Published on October 7, 2015

10 Great Game Day Eats for Football Season

Football season is in full swing (er, pass)! Cheering on your favorite team can really make you work up an appetite, and no game day would be complete without some tasty foods to fuel you through all those timeouts. Here’s a list of our favorite burgers, snacks and bites to nosh on before, after or during the game.

Freemans Photography by Daniel Krieger, 2015 Freemans Photography by Daniel Krieger, 2015

Where to Get Your Game-Day Eats On

ABIGAILE - Dry-aged brewery burger (LA)

So many fancy things on this guy: Gruyere cheese, truffle aioli, heirloom tomato, caramelized onion and arugula. We’re feeling extra confident in our team’s ability to bring home the win.

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Once a gathering place for punk bands and wanderlusts, Abigaile is about sharing and exploring food without boundaries, gimmicks or pretense. Dishes are always evolving based on the availability of quality market ingredients, and often, a creative whim. An on-premise brewery crafts some of Southern California’s most intriguing and sought after microbrews.

ALLA SPINA - Mortadella Hotdog (Philadelphia)

A footlong mortadella hotdog with spicy pickles and cabbage relish — satisfying enough for even the most ravenous fan.

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Alla Spina is an Italian gastropub with a pork-focused menu that spotlights pub fare and small plates. Located inside an old car dealership, the industrial-style space has a vibrant dining room adorned with graffitied walls. Hard-to-find, seasonal craft Italian and local brews, along with bottles of reds, whites and sparklings are around to help wash down all the scrumptious bites.

ALTA CA - Hamburger (San Francisco)

Stacked like a glorious trophy: sesame bun, cheddar cheese, crunchy bacon and a juicy patty, served with a side of crisp, golden potatoes.

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At Alta CA, Executive Chef David Goody's food combines California cuisine with nuanced flavors from Eastern Europe. The bar program draws inspiration from classic libations, melding seasonality with a touch of West Coast whimsy.

AMALI - Lamb Burger (New York City)

The most exotic of the bunch, this one’s available at lunch, topped with feta, tzatziki, onion and cucumber — all huddled up in a sesame brioche.

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Amali — whose name was inspired by a historical term for lands shared by modern day Greece, Italy and Turkey — serves sustainable, seasonally-inspired and locally sourced Mediterranean fare. The award-winning biodynamic wine list contains over 400 selections. A white marble bar, wood details and a gorgeous skylight round out the stylish yet rustic setting.

CERVETECA - La Puente Backyard Original (LA)

Beef, fresh ground turkey or house veggie patty with red leaf lettuce, tomato, pimiento or cheddar cheese, plus raw or grilled onion. Throw on some additional toppings like bacon, grilled mushroom and avocado, and you’ve got yourself an MVP.


Cerveteca DTLA is family-owned restaurant with a friendly staff that offers a vibrant taste of Latin America. Marrying LA comfort food with authentic Latin dishes, the resulting culmination of flavors is both deliciously familiar and distinctively exotic. Beers, microbrews and a variety of wines round out the globally inspired beverage program.

DB BISTRO MODERNE - The Original DB Burger (NYC)

Sirloin burger filled with braised short ribs, foie gras and black truffle, served on a Parmesan bun with pommes frites. Talk about elevating your game — this one’s got victory dance written all over it.

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Chef Daniel Boulud’s db bistro serves updated French classics with a modern twist. The seasonal menu showcases the finest produce from the Greenmarket nearby, while a sleek interior and handsome new cocktail bar keep things feeling chic.

FREEMANS - Hot Artichoke Dip (NYC)

Creamy, cheesy and served with crispy crunchy baguette slices. This delectable dip could carry you all the way through the play-offs.

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Tucked into a cozy space at the end of an unused alley off the Bowery, Freemans is a rugged, clandestine, colonial tavern. The restaurant specializes in simple, rustic American cuisine inspired by Old World traditions. A leader in the New York cocktail revival, Freemans mixes classic drinks and new concoctions with the best small batch whiskies and exotic spirits.

GEMINI BISTRO - Gemini Bistro (Chicago)

Prime beef, applewood bacon, cheese, house-made bun and fries — deceptively simple, yet completely satisfying. Add an order of truffle-Parmesan fries to take it to the next level.

Inside the cozy setting of an early 1900s flatiron building, Gemini Bistro features American cuisine with French and Mediterranean influences. Executive Chef Jon Keeley‘s seasonally-influenced menu forgoes traditional courses and presents plates by portion size — small, medium, and large, as well as extra-small plates for kids. The marble bar offers imaginative classic cocktails and an elegant yet approachable wine list.

MERCADITO - Guacamole (Chicago)

The “tradicional” has tomatillo pico de gallo, jalapeño, garlic, key lime and cilantro, while the “durazno” version changes it up with grilled peaches, pico, roasted jalapeños, lime and epazote. There’s even a “mango” one with jicama and chipotle. Can’t decide? Bring friends and get all three. Teamwork, people!

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Mercadito serves up authentic Mexican cuisine in a casual setting. Featuring a menu with only the freshest, homemade ingredients, it’s the perfect spot for get-togethers over shareable plates and tasty cocktails, tequilas, mezcals, beer and wine.

So grab the Reserve app, and get your game-day eats on! With so many great spots to choose from, you’re sure to find the treats that’ll keep you pumped all season long.

Happy dining,

The Reserve Editorial Team

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