Pats Nation: Our Top Picks for Celebrating the Super Bowl on Cape Cod

Once again, the New England Patriots are headed to the Super Bowl! Which means the countdown is on to figure out where and how you’ll be cheering on Tom Brady and our beloved Patriots (and hey, if you’re not a Pats or Rams fan, it’s still a great excuse to gorge on food and football).

Here are some of our top picks for catching the Super Bowl, both out on the town and in the comfort of your own home.

Heading to a Bar/Pub
Everyone knows that it’s all about the wings when it comes to football, and DJ’s Family Sports Pub in Hyannis has you covered. Pick from traditional bone-in or boneless chicken wings in the sauce of your choosing, accompanied by their popular blue cheese dressing. Hearty pub fare at the Boston-themed sports pub also includes such game day favorites as loaded nachos, baby back ribs and sweet potato fries. And we haven’t gotten to the best part: DJ’s has a whopping 23 televisions airing the game (even in the bathroom, so you won’t miss a minute!)

Speaking of TVs, there’s truly not a bad seat in the house at Dino’s Sports Bar in Mashpee. The 30 high-def televisions and big screens provide an optimal viewing experience from any barstool, booth or high-top table set up around the dimly lit sports pub, creating a lively, hyped-up game day vibe. Dino’s pizza, calzones, wings and other munchies are the perfect complement to a pitcher or two of beer shared with good friends (and don’t be surprised if you high-five a few strangers too).

Avid Pats fans can also rest easy at Red Face Jack’s in West Yarmouth - where 30 flatscreens and three big screens will be airing the Super Bowl in all its HD glory. Pair the game with one of their mouth-watering handcrafted burgers with bottomless homemade fries, and you won’t be sorry.

Quahog Republic Dive Bar in Falmouth is a great gathering spot for Super Bowl fun, and not just because of the lively patrons you’ll encounter as you watch the action on one of their seven high-def TVs. Try one of their Patriots Game Day Specials: a party platter and pitcher of beer for $20, $5 12oz Mai-Tai, or $12 pitcher of Bud Light or Quahog Grog. While there, tackle your own Super Bowl feat and ask how you can sign up as a contender in the Dive Bar’s popular February Mug Club.

Other picks to catch the Super Bowl if you’re venturing out include Industry Ale House in Sandwich (great selection of craft beers, TVs over the bar, and some of the best burgers around); and any of the 99 Restaurants in Mashpee, Yarmouth, Centerville or Falmouth (flatbreads and potato skins go great with a 16 oz. draft in a chilled mug).

If you’re planning to watch the game with a date, cozy up over a glass of vino at Wicked Restaurant in Mashpee; hand-tossed fire kissed pizza highlights their creative menu, and each private booth has its own built in flat screen TV for your personal viewing pleasure.

Watching from Home
For many, watching the Super Bowl parked on your couch (or a friend’s) is the best way to go – there are fewer distractions, it’s lighter on the wallet, and you can always hit the remote pause button for bathroom breaks. And themed gatherings with creative finger foods and appetizers are all the rage, with literally thousands of Pinterest boards dedicated to Super Bowl party ideas (we’ll be stealing the Football Cake Pops one).

So if you’re preparing enough food to feed a small army, where do you go? Roche Bros. in Mashpee is an obvious choice. Delicious prepared appetizers, entrees and desserts – from fresh guacamole and buffalo chicken dip to teriyaki wings, calzones and football cakes – make it easy on you (as in, you can just pass them off on your own).

Whole Foods Market in Hyannis also has an extensive prepared foods department offering healthy game day items that taste so yummy you won’t even realize they’re good for you.  Chili, wings and cauliflower bites are some of our favorites. Note: The Whole Foods website offers some spirted game day menu ideas and snacks, with recipes included – just pick up the fresh ingredients at Whole Foods prior to game day and you’ll be ready to start cooking!

It’s impossible to leave empty-handed from the unique marketplace inside Ring Bros. in Dennis, with its wide selection of freshly prepared gourmet pizzas, burritos, pastas, desserts and sushi (it’s also one-stop shopping at its finest, with wine and liquor sold on site.) Stop & Shop and Shaw’s Supermarket are other great options to fill your grocery cart for game day.

Takeout is a convenient alternative to slaving over the stove – here are a few recommendations (some even offer delivery): Pizza Guyz in Mashpee, Craigville Pizza & Mexican Restaurant in Hyannis, Fancy’s Market in Osterville, Far Land Provisions in Provincetown and Double Dragon Inn in Orleans.

You may need to stock up on beer or cocktails for your Super Bowl gathering, and a growler from local brewers Cape Cod Beer or Barnstable Brewing would always be met with loud cheers. Cape Cod Package Store in Centerville, Cotuit Liquors in Cotuit, Brewster Wine & Spirits and Luke’s Super Liquors (with six locations around the Cape) are other options to stock up on your favorite adult beverages.

And last but not least, don’t forget dessert! Cupcake Charlie’s (Falmouth and Mashpee) makes celebrating Game Day easy. With one of their locations residing in Foxboro’s Patriot Place, it’s no surprise that the bakery is our top pick for stocking up on Pats-inspired cupcakes for the Super Bowl. In fact, retired Pats linebacker Rob Ninkovich inspired the shop’s owners to create a special cupcake in his honor, only available on Pats Game Days: the Twixovich, a heavenly mix of cookie crumb vanilla cake, cookie crust, soft caramel and vanilla buttercream. Need we say more?

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