Football season is in full swing and that means the typical array of game day foods—pizza, wings, hot dogs, chips and dip. But if you’re tired of the same old game day menu, here are some not-so-ordinary restaurant foods that might jazz up your usual football day regime.
1. Korean fried chicken wings from Soo’s Café
Chicken wings—they’re ubiquitous at every football game-day get-together. But, if you want to change it up, you might want to give Korean fried chicken from Soo’s Café a try. Korean fried chicken is fried twice, so that means more crunchy goodness with every bite. KFC at Soo’s Café comes in three flavors: sweet, soy and garlic and NC Hot and Spicy.
2. Baba ghanoush/hummus/tabouli from Sassool
If munching on chips and ranch dip has become tiresome while cheering on your favorite squad, you might want to check out creamy dips with a Middle Eastern slant from Sassool in North Raleigh. Creamy dips like baba ghanoush (roasted eggplant) and hummus (chickpeas) pack plenty of flavors. Tabouli also makes a great healthy alternative to traditional chips and dip.
3. Burgushi menu from The Cowfish Sushi and Burger Bar
Meat patty sandwiched between a soft bun. While a burger can be lipsmackin’ good, it can kind of dull after a while. If you’re looking for a twist to your usual burger, the Burgushi menu at North Hill’s The Cowfish Sushi and Burger Bar might have the antidote to your burger blues. Burger and sushi components fuse together to create zany creations like the “What’s Shakin’ Tuna Bacon Sandwich”.
4. Xiaolongbao from Captain J’s
Famous restaurant critic Anthony Bourdain recently referred to xialongbao (XLB) as “little pillows of happiness”. Instead of the usual boxes of lo mein Chinese takeout for game day, take a walk on the wild side and spring for XLB from Captain J’s off Capital Boulevard. The soup dumplings are filled with pork or minced crab meat and savory soup that pours out into your spoon when you eat them.
5. Meatballs from Oak City Meatball Shoppe
If frozen meatballs tossed in the crockpot aren’t hitting the spot during the game, check out the downtown’s Oak City Meatball Shoppe. Meatballs come in different varieties, ranging from traditional beef to more the more unique like pork roast, and can be served on a hoagie, a bun, or with an assortment of sides.
6. Kefta from Tarbouch
Grilled meats can be kicked up a notch during those college and NFL games with kabobs from Raleigh’s Tarbouch. There’s no shortage of flavor with beef, lamb, kefta and chicken kabobs from this Mediterranean eatery and best of all, it’s affordable.
7. Hot dogs from Tasty 8’s
Hot dogs go beyond encased meats and steamed buns at Tasty 8’s in downtown Raleigh. The newly-opened hot dog joint offers eight assortments of gourmet hot dogs, with toppings like pimento cheese, guacamole and cream cheese.
8. Pho from Pho Far East
If chili isn’t your speed, pho might satisfy your beefy cravings. The Vietnamese noodle dish is composed of thin slices of meat, rice noodles in a fragrant, flavorful broth. Pho Far East in Raleigh makes a mean bowl of pho noodles, so you can swing by on Saturday or Sunday to get a taste for the pigskin showdown.