Are you ready for some football? On Feb. 13, the Los Angeles Rams will take on the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI. Without our beloved Bears in the game, that gives us more time focus on what really matters on Super Bowl Sunday—the food! Here’s a collection of foolproof Super Bowl recipes and delicious beer pairings, plus — if you don’t feel like cooking — some local restaurants in Chicago and the suburbs you can support by ordering in your favorite game-day foods.
Super Bowl Recipes: Must-Try Nachos, Chili, Wings and More
9 Killer Nacho Recipes for Your Super Bowl Party, and Beyond
The big game goes with nachos like bagels and lox, or bacon and eggs. The best nachos have it all in one bite: cheese, pico de gallo, beans, meat. There’s something for everyone in a pan of nachos fresh from the oven, whether it’s a melty cheese, a nubbin of frizzled meat, or a slightly charred tortilla chip.
Pair with: Five Rabbit Brewery’s Xicago, a Mexican Lager made in Chicago, or Sonoma Springs Kolsch, from Sonoma, California.
Vegetarian and Vegan Super Bowl Recipes That Score With Everyone
Even if you think no football Sunday is complete without a hefty dose of Buffalo wings, it’s still nice to have a few crowd-pleasing meatless options. Here are six meat-free recipes that are sure to score with carnivores and vegetarians alike.
Pair with: Lagunitas IPA, brewed in both Petaluma, California and Chicago, or Sketchbook’s Pinky Sweater Pilsner from Evanston, Illinois.
8 Showstopping Chili Recipes for Your Next Tailgate
All of these are spice-laden, piping-hot, soul-satisfying dishes that go great with a big hunk of fresh cornbread. Don’t forget to pile on the toppings, from cheese and sour cream to chopped green onions and avocado.
Pair with: Your own beer! If you really want to impress your guests, brew a universally-loved IPA. This kit from Northern Brewer includes everything you will need.
‘Cooking With Beer’ Recipes: Beer Hot Wings With Peach Hot Sauce and Abbot’s Apple Pie
Mark Dredge, author of “Cooking With Beer,” shares two recipes that feature beer, perfect for Super Bowl Sunday.
Pair with: New Glarus Spotted Cow, brewed and only sold in Wisconsin, so it will be a surprise for guests! It is also fun to cook with.
The Perfect Guacamole Recipe
Guacamole is a must at any Super Bowl party, and we have the perfect recipe (if we do say so ourselves).
Pair with: Half Acre Daisy Cutter Pale Ale, brewed in Chicago, or Headlands Brewing Hawk Hill Hefeweizen, made in the Bay Area.
Order from Local Restaurants
Double Clutch Brewing Company
Evanston’s newest brewpub is offering a range of bestsellers to-go for game day. The feast, available for preorder on Tock, includes a choice of a salad, smoked amish wings, chips n’ salsa, fried buffalo balls, bite sized pretzels, pork sliders and a choice of dessert for $165. An optional Shrimp N Crab dip is available for an additional $45. You can also get a free growler with your order over $200 and fill it with any of their delicious beers. If you want to head to Double Clutch to watch the game in person, they are selling tickets for their Bier Hall Viewing Party on Tock as well. 2121 Ashland Ave., Evanston
For $50, you can pick up 20 buffalo or matcha wings, venison chili, buffalo chicken dip with tortilla chips, and chocolate chunk cookies for your Super Bowl feast. The Gage’s signature craft cocktails are also available as a la carte add ons. Order pickup or delivery via Tock. 24 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
Chef Doug Psaltis and Andros Taverna are putting a Greek spin on Super Bowl Sunday with Charcoal Grilled Greek Wings on Sunday, February 13. The wings ($18p dozen) are grilled then served with spicy yogurt and greek fries. Also available to pre-order for pickup or delivery are Chef Doug’s Spanakopita and Artichoke Dip ($16), which comes served with pita crisp, the Spreads Party Pack ($39) featuring three Andros spreads along with pita crisps and crudités of vegetable, and Olympia Fries ($10), which come topped with hand-cut gyro, tzatziki and cheese. 2542 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
Soul & Smoke
Best of 2021 winner Soul & Smoke will be offering a special Super Bowl menu featuring chili brisket and pulled pork or brisket slider kits plus go-to game-day classic wings (available 3 ways: BBQ, buffalo, or jerk), all available by the tray for catering orders on Tock (allow 24 hours notice for weekends). 1601 Payne St, Evanston
Best of 2021 Best Bakery Hewn will offer Savory Hand Pies (curried cauliflower), Bacon Cheddar Chive Scones, Beer Bread, Dinner Rolls, and Pretzels with Cheese Dip, available for walk-in sales on Super Bowl Sunday and for pre-order on Tock. 1733 Central St, Evanston
Boxcar Betty’s is offering a choice of sandwiches for the big game including their signature Boxcar, the classic Betty, the Chicken “Not So Waffle” and Buffalo sandwich. They also offer kids meals and sides including fried pickles. Order for pickup or delivery here. 1856 W. North Ave., Chicago
Bub City’s “The Big Game Ribs and Wings Combo” package serve fours and comes with 24 smoked jumbo chicken wings with White Lightening & Chicago BBQ sauce, 2 slabs of St Louis Ribs, Bread and Butter Pickles, 16 ounces of Cole Slaw, and 32 ounces of Mac and Cheese. Order online for $145.95 for pickup at the Rosemont or Chicago location.
Publican Quality Meats
Feed 4-6 people for $45 with this 3-foot long party submarine sandwich packed with house-cured and sliced Publican Quality Meats ham, capicola, and salami cotto topped with lettuce, red onion, provolone cheese and signature ’sub sauce’. Order for pickup at PQM via Tock. 837 W Fulton Market, Chicago
Big Star x Dove’s Luncheonette
Big Star Wicker and nearby Dove’s Luncheonette have teamed up a Super Bowl Sunday meal featuring a rack of St. Louis style ribs with Missouri BBQ sauce, Dove’s chicken fried chicken wings with salsa macha, Southern-style potato salad, hush puppies, and pecan pie squares for dessert. Available on Tock starting 2/1, football fans can order either a cold, reheatable package to be picked up or delivered on Saturday 2/12 or opt for Sunday’s hot, ready-to-go package. Each dinner serves 2 people for $55. 1545 N Damen Ave, Chicago