It's nine days until the Super Bowl. And if you're like me, you're not worried about where to watch the game, mostly because even empty restaurants are showcasing the most-watched American broadcast.
But let's face it. You're not thinking about it because the default option is a bar -- a loud bar with loud people who may or may not be completely inebriated upon your arrival. Some people are into that sort of thing. Hey, it's the Super Bowl.
But some people are also into the game, just not the extraneous stuff that goes with it. For those folks, a quieter spot free of the hype and frat-boy sensationalism is in order. Luckily for them, plenty of low-key restaurants will showcase the game as well.
Bonefish Grill -- I'm not going to lie to you people. The bang bang shrimp is on my "I could eat this everyday" menu. It's lightly breaded, fried, and tossed in a spicy Louisiana-style sauce. The restaurant itself is low-key with a couple of TVs in the bar. Just in case you get a little excited about a play, the dining room plays chill music to drown you out to the rest of the restaurant patrons.
Primanti Brothers -- Primarily a Pittsburgh eatery since, well, they hail from there, there are currently three South Florida locations that serve their famous pizza and mile-high sammichs. They've got the beer to satisfy that football/alcohol craving and enough TVs that you don't have to sit in the same place long enough to solidify viewing rights. If you hit up the new Sunrise location, they've even got a full bar.
Anthony's Coal-Fired Pizza -- What started out as South Florida's little secret is slowly spreading across the nation. With Las Vegas and Wilmington, Delaware, up and running, Anthony hasn't forgotten about us little people. The place is casual enough to eat out with the family or even a significant other but still has the tube option.
Hollywood Vine -- I'm suggesting the 2008 best wine bar because I actually watched a football game here this past season. The hundreds of wine options alongside the quiet atmosphere, it makes for a chill Super Bowl... does that exist? It does here.
Grand Lux Café -- I'll just state, for the record, that I love the food here. With three South Florida locations, low-key Super Bowl viewers have it easy. There's enough background music to drown you out in case you get loud and a long enough menu to keep you there for multiple meals. With that being said, you cannot leave the establishment without asian nachos and made-to-order beneighs.