If you’re like us, you’ve been pinning and saving Super Bowl recipes for making things like Buffalo chicken mac & cheese pizza rollups for weeks now. If you’re like us even more so, you’re going to wake up on Super Bowl Sunday, realize you have exactly zero of the ingredients required for such a feat, and come to the quick conclusion that there’s no way you’re going to face the crowds at H-E-B to get said ingredients because you wasted all your efforts trying to get into that Taylor Swift show at Club Nomadic. Don’t be like us -- think ahead, and let these local eateries put in 100% of the hard work for you and throw the greatest Houston Super Bowl party without much, if any, hassle.
Availability: Forty-eight hours required for orders of 10lbs or more
If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party in Texas, you‘re expected to serve barbecue, but no one said you have to make it. That’s where Killen’s catering option comes in. Get the Texas Trinity of brisket, beef rib, and house sausage by the pound, load up on quarts, half-pans, and full-pans of creamed corn, mac & cheese, collards, and baked beans, then finish it with a sheet pan of bread pudding.
Availability: Day of
The Tex-Mex haunt will be offering 4lb fajitas for both dine-in and to-go orders through Sunday. Get chicken, beef, or mixed -- including rice, beans, and tortillas -- for $145. Chicken or beef “Party Taco Packs" are also available and come with 15 tacos wrapped in foil for $45.
Washington (& Montrose)
Availability: Day of
Max’s jalapeño-buttermilk marinated fried chicken wings are just a tiny bit famous in this town, and while the dive usually doesn’t do wing orders outside of happy hour, it is through Super Bowl Sunday. Both locations are offering eight-packs of wings for $10, dine-in or to-go (you’ll usually pay $4 per wing if tacking them onto a meal, so consider this a huge score).
Notice: Available day-of (and it delivers!)
Everyone’s favorite mac & cheese-coated pizza joint is offering late-night delivery until 2am on Friday and Saturdays. That includes delivery to hotels and the crew will also go a bit outside its regular delivery zone if the order is over $150. It will also be delivering on Super Bowl Sunday until 10pm. On top of that, its parent company, Cherry Pie Hospitality, is offering Big Game Party Packages featuring goodies like Frito Pie kits and build-your-own sandwich platters.
Midtown (& other locations)
Availability: Before Sunday
Did y’all know Houston’s favorite purveyor of all things boozy delivers via Instacart? Now you do! One caveat that’s pretty important: All Spec’s locations (and all liquor stores in Texas, for that matter) are closed on Sunday, so you have to get it delivered the day before. Luckily, beer and wine can still be found nearly everywhere, including but not limited to grocery stores, convenience stores, and your nearest gas station.
Availability: By pre-order or in person
Every Super Bowl party needs a bit of sweetness, and a bowl of Skittles won’t cut it. This itty-bitty dessert shop has football-shaped cake balls, cake pops, and chocolate-dipped Rice Krispies treats, plus Texas-shaped Rice Krispies snacks and team-colored, football-themed goodies.
Availability: Catered events require a 25% deposit and a guaranteed guest count 72 hours prior to the event
Agricole’s got you completely covered with all of their Game Day options. Get barbecue and hot wings, 3ft hoagies, slider platters, whole barbecued chicken, whole-pig pulled pork, chicken and sausage jambalaya, gumbo, and sides like mac & cheese and shrimp cocktail.
Availability: Four-hour notice for the platters, everything else you can order and pickup within an hour
B&B’s Super Bowl To Go Menu features sandwich platters packed with things like Italian heroes, roast beef subs, ham and swiss subs, and more for $9-13 per person, plus charcuterie and cheese boards, ready-to-roast tenderloin and prime rib, 10oz B&B burger patties, and TX wagyu hot dogs.
Memorial (& other locations)
Availability: Place your order by Saturday for pickup or delivery, for a $25 fee
Sylvia’s has two party packages for your crew to demolish. The “Super“ Game Day Party Pack ($160 for 10 or $240 for 15, plus tax) packs in chile con queso, chips, a combo platter of fajitas with all the fixin's. and cheese enchiladas doused with chili gravy. The “Super Super” Game Day Party Pack boasts picamole, grilled quail and shrimp, beef fajita steaks, poblano grits, and chorizo mashed potatoes ($28 per person, plus tax, with a five-person minimum).
Washington (& Bellaire & Woodlake)
Availability: In most cases, they can accommodate catering orders with 24-hour notice, and they include set up, service, and clean up
This Tex-Mex favorite has 75 years of practice putting together epic fiestas, so you may as well let them do the grunt work for you. Get stuff like fajita packs, crispy taquitos, Nancy Ames Nachos, Jose’s Dip, tres leches, and, perhaps most importantly, margaritas. All it takes is a peek at the full catering menu, your credit card, and enough room for everyone.
Bellaire (& Katy)
Availability: At least three days’ notice, with delivery available
Making sliders can be a hassle. Eating them is most certainly not, which is why ordering Bernie’s Burger Bus’ Super Bowl Sliders is a great move. The 3oz hand-ground sliders come on on Slow Dough buns, starting $4 each for orders of 50 or less, and $3.50 when you go for 100 or more. Also, every order over 50 comes with a pan of house-made, thick-cut potato chips at no extra cost.
Availability: Day of
Win the party day by hitting the South African gastropub for to-go snack bags filled with Texas-sized pork rinds or chili popcorn. And if you really want to have the best Super Bowl Sunday, start it out with their Kegs & Eggs Brunch.
West U (& Memorial City)
Availability: $100 minimum for catering delivery
Build-your-own Jerry Built burger with the Burger Bar Package ($9 per person). Choose from all-natural Angus beef, grilled chicken, or portobello mushroom caps alongside a lineup of crisp veggies, condiments (including their signature Ernie’s sauce), wheat or white buns, and premium add-ons like bacon and guacamole. Salads, wraps, sides, and sweets are also available.
West Houston (& Katy)
Availability: Check with all four locations
Hit the sweet spot with football-themed, buttery-as-hell shortbread cookies and two-biters like the pigskin-shaped chocolate truffles.
Midtown (& other locations)
Availability: Offered through Monday, February 6, with delivery available
Russo’s New York Pizzeria and Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen locations are offering a Super Bowl Game Day Lineup Party Package, featuring a giant, 28in party pizza with two toppings and 20 buffalo wings for $59.95. Rumor has it the pie alone feeds eight to 10, but you might as well give it a shot even if you have a smaller group. Leave it all on the field, as the pros say.
Availability: Pre-orders are first come, first served
Pluckers Wing Bar is now taking orders for the Big Game. There are the usual buffalo suspects, plus flavors like Dr. Pepper, mango and habanero, ginger peach Sriracha, spicy Mandarin, and Gochujang, the Korean red chili condiment.
Bunker Hill (& other locations)
Availability: Ordering ahead is encouraged
What’s better than 25 or 50 fresh hand-breaded chicken tenders with over 12 homemade dipping sauces to choose from? That’s easy: the same packs, but on a buy one, get one basis. The BOGO special is available at all Houston-area locations on Super Bowl Sunday.
Galleria (& Rice Village)
Availability: 24-hour advance notice for certain menu items
K&Z’s deli sandwiches are pretty well known for being the best and the biggest in town, mostly because they are around 10 times larger than any human mouth. Order platters of the house-made corned beef, pastrami, turkey, and more to build your own sandwiches or say “screw it” and get them in the form of jaw-breaking 3ft heroes. The full catering menu packs on goodies like mini knishes, pigs in a blanket, and fried kreplach.
Availability: Call in advance and place an order for day-of pickup (suggested) or come in before 2pm, while supplies last
Seriously up your spread with Rainbow Lodge’s house-favorite Smoked Duck Gumbo or Buffalo and Black Bean Chili for $16 per quart.
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1. Killen's BBQ3613 Broadway St, Pearland
2. Añejo1180 Uptown Park Blvd Ste 1, Houston
3. MAX's Wine Dive4720 Washington Ave, Houston
4. Pi Pizza181 Heights Boulevard, Houston
5. Spec's Wines, Spirits & Finer Foods2410 Smith St, Houston
6. Petite Sweets2700 W. Alabama, Houston
7. Revival Market550 Heights Blvd, Houston
8. B&B Butchers1814 Washington Ave, Houston
9. Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen1140 Eldridge Pkwy, Houston
10. Molina's Cantina4720 Washington Ave, Houston
11. Bernie’s Burger Bus Stop5407 Bellaire Blvd, Houston
12. The Springbok711 Main St Unit 1, Houston
13. JerryBuilt Homegrown Burgers3501 W. Holcombe Blvd, Houston
14. Ooh La La Dessert Boutique770 W Sam Houston Pkwy N Ste 500, Houston
15. Russo's New York Pizzeria306 Gray St, Houston
16. Pluckers1400 Shepherd Dr, Houston
17. PDQ9440 Katy Fwy, Houston
18. Kenny & Ziggy's2327 Post Oak Blvd, Houston
19. Rainbow Lodge2011 Ella Blvd, Houston
Killen's BBQ is a Pearland brick-and-mortar barbecue joint born from the success of Chef Ronnie Killen's immensely popular pop-up. It delivers mouth-watering Texas-style barbecue like slabs of smoked brisket, pulled pork, and homemade sausages. Killen trained at Le Cordon Bleu and his Texas classics far exceed the Lone Star state's standards of size and taste. Be sure to desserts like banana pudding, carrot cake, and buttermilk pie.
At Añejo, a sophisticated dining space with damask walls that trade abstruse designs for skulls, makes way for elegant and vibrant flavors in the form of cotija-topped broiled Gulf oysters, chorizo-stuffed Texas quail, and wood-fired prime filet with cilantro butter. If it’s simpler Tex-Mex you enjoy, you need not worry -- you’ll find Mexican street corn, quesadillas, and sizzling fajitas at Añejo as well. And, of course, no swanky Mexican meal is complete without a spectacular cocktail -- quench your thirst with an Añejo Margarita, a Morning Smoke, or a Piscoloma before heading out.
At Max’s Wine Dive, dining is a celebration. The exposed brick-walled joint, lit dimly by track lights and the glow of a green jukebox, boasts a buzzy energy that will spark your night. Embrace all the joys of Texas cuisine at Max’s: Get your hands on Nacho Mama’s Oysters on wontons with garlic aioli, then order a plate full of bison sliders topped with lip-puckering house-made pickles, ketchup, and grilled onions. At this point, you’ve already made the decision to stuff yourself silly, so add the fried egg sandwich to your order: three gooey eggs, a giant pile of applewood smoked bacon with melted Gruyere, a smear of black truffle aioli, and huge slices of buttery bread keeping it all safe inside.
Pi Pizza is the brick-and-mortar iteration of the food truck that made waves in 2014 for offering a lifetime supply of pizza in exchange for getting a pizza tattoo. There's more to Pi than pizza and tats though; the menu covers a lot of ground with mac & cheese balls, pizza fries, meatball subs, and more sauce-meat-and-carb combos. That said, the Brooklyn-style pies topped with a rich blend of mozzarella and provolone are what you're really here for.
Sandwich enthusiasts know Midtown’s biggest liquor store is hiding one of the best delis in town. Get a pastrami melt dripping with Dijon and gooey Swiss cheese on toasted rye or a Texan whose warmed roast beef on toasted sourdough is met with the crunch of bacon, the punch of Cheddar, and the nutrition of grilled onions and tomatoes. If you’re a vegetarian, the aptly titled Rabbit sandwich might suit you better, boasting grilled eggplant, squash, zucchini, and red peppers on focaccia. Bargain-priced bottled wine is abundant at Spec’s, which is convenient because sometimes you need some cheap wine to go with your deli meats.
Petite Sweets in Houston is the ultimate spot to treat yo-self. Desserts here -- think cake balls, macarons, marshmallows, cupcakes, and pies -- all look and taste heavenly, and specialties like the Cookie Monster Hot Chocolate (yes, it’s blue) and the Unicorn Hot Chocolate (this one’s pink and glittery) are (almost) too adorable to drink. For those craving something solid, opt for a mini cupcake or two -- in addition to traditional sugary flavors, Petite Sweets also balances sweet-and-savory like chocolate with bacon jam cupcakes. Sip on your made made-to-order espresso drink and give in to that smile; it’s impossible to be anything but delighted at Petite Sweets.
This craft butcher shop and cafe in The Heights offers breakfast, lunch and full-service dinner in addition to its in-house charcuterie program. Revival prides itself on preparing sustainable, thoughtfully grown food, from butchered meats to bottled jams, pickled vegetables and condiments. The butcher case offers beef, pork, chicken, lamb, and seasonal game (all cut and ground to your specifications), while the café serves house-made bagels, kolaches, salads, soups, and sandwiches. With plenty of seating in the open, industrial-chic space, you’ll be able to enjoy your bites in a friendly, relaxing atmosphere.
You can’t get more Texas than in-house dry-aged USDA Prime and Texas Wagyu served in cuts larger than your head. Or a chicken-fried pork chop with sausage. Or a Carpet Bagger on the Half Shell, a filet with bacon, blue cheese, and a fried oyster on top, all housed in an oyster shell. Fill up on all this and a couple of superb cocktails, like the Blood Orange Sky or the French Diplomat at Houston’s B&B Butchers & Restaurants, a butcher shop-steakhouse hybrid in the Sixth Ward. While we suggest hunkering down at a table in the elegant, exposed brick dining room, the antsy among you will head to the deli counter, where you can grab the same delicious meats, either by the pound or stacked in a sandwich.
Sylvia Casares created a mini empire out of a single speciality, dubbing herself the Queen of Enchiladas along the way. Split into North of the Border and South of the Border sections, her menu doubles as a culinary tour of Tex-Mex cuisine, and the nearly two dozen varieties of enchiladas each represent different flavors and cooking techniques of Mexico. The rest of the menu follows the comfort food theme with a satisfying selection of tacos.
Molina's is the oldest locally owned and operated Tex-Mex restaurant in Houston, and it’s the type of establishment where diners have been regulars for decades, a place that’s witnessed more milestones and celebrations than most eateries will ever get to. Though you’ll stay for the camaraderie, you’ll undoubtedly come for the food, constructed into a menu of burritos, tacos, grilled fajitas, and signature Tex-Mex combo platters. Your first time, you’ll want to snack on the Original Jose’s Dip, chili con queso blended with spicy taco meat and served with pale, crispy tortilla chips. Also, be sure to try the Mexico City Dinner: a queso-covered fried tortilla puff; a beef taco and bean tostada; and a cheese enchilada and pork tamale topped with chili con carne. Served with rice and beans, these plates sure give you bang for your buck.
Some of Houston's best burgers and fries come straight out of a big yellow school bus, otherwise known as the kitchen of Bernie's Burger Bus. Bernie's still has waiters and seating though, not to mention milkshakes, wines, and beers on tap. The gourmet burgers, all of which have school-themed names like "The Principal" and "Homeroom," are constructed from a blend of house-ground black Angus beef and served on locally-baked buns. Add in homemade condiments and you've got the best school lunch ever.
Plates at Springbok are as colorful and dynamic as the South African cuisine they represent, influenced by African, European, Dutch, Malaysian, and Indian culinary traditions. This sports bar is at once the spot for mielie pap (African grits), deviled eggs, vegetable curry, hanger steak, and roast chicken, and it ditches a dive aesthetic for a sleek one, with dark mahogany paneling, leather banquettes, and exposed ceiling beams. While you’re at Springbok throwing back a couple of beers, don’t miss out on watching futbol (both kinds), rugby, and cricket.
This sleek, industrial-style spot serves up burgers and dogs that are Texas-sized and made with all-natural, humanely raised beef. A must-try is the build-your-own-dog, which adventurous eaters can top with add-ons like chili, fried egg, and jalapeño cream cheese. Or, go with the house cheeseburger, grilled over an open flame and topped with American cheese, griddled onions, and Ernie’s sauce (mayo, ketchup, and relish). Another fresh pick? The bacon avocado burger. No matter what, pair your choice with a thick, hand-spun milkshake.
Ooh La La Dessert Boutique is a 3,000sqft bakery and cafe with a patio, milkshake bar, and locally sourced gelato. On offer are over 80 different desserts, but those cupcakes… one bite and you might just find yourself saying “ooh la la” -- out loud. The cupcakes, made from scratch daily, have been lauded as some of the best in Houston. Vanessa O’Donnell, the queen of the sweets behind the popular mini-chain, launched the flagship location of the dessert boutique in Katy, and today is turning out those melt-in-your-mouth cupcakes en masse from all of her various storefronts. And she’s got an excuse for you to up your pastry game at every occasion with custom cakes and cookies -- for sports fans, Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day, prom… she’s got you and your sweet tooth covered.
Every state has its culinary niche, and New York’s is no doubt its pizza, and it’s highly sought after across the entire country. Thanks to Anthony Russo’s longing for a taste of home when his family moved from Southern Italy to New York to Texas, Houston’s got its very own little slice of NY pie. Russo’s New York Pizzeria -- from the same family behind the upscale Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen -- is a fast-casual counter based in Houston, now with over 30 locations across the country and the globe. Each counter serves Russo’s famous pies, as well as calzones, soups, salads, and pastas, but let’s be honest, you’re here for the pizza.
Few things in this world don't taste better fried, and if anyone knows this, it’s Houston’s Pluckers. Here, fried pickles are as popular as fried mac and cheese, which is still as popular as the Frachos (nachos that swap out tortilla chips for waffle fries). Pluckers is made for wing kings; available both bone-in and boneless, wings can be drenched in 20 different sauces -- from sweet and sticky "Dr. Pepper," to your-tongue-is-ablaze "Fire in the Hole" (yes, you will get placed on the Wall of Flame if you eat 25 of these). Not into wings? Pluck you.
PDQ stands for “People Dedicated to Quality,” and the Florida-born fast-casual chicken chain has made its way to Houston still operating on the same ethos. Fresh, high-quality ingredients are used across the board, from the famous breaded chicken tenders to the sandwiches, salads, and milkshakes. The tenders and nuggets are hand-battered and fried or grilled to order, and served on toasted brioche for the handheld lovers, or bun-less alongside your choice of homemade sauce, hand-cut fries, or blueberry coleslaw. Poultry purists: you can opt for the “Tenders Only,” and enjoy your chicken with a side of sauce… or not.
Kenny & Ziggy's mission is to give Houstonians an ultimate New York deli dining experience right in Uptown. Breads and cakes are made in-house, and pickles and meats are cured onsite. Fish are flown in daily from the Big Apple, and master slicers are on call to properly cut them in the European tradition, ensuring a silky and tender texture. The menu spans cabbage, Hungarian goulash, Romanian chicken fricassee, latkes, grilled Mediterranean tuna, and sweet potato pancakes, in addition to signature cut-to-order pastrami and corned beef sandwiches. And whether you get a sandwich, burger or knish, expect it to come in the kind of colossal portion only your grandmother would force on you.
In an old hunting lodge set on an acre of lush greenery on the banks of a bayou, Rainbow Lodge is a serene escape from the city. Inside the confines of the log cabin, you’ll find rifle- and taxidermy trophy-lined walls, white tablecloths, and an American menu with wild game and seafood at the forefront. Enjoy unique preparations like elk chops, duck gumbo, pheasant breast, and antelope loin, or traditional seafood compositions like peppercorn-crusted swordfish, truffled lobster risotto, and seared scallops. The hand-carved bar, dubbed the “Tied Fly Bar” as an homage to fly-fishing, holds a vast selection of eclectic wines and spirits to complement the log cabin’s upscale cuisine.