One thing is certain, on Sunday February 2nd Super Bowl XLVIII (#48 if you don’t want to do the Roman numeral thing), or the “BIG GAME”, will be shown in every bar and restaurant in America that has a TV. Which seems like most of them these days. I’ve always wondered why every restaurant, no matter the type from sushi to fine dining needs TVs? What ever happened to actually talking to the people you’re dining with? Well, I digress and that’s a topic for another time. In this case, when you’re looking for a place to watch the Big Game, it’s a good thing they do. Let’s move on to the important topic. What are the best restaurants for foodies to watch the Super Bowl in Orlando, when you love food just as much or more than the game itself?
If you find yourself in Orlando this time of year, as a visitor (trying to get away from the Winter storms?) or if you’re a resident with no time to plan a party at home or no desire to have a bunch of football fans to clean up after, you are not short on choices for good spots to catch the game. There are plenty of restaurants with the required multiple TVs, wings and beer. The ESPN Club, Miller’s Ale House, Gator’s Dockside, Miller’s Field, and Wall Street Plaza are fun hang-outs where the main attraction will be football.
If you’re like me, looking for more than just football this Sunday, and you want good food, because beer and wings alone just won’t do, then you may want to check out these hot spots around town which are not only showing the game (the commercials and half time show too!), but will also provide you with the other more important “F” words: Food, Fun and Friends. (get your mind out of the gutter there!) Reservations may be required, cleaning up is not. Let’s play!
The Top 9 Best Restaurants for Foodies to Watch the Super Bowl in Orlando
1. Splitsville Luxury Lanes
Lake Buena Vista / Downtown Disney Area
1494 East Buena Vista Drive / Downtown Disney West Side
Orlando, FL 32830
This retro-styled, super-sized luxury bowling destination is hosting their “Super Bowl(ing) Spectacular” Party to benefit the nonprofit Orlando organization Clean the World. This is the perfect place to catch the game and satisfy all your friends. The football fanatic will get multiple views of all the game action on 40 flat screen TVs, the friend that can’t sit still, the one that wants to work off the extra calories and the one that’s not that interested in the game because their team didn’t make it (you know who you are!) can bowl a few rounds and play pool (extra fee required), and the foodie friends will be happy with the selections on the menu which cover a nice variety including sushi, rice bowls, salads, comfort foods, and your expected game day fare, plus a decent selection of wines, beers and cocktails. Everyone gets what they want which makes for a fun outing. Tickets are $85 per person and required in advance. Click here to purchase. Ticket includes complimentary appetizers, buffet and open bar from three full bars serving premium brands from 6-9p. Open bowling is an additional $20 per person and subject to lane availability. Have a great time, watch the game, feast on some good food and drinks and it’s all for a good cause. That’s the winning ticket right there!
2. Teak Neighborhood Grill
Metro West Area
6400 Times Square Avenue
Orlando, FL 32835
This is probably the best burger joint in town, but not just any burger, you have to see their selections to believe it! Burgers like the Drunken Monk, The Alibi, The Pig, and Imperial Trooper have been joined by their latest addition, which is one for the record books, called “The Cronie Burger”, an unlikely yet delicious marriage of a donut and a croissant with bacon, fried egg and smoked gouda, and oh yeah how could I forget, the half-pound Angus beef patty in between! For the Big Game, they are offering a special viewing area party in their outdoor patio with an all- you- can-eat premium buffet and open select bar including premium brands like Jack Daniels, Bacardi, and Three Olives for $50 per person for which reservations are required. Buffet and open bar start at 6pm and close at the 2 minute warning. Indoors, you have 17 screens showing the game, no reservations required to dine from their burger-rific menu and imbibe on their all-night drink specials with 2 for 1 well drinks, $4 Three Olives Vodka and $3 20oz Miller Lite and Bud Light Draft. They also offer a great selection of craft beers. If you question the foodie pedigree, the place is owned by two graduates of the CIA, for your non-foodie friends tell them it’s not the spy agency but the acclaimed Culinary Institute of America. You don’t want spies cooking for you right?
3. Doc’s Streetside Grille
1315 Orange Ave Ste 1F
Orlando FL 32806
A sports bar of the nicer variety, starting at 4pm, Doc’s is hosting a fun party complete with trivia contests and games with radio personalities Tuck and O’Neill of Sports Talk 1080 The Team, Miller Lite and Bud Light girls will be roaming about, and a silent auction benefitting Russell Home for Special Children features some cool autographed sports memorabilia from notables that you and I would recognize like Tom Brady, Fran Tarkenton, Jerry Rice, Yogi Berra and many others. As far as food is concerned, they have themed their specials in honor of the two teams competing for the Vince Lombardi trophy. A Denver Broncos Ribeye Steak and a Seattle Seahawks Salmon Entrée served with side dish, dessert and a domestic beer is available for only $20 each. If you must have sports food, wings and nachos specials and buckets of five domestic beers for only $10 are on the game plan. The sports action and your favorite commercials can be enjoyed from a 100 inch projection TV and 15 screens throughout the restaurant. If you find yourself in such despair or joy (depending on which team wins) for which medical attention is required, you’re in luck. The Orlando Regional Medical Center is located right across the street. That’s a bonus!
4. Rosen Centre Lobby Bar featuring Banshoo Sushi & 98Forty Tapas & Tequila Bar:
9840 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
If you want a nicer surrounding to impress your friends, this one is a hidden gem and a really nice foodie surprise. The Rosen Centre Hotel features a beautifully re-styled Lobby Bar with swanky and comfortable seating, 13 large screen TVs and the best lobby bar food of any hotel in town, which will definitely satisfy the foodies in the group. You want award-winning sushi, you got it from Banshoo Sushi’s Chef Yoshi. Try the Signature Banshoo Sushi Roll or the HaRo Roll and get some extra spicy mayo, trust me you will want more, it’s so good! If you want Mexican Tapas, which are great to share, and a selection of forty premium tequilas, you can get it there too from the incredibly creative Chef Telo. You must try the Empanadillas, the Pork Carnitas Huarache, a Mexican style flat bread, or any of the Tacos and you can’t miss the fresh ceviche, salsas and guacamoles which are made fresh daily. If what you want is traditional bar fare, don’t worry they have that too. The best part of all, you don’t have to move an inch or miss any of the football action to get food from three different menus. It’s like having three great restaurants in one. And here’s another goEpicurista Insider tip: if you want a nice bottle of wine, because beer just won’t do, you can order it from their fine dining restaurant, Everglades, which features an extensive wine list. Once again, all without leaving the comfort of your cushy chair. Prices are reasonable and you can valet park for easy access. I-Drive area gets a bit of a bum rap from locals due to the I-Drive traffic but this hotel is located right off of SR528, so traffic can be avoided. Forget what you think about hotel food, you won’t be disappointed.
5. Marlow’s Tavern
Winter Park area
1008 S. Orlando Ave
Winter Park, FL 32789
This neighborhood tavern-style restaurant has a comfortable ambience, friendly service and a menu to satisfy your inner foodie even on Super Bowl Sunday. Multiple flat screen TVs playing the game, with sound on all of them (I think that’s a must for the Big Game, don’t you?). They told me they will have sound on all their TVs which they normally don’t do. I guess this is how to best encourage conversation and still satisfy our need for 24/7 media in restaurants. You must try their Black and Blue Burger and the Ahi Tuna Poke Appetizer if you’re not in the mood for the usual bar fare. They will be serving additional specials on Sunday including Crab Topped Fries in addition to their already awesome Truffle Parmesan Fries. Speaking of fries, if you love Asparagus and you love anything fried then they have you covered with the popular Asparagus Fries served with a Citrus Aioli sauce (this is another great sauce you will want more of, so save your server the trip and ask for extra!); they also serve fried okra if you’re in the mood for a Southern touch. The bar offers a good variety of reasonably priced wines, craft beers and interesting cocktails like the Blueberry Buck 3.0 with Hangar One Blueberry, Fresh Lime and Ginger Beer.
*note that their Pointe Orlando location on I-Drive is closed for a private event on Sunday 2/2
Downtown Orlando Area
13 Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801
If you really want to make Super Bowl Sunday an all-day affair, this is the place to be. Start with their Super Sunday Brunch from 11am-3pm and then move on to the Kick Off viewing party starting at 3:30pm. You have time for a little nap in between! The menu at this gastrobar is what you would expect of the name, artisanal ingredients, a nice variety of craft beers, and a huge bar featuring handcrafted cocktails. For the food lover, try the Mac & Cheese with Chicken, Pork Belly or Wild Mushrooms and the Slow-Braised Pork Belly Sliders. The fried oreos for dessert are quite popular and they also offer their own version of the Cronut (Croissant Donut) for which you don’t have to wait in line for! On Super Bowl Sunday, they are also offering packages for groups of 5 or 10 with the traditional sports bar fare including a 100oz Miller Lite Beer Tower, wings, quesadillas, loaded tots, chips, salsa and guacamole plus a guaranteed table for $125 for 5 and $250 for 10. Beverage specials include $4 44 North Vodka, $5 Jack Daniels, $20 Miller Lite Towers and if you’re feeling lucky they will have raffle prizes including a $100 gift certificate. They have plenty of TVs so you can’t miss the game from any spot in the place.
7. Nona Blue Modern Tavern
Lake Nona Area
9685 Lake Nona Village Place Drive
Orlando, FL 32827
Winner of five Orlando Sentinel Foodie Awards, this dining spot is quickly making a name for itself in the Orlando dining scene. Touted as an upscale gathering hub where sports bar meets fine dining, the menu offers the expected variety of burgers, steaks and seafood and a long list of appetizers or “Shareables” which, you guessed it, are perfect for sharing with a group of friends watching the game. You feel like Chicken Pate on Toast Points, Blue Cheese Kettle Chips, or Fire Grilled Artichokes, you got it! If comfort food is your thing, their Nona Blue Plate Specials such as Mama’s Double Stacked Meatloaf receives popular praise. The place should be hopping on Super Bowl Sunday, as it is on most nights, so get there early
8. Cantina Laredo
Sand Lake Road / Restaurant Row Area
8000 Via Dellagio Way
Orlando FL 32819
If you’re in the mood for Mexican food on this Big Game Sunday, then head over to Cantina Laredo. They are offering $10 Combination Fajitas, $5 Margaritas and $2 Draft Beers. Their made to order table-side Top Shelf Guacamole is a must-eat. For those watching their calories their new skinny margaritas Citrus Burst Flaca Flip, the Caliente Flaca Flip and the Berry Burst Flaca Flip made with Hornitos Tequila will do the trick. (These are not part of the special but that’s the price we pay to wear skinny jeans!) They only have 2 TVs at the bar so get there early if you want a good spot.
9. Oblivion Taproom
Central Orlando Area
5101 E. Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32803
What’s not to love about 40 craft beers on tap with mini –beers so you can try everything plus a seemingly endless list of bottled beer and cider, in addition to a menu that will satisfy any foodie. They offer their carnivorous share of great burgers made with a half-pound of meaty goodness, chuck, brisket and short rib blend but don’t miss out on the Chipotle Black Bean Burger called “Paradise”! And all their burgers are served on a brioche bun from Olde Hearth Bread Company, our local bread-makers extraordinaire and your choice of side. Tator Tots are always a favorite. Also make sure to try the specials of the day, they are called “special” for a reason and it’s a good one. This is one local gastropub that is full of flavor and character. And here’s a warning, don’t be fooled by the shabby exterior, go inside and you’ll see that what’s inside is much more important.
No matter where you choose to watch the game, arrive early, bring your appetite and enjoy yourself regardless of which team is playing or which team wins. Remember celebrate the game, the great food, the drinks but most importantly the friends you get to share it all with.
So, that’s my list for the Top 9 Best Restaurants for Foodies to Watch the Super Bowl in Orlando. Why not 10? Because I don’t know every place in town, and you may have a favorite I may want to check out and add to the list. If so, please share in the comments. It’s good to discover new places.
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