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Where To Pick Up Food For A Super Bowl Party In SF

Chicken wings, barbecue, Thai food, and more for game day on the couch.

Another Super Bowl Sunday is coming. But just because the 49ers didn’t "beat LA" doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wear your newly washed Bosa jersey and watch some football. So wipe away those tears and use this guide. It has eight great spots to pick up everything from chicken wings to barbecue ribs to Detroit-style pizzas. And, stay positive—the 49ers will get ‘em next year. 

THE SPOTS

Need to eat something great to keep your mind off the fact that there won’t be a single 49er at SoFi Stadium? Try the Super Bowl Munchies Box from Prubechu. The Guamanian restaurant in the Mission is one of our favorite places to eat with a big crew, so we fully welcome this $85 medley of the restaurant’s greatest hits, like barbecue pork ribs, ko’ko’ wings, and chicken kelaguen tacos. Order here for pick-up on Sunday. No one’s judging if you just order a sh*t ton of wings.

Eating barbecue during the Super Bowl is practically a national pastime, but since firing up the grill on your apartment rooftop means you’d have to fire up the grill, go to 4505 BBQ instead. The casual barbecue joint in NoPa has smoked meats on lock, including brisket, pork shoulder, hot links, and pulled chicken. You can order them by the pound and complement the big spread with an array of sides, like fries, coleslaw, chicken wings, and salads. 

Whether you’re hosting game day for lifelong football fans or folks who need to google illegal forward pass penalty rules, you want to make sure everyone eats something great. The Little Lao set from this Thai restaurant in the Mission will do the trick. It’s a generously portioned chef’s choice tray that’s filled with things like hat yai fried chicken, short ribs, samosas, fresh rolls, and papaya salad. The spread feeds two to three people, but the portions are large and easily shareable, perfect if you’re hanging out with a bunch of grazers.   

Instead of going for a box of frozen nacho toppers (a real thing, we should add), one up yourself by heading to La Palma Mexicatessen. We love this Mission taqueria because it doubles as a market and they make corn chips right on site. The shelves are also stocked with house-made tortillas, fresh chicharrones by the pound, and everything you need to make nachos at home, like house-made salsas, cremas, and guacamole. If you want a much larger, more varied spread, La Palma conveniently offers customizable trays that serve 25 people ($279-$389) with tamales, enchiladas, fajitas, and more.  

Chicken wings are pretty much synonymous with “foods to eat while watching the Super Bowl.” We can’t tell you why, but we can tell you where to get some great ones. Hot Sauce & Panko over in Russian Hill runs a tight chicken wing operation. They’re quick, easy, and you have a ton of sauces to choose from, like teriyaki, mango habanero, and lemon pepper. The only downside is an order is only five wings, so expect to get multiple orders if you’re feeding a big crew. 

We look to the Latin American restaurant in Civic Center for hearty rice and bean plates, and shareable snacks, like crispy tostones, empanadas, and yuca frita. We wouldn’t mind getting any of them for Super Bowl Sunday—in addition to a few off-menu specials, like chicken wings (Buffalo with Point Reyes blue cheese or sticky mango habanero with herbs and chicharron), available by the one, two, or three dozen. They’re also cranking out Cuban sandwiches which are available by the foot (the three-foot-long is $48). 

You could do the usual jalapeño poppers and taquitos thing, but this year you’ve vowed to stay clear of the microwave (very nice), and cook more things all by yourself. Make a trip to Billingsgate. The small fish market in Noe Valley has Dungeness crabs, salmon and tuna filets, scallops, yellowfin tuna burgers, and more things to help create a beautiful spread that will (hopefully) hold everyone’s attention well beyond halftime. If you’re having second thoughts about your cook-it-yourself plan, head to the takeout menu, which includes poke, seafood salads, crudos, and non-seafood things like salumi plates.

You’re aiming for a sparkling wine, cheese and charcuterie board kind of Super Bowl party. First, you have very good taste. Second, a visit to Cheese Plus is in order. The Russian Hill spot sounds like a bargain basement store, but this casual market and deli is much more than that. They have the requisite cheese and cured meats, of course, and everything else needed to create an impressive snack feast—crackers, chips, nuts, and even tiny jars of fancy fig jam. 

Chicken wings might be the unofficial dish of the Super Bowl, but pizza is a close second. While you have many kinds of pies to choose from in this town, consider Square Pie Guys. The pizzas are Detroit-style, have fluffy crusts with cheesy walls, and hold up well for takeout. The topping combinations are what will probably inspire your guest to do an endzone dance, like the Big Von with garlic ricotta cream, pepperonis, and sausages. As a bonus, this SoMa spot makes excellent Buffalo and spicy dry-fried wings, so you get the best of both worlds. 

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