LA's Ultimate Super Bowl Takeout Guide

By Lesley Balla  |  January 27, 2014

America’s favorite unofficial holiday is upon us: Super Bowl Sunday, when people everywhere snack with wild abandon while watching two teams pummel each other, and no one fast-forwards through the commercials. The only thing that makes a great Super Bowl party even better is quality eats, whether it’s barbecue, subs, wings or even sushi. If you’re not holing up at your local sports bar for the big game, read on for a by-the-neighborhood guide to traditional and unique football-food takeout. 

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    Downtown/Echo Park

    The Park’s Finest: Call ahead to order Filipino-flavored ribs, pulled pork, tri-tip, coconut beef and bibingka corn bread. Catering trays start around $100 and feed 15-20 people (213-481-2800).

    TLT Food: Order up sweet and spicy steak or pork belly adobo tacos and spicy sambal wings or beef short-rib sliders by the dozen. Sides like carnitas or ahi tuna nachos, or edamame hummus with chips feed six to eight. Twelve hours' notice is required for all large orders. If you live within a five-mile radius of the shop and order at least $120 worth of food, you can get it delivered to your doorstep (213-377-5333).

    Spitz: The “home of the doner kebab” has party trays filled with an array of Mediterranean-inspired bites, including fresh-baked pita bread; beef, lamb and chicken meats; falafel balls; vegetables and toppings; fried pita strips with bowls of hummus, tzatziki and other dips; and salad. $12 per person. Twenty-four hours' notice is needed (213-613-0101).

    Etchea Bakery: Feed up to 10 people with the “heat-and-eat dinners” available for pickup at the two newish Downtown bakeries. The packages include sliced beef brisket, fresh baguettes, Swiss cheese and horseradish aïoli; coleslaw and mixed-greens salads; and two dessert platters with brownies, macarons and cookies. $15 per person. Orders must be placed by Wednesday, January 29, for Friday or Saturday pickup (213-744-1903).

    Sugarfish: Get a platter full of edamame, sushi and rolls for up to 10 people from the local chain. Packages are priced at $250. Orders must be placed a few days in advance, and pickup times are between 11:40 AM and noon or 5:45-6:15 PM (213-627-3000).

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    Los Feliz/Hollywood

    Loteria Grill: Call and order tacos, burritos, quesadillas, taquitos, guacamole and more. If you’re planning a big party and want to spend some dinero (as in, a minimum of $500), check out the catering delivery option - they’ll bring everything to you hot and ready to eat for kickoff (323-465-2500).

    Fat Sal’s: You cannot order the Fat Fatty - a 27-in. overstuffed behemoth served only for food challenges - but you can get platters of sandwiches, heros and wraps for up to 24 people. Make sure one of your selections is the Fat Jerry, a cheesesteak stuffed with mozzarella sticks, bacon, fried eggs, fries, mayo and ketchup. It's a favorite of Jerry Ferrara of Entourage fame. He co-owns the joint (855-682-4373).

    Ye Rustic Inn: It’s no secret that this Los Feliz dive has the best hot wings in town. Call ahead to pick up packs of 18 wings in any of the four sauces, including the fiery “suicide,” on game day. Might as well get a few orders of fried zucchini and mozzarella sticks while you’re at it - because, you know, football (323-662-5757).

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    Mid-City/Beverly Grove/Fairfax

    Short Order: Fill the table with wings, fried chicken strips, bratwurst with housemade kraut on pretzel buns, pork belly bites, ribs, loaded spuds and more from the Original Farmers Market joint. All to-go orders for Sunday’s game must be placed by 5 PM on January 30 (323-761-7970).

    Bludso’s Bar & Que: If you’re not going to hang out at the barbecue joint, where there’s an all-you-can-drink party starting at 2:30 PM, you can order everything to-go for your own AYCD party. “The Tray,” which has brisket, pulled pork, rib tips, chicken, ribs, hot links and sides, feeds five to six people for $95. Calling in orders before Sunday is strongly recommended (323-931-2583).

    Hot Wings Cafe: Serving its namesake to the greater Los Angeles area since 1986, the wings here are consistently good and ready for pickup. Platters with 50 to 950 wings come with celery, carrot sticks, and ranch or blue cheese dressing. Choose from mild, hot, extra-hot, barbecue, spicy barbecue or lemon pepper (323-930-1233).

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    West Hollywood

    Ink.Sack: Cold fried chicken with housemade ranch cheese. The “Spanish Godfather” with Serrano, chorizo and Manchego. Smoked salmon with everything bagel spread, capers and pickled red onion. These are Super Bowl sandwiches à la Michael Voltaggio. Call ahead for pickup (323-655-7225).

    Mendocino Farms: In addition to mini-sandwiches, there are party snacks like mozzarella caprese skewers, turkey meatball lollipops, and charcuterie and cheese boards on the catering menu. Sandwich and salad packages range from $105 for five to seven people to $250 for up to 20. Call ahead at least 24 hours in advance (323-512-2700).

    Real Food Daily: For the vegan football fans, there are a slew of options for pickup and even delivery. One party favorite: the build-your-own taco bar that comes with corn tortillas, seasoned seitan, onions, peppers, guacamole, pico de gallo and tofu sour cream. It should feed up to 10 people for $99 (310-289-9910).

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    Santa Monica/Venice

    Rockenwagner and 3 Square Cafe: Every Super Bowl party needs pretzels, or in this case, one giant one stuffed with salami, turkey, mortadella, Swiss cheese, spicy relish, mayo and mustard. The beast feeds at least a dozen people for $89. There’s also the Uber Chicken Club Sub, a 3-ft.-long chicken club sandwich on ciabatta ($150). Both, or any other specialty at the bakeries or cafe, need to be ordered by January 30 (310-394-4267 and 310-399-6504).

    Milo + Olive: The petit Santa Monica restaurant has big offerings for the Bowl. Order three dozen free-range chicken wings, or 24-in. ciabatta sandwiches stuffed with things like prosciutto, mozzarella, tomatoes and arugula that feed six to 10 people. Or, get a whole package with wings, chopped salad, pizzas and house-baked cookies for $195.  All orders must be placed by Friday, January 31, at 5 PM (310-453-6776).

    Gjelina Take-Away: There aren’t special deals from the incredibly popular Gjelina offshoot, but it’s a great place to pick up salads, pizza, meatballs, sandwiches and even a budino or two. You can order everything online for quick pickup the day of the game (310-392-7575).

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    All Over LA

    The Counter: Get all of the choices from the ultracustomizable burger chain under your own roof with The Counter’s Burger Bar. Choose everything from patty type (beef, chicken, turkey, vegan) to cheeses, toppings, sauces and buns for $10.50 per person, and let your friends do it up, their way. Minimum of eight people required. Order 24 hours in advance (310-399-8383).