Look some loyal fans who are adequately funded are going to make the trip to watch their team. That is one of the greatest rights of passage in professional sports. For them, congrats and good luck (we’ll include some awesome Must Do Travel hotel deals by the Stadium at the bottom). We will also let them, and everybody else know what’s cool to do in that part of the country right now (and how to create the same vibe at home – for all of us who AREN’T going to the game in person.)
So, with no further ado – here’s Must Do Travels’ (typically genius) take on Super Bowl LII Done Right
Food & Drink Choices
Bunny’s Bar & Grill
Breakfast at Bunny’s Bar & Grill (Downtown)When you GO to the game, there are few things more important than where to tailgate before hand. In Minnesota, in February, this means INDOORS (so nearby restaurants & bars). Of course, if you aren’t making the trek, why not re-create some authentic, local Minneapolis dishes? Cult-classic dishes that will be featured just steps from the big game … and then wash ’em all down with something appropriate (and locally enjoyed)?
When it comes to local brew and grub, football begs for tradition. And just 2.4 miles from U.S. Bank Stadium (where the Super Bowl is located) is Minneapolis’ favorite local sports hangout – Bunny’s Bar & Grill, an 80-year tradition. Year after year, Bunny’s wins the town’s Best Sports Bar awards. And what’s more – they are a three meal restaurant that serves breakfast with a religious-type following.
Must Do Order (if you’re there): Walleye Fingers Appetizer – Lightly breaded strips of walleye served with lemon wedges, tartar sauce & your choice of french fries, coleslaw, cottage cheese, chips, fresh cut vegetables or freshly cut fruit.
Must Do Recipe (if you’re not): Booya – This is what they call stew in Minnesota when it’s made in a giant vat. Ingredients can include anything from corn, tomatoes, and carrots to cabbage, lima beans, a variety of meats, oxtail, or basically anything else the chef(s) prefer. Why not get everyone involved chopping onions, veggies, searing meats, stirring? The more the merrier when it comes to Super Bowl Booya!
Must Do Beer (if you’re there): Bent Paddle 14 Degree Extra Special Amber Nitro – Can’t say enough good things about this medal-winning brew. Classic take on arguably the most balanced style of beer available – served from that Nitro tap. Trust us.
Must Do Beer (if you’re serving): Town Hall Brewery Masala Mama India Pale Ale – Quick hit your local BevMo or Total Wine and see if you can find it. If not, have the Manager order it for you. The IPA lovers at your party will kiss your feet and praise you. And THAT is always fun.
Mac’s Industrial Sports Bar
Just a 1.3 mile jaunt from barstool to Stadium, Mac’s Industrial Sports Bar is ideal for anyone who loves tap beer (with 27 mostly local choices) and a menu of perfectly-cooked options that seems to go on for days. Most die hards see-saw between Mac’s and Bunny’s, so have at it. This place also features a wicked breakfast menu (served only on Saturdays and Sundays), which is perfect for Super-Bowl goers (yes, that is a word).
Must Do Order (if you’re there): Hangover Helper – Even the no-frills name is quintessential Minnesota. But you have to try it. Two cheesy grit cakes and a burger patty topped with chili, andouille sausage, and two over easy eggs. Yes. Please.
Must Do Recipe (if you’re not): Hot Dish – Hot dish (think casserole) is immensely popular in Minnesota and the exact ingredients can be tinkered with. BUT .. your’s should include some reasonable foundation of beef, green beans, corn, and a can of cream of mushroom soup. And then things get fun. The toppings: Put out large bowls of cheese, tater tots, green onion, sour cream, hot sauce, crispy onions … use your imaginations here. Don’t be afraid to get a little crazy – its the Super Bowl!!!!
Must Do Beer (if you’re there): Grand Marnier Porter (Rush River) – Mac’s friends at Rush River Brewing were nice enough to infuse their Lost Arrow porter with Grand Marnier for the bar’s anniversary. It is wickedly interesting and more than drinkable. And, achem, packs a considerable punch.
Must Do Beer (if you’re serving): Murmur Milk Stout (Lake Monster Brewing) – Quick hit your local BevMo or Total Wine and see if you can find it. If not, have the Manager order it for you. (Yep, same drill as earlier). This one boasts a black pour with a tan head. Strong toasted malt nose, with a little char or ash up in there. Sweetness of the lactose clashes with the high degree of roast. This is the a great winter brew and perfect to pair with your Hot Dish!
Must Do Deals (Where to Stay):
Need to grab a decent spot to stay in the Twin-Cities for the big game. If you haven’t booked yet, you can imagine that prices are sky high. BUT we did some digging … And if you book through Must Do Travels, you can get a great spot at an “only at Must Do” discounted rate. Scouts honor!
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