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Make a big batch of gumbo for Super Bowl Sunday. Photograph courtesy of Shutterstock.

The Super Bowl is an important occasion in American culture—namely a day when it’s okay to indulge in as many delicious snack foods and cold adult beverages as your heart desires. On a Sunday, no less! We don’t have a sports stake in this year’s Baltimore/San Francisco matchup, but since the big game’s being held in the Big Easy, we’re excited about whipping up a few Creole dishes from down Louisiana way.

Below are a few recipes from some New Orleans chefs living in Washington, plus one from a Baltimore chef. Jeff Tunks, who worked at the famed Windsor Court in New Orleans, and Dave Wizenberg own the New Orleans-themed Acadiana. David Guas, who grew up in New Orleans East and Lakeview, owns Bayou Bakery. The pimiento cheese fritters from Firefly chef de cuisine Todd Wiss may not be straight-up New Orleans (please don’t write in) but they sure are tasty. And we even threw in a recipe from Jeff Landry, a congressman from Louisiana’s third district. Enjoy!

Jeff Landry’s Cajun Caucus Tabasco Brie (In his words: “AWESOME!”)

Makes about 8 to 10 servings.


1 can Pillsbury crescent rolls

1 block Havarti cheese

1 cup chopped pecans

1 jar Tabasco spicy red pepper jelly


1) Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

2) Roll out crescent rolls on a nonstick cookie sheet and arrange them as a square by kneading them together. Place the block of cheese in the middle of the square. Place the pecans on top of the cheese. Fold the crescent roll dough over the cheese, making sure to completely cover pecans and cheese. Place in oven and bake for 20 to 30 minutes, checking at the 20-minute mark. Once dough is browned, remove from the oven.

Spread the jar of pepper jelly on top of the hot Brie, and serve.

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These local spots are offering po’ boys, Abita pitchers, gumbo, and more to give Big Easy style to your Super Bowl Sunday. By Anna Spiegel
Chasin’ Tails in East Falls Church offers all kinds of NOLA-style seafood. Photograph by Jeff Martin.

Super Bowl watch parties hardly need a theme, what with all the delicious game-day food options, but if we were going to pick one, it would be New Orleans. The host city may not have a team in the big game, but it’s a winner in terms of indulgent eats. Here’s where to find all the po’ boys, Abita beers, jambalaya, crawfish, etc. you could want—both for dining out and for taking home to the comfort of your couch (all places are showing the game unless noted). Note that a few go-to spots for Louisiana eats are closed this Sunday, including Acadiana, the New Orleans Po Boy Shop, and RT’s.

You want: Spicy!

The place: Bayou Bakery

The deal: Chef-owner and Louisiana native David Guas throws down the gauntlet, challenging any diner to a plate of his mouth-searing crawfish tamales. Anyone who eats them all gets the cost of the dish waived, plus a free pitcher and a $25 gift certificate. You can also order milder eats for the game, such as muffalettas, gumbo, and jambalaya.

Dine in/out: Both. Takeout-friendly items include pimiento cheese, gumbo, collards, and deviled eggs, as well as whole king cakes. Call ahead to place an order.

You want: A Cajun buffet.

The place: The Cajun Experience

The deal: The $25 spread includes free rein with a spread of crawfish étouffée, jumbos, jambalaya, fried catfish, fried shrimp, hushpuppies, and more, plus $4 Abita bottles.

Dine in/out: Both. The regular menu is available for carryout.

You want: The game screened on a heated patio.

The place: Bayou

The deal: There’s a television on the restaurant’s covered front patio and nine more inside for viewing, as well as specials like $18 Abita buckets, $5 Hurricanes, and discounts on snacks such as fried pickles and wings. Another perk: You can make reservations (though not for outside).

Dine in/out: Both. Larger parties can pick from the catering menu (advance notice required), or you can place individual orders for regular menu items.

Gator chili dogs, $10 beer buckets, and much, much more. >>>>

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If you want one, order it now. By Jessica Voelker

How serious are you about your key lime pie? Photograph courtesy of Red Truck Bakery via Facebook.

Key lime pie is kind of a summer thing, but Red Truck Bakery in Warrenton—home of, let’s not play around here, some very fine pies—is making an exception for the Super Bowl. The Key lime confection is usually only available from Memorial Day through Labor Day, but if you order today, you can pick one up on Friday or Saturday . . . just in time for this weekend’s game.

Now, we admit that for those of us living near Washington, DC, Warrenton is a bit of a hike. So what this comes down to is: One, how seriously do you take your Key lime pie? And two, how seriously do you take you Super Bowl party food?

The pies cost $24; order by 5 PM today.

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A popular riff on the perfect Super Bowl food for your consideration this Sunday. By Jessica Voelker

Busboys and Poets uses dried beans in its chili. Soak them on Saturday and the dish will be all set for Super Bowl Sunday.

When the Best Bites Blog asked our Twitter followers for their favorite chili recipes from local restaurants, two winners emerged: Clyde’s and Busboys and Poets. Earlier today, we posted a recipe for the chili at Clyde’s; now, without further ado, the tasty version from BB&P.

Have a recipe you’d like sniffed out? Tweet us your request with the hashtag #RecipeSleuth.

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Giants fan? Patriots person? No matter: Local shops and eateries are well stocked with regionally appropriate party fare. By Anna Spiegel

Fuel Pizza has designed pies for Giants and Pats fans alike. Photograph by Erik Uecke

Everyone loves a theme party, and a Super Bowl bash should be no exception. With the New York Giants and New England Patriots going head to head this year, we’re thinking oversized slices, Buffalo wings, stuffed lobster rolls, whoopie pies, and other signature eats from the near and far North. Here’s where to find it all.

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