5 Twin Cities restaurants for foodies to watch Super Bowl LII

These spots in Minneapolis and St. Paul have you covered for the big game.

You love football. But mini corndogs and greasy chicken wings for Super Bowl Sunday? Not so much. We got you. 

Here are five spots around the Twin Cities that go beyond chips and dips for your eating, drinking, and viewing pleasure on Sunday, February 4.

Smack Shack 

Kick that imitation crab dip to the curb and get a real-deal lobster boil instead. Smack Shack is gonna be cray (get it?) on Super Bowl Sunday. There's an enormous dining room layout just begging for a huge party and plenty of screens so you won’t miss a single play. Food and drink specials will be on offer throughout the day and night.

Stray Dog 

Formerly Bulldog Northeast, this longtime Hennepin Avenue burger behemoth recently underwent new ownership, and with it a more indie vibe and refreshed menu. Go for all all the burgers, stay for the fried chicken and waffles (the true Twin Cities original), and the game. Special pop-up happy hour menus will be on available throughout the week to get the party started, including appetizers, sliders, and “really cheap drinks.” There's an all-day happy hour on Super Bowl Sunday, as well as special sandwich and appetizer deliveries to the surrounding neighborhood for those stay-at-home screening parties. 

Peoples Organic IDS 

You may not instantly think of an organic, vegetarian-friendly spot as a place to catch the game, but think again. Peoples Organic at the IDS Center downtown will have ESPN on in front of the cafe all week, as well as screens all over the Crystal Court. Football-friendly food specials throughout the week will include pulled pork nachos and vegan barbecue jackfruit sliders. 

Half Time Rec 

One of St. Paul’s most-beloved neighborhood bars quietly serves one of the best bar menus in town, developed by top chef Jack Riebel (also of The Lexington). All the bar faves are here – burgers, wings, fries – but also traditional Irish Pub plates like the best fish & chips in town and corned beef sandwiches. On Super Bowl Sunday, Jeff Loven will be performing ’80s and '90s covers from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For $50, drink all you like from 1 p.m. 'til the end of the game (domestic beer and and rail cocktails) or for $75 get specialty beers and top-shelf cocktails. Both packages include an appetizer and your choice of a burger or an order of tacos. 

Masu Northeast 

Sushi and football? Yes! Masu Northeast is getting into the pigskin spirit big time, with extended hours, and expanded menu options. During Super Bowl week the sushi, ramen, and robata (Japanese-style grilled meats and veggies) restaurant will be open until 1 a.m. from Thursday, February 1 until Super Bowl Sunday. They'll open at 11 a.m to begin game-day festivities. The full sushi menu will be available open to close, and the Late Night Happy Hour will extend from 9 p.m. to close to match up with the extended hours.

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