Kickoff, munch down
It’s hard to decide which is better during Super Bowl Sunday: the party food or the commercials.It’s a rare time of year when drinking before 3 p.m. – even before noon – is perfectly acceptable by mainstream standards. And, better yet, feasting on Fritos drenched in melted Velveeta is not only encouraged but celebrated, as long as you wash it down with the kind of beer brewed to be guzzled by the 12-pack (see Pittsburgh’s Iron City or Washington’s Olympia.)This year, fans’ preferences in Super Bowl nourishment are about as different as the teams’ respective mascots. Steelers’ fans, although no official mascot, are sometimes represented by a hard hat – a nod toward the blue collar bliss surrounding the team. These supporters want to eat anything stacked, smothered or stuffed, just as long as one hand is free to whirl the terrible towel up over head.”I like to mimic the sandwiches from the Primanti Brothers in Pittsburgh,” said John Bailey of Eagle. “People usually go there after the bars close. They put French fries and cole slaw right on the sandwich.”Tomatoes, potatoes and cole slaw are stacked on every grilled meat sandwich from the Primanti Brothers. The tradition started out of necessity. According to the Web site, hungry dock workers would come in, and the owners smooshed all the fixins on the sandwich so they could keep working while they ate. No need for forks or plates.Bailey said he likes to fix bite size ones at home for the game and then wash them down with a cold Iron City beer.”Iron City beer is the last beer served in steel cans,” Bailey said.Co-owner and chef at Full Belly Kitchen and Pub in Edwards, Jeff Petruso, who is also from Pittsburgh and well aware of the Primanti Brothers sandwich, has created a special game-time menu for Sunday. He has scaled down his regular Yinzer sandwich to “slider size.” Inspired by the Primanti original, Petruso’s Yinzer features barbecue pulled pork, muenster cheese, French fries and apple cole slaw all smashed together between two pieces of fresh foccacia bread.”Yinzer is slang. It’s what people in Pittsburgh say instead of you guys,” Petruso said.Also on his menu is the Roethlisberger, or burger. In honor of the Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Petruso has grilled up two, 10 ounce beef burgers, smothered two slices of American, two slices of Swiss and two slices of cheddar, topped it with Cajun onion rings, double bacon and apple cole slaw.”If you can finish that, clean your plate, we will buy you a pitcher of beer,” Petruso said.
Seattle fans tend to be more reserved with their choices of Super Bowl munchies. (Perhaps because it’s the first time these rooters have been to the Super Bowl, so the stakes aren’t as high.) Seahawk supporters like to eat as their ocean carnivorous symbol does. Give them anything from under the sea.”I’m going to have king salmon on the barbecue, Olympia beer and a big ol’ Idaho potato to go along with that salmon,” said Sean “Pink” Floyd of Eagle-Vail. “Salmon is a good luck charm.”Adam Busbin, originally from Eastern Washington and now of West Vail, agrees that salmon is the perfect food to eat while rooting for the Seahawks.”A nice big chunk of smoke salmon on a platter, that’s what I have eaten every Super Bowl,” Busbin said.So if trying to determine the outcome of the Super Bowl by the type of food either fan will be eating, just consider this: Is a salmon who swims upstream stronger than a steel worker eating barbecue pork and French fries?Game onHere are the local bars hosting the Super Bowl game, plus how many TVs they have:AvonAgave – 6 TVsBob’s Place – 19 TVsBrass Parrot – 6 TVs
Finnegan’s Wake – 16 TVsOutback Steakhouse – 7 TVsPazzo’s – 5 TVsBeaver CreekChop House – 4 TVsCoyote Cafe – 5 TVsDusty Boot Saloon – 5 TVsEagle Bowlmor Cafe and Sports Lounge – Super Bowl Party, featuring prizes and drawings, food and drink specials and 6 HD plasma TVs
East VailBighorn Bistro – 3 TVsThe Clubhouse Restaurant – 2 TVsEdwardsFull Belly Kitchen and Pub – 2 HD TVsGashouse – 3 TVsGore Range Brewery – 10 TVs, $40 at the door all you can eat and drink 3:30 p.m. set menuGrouse on the Green – 2 TVs big screenMain Street Grill – 3 TVsMarko’s Pizzeria – 3 TVsMustang Bar and Grill – 3 TVs
LionsheadBart and Yeti’s – 3 TVsGarfinkel’s – 21 TVsMezzaluna – 1 TVVail VillageAltitude Club – 17 TVsFitz Williams – 1 TVLos Amigos – 1 TV Ore House – 3 TVsPepi’s – 1 TV
Red Lion – 6 TVsSkiBar – 8 TVsTap Room – 11 TVsThe Club – 5 TVsThe George – 4 TVsVendetta’s – 5 TVsWest VailBagali’s – 3 TVsChap’s – 1 TVSandbar Sports Grill – 29 TVsArts and Entertainment Editor Cassie Pence can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14640, or email@example.com.