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San Francisco 49ers
Well known for its vistas, San Francisco (AKA “the city by the bay”) boasts equally famous eats. Let your hungry guests dig into the town’s culinary favorites like hearty seafood stew, ubiquitous sourdough bread and ethnic-inspired dishes, like a local-style burrito.
One of San Francisco’s most famous dishes is cioppino (pictured above), the Italian cousin to French bouillabaisse. The stew is loaded with Dungeness crab, scallops, white fish, shrimp and clams. Don’t forget to pick up plenty of sourdough bread for sopping up the tasty tomato and white-wine based broth.
The iconic sourdough bread of this city, with its mild sour flavor and fine crust, can be transformed into the perfect party food. In this case, sourdough bread slices form the crust for unique, individual pizzas topped with pesto, tomatoes, olives and mozzarella.
San Francisco’s abundance of Mexican taquerias spawned the creation of the huge burritos famous throughout the city. Stuffed with rice, meat, beans, cheese and salsa, this burrito recipe allows you to oven bake or grill the tasty bundles.
Commonly associated with Chinese-American food, these crunchy, message-filled cookies owe a debt to San Francisco, where it is reputed that they derived not from Chinese, but from Japanese origins. Whatever the case may be, the fun of these treats goes without saying. Make your own and stuff them with team trivia, or buy a bunch for guests to nibble on — or to accompany a bowl of ice cream.
Seek out these San Francisco suds to raise a toast to the 49ers.
21st Amendment Brewery
Almanac Beer Co.
Speakeasy Ales and Lagers
Thirsty Bear Brewing Company
Triple Voodoo Brewing
Southern Pacific Brewing
Pacific Brewing Laboratory
With the Chesapeake Bay at its doorstep, Baltimore is renowned for crab, but that isn’t all that the city has on its plate. The region’s famous Old Bay Seasoning can be used to accent chicken or seafood, there is the city’s classic beef sandwich and some very beloved cookies to round out the offerings.
Crab comes in so many forms in Baltimore. Consider the classic crab cake — and fashion these delectable little patties as burgers to feed your Super Bowl crowd (Ravens fans or not!).
Old Bay Wings
The yellow and blue tin with the zesty spice and herb mixture, Old Bay Seasoning screams Baltimore. Originally intended to season crab and shrimp, the spice blend is surprisingly versatile, extending to meats and veggies too. Take a classic game time food like chicken wings and jazz them up with Old Bay.
Pit Beef Sandwiches
It’s a no-brainer: barbecue makes great football food. In Baltimore, that means pit beef sandwiches (pictured above), piled high with seasoned, grilled beef and topped with a spicy horseradish-based sauce and white onions.
For a sweet note, bake a batch of the large, chocolate-icing heaped treats known as Berger cookies. The celebrated confections have long been made by DeBaufre Bakeries and ring true as a hometown favorite.
Revel the Ravens with brews that hail from the Baltimore area.
National Bohemian, “Natty Boh” to the locals
Union Craft Brewing
Baltimore Washington Beer Works/Raven Beer
Flying Dog Brewery
Full Tilt Brewery
Public Works Ale