Whether you’re more into the football, the ads or the over-the-top halftime show, the best part about Super Bowl parties is killer food and drink. Kick it up a notch on Sunday, February 2, with our guide to game-day takeout and party packages. Whatever your neighborhood, we’ve got you covered. May the best spread win.
Zama: Class up your sportsball gathering with sushi. Chef Hiroyuki “Zama” Tanaka will be open during the day on a Sunday for the first time ever, and if you order in advance, you can pick up a $50 tray of 10 maki rolls for just $45. Add a six pack of Kirin or Sapporo Light for $15 more (215-568-1027).
Cavanaugh’s: While this Rittenhouse sports bar isn’t necessarily known for cuisine, the wings here draw a lot of praise. If you’re going traditional with your party food, place an order online before Friday, January 31, to pick them up game day (50 wings for $37.50; 75 wings for $56.25; 100 wings for $75; 215-928-9307).
Federal Donuts: Send an e-mail before 5 PM on January 31 to make your Super Bowl a fried-chicken-and-donut affair. The minimum pre-order is one whole chicken or one dozen donuts, but you know you’ll want to try at least two flavors of bird. And your guests will jump at the chance to take home any donuts left over - as if that would ever happen.
South Street / Queen Village
Ela: Get your order in before 4 PM on February 1 to score some seriously special wings. Chef-owner Jason Cichonski is offering six sauces, including spicy salted caramel, truffle Parmesan, green curry-coconut and burnt honey with lime. Whole wings go for $10 per dozen (267-687-8512).
Percy Street Barbecue: Like ribs? At Erin O’Shea’s BBQ joint, every take-out order over $100 will score a gratis ‘cue-glazed rack (usually $22). Order off the regular menu or go for one or two of the $55 family pack: a pound of brisket, a pound of pulled pork, pinto beans, greens, potato salad, slaw and eight potato rolls (215-625-8510).
The Twisted Tail: The Headhouse Square blues bar is running a “bucket bowl” special for game day, and while your to-go order will probably be in regular containers (the buckets aren’t disposable), you can still get in on the menu. Ribs, whole-fried chickens, wings and cheddar burger packages start at $15 (215-558-2471).
Italian Market / East Passyunk
Slice: If your crowd insists on pizza (or the ease of serving makes it your party food of choice), make sure it’s special. The February pie of the month at this 10th and Federal pizzeria is bacon-cheeseburger, loaded with ground beef, bacon, caramelized onions and mozzarella. Pies run $17 for a medium and $23 for a large (215-557-9299).
Di Bruno Bros.: If you’re already a fan of the Italian Market cheese cave and its assorted cheese condiments, place an online order (here) for the “touchdown snack box.” For $50, you’ll get Buffalo pretzel crisps, gorgonzola cheese spread, bacon pickles, aged cheddar, pepperoni and mustard, enough to feed four to six.
Sarcone’s: Get a quality snack while still savoring bang for your buck with one or more huge pans of tomato pies from this Ninth Street bakery. Go naked (just sauce) or top yours with cheese or pepperoni - each one runs just $20-$25 and holds 18 slices. Place your order by 2 PM on February 1 for Sunday pickup (215-922-0445).
Northern Liberties / Fishtown / North Philly
Fette Sau: Let this Frankford Avenue BBQ joint smoke you out with one of three different party packages designed for the game. Go for “The Safety,” with pulled pork, brisket and two sides ($185; feeds six to eight); “The Huddle,” which adds a whole chicken and two more sides to the mix ($285; feeds 10-12); or “The Red Zone,” with ribs, sausages and just about every side on the menu ($485; feeds 18-20). Order by end of day Friday for game-day pickup (215-391-4888).
Joe’s Steaks: If you’re going cheesesteak, don’t settle for the no-name deli at the corner. Instead, order a build-your-own package from one of the best steak shops in the city. Prices start at $90 for a kit that feeds 10-15 and includes a tray of cooked beef (or chicken), Liscio’s rolls, your choice of cheese, onions, pickles, peppers, ketchup and chips, plus bonus free fries (215-535-9405).
Rustica: Chicken pot pie pizza? Yes, it’s a thing at this Second Street storefront, along with dozens of other unique pies. Unlike many pizzerias, the hoagies and salads here are also top-notch, so be sure to supplement your pie order when you call it in (215-627-1393).
West Philly / University City
Wishbone: Call in your order to this fried chicken specialist the day before the game to pick up one of three party packages. “The Safety” is 2 lbs. of chicken, four dipping sauces and a pound of mac ‘n’ cheese (feeds four to six; $25). “The Field Goal” ups it to 4 lbs. of poultry, six sauces, double the mac, 10 sliders and a growler of New Hope soda (feeds seven to nine; $50). “The Touchdown” will increase the quantities so you can feed 10-12 people for your $75 (215-921-3204).
City Tap House: Get your growler filled from one of 60 taps when you stop in to pick up your catering package from this second-floor Walnut Street bar. Up to 30 people can snack on 10-spice wings ($50), St. Louis ribs with hand-cut fries ($65), or get 24 slices of brick-oven pizza for $30-$35. More options here; call before Friday at 5 PM to get your order in on time (215-662-0105).
Shake Shack: Don’t forget dessert! Both the West Philly and Rittenhouse outposts of Danny Meyer’s burger chain are running a “two-pint conversion” special: buy any pint of frozen custard for $5.75, and get the second pint for free. You’ll also get a free Shake Shack foam football with your treats.
Fairmount / Northwest Philly
Shifty’s Taco: Take home a build-your-own-taco bar from this Brewerytown cantina. A $65 package feeds 4-6 people, and includes your choice of two meats (think housemade chorizo, pulled chicken, braised brisket, local pork) plus rice and beans and chips and salsa. Call 24 hours in advance for game-day pickup (215-232-1413).
Tela’s Market: Place an order by January 31 to stock your football party with chef Chad Vetter’s fried chicken (a dozen pieces for $17), cheese plates ($50 serves 10), veggie platter ($25 serves 10) and more. There’s also housemade guacamole (a pint goes for $15) so you can elevate your chips-and-dip game (215-235-0170).
Iron Hill: If you live in Chestnut Hill or you’re willing to drive to any of the 10 regional locations for good beer, stop at this brewpub for a pizza and beer deal. Order any two pizzas and your growler fill will be just $25 - the offer is good on February 1 and 2 only.