Getting ready for the Super Bowl, and deciding you’re not in the mood for the usual pizza delivery? There are more fantabulous offerings to be had in the Twin Cities, such as . . .
1) Super Fantastic Fried Chicken for a Crowd! At Left Handed Cook:
We’re all in agreement that the Left Handed Cook’s ‘winner winner’ fried chicken, Korean style with 21 spices in the batter, is the best fried chicken to ever hit the metro. Right? Right! And for the Super Bowl, they’re offering two options for best fried chicken ever takeout. First, for $50, you can get 40 pieces of fried chicken (20 fried chicken strips and 20 chicken wings) with the famous spicy dipping sauce. For $100, you’ll get kimchi fried rice, sweet and sour bacon, and 10 chicken meatball sliders. Figure that’s some pretty posh eats, for around 10 people. Orders must be in by 7 p.m. Saturday.
Midtown Global Market, Mpls., 612-208-0428, midtownglobalmarket.org/thelefthandedcook
2) Sophisticated Super Bowl! Fried Chicken at Bachelor Farmer:
The most popular restaurant in Minneapolis, elite Bachelor Farmer, is taking their Scandinavian-influenced fare into the Super bowl arena with a ‘Walking Box,’ a feeds-two to-go box of: Five piece buttermilk fried chicken, sweet and sour Swedish brown beans, red cabbage slaw, horseradish aioli, warm bannock, honeyed butter, and a chocolate and sea salt brownie. If you want one, e-mail the restaurant by Saturday evening, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
50 2nd Ave. N., Mpls., 612-206-3920, thebachelorfarmer.com
3) Vegetarian Options Abound! At Holy Land:
What about vegetarians? My top pick for indulgent vegetarian spreads is to peruse the many menus of Holy Land—maybe a big appetizer mezze platter, and a dozen veggie samosas, for $5.99?
Midtown Global Market, Mpls., 612-870-6104; 2513 Central Ave. NE, Mpls., 612-781-2627, holylandbrand.com
4) Super Bowl Sushi! At Wakame Sushi & Asian Bistro:
Wakame, near the Whole Foods by Lake Calhoun, is known for its deluxe, abundant sushi for three or four creations, called the Love Boat and the Love Bridge. Each are $59.95, and, for take-out, come in presentation-ready round platters. Set out some Asahi or sake, and there you are!
3070 Excelsior Blvd., Mpls., 612-886-2484, wakamebistro.com
5) Hot Tamale Super bowl! At El Burrito Mercado:
Chit-chatting with Sally Swift, producer at Splendid Table, the other day, she asked, “Why don’t people write about El Burrito Mercado every day? It’s a treasure!” I guess because we take the treasure of ready-to-go, authentic, homemade Mexican abundance for granted? In any event, how about not taking it for granted, and dropping by for massive to-go bags of tamales, various stew-meat-sauce guisados, salsa, and even authentic south of the border sodas and desserts?
175 Cesar Chavez St., St. Paul, 651-227-2192; Midtown Global Market, Mpls., 612-227-2192 elburritomercado.com