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5 Favorite Football Eats + Where To Get Them In Rhode Island

Thursday, September 12, 2013


Halleleuia! Football season has arrived. There's only one thing we like better than watching the Pats win: the rich, messy and delicious foods that come with football parties. We picked our 5 favorite foods and set out to find delicious examples of each...

Wings: South Street Cafe, Providence

It's almost like wings were made for football, and vice-versa. Created in upstate New York--Bills country--they combine crisply fried wings tossed in a myriad of sauces. On our local landscape, we are lucky to have several good options for thses addictive bites. We love consistency, and nobody does it right more often than South Street Cafe. Perfectly crispy wings are tossed in your choice of almost 40 -- yup, 40 -- sauces. Have a diverse group of friends coming over for the game? We guarantee that you will find a flavor to please everyone. Our favorites include the classic hot buffalo, hot honey mustard, the addictive Peking sticky and the Cajun BBQ. The hot honey mustard will bring just the right heat to balance the sweetness of the honey. Touchdown! 54 South St. 454-5360, www.southstreetcaferi.com

Pizza: Catanzaro's, Cranston

Another perfect gameday food -- well, perfect for any day food, really. Over the past decade, Rhode Island has become a Mecca for almost every kind of pizza. And believe us, we've tried 'em all. Al Forno, Bacaro, Tommy's, Caserta, Bob and Timmy's...the list of our favorites goes on and on. But for gameday, there's only one choice. Catanzaro's in Cranston. A giant large pizza will surely feed the masses gathered at your house and delight them, as well. Baked in sheet pans so the crust gets all cheese and crispy, these beauties are as tasty as they come. We love the classic pepperoni. The slices are thick and collect cheese and just the right amount of grease. Also check the portabello mushroom and caramelized onion. Whatever you like, the toppings are many and the price is right, too: less than 20 bucks will feed a hungry foursome. 1283 Park Ave. 946-8880, www.catanzarospizzeriacranston.com

Nachos: Rick's Roadhouse, Providence

How about a nine-foot screen showing the Pats game and some delicious BBQ? Rick's has got you covered. Owned by the venerable Chow Fun Food Group, Rick's is the perfect location to watch a game. A terrific beer menu is accented by the smokey deliciousness coming out of the kitchen. They feature a cool "Burger Bar" where you can build your own creation and a full selection of Carolina-style BBQ. We're ordering up some of their nachos, too -- we can't not!. They fry tri-color tortillas until crisp and top them with cheese--cheddar and jack--tomatoes and jalapenos, and we get the version with BBQ pulled pork on top. The platter is massive and piled high, just the way we like 'em. 370 Richmond St. 272-7675, www.ricksroadhouseri.com

Craft Beer: Doherty's East Ave Cafe, Pawtucket

Geeze...there are so many of these "Doherty's" places around now that it's hard to pick just one. We went with the original, because we were East Siders back when they took over the spot at the end of Hope St. (on East Ave. in Pawtucket, really, but we kind of annexed the place), so we found our way in pretty quickly. We found better-than-usual bar food and an unsurpassed beer selection. With a mind-boggling 84 beers on tap they have just about every style currently produced around the world. If you are like us and have trouble deciding, try a beer flight. The bartender will make selections based on your taste and serve you four or six five-ounce portions. It's a fun way to try several varieties and styles. Get a quesidilla or some jalapeno bites to go alongside while you watch Brady do his thing. 342 East Ave. 725-9520, www.dohertys.com

Chili: One Bellevue, Newport{Image_3}

What? You don't think of the Hotel Viking when you think of chili? Alright, we admit, it may not be on your radar...but it should be. They have a cool lounge with 60 inch televisions on the walls, perfect for your favorite game. The new cocktail menu features tasty creations using fresh ingredients of the season. In the kitchen you have Chef Kevin Thiele. He was just named "Chef of the Year" by the March of Dimes and serves some incredible farm to table food. Along with his upscale exploits, Thiele is the ONLY multiple winner of the chili cook-off that happens every year at Newport Winter Festival. His chili is spicy without overpowering and has tremendous flavor. So, if you want to class up your gameday, this is the spot for good food and drinks. 1 Bellevue Ave. 847-3300, www.hotelviking.com 


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