Are you ready for Super Bowl in the Bay Area?!! The “Big Game” is a great excuse for getting together and noshing on lots of party food. Sure-fire hits for sports fans always seem to include pub-inspired pizza, chicken, and beer.
In previous years, we posted suggestions on where to find good pub food while watching the Super Bowl in Downtown Alameda. But what if you’re planning to watch the game at home or go over to a friend’s place? To make it easy to enjoy the game at home, Downtown Alameda’s great food and drink establishments offer plenty of to-go options.
Here’s our latest list of favorite take-out places in Downtown Alameda and recommended menu items:
Bowzer’s Pizza (1330 Park Street) – Bowzer’s serves up fresh homemade pizza, subs, and salads. All of their dough, dressings, and sauces are made from scratch — complimented with artisan meats, fine cheeses, and fresh and local produce. Alameda’s Pick: The deep dish version of the “Garden Gourmet Veggie Special.”
East End (1650 Park Street) – East End is best known for their award-winning wood-fired pizzas (plus a whole lot more). Each menu item is made with market-fresh ingredients and a healthy dose of imagination. Alameda’s Pick: The “Blackjack With Meat” (red sauce, caciocavallo cheese, shaved fennel, taggiasca olives, orange/fennel dust, and Finocchiona Salami).
Linguini’s (1508 Park Street) – Linguini’s is an Alameda tradition and people love their “old school” style. In addition to being a great place to watch the game, it’s also a great place to grab a pizza to go. But don’t forget to check out their daily specials. Alameda’s Pick: Linguini’s “Super Combo” with a side of Garlic Bread and Buffalo Wings.
New York Pizza (1528 Park Street) – This is pizza made the authentic, New York way. You can taste the freshness… crispy thin crust made fresh daily and the freshest ingredients piled on top — from meats and vegetables to their special sauces and cheese. Order online and have it delivered for free. Alameda’s Pick: The Combo Pizza and New York Salad.
Scolari’s (1303 Park Street) – You won’t find pizza pies on the regular menu at Scolari’s Park Street location, but their housemade Stromboli is a fabulous alternative. It’s meat and cheese rolled in pizza dough, baked & served with a side of spicy marinara. Oh, so good! Alameda’s Pick: Classic Stromboli (ham, salami, pepperoni, and mozzarella).
Lola’s Chicken Shack (1417 Park Street) – Lola’s premium chicken tenders are 100% all natural with no hormones or antibiotics. It has a juiciness and tenderness you can’t find elsewhere. Their sandwiches are also made with high quality ingredients. You can call or order online for easy pickup or delivery. Alameda’s Pick: Pesto Chicken Wrap (classic tenders with lettuce, tomato, provolone cheese, and pesto sauce in a flour tortilla).
Kentucky Fried Chicken (2424 Encinal Ave) – KFC is the world’s original chicken restaurant chain. The fast-food restaurant specializes in “Original Recipe” and “Extra Crispy” chicken, home-style sides, and buttermilk biscuits. Alameda’s Pick: 16-piece Original Recipe Bucket Meal with coleslaw, mashed potatoes, and biscuits.
Beer To Go
CRAFT Beer & Wine (2526 Santa Clara Ave) – Alameda’s best bottle shop offers over 425 beers and ciders. You’ll find a variety of styles from pale ales to imperial stouts and from barrel-aged ales to sour ales. The thoughtfully curated selection features the best from Bay Area breweries, American breweries, and European breweries. Alameda’s Pick: Ale Industries’s East Bay IPA (or ask Russ and Dan about their newest favorites).
Alameda Island Brewing Co. (1716 Park Street) – AIBC is all about making great beer. You’ll find the beers to be more complex and satisfying than traditional brews and you are sure to find an instant favorite. Plan to take away a growler for the game. Alameda’s Pick: This one you should decide for yourself. Will it be Neptune’s Pale Ale, Alameda’s IPA, Sea Haggis (Scotch Ale), or Park Street Morning Porter? All are terrific choices!
Are you thinking of putting together your own Super Bowl party trays? Next week we’ll share recommendations for places that can help you create crowd-pleasing platters of finger foods.
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