With outdoor dining open now, our Laguna Beach restaurants are scrambling to accommodate residents and visitors. This coming weekend, though, might be a bit quieter than most as the Superbowl take over center stage.
Typically, Superbowl Sundays are pretty quiet in our usual bustling town, but now that so many residents are accustomed to ordering take-out, our restaurants might see an uptick in take-out and delivery for the American Pastime Dream: Superbowl ads.
Over the last year, many restaurateurs developed family meals and small catering platters, now perfect for your Superbowl plans. Here’s how I would suggest you plan your Superbowl Day … please note: Check my Restaurant Directory at TheBestofLagunaBeach.com for restaurant closures this coming Superbowl Sunday. In some of these instances, you might need to order on Saturday and reheat for the big day.
Superbowl Sunday Options (Per Team)
Kansas City Fans
While the famed Kansas City café, Beignet, is temporarily closed, fans of Kansas City might want to pop down to our own Laguna Beach Lost Pier Café for our own version of warm, powdery beignets.
Hankering for K.C. famous ribs? Consider indulging in Lumberyard’s BBQ Ribs Family Dinner or Brussels Bistro’s Baby Back Ribs. Note: Order from Lumberyard on Saturday with reheating instructions for Sunday as they’re closed on Sunday. Lumberyard’s sister restaurant, Slice Pizza, however, is open on Sunday till 3:00 (beer wall included)for outdoor dining or take-out. Brussels Bistro is open until 3:00 pm for outdoor dining and takeout on Sunday.
Harley Laguna Beach offers up Chef Greg’s famed Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork with either complete meals for 2 or 4 or as a stand-alone 1-pound purchase. Note: Harley is open until 3:00 pm on Sunday. Skyloft smokes its ribs and brisket daily. Order full or half racks of their ribs or venture into their Skyloft Smoked Plates, which offer a build-your-own-plate scenario with brisket, pulled pork ribs, chicken andouille and chicken wings. Add in one to four sides from an offering of nine options. That’s about as smokehouse as it gets. Note: Skyloft is open regular hours on Superbowl Sunday.
Skyloft’s Smoked Platters offer a build-your-own dream scenario.
Scott McIntosh’s Reunion Kitchen also offers a BBQ Rib Stack (more like a tower) of baby back ribs with Thai peanut slaw. Note: Reunion is open until 3:00 p.m.
Tampa Bay Fans
Cheering for Tampa Bay, instead? That Florida town is known more for its fresh fish, shellfish and Spanish influence.
For me, there’s nothing better than the luxury of lobster in a soft-baked loaf. That can only be Slapfish’s Lobster Roll. Yes, it’s Maine lobster, but Maine doesn’t have a football team, so Tampa Bay gets to claim it this Sunday. Can you imagine how popular you would be with a platter of Slapfish Lobster Rolls for your Superbowl-watching comrades? Note: Slapfish is open through the afternoon on Superbowl Sunday.
Slapfish also offers a Lobster Grinder (lobster, crab and shrimp) and Clobster Grilled Cheese sandwich (toasted sourdough with crab and lobster mix and gooey cheese), as well as their unbeatable Clam Chowder Bowl.
In that same downtown square, Carmelita’s offers the best Lobster Chile Rellenos in town.
Looking to really class up your Superbowl? Mozambique is still offering its Atlantic lobster tail meal, and Coyote Grill is in its last weeks of serving Local Lobster with all the fixings. Note: All three of the above are operating regular hours for Superbowl Sunday.
Mussels or oysters more your ilk? Brussels Bistro continues to sell hundreds of pounds of its best-selling mussels every month and, yes, you can order them for take out, too.
Ready to spice it up? Coyote Grill is offering 24 wings and a 6-pack of Mucho Aloha Hawaiian Pale Ale for only $30. Preorders over $40 will get a free pitcher of the famous margaritas! Pre-orders must be in before Noon on Saturday, Feb. 6th.
Again, check my Restaurant Directory or call the restaurant direct to check for Superbowl hours or closures this Sunday. May we all enjoy a somewhat normal ritual … without all the usual rituals… this Superbowl Sunday.