To celebrate the Super Bowl on February 3, TripAdvisor editors have found 10 restaurants and bars owned and named for NFL players where fans can take in the game. From New Orleans, where the championship game will be held, to the sidewalks of New York City, these establishments are sure to promise festive fun as the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens battle it out.
Elway's Downtown, Denver, Col.
Fine dining meets football at this steakhouse owned by former Denver Bronco, John Elway. Guests can cheer on their chosen team from one of the TVs surrounding the bar while indulging in tuna tataki, savory chicken wings, and other delectable delights. "Love the bar, the sliders were outstanding, the chicken fried steak bites were even better," commented a TripAdvisor traveler. TripAdvisor users give it a 4.5 out of 5.
Shorts Burger & Shine, Iowa City, Iowa
Co-owned by NFL kicker Nate Kaeding, this burger bar keeps the focus on the field as it sources beef and produce from local farms. Football enthusiasts can choose from over 30 burger combinations and sip on the "Iowa Beer of the Month" as they watch the teams compete to take home the Vince Lombardi Trophy. "The perfect place to go to watch a sporting event or experience Iowa City culture," commented a TripAdvisor traveler. TripAdvisor users give it a 4.5 out of 5.
Joe Theismann's Restaurant, Alexandria, Va. For $20, hungry football fanatics can whet their appetite with an all-you-can-eat game day buffet, or indulge in one of the savory specials. Flat-screen TVs surrounding the bar at this restaurant owned by the former NFL pro, coupled with a beer, will make for an enjoyable way to watch the big game. "Good sports bar atmosphere and beers," commented a TripAdvisor traveler. TripAdvisor users give it a 4 out of 5.
Mike Ditka's Restaurant, Chicago
Located in the Tremont Hotel, this Windy City establishment owned by the former NFL player and Bears coach, serves up tasty game day goodies including pot roast nachos, filet mignon sliders, and New Zealand lamb chops. It also features an extensive wine list and a wide selection of beers. A TripAdvisor traveler said, "The walls are adorned with photos and memorabilia for all the football fans. This restaurant is well worth the stop if you can make it." TripAdvisor users give it a 4 out of 5.
Eddie George's Grille 27, Columbus, Ohio
Named after former Oilers'/Titans' halfback Eddie George, this "Buckeye City" sports bar is sure to offer exciting game day fun. NFL fans won't miss a play as high-definition TVs surround the bar which serves a variety of pale ale, lager, stout, pilsner and more. "The atmosphere is amazing; lots of fun people, the food is fresh and delicious," said a TripAdvisor traveler. TripAdvisor users give it a 4 out of 5.
Jerome Bettis' Grille 36, Pittsburgh, Penn.
Over 50 high-definition TVs and a collection of autographed football memorabilia will provide a festive game day experience at this restaurant named for the former Rams and Steelers player nicknamed, "The Bus." A TripAdvisor traveler commented, "We really enjoy Bettis', from the great setting between the stadium and the river to the numerous TVs playing different games." TripAdvisor users give it a 4 out of 5.
Vince Young Steakhouse, Austin, Texas
Succulent steaks score big at this lively Austin restaurant where guests will find a variety of premium cuts from aged USDA filet mignon, to The Perfect Ten signature steak, which honors Young's Texas Longhorns jersey number. A TripAdvisor traveler noted, "The service is superb and the steaks are out of this world. I feel like the staff bends over backwards to make sure you are enjoying yourself." TripAdvisor users give it a 4 out of 5.
Manning's Restaurant, New Orleans
In the middle of the Big Easy's Warehouse District, this Louisiana eatery owned by Archie Manning, features more than 30 flat-screen TVs, a sports news desk, authentic memorabilia and a mouthwatering menu that offers traditional comfort foods paired with Creole twists. One TripAdvisor traveler noted, "The TVs are awesome, especially the huge one with stadium seating. The food is delicious!" TripAdvisor users give it a 3.5 out of 5.
Brett Favre's Steakhouse, Green Bay, Wisc.
Located two blocks from Lambeau Field in Green Bay, football fans can enjoy the play-by-play action in the bar area at this premier steakhouse owned by Brett Favre. On the menu are juicy steaks, a selection of fresh seafood including Maryland crab cakes, and even Favre's favorite, jambalaya. "We went for the experience the day before the big game. Great memorabilia and great service," a TripAdvisor traveler commented. TripAdvisor users give it a 3.5 out of 5.
Brother Jimmy's, New York City Situated in the middle of Manhattan, guests can appease their appetite with slow-smoked barbecue while watching the pigskin get tossed on one of the flat-screen TVs located throughout this southern style eatery owned by NFL players Jonathan Vilma, Jon Beason, and D.J. Williams. There are a few locations, but the Second Avenue locale is particularly festive. A TripAdvisor traveler commented, "Great atmosphere to watch the game and catch up with old friends." TripAdvisor users give it a 3.5 out of 5.