Where to get the best Big Game grub in Las Vegas

Sunday is really all about two things. Number one, it’s about football. And number two, it’s about food.

Whether it’s tailgating parties with barbecues and homemade specialties or the traditional bites you buy at the stadium, football and food just go hand in hand.

No Big Game party would be complete without a good spread. Many bars and restaurants around Las Vegas are having parties with amazing game day menus. Here are our picks for where to chow down while you’re watching the Patriots battle the Seahawks.

Mercadito carnitas tacos

Mercadito at Red Rock Casino Resort: All-you-can-eat tacos? Say no more. Mercadito, one of Vegas’ most popular new Mexican restaurants, will offer a special package for the game that includes a two-hour open bar and the aforementioned tacos for $50 per person. (Taco promotion excludes langosta and any other specialty tacos.)  The restaurant’s full menu will also be available if for some reason you don’t get your fill of tacos. After the open bar ends, grab a $15 bucket of Corona or Bud Light.

La Cave at Wynn: La Cave will offer a specialty all-you-can-eat tailgate menu from 2:30 p.m. through the end of the game. And this isn’t like any tailgate food you’ve ever had before. Priced at $85 per person, the menu will include: sausage Cuban sandwiches; chorizo, Italian and Andouille sausage and tomato mozzarella flatbreads; chicken and waffles; pulled pork sandwiches; lollipop chicken wings; chili con carne; pigs in a blanket; blue cheese truffle mac & cheese; angus mini burgers and kimchi coleslaw. For dessert, La Cave will offer Fruity Pebble treats; banana bread and sweet pretzel bites.

If you need some beer to wash down the food, there will be craft beer bucket specials including Dog Fish Head Sixty One Minute; Innis & Gunn Rum Porter; Brooklyn Brown Ale and Speakeasy Double Daddy IPA, all priced at $45.

CRUSH mini Angus burgers

CRUSH at MGM Grand: Sit back, watch the game on high-definition TVs and enjoy butler-style service from 2:30 p.m. through the end of the game. That means your server will keep bringing food right to you until you can’t eat any more. The all-you-can-eat menu is available for $85 per person plus tax and tip. You’ll enjoy specialty bites prepared by Executive Chef Billy DeMarco including shaved brisket sliders, chorizo and sweet pepper paninis, corn dogs, barbecue grilled chicken wings, fried calamari, margarita flatbread, artichoke and crab dip, rolled chicken quesadillas and Angus mini burgers, topped with balsamic onions and bacon vinaigrette and served with a side of fingerling potato salad. For dessert, dig into doughnuts, the signature Sweet Elvis Flatbread and banana pudding.

Gilley’s at Treasure Island: Add a little country flair to your football bash with Gilley’s Bottomless Big Game Buffet ($150). The party includes bottomless draft beers and all well/call cocktails. The buffet will be filled with Southern-style chicken wings, a build-your-own Texas nacho bar, house salad, hot dogs, popcorn, Gilley’s Bar-B-Que pork sliders, pulled pork taquitos, Gilley’s chili, pork green chili cart, crudité platter, brownies and additional desserts.

Lavo Bowl Kobe meatballs

Lavo at Palazzo: Big Game weekend means it’s time for the annual Lavo Bowl. For $125 you’ll get general admission with an open bar and a buffet featuring spicy scarpariello chicken wings, grilled baby lamb chops, smoked tomato barbecue pork ribs, garlic fries arrabbiata, Kobe meatballs in grandma’s gravy, herb crusted Italian roast prime ribs, a pizza station, fried calamari and more. For dessert, enjoy assorted cookies, fruit salad and sliced cakes. If you want the food only, it’s $85.

Allegro at Wynn: Chef Enzo Febbraro invites guests to view the game on high-definition screens and indulge in Allegro’s special all-you-can-eat menu. The menu features chicken wings, chicken Parmigiana sliders, meatball sliders, rice arancini, truffle french fries, Caesar salad, sausage and pepper sliders, mini lasagna, and wood-fired margherita and pepperoni pizza. The game day menu is available from 2 p.m. to the end of the game and is $125 per person, not including tax and gratuity.

Carmine's scarpariello wings

Carmine’s at the Forum Shops at Caesars: Legendary New York eatery Carmine’s will be offering special viewing packages for those who want to watch the game Italian-style. For $75 (plus tax and gratuity) you can enjoy a buffet of Southern Italian favorites like penne alla vodka, spicy scarpariello wings, chicken Parmigiana and more. For $200, there’s a VIP package in private rooms with individual party seating, a VIP buffet with a carving station, fresh seafood and premium open bar.

Society Café at Encore: Society Café invites guests to view the game on high-definition screens while indulging in all-you-can-eat fare. Chef Jeremy Pacheco’s menu includes tortilla chips served with fresh guacamole and pico de gallo, warm pretzel bread with four cheese dip, salted caramel popcorn, spiced nuts, barbecue turkey sliders, mac ‘n cheese bites, mini meatball sliders, chicken wings, Society sliders, margherita flatbread and cinnamon-sugar donut bites. The menu is available from 3 p.m. to the end of the game and is $105 per person, not including tax and gratuity.

Buddy V’s Ristorante inside Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian|Palazzo: “Cake Boss” Buddy V will be serving up an all-you-can-eat Italian tailgate buffet. Beginning at 1 p.m. until the last whistle blows, dig in to Buddy V’s favorites for $35 per person (not including tax and gratuity). Buckets of domestic beer will also be available for $20 (six bottles) and multiple televisions will be showing all the action in the bar. The all-you-can-eat menu includes Grandma’s Meatballs with marinara and Parmesan; the Hoboken Italian sub; Buffalo-style wings; sausage and peppers pizza; and mini cannolis and Italian cookies.

Tao orange chicken

Tao at the Venetian: Asian food might not be typical football fare, but it works for us. Tao is serving up a tasty Asian buffet for Tao Bowl. Multiple TVs throughout the restaurant and lounge will be showing the game while guests eat assorted sushi, salt and pepper shrimp, orange chicken, pork belly fried rice, dragon tail spare ribs, vegetable lo mein, kimchi Caesar salad and more. There’s also an open bar from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. General admission tickets are $125. General admission with open bar only or buffet only are $65 each.


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