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Where to Eat on Super Bowl Sunday in Maine

Here's where you want to be when the Patriots take on the Seahawks.

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Your [insert superstitious charm] worked, and whether the pigskin was under-inflated, over-inflated, or brined, cured, and seared 'til crisp, the Patriots are goin' to Super Bowl XLIX. The Seahawks don't stand a chance against Brady, Gronk, and crew, and fans eagerly await the next manufactured scandal by haters trying to discredit coach Belichick and his merry band.

You could just watch at home, but what if you want to be where the crowd is, surrounded by fans who'll share your excitement? What if you want someone else to prep your super bowl food? Here's a map of places that are hosting super bowl parties or are simply chef-approved as excellent football destinations. Share additional watering holes in the comments.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Salvage BBQ

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919 Congress St
Portland, ME 04102
(207) 553-2100
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The smoked meat and craft beer emporium got a nod from several of chefs. Nick Krunkkala, formerly of Oscar's New American, says, "I love going there on Sundays, watching whatever they have on the big screen, and getting the Meat Fatality (which is a mix of everything they have)." Bill Leavy and Karl Deuben of Small Axe Truck / East Ender like to pair some fatty brisket with collard greens and a local beer (or perhaps a bourbon).

2. Buck's Naked BBQ

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50 Wharf St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 899-0610
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"Bucks Naked in Portland has a real good happy hour special for Sunday football and I'm pretty sure they have the best wings around," says Krunkkala. "I'm a big wing fan and I like that they naturally smoke them. I could eat 100 of those things."

3. Rivalries

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10 Cotton St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-6044
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"You get a good mix of fans of all the teams," Damian Sansonetti of Piccolo and Blue Rooster Food Co. says. "It's a good place to belly up for the game." He likes to order a cheeseburger with lots of pickles, washed down with a Miller High Life.

4. The Great Lost Bear

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540 Forest Ave
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 772-0300
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Taylor, who describes himself as a "watch the game on my living room couch kind of guy," will hit the Bear for takeout if he has a Sunday off to watch the Pats. He always goes with the wings and his order is simple but precise: "Extra crispy with the celery in a separate container." But if you sit at the long bar and watch the game there, your wings will be hot as you take them down.

5. Commercial Street Pub

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129 Commercial St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 772-9414
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Bri Warner, formerly of Maine Pie Line, says this is her favorite place to watch the Patriots. "I love it, because you are surrounded by a bunch of other people who love football and love the Patriots," she says. "Their sweet comfy office furniture that substitutes for bar stools is a plus too." Her beer of choice? "I always like to drink Sam Adams during football games."

6. Howie's Pub

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501 Washington Ave
Portland, ME
(207) 347-7107
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This East Deering neighborhood spot with a devoted following of regulars is another favorite of the Small Axe Truck guys, Leavy and Deuben. Here, they like to order pizza and beer.

7. Nosh Kitchen Bar

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551 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 553-2227
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The burgers and fries are legendary here. You can even get a burger with fried mac and cheese as the buns. Now THAT'S Super Bowl food. The craft beer and booze selections are also impressive.

8. Samuel's Bar And Grill

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1160 Forest Ave
Portland, ME 04102
(207) 797-6924
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Sansonetti recommends the wings here. Pizza is another good option: on Sundays, pies are half-priced and select domestic bottles are $1.50 all day.

9. Barreled Souls Brewing Company

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743 Portland Rd
Saco, ME 04072
(207) 391-3320
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Barreled Souls is hosting a chili cook-off and showing the game on the big screen behind the bar. Tickets include chili, cornbread, and your first beer — they're available at the brewery for $10, or you can enter your own chili recipe and get in free. There's a squares game with prizes for each quarter, too.

10. Hella Good Tacos at Steve and Renee's Diner

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500 Washington Ave
Portland, ME 04103
(207) 775-2722
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Purchase a $20 ticket in advance, which gets you in the door, "as much food as you can stuff in your face," an entry in a squares game, and access to a $5 per beer tap takeover by hot-as-can-be Bissell Bros. Brewing Company.

11. The Thirsty Pig

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37 Exchange St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 773-2469
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Ever watched the Super Bowl in the snow? Now's your chance. The Pig will have the deck heaters cranking for its outdoor screening of the game, and guest chefs will be competing in a chili cook-off. Beer specials are on tap for the day too.

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1. Salvage BBQ

919 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102
The smoked meat and craft beer emporium got a nod from several of chefs. Nick Krunkkala, formerly of Oscar's New American, says, "I love going there on Sundays, watching whatever they have on the big screen, and getting the Meat Fatality (which is a mix of everything they have)." Bill Leavy and Karl Deuben of Small Axe Truck / East Ender like to pair some fatty brisket with collard greens and a local beer (or perhaps a bourbon).
919 Congress St
Portland, ME 04102

2. Buck's Naked BBQ

50 Wharf St, Portland, ME 04101
"Bucks Naked in Portland has a real good happy hour special for Sunday football and I'm pretty sure they have the best wings around," says Krunkkala. "I'm a big wing fan and I like that they naturally smoke them. I could eat 100 of those things."
50 Wharf St
Portland, ME 04101

3. Rivalries

10 Cotton St, Portland, ME 04101
"You get a good mix of fans of all the teams," Damian Sansonetti of Piccolo and Blue Rooster Food Co. says. "It's a good place to belly up for the game." He likes to order a cheeseburger with lots of pickles, washed down with a Miller High Life.
10 Cotton St
Portland, ME 04101

4. The Great Lost Bear

540 Forest Ave, Portland, ME 04101
Taylor, who describes himself as a "watch the game on my living room couch kind of guy," will hit the Bear for takeout if he has a Sunday off to watch the Pats. He always goes with the wings and his order is simple but precise: "Extra crispy with the celery in a separate container." But if you sit at the long bar and watch the game there, your wings will be hot as you take them down.
540 Forest Ave
Portland, ME 04101

5. Commercial Street Pub

129 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101
Bri Warner, formerly of Maine Pie Line, says this is her favorite place to watch the Patriots. "I love it, because you are surrounded by a bunch of other people who love football and love the Patriots," she says. "Their sweet comfy office furniture that substitutes for bar stools is a plus too." Her beer of choice? "I always like to drink Sam Adams during football games."
129 Commercial St
Portland, ME 04101

6. Howie's Pub

501 Washington Ave, Portland, ME
This East Deering neighborhood spot with a devoted following of regulars is another favorite of the Small Axe Truck guys, Leavy and Deuben. Here, they like to order pizza and beer.
501 Washington Ave
Portland, ME

7. Nosh Kitchen Bar

551 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101
The burgers and fries are legendary here. You can even get a burger with fried mac and cheese as the buns. Now THAT'S Super Bowl food. The craft beer and booze selections are also impressive.
551 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101

8. Samuel's Bar And Grill

1160 Forest Ave, Portland, ME 04102
Sansonetti recommends the wings here. Pizza is another good option: on Sundays, pies are half-priced and select domestic bottles are $1.50 all day.
1160 Forest Ave
Portland, ME 04102

9. Barreled Souls Brewing Company

743 Portland Rd, Saco, ME 04072
Barreled Souls is hosting a chili cook-off and showing the game on the big screen behind the bar. Tickets include chili, cornbread, and your first beer — they're available at the brewery for $10, or you can enter your own chili recipe and get in free. There's a squares game with prizes for each quarter, too.
743 Portland Rd
Saco, ME 04072

10. Hella Good Tacos at Steve and Renee's Diner

500 Washington Ave, Portland, ME 04103
Purchase a $20 ticket in advance, which gets you in the door, "as much food as you can stuff in your face," an entry in a squares game, and access to a $5 per beer tap takeover by hot-as-can-be Bissell Bros. Brewing Company.
500 Washington Ave
Portland, ME 04103

11. The Thirsty Pig

37 Exchange St, Portland, ME 04101
Ever watched the Super Bowl in the snow? Now's your chance. The Pig will have the deck heaters cranking for its outdoor screening of the game, and guest chefs will be competing in a chili cook-off. Beer specials are on tap for the day too.
37 Exchange St
Portland, ME 04101

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