Leave the guac-making to the experts. This Super Bowl Sunday, Mexican chain Rosa Mexicano is offering its tableside guacamole en molcajete in an at-home incarnation. The Guac-to-Go Party Pack runs $50 for every 10 people it needs to serve, and includes the restaurant's housemade tortillas and corn chips. The best part? Order by 5 PM on Friday, February 5 and it will be available — alongside the restaurant's entire Mexican menu — for home delivery. 155 Seaport Blvd.; 617-476-6122
Shake Shack. No need to pull your grill out of hibernation. All local locations of Shake Shack will be offering the Big Game Shack Pack for your home party-hosting needs. Pre-order for pickup on February 7, and your pack will include 10 Shack burgers (pictured), two pints of custard and a mini football (because why not?) for $50. 234 Newbury St.; 617-933-5050, plus additional locations
Sweet Cheeks Q. Top Chef alum Tiffani Faison will get into the game-day spirit at her Fenway-side barbecue joint, offering a dine-in or take-out special menu. On the agenda: fried chicken and waffles with sweet chile and maple mayo, chipotle-Buffalo monster wings, buttermilk fried drumsticks, DIY nachos and more. 1381 Boylston St.; 617-266-1300
Zebra's Bistro & Wine Bar. Now that Hell's Kitchen alum Brendan Pelley has launched Pelekasis at Wink & Nod, it's a good time to visit Zebra's and see what new chef Andrew Grosse is up to in the kitchen. Need more incentive? Super Bowl Sunday specials include the "Super Tacos," a pair of tacos with a can of Narragansett beer for $12; dollar oysters all night long; and the "Super Smash Burger" ($18), a half-pound patty with buttermilk fried onions, smoked bacon, fontina cheese, sweet pickled jalapeños and pineapple tomatillo salsa. 21 North St., Medfield; 508-359-4100