Where to find the best Big Game food in Vegas

The Big Game is coming up on Sunday and while we’ll admit the day is mainly about football, the second most important thing is definitely the food. There’s nothing better than kicking back, watching the action, having some beers and chowing down on game day grub.

Here’s where you can indulge in the finest football fare in Vegas while you watch the Carolina Panthers battle it out with the Denver Broncos.

Choose from a Carolina burger or a Denver burger, photo courtesy of Holstein's

Choose from a Carolina BBQ Burger or a Bronco Burger for the Big Game, photo courtesy of Holstein’s Shakes and Buns.

Holsteins Shakes and Buns at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Holsteins Shakes and Buns
is offering a special burger for each team in the game. If you’re a Broncos fan, you’ll want the Bronco Burger ($19), which is a Colorado lamb burger topped with fire roasted green chilis, Swiss cheese, and tomato-cumin aioli. If you’re a Panthers fan, order the Carolina BBQ Burger ($18). Grab a napkin for this beef burger topped with Carolina-style pulled pork, vinegar slaw and crispy onion straws. If your team didn’t make it, there are plenty of other burgers on the menu here to choose from.

Tom’s Urban at New York – NewYork
Tom’s Urban
has 28 screens to watch the game on and you can indulge in a buffet once the game starts at 3:30 p.m. (Get there at 2:30 p.m. to grab a seat.) The restaurant is featuring an all-you-can-eat buffet and open bar until the end of the game for $150 per guest. The buffet will have nachos, tacos, pizza, sliders, mac & cheese, sweet potato and garlic fries, chicken wings, Caesar salad and mini pastries.

Buddy V’s at The Venetian
If you like your game day food Italian-style, head to Buddy V’s for a $39 all-you-can-eat menu including Grandma’s Meatball, Hoboken Italian subs, Buffalo wings, sausage & peppers pizza, mini cannolis and Italian cookies.  À la carte options are also available.  You can wash it all down with $20 mix and match beer buckets (six per bucket), available with choice of Bud, Bud Light, Newcastle, Coors Light, Michelob Ultra and Corona.  The specials are available in the bar and lounge only.

Chili cheese fries and tots, photo courtesy of Gilley's.

Chili cheese fries and tots, photo courtesy of Gilley’s.

Gilley’s at Treasure Island
is cooking up an all-you-can-eat-and-drink big game buffet, with barbeque and football favorites for $175. The menu includes barbecued pulled pork, cheeseburger sliders, Gilley’s chili cart, pretzel bites, a crudité platter, hot dogs, Buffalo wings, a build-your-own Texas nacho bar, a build-your-own spicy cheddar tater tot bar (!), popcorn, house salad and assorted desserts.

You’ll also get bottomless draft beers and well cocktails. Doors open at noon.

La Cave at Wynn
La Cave
will serve an endless spread of tray-passed dishes starting at 2:30 p.m. through the end of the game. The football feast will be priced at $85 per person and will include: steak tacos topped with pickled onion and salsa verde; chorizo, Italian and Andouille sausage flatbread and tomato mozzarella flatbread; chicken gyros topped with a house-made cucumber dill sauce; pulled pork hoagies; lollipop chicken wings; pigs in a blanket; truffle mac & cheese; angus mini burgers; chipotle coleslaw; macaroni salad and more. The price does not include beverages, tax or gratuity.

La Cave will also feature game day desserts with banana bread and a selection of cookies and cupcakes. Craft beer bucket specials include Dog Fish Head Sixty One Minute, Innis & Gunn Rum Porter, Brooklyn Brown Ale and Speakeasy Double Daddy IPA, all priced at $45.

Angus mini burgers, photo courtesy of CRUSH.

Angus mini burgers, photo courtesy of CRUSH.

CRUSH at MGM Grand
will be featuring a tailgate-style feast, craft beers and cocktails starting at 2:30 p.m. through the end of the game. As fans take in the game on high definition TVs, they will be served endless tray-passed selections. Enjoy bites like shaved brisket hoagies, chorizo & sweet pepper paninis, baby back ribs, BBQ grilled chicken wings, chili dip, margherita pizza, Nana D’s meatball flatbread, Mexican street corn, Angus mini burgers, veggie dip, Italian pasta salad and heirloom tomato and English cucumber salad.

Desserts will include the Sweet Elvis flatbread and a selection of cookies and cupcakes. The tray-passed tailgate menu is priced at $85 per person not including tax or gratuity. Beer buckets of Bud Light and Corona will also be served throughout the game and will be priced at $30.

The Baja Burger, photo courtesy of BLT Burger.

The Baja Burger, photo courtesy of BLT Burger.

BLT Burger at The Mirage
Burger fan? You’ll want to indulge in the Big Game buffet at BLT Burger, featuring their signature sliders. You’ll also find turkey sliders, catfish sliders, pot stickers, bacon and blue cheese kettle chips, chicken quesadilla, mac & cheese bites and chips and salsa. Bonus: There’ll be milkshakes too including strawberry, chocolate, vanilla, mocha mudslide and Creamsicle. The unlimited food is available for $65 and if you want unlimited drinks including Corona, well drinks, Modelos, Fat Tire and house wines, it’s priced at $150.

The football game won’t be the only competition in the room. For every bucket of beer consumed, guests will be entered into a raffle with the chance to win up to $300 in prizes.

Border Grill at Mandalay Bay or The Forum Shops at Caesars
Add some south-of-the-border flair to your Big Game day celebrations with Border Grill’s Big Game, Small Pates menu. At the Forum Shops location, enjoy $50 unlimited plates including things like crispy shrimp tacos, al pastor tacos, chicken nachos, avocado sliders, carnitas quesadilla, spicy barbecued ribs and deviled eggs. You can also indulge in a $50 unlimited cocktail menu featuring blanco margaritas, suprema sangria, mimosas and beer. The restaurant has a 120-inch projection screen and more TVs are being installed for the game.

Border Grill at Mandalay Bay will have indoor and outdoor seating, multiple dining rooms and televisions from virtually every sightline. The $50 unlimited small plates menu includes tacos, wings, Cubano sliders, fried chicken sliders, burgers, nachos and kale Caesar wraps.  They’ll also be offering beers for  $5 and their famous blanco margarita for $7.

The Carolina Smokehouse Pizza, photo courtesy of Flour & Barley.

The Carolina Smokehouse Pizza, photo courtesy of Flour & Barley.

Flour & Barley Brick Oven Pizza
Flour & Barley
has created special pizzas for each team. Cheer on Carolina with the Smokehouse, topped with pulled braised beef, chipotle cream sauce, Calabrian chilies, bacon and topped with a Tabasco crème drizzle ($17.50). If you’re a Denver fan, try the Mile High pizza, a  Denver omelet in pizza form, including prosciutto cotto, tomatoes, peppers, onions and cheddar cheese ($17.50). Both of these specials are available now through Feb. 7.

Sunday Brunch Club, photo courtesy of STK.

Sunday Brunch Club, photo courtesy of STK.

STK inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
will host a special edition of Sunday Brunch Club on Sunday, Feb. 7 with a spread of unlimited family-style appetizers including truffle popcorn, tuna tartare, smoked salmon, potato skins, pigs in a blanket, a variety of salads, and crab, short rib, and wagyu sliders. Choose an entree including the brunch club, shrimp n’ grits, BBQ chicken or burger. Complete your meal with sides like bacon mac n’ cheese and truffle fries and end with churros for dessert. The cost is $80++ per person with options to upgrade with shellfish or caviar.

A three-hour bar package is available at $95+ per person. There will also be $250 Belvedere bottles, $5 beer specials and $10 Jameson, Jack Daniels and Patron shots.

Check out more Big Game action while you’re in Vegas.


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