Super Bowl Sunday typically means shamelessly delicious eats and possibly sticky, crowded bars full of your inebriated, screaming friends.
If those are not your friends and loaded potato skins aren't on your GF/paleo diet, fret not—there are plenty more refined game-watching options around. This is still the Bay Area, after all.
So leave your drinking helmets at home and find a chiller experience and chef-driven eats (you can still have wings and other fried things) at these local haunts that will all be showing the big game on TV.
Gorge on comfort food classics with a twist by Top Chef alum Steve Dustin. On Super Bowl Sunday, you can dig into fried mac and cheese with celery root, pumpkin seeds, and chili aioli; chicken poppers; and the double stacked Finn Town Burger with house-made pickles, cheese, and special sauce. Drink specials will include a selection of signature cocktails including the Finn Town in Fashion (bourbon, VSOP Cognac, hopped IPA syrup, bitters, and smoke). // 2251 Market St. (Upper Market), finntownsf.com.
Comstock Saloon is a dapper spot for a gentlemanly drink.(Courtesy of Comstock)
Let's be real, a day like this deserves some level of pre-gaming. Purchase two adult beverages at Comstock and get brunch on the house. On the menu? An irresistible pork belly Benedict. The full menu will also be available to order. // 155 Columbus Ave. (Chinatown), comstocksaloon.com.
4505 Burgers and BBQ
Made from shipping containers and raw woods, the patio at 4505 is an urban oasis, and what better pairing is there for football than barbecue? Snag a spot and order a major helping of wings or a smoked meat platter. Wash it all down with a hard lemonade or local beer on tap. // 705 Divisadero St. (NoPa), 4505burgersandbbq.com.
Dosa by Dosa
Skip the standard game day fare and feast on mouthwatering Indian eats at Dosa by Dosa where, yes, they will be showing the game. Choose from 10 different varieties of dosas, homestyle curry rice bowls, and street wraps with grilled roti. We're particularly excited about the drink options here—you won't get beer bloat from a mango cardamom lassi, banana turmeric lassi, or a masala chai. However, if you're looking for a boozy beverage, they'll be running happy hour specials from 9am to 9:30pm, which includes $5 slush cocktails, local beer, and wine as well as $1 off all small plates. Don't forget a side of idli fries, wok-tossed with curry leaves and spices. A little birdie also told us that you'll be able to taste free samples of menu favs throughout the day. // 2301 Broadway (Oakland), dosabydosa.com.
Tasty selections from Chicken Pharm.(Paige Green, via Sonoma County)
With eight TVs, there's no missing the action at this tasty Petaluma restaurant. Kick off the day with brunch and bottomless mimosas (9am to 2pm). Once game time starts, the all-day menu will take over with a few cutely named specials ("We'd like the Unnecessary Ruffledness, please"). Each one comes with variations of wings, popcorn chicken, sides, and beer or wine for $35 to $55. Happy hour is from 3 to 5pm and during half-time. // 132 Keller St. (Petaluma), chickenpharm.com.
Quesadilla bites at Copita.(Courtesy of Copita)
Attention, gluten-free foodies: Sausalito's Copita, known for its 100 percent GF lunch and dinners, is also getting in on the action. Chef Daniel Tellez will be cooking up Mexican-inspired Super Bowl treats including quesadilla bites, papas bravas, house-made wings and wood-fired ribs. Pair them with a tequila from the restaurant's wide selection, or try a flight or homemade fresh fruit drink. // 739 Bridgeway (Sausalito), copitarestaurant.com.