Tailgating Upscale Style

Tailgating Upscale Style

Food & Drink

Tailgating Upscale Style


By Cari Martens

The typical tailgate experience—munching burgers or brats on stadium parking lots while trying to keep warm—is not for everyone. Some prefer things a bit more upscale, and there are a number of restaurants around the country who are happy to offer football fans a fine dining experience on game days.

Here’s a roundup of gridiron menu offerings gleaned by Christine LaFave Grace, Associate Editor, Restaurants & Institutions magazine.

McCormick & Schmick’s Harborside at the Marina location in Portland, Ore., offers fans $1.95 pork tostadas, $4.95 crab cakes, and an $8.95 caramelized-onion burger and other classy tailgate fare on game days.

In Chicago, The Publican restaurant caters to supporters of ‘Duh Bears’ with pre-game brunch choices such as smoked kielbasa with fennel, sweet potatoes, apples and poached eggs for $9; and a grilled pork shoulder sandwich on ciabatta with cabbage slaw, bacon and fried egg for $14.

Boston’s Tavolo has a Tailgate Mania menu for fans of Tom Brady and the Patriots. It features entrees including a meatball panino, and white bean chili.

In Atlanta, fans of the Falcons or Georgia Tech can dine at the WaterHaven and enjoy things like lamb sliders, fried green tomatoes, burgers, and $5 mimosas.

Lawry’s The Prime Rib in Beverly Hills brings its act to just outside L.A.’s Memorial Coliseum before Southern Cal football games. Admission to the $65-per-ticket tailgate gets you access to all-you-can-eat prime rib and turkey sandwiches, meatballs and potato chips, and unlimited drinks.

Well, with the prices they charge for game tickets and parking these days, what’s another 65 bucks, right?

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