Super Bowl LII isn’t going to be easy for New York fans — two football nemeses, the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots, face off at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday, Feb. 4. This calls for comfort food. Dig into these 10 dishes from Long Island sports bars that evoke some of the terms used on the gridiron.
Dink & Dunk: Chips and dip at Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille
Chips and dip at Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille (Multiple locations): Activating this short passing game is a pile of house-made seasoned potato chips dunked in a signature sour cream-bacon-cheddar cheese dip. Price: $3.99. Locations in East Meadow, Franklin Square, and Smithtown. More info: thegreeneturtle.com
Stiff-arm: Hog Hammers at Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille
The fend-off move a ball carrier uses to clear the way can be compared to the strong force of the Hog Hammers at The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille as these fall-off-the-bone giant ribs get basted in barbecue sauce, cooked on the grill and served with fried onion straws. Price: $8.99.
Cutback: Fried cauliflower at Changing Times
Fried cauliflower at Changing Times (29 E. Main St., Bay Shore): This move marks a player’s sudden change in direction, much like the Buffalo — not chicken, not calamari, but — cauliflower at Changing Times in Bay Shore. The vegetable is lightly breaded and fried, served with a side of ranch dipping sauce and garnished with carrots and celery. “The cauliflower is a nice vegetarian option,” says general manager Chris Werner. “Plus, it’s a good change of pace. Price: $10. More info: 631-647-7871, changingtimespubs.com
Blitz: Pu-pu platter at Changing Times
The way the defense collectively attacks a specific offensive play is much like the pu-pu platter at Changing Times in Bay Shore. This dish goes all in with mini tacos, boneless wings (in a variety of sauces), loaded homemade potato skins, mozzarella sticks and Panko-crusted onion rings with blue cheese or ranch dipping sauces, salsa, marinara and sour cream, plus carrots and celery. “It’s a sampler of classic barroom pub grub,” says Werner. Price: $17.
Passing pocket: Cordon Bleu Balls at MoMo's Sports Bar & Grill
Cordon Bleu Balls at MoMo's Sports Bar & Grill (350 Union Ave., Holbrook): Like the offensive line forms a wall of protection around the quarterback, these cordon bleu balls have tender chicken that encases ham and Swiss cheese. They're served with a honey mustard dipping sauce. Price: $8.99. More info: 631-648-9669, momossportsbarandgrill.com
Interception: Cornflake mozzarella sticks at Momo's Sports Bar & Grill
Like a defensive player on the opposing team capturing a ball from the quarterback, the mozzarella sticks at MoMo’s Sports Bar & Grill in Holbrook similarly throw a switch. The bread crumb coating gets exchanged for cornflakes, while the marinara sauce is replaced with raspberry dipping sauce. Price: $8.99.
Slobberknocker: Firestorm Wings at RC Dugan's
Firestorm Wings at RC Dugan's (2314 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow): A hit by a defender that is so hard it knocks out your slobber packs the same intensity as the Firestorm Wings at RC Dugan’s. “They are super-duper hot,” says bartender Dana Gleason. “Sometimes people have to order them plain and get the firestorm sauce on the side.” Price: $11.50 for 10 wings, $19 for 20 wings. More info: 516-520-0325, rcdugans.com
End zone: Molten Lava Chocolate Cake at RC Dugan's
Scoring at the end of the field equates to the dessert at the tail of a meal. The Molten Lava Chocolate Cake with vanilla ice cream at RC Dugan’s in East Meadow hits the spot at the end of the fourth quarter. Price: $8.50.
Double coverage: Zingers Mountain Melt at Miller's Ale House
Zingers Mountain Melt at Miller's Ale House (4000 Middle Country Rd., Lake Grove): When two defenders cover one receiver in football, it echoes the blanket coverage of the Zingers Mountain Melt at Miller’s Ale House in Lake Grove. Here, garlic boneless chicken wings get piled over crispy fries and smothered with melted Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese, apple-wood smoked bacon and scallions with a choice of blue cheese or ranch dressing. “It’s the main item people buy,” says hostess Christina DeOliveira. “They are always made fresh and cooked to order.” Price: $11.99. More info: millersalehouse.com
The Huddle: Miniburgers at The Main Event
Miniburgers at The Main Event (Multiple locations): This foursome of miniburgers, which come in grilled beef, Buffalo chicken or pulled pork, are bunched together on a plate at The Main Event, awaiting the play call. “You can have them on a regular soft bun or a pretzel bun,” says manager Amanda Bailey. “People just love ’em.” Price: $11 to $13. Locations in Plainview and Farmingdale. More info: themaineventny.com