If you’re tired of watching the big game by yourself or if you always seem to be the designated host, you may be looking for a different way to enjoy Super Sunday. We’ve put together a list of some Tampa Bay’s best places to pull up a chair and enjoy all of the excitement of the Super Bowl, while letting someone else worry about cleaning up the kitchen. Good food, cold beer and convenient locations could make this your best Super Bowl ever!
Walter’s Press Box
222 S. Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33609
Located in South Tampa, the Press Box has been the “go-to” place for big sporting events for decades. Plenty of TVs tuned to every major event in North America and beyond, and an amazing collection of sports memorabilia, help create the proper ambiance. The friendly and attentive wait staff help keep the cold drinks and hot food flowing. Plenty of figures from the Tampa Bay sports and media scene have made a second home out of the Press Box, so if you can tear your attention from the TVs, you might get a chance to meet a celebrity in person. If you want to make a pre-game scouting trip, check out the Monday night “Burger Mania” special.
12060 Anderson Road
Tampa, FL 33625
The Citrus Park shopping district has a wide variety of eateries and watering holes, but for the sports lover, Winner’s Grill is a great place to watch your favorite event while enjoying a cold drink. There are plenty of TVs to give you prime viewing wherever you’re sitting and a staff that will happily find whatever event you’re looking for. If your experience isn’t complete without something to eat, the menu includes the typical bar fare such as chicken wings, hamburgers and potato skins. But if you’re looking for something a little more substantial, you might be surprised to find a very tasty chicken fettucini alfredo, New York strip or a hot, pressed Cuban sandwich that might be the best deal on the menu.
5429 Village Market
Wesley Chapel, FL 33544
City Grill is located at the Intersection of I-75 and State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel. It’s also just a few miles north of New Tampa on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. Formerly known as Winner’s Grill, the location has received a much-needed facelift with new interior and a dressed-up exterior. However, most of the friendly wait staff was carried over and some of the menu favorites remained as well. The Buffalo Birdie buffalo chicken sandwich is still available, fried or grilled with sauce at whatever heat level you prefer. A cobb salad that will satisfy most appetites is a great alternative to the usual fried fare. A pinball machine and several other amusements are available for between-games entertainment as well.
4802 W. Bay Court Ave.
Tampa, FL 33611
Westshore Pizza has plenty of indoor and outdoor tables with TVs visible from any spot. There is also a respectable menu of sandwiches, fries and the famous Westshore pizza. The draft beer selection is not huge, but it’s reasonably priced and the house special “Westshore Red” is well worth a try. Those are all to be expected from any pizza joint or sports-oriented eatery, what’s different is that you order and pay at the counter. The wait staff will bring out your food, but since it’s pay-as-you-go, getting out when you please is much easier than it might be in some places.
Gator’s On The Pass
12754 John’s Pass Drive
Treasure Island, FL 33706
So let’s be realistic: you’re significant other isn’t a sports fan and would much prefer a more sedate location than a rowdy sports bar. We offer Gator’s on the Pass as a way of meeting the need for a nice outing and a good place to watch the game. Located on the fabulous beaches of Treasure Island, Gator’s offers an incredible view of the setting sun and a great menu featuring plenty of fresh seafood and the usual selection of bar food such as burgers and finger foods. As the slogan goes “You gotta go to Gator’s!”
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