Super Bowl Sunday is not the time to start counting calories. All diets are off when it comes to snacking during the big game.
If you've been eating wings, potato skins and mozzarella sticks all season long, here are six Long Island sports bars where you can get some out-of-the-ordinary appetizers for kickoff.
5590 Merrick Rd., Massapequa, 516-798-1496, mccannspubnyc.com
TASTE THIS Two balls of fried mac-'n'-cheese on a bed of sour cream is the crowd-pleaser here.
"It's a popular dish," says manager Ellen Mathews. "Anything deep-fried is good."
GAME PLAN McCann's has the goods with big-ticket Super Bowl giveaways, including a 51-inch flat screen, a kegerator, a beer dispenser and a shot pourer. Watch the game on 58 flat screens from the indoor patio, lounge area, bar or high-top tables.
1815 Broad Hollow Rd., Farmingdale, 631-522-1030, themaineventny.com
TASTE THIS You've had sliders before, but not of this magnitude -- slow-cooked pulled pork sauteed in homemade barbecue sauce topped with Cheddar cheese on a toasted pretzel bun.
"It's a bit more creative," says owner Mike Constantatos. "We try to do different things."
GAME PLAN For $65, you can sign up for the Super Bowl buffet, which includes domestic beer (bottle or tap). Autographed footballs and jerseys will be given away during the game.
350 Union Ave., Holbrook, 631-648-9669, momossportsbar.com
TASTE THIS Order the Napoleon Tots and you'll be faced with a hill of crispy Tater Tots buried in melted Cheddar cheese and topped with fresh bacon.
"The dish was inspired by the film 'Napoleon Dynamite,' " says owner Richie Comunale. "It makes people feel like they are in middle school again. It's nostalgic."
GAME PLAN During the Super Bowl, coolers, grills and chairs will be given away. Daily special includes open bar and buffet for $40.
129 New Hyde Park Rd., Franklin Square, 516-326-9542, croxley.com
TASTE THIS Croxley's goes Belgium style, pairing beers like Hoegaarden with traditional mussel pots. You've had Buffalo wings, now try Buffalo mussels.
"What you'd see on our wing plate is now in with the mussels -- garlic, celery, carrots and crumbled blue cheese," says manager Dean Miller. "People who enjoy our wings are also going to enjoy this."
GAME PLAN The 21st annual Croxley Bowl offers open taps and unlimited buffet for $39.95 during the game. See the action from any seat in the house on 24 flat screens.
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369 Old Country Rd., Carle Place, 516-997-5000, sngrillwestbury.com
TASTE THIS The appetizer in the spotlight is the Firecracker Shrimp wrapped in a light pastry shell packed with aromatic vegetables and Cajun spices, then pan-fried with spicy Asian and jalapeño ranch dipping sauces.
"We crank up the heat on the sauces," says executive chef George Eutsler.
GAME PLAN Super Bowl domestic beer specials ($3 drafts, $7 pitchers, $15 beer baskets) will help you wash down some of the spiciness.
70 Gerard St., Huntington, 631-923-0424, rookiesny.com
TASTE THIS If you can't decide between protein and carbs, go with the Steakhouse personal pizza, made with grilled skirt steak, crumbled blue cheese, caramelized onions and mozzarella cheese.
"It's pretty filling," admits general manager Deanna Bradshaw. "It's more of a meal."
GAME PLAN Each table has its own flat screen, where you can view the game, or sit at the bar and watch the two giant screens above it. Make a reservation, because this place fills up quickly.