Forget the fact that L.A. might have one, two, or three football teams soon. The most important football discussion of the day is really: Super Bowl snacks. The big game celebrates its 50th anniversary this Sunday (Feb. 7), which means it’s time to pop those bottles of Champagne—or the Champagne of Beers—and dig in to some fine football-watching food. No one said you have to suffer through your best friend’s boyfriend’s “killer” seven layer dip one more year. Be better. Go bigger. Get some amazing barbecue, sticky Thai wings, or Ludo’s Big Mec burger (!!). Here’s where and what to order for pick-up, delivery or catering.
Wexler’s Deli: Sandwiches! It’s what you want for your Super Bowl party. Chef Micah Wexler and Michael Kassar created the ultimate football-watching package that includes 1.5 pounds each of house-smoked pastrami, turkey, and corned beef, plus a full loaf of rye bread, four Kaiser rolls and sides of coleslaw, potato salad, pickles, and mustard and Thousand Island dressing. It’s appropriately named the Stan Kroenke, after the owner of the new Los Angeles Rams. Priced at $195 (10-12 people). Order by Friday.
Pok Pok: You love Ike’s Vietnamese fish sauce wings at Andy Ricker’s Chinatown restaurant, and they’re pretty easy to make at home, but who wants to go through all that trouble? Order a wing platter for Sunday. The packages come in two sizes—small for 10-15 people ($155) and large for 20-30 people ($295) — and include the wings, papaya salad and jasmine rice. Should you just want the wings, they’re $75 or $150. Email orders to email@example.com or call the restaurant.
Maple Block Meat Co.: You’ve got cash to spare and you want meat. The Culver City smokehouse, which some believe to have the best brisket in California, is there to feed the party. The meals consist of brisket chili with sour cream, chopped onion and white cheddar cheese fixings; smoked wings; racks of pork spare ribs; creamy or vinegar-based sauce; and assorted pickles. Prices are $115 (feeds four), $295 (feeds 10), and $445 (feeds 15). Orders must be placed by 8pm on Thursday, Feb. 4.
Holy Cow BBQ: And for even more barbecue, order game-day packs to pick up (or get delivered) from both the Santa Monica and Culver City bbq joints. Meals for four people up to 20+ include whole smoked chickens, ribs, pulled pork, brisket, tri-tip, your choice of side dishes, and corn bread or Texas toast. Prices range from $50-$250. Order everything online or call either location.
Beer Belly: If you want the Koreatown bar to come to you, download the Postmates delivery app for free delivery on Super Bowl Sunday (in select areas). That includes the entire menu, especially the dynamite wings, or one of the specials—three-bean baked wings and Carolina pulled pork fries for Carolina Panthers fans, and Denver “omelette” fries (topped with bacon fat, ham, peppers, onions, cheddar and fried egg) and green chili wings for the Broncos crowd. Look for Beer Belly on the Postmates homepage, and order away.
Picnic LA: Keep it simple and inexpensive with a sandwich deal from this Culver City fast-casual newcomer. You’ll get a meatball parm hero, chopped Caesar wedge salad and key lime pie bars for $15 per person. It might only be semi-healthy, but at least you know the ingredients are locally sourced. Orders must be placed by noon, Friday, Feb. 5.
The Larder at Tavern and on Burton Way: How about spiced shrimp with cocktail sauce; bacon-wrapped dates; really good onion dip and sweet potato chips; chorizo-queso dip with poblanos; Suzanne Goin-approved chicken wings; brisket sliders; St. Louis-style pork ribs with cornbread and slaw; and even fixings for a great burger bar? Order it all online by 5pm, Friday, Feb. 5, to pick up at either location on game day or have it delivered (where available).
Ink.Sack: You can watch Michael Voltaggio eat a burger on a Carl’s Jr. commercial while grubbing on one of his cold fried chicken or pastrami brisket sandwiches on game day. The Super Bowl pack includes 10 of each sandwich, plus one large bag of chips and one of rinds, Mexi-Cokes and cookies, all for $150 (feeds 10). Orders must be placed by Friday, Feb. 5 for Sunday pick-up.
M Cafe de Chaya: For a healthier slant, you can have a macrobiotic Super Bowl Sunday with the party packs from M Cafe. There’s a platter that includes a choice of wraps: tempeh bacon California club, tuna salad, king salmon and asparagus, hummus and falafel, and dilled tofu. Prices are $60, $90 or $120, depending on how many people your feeding. There’s also a build-your-own macro burger bar deal that includes burger patties plus all the fixings (lettuce, tomato, soy cheese, pickles, pickled red onions and more), plus sides like slaw, kale salad, soba noodle salad, or mixed greens. That’s $160 for eight to 12 people, or $320 for 18-22 people.
Petit Trois: Since there are no TVs in the 21-seat French bistro, Ludovic Lefebvre and company have decided to close for Super Bowl Sunday. But the next best thing: Have Petit Trois come to you, or at least a cook or two, who will make a Petit Trois Super Bowl feast for you in your home. The menu includes that fantastically messy Big Mec burger, Boston lettuce salad, frites with Mornay sauce, and Paris-Brest for dessert. There are also four hand-crafted cocktails available by the bottle. Food pricing starts at about $40 per person (it will increase based on equipment, staff, beverages, etc.) Catering orders must be placed before noon on Friday, Feb. 5.