UPDATED: A Food Lover’s Guide to Super Bowl XLVIII

Dining deals, party platters, and more.

Take your Super Bowl party to go at spots such as G, which just launched a menu of mammoth three-foot sandwiches. Photograph by Greg Powers.

It hasn’t been the best year for our Redskins, what with the ongoing name debate/Fred Davis debacle/Mike Shanahan firing/3-13 record. All the more reason to spend this Super Bowl focusing on tasty drinks and food. The game goes down between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos on Sunday at 6:30, and there are plenty of options for feasting. We’ll update the list throughout the week as more specials become available.


You want: $5 margaritas

The place: Fuego Cocina y Tequileria

The deal: Head to the ground-floor tequileria to watch the game on several flat-screens and take advantage of $5 specials starting at 5, including margaritas, taco plates, guac, and more.

You want: Free food

The place: Jack Rose

The deal: Chow down on complimentary chili and cornbread during the viewing party on the heated outdoor terrace, equipped with three large televisions. Round out a meal with half off eats such as duck fat fries, plus $5 pints, punch, pours of whiskey, and more.

You want: More custard for less

The place: Shake Shack

The deal: The Shack’s “two-point conversion” special includes buy-one-get-one-free pints of frozen custard, and runs from January 30 to February 2.

You want: All-you-can-eat crab legs

The place: Wilson Tavern

The deal: It’s only $20 for bottomless crab legs during the game at this Arlington spot.

You want: All-night happy hour

The place: Vinoteca

The deal: The extensive happy hour/viewing party from 5 to close includes 15 varieties of wine by the glass for $5, $7 small plates such as mushroom crostini, and more.

You want: Hookah

The place: Chi-Cha Lounge

The deal: This U Street lounge throws a viewing party where you can also smoke hookah and order specials such as $4 drafts and $20 pitchers of sangria. 

You want: Unlimited pizza and beer

The place: Arcuri

The deal: Spend $50 and drink unlimited drafts (including craft brews) and wine, and bottomless pizza from 5:30 until the game ends.


You want: $4 DC Brau

The place: Eatonville

The deal: A big screen shows the game while the bar serves up specials like $4 DC Brau beer, wings, Louisiana shrimp rolls, and more.



You want: A Jewish spin on the Super Bowl

The place: DGS Delicatessen

The deal: Order from the catering menu and pick up sandwich platters of corned beef, turkey, chopped liver, and more.

You want: A three-foot chicken Parm

The place: G

The deal: Isabella’s sandwich spot launches its catering menu just before the Super Bowl, which includes 36-inch options that feed a dozen-plus people; think chicken Parm, roasted baby goat, and an Italian cold cut sub. Each must be ordered 48 hours in advance.

You want: Guacamole for 20

The place: Rosa Mexicano

The deal: Local branches of the Mexican chain offer guac, house-made tortillas, and chips for delivery on game day, along with the restaurant’s full menu. Portions can feed from 5 to 20, and orders must be placed by Friday at 5.

You want: Football-themed vegan cupcakes

The place: Sticky Fingers

The deal: The Columbia Heights bakery designs Seahawks and Broncos cupcakes for the vegan crowd.

You want: A taco bar (without all the work)

The place: Taco Bamba

The deal: Chef Victor Albisu offers two takeout party packages at his taqueria: a “Bamba box” for $50 with a dozen traditional tacos and accompaniments, or another for $200 that allows you to build a taco bar for up to 22 people.

You want: Free risotto balls

The place: Taylor Gourmet

The deal: Order a hoagie box—which, according to the restaurant, “feeds eight to ten normal humans, six to eight football savages”—and get two orders of risotto balls for free.

You want: Super Bowl sushi

The place: Maté

The deal: Pick up platters of rolls such as eight maki for $65 or ten maki and specialty rolls for $112.

You want: Free knots

The place: Custom Fuel

The deal: Order five pizzas and get a dozen gratis knots of either the garlic or the sweet cinnamon variety, all day and night. 


You want: More giant sandwiches

The place: Red Apron

The deal: If 30 inches of meat is your idea of eating, order one of Red Apron’s mammoth Italian subs, alongside pork rinds, onion dip, and smoked pimiento cheese. Orders must be placed by Saturday at noon for pickup at Union Market or the Mosaic District.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.