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Ahhh, Super Bowl Sunday. The best day of the year for some, and the most heartbreaking for others. But no matter which team you’re rooting for, there’s one thing that everyone can agree to celebrate: the food. And if you’re too busy to host your own party or make your own dishes, there are plenty of local watch parties + catering options that will take away some of the stress.

But first, a few quick facts to impress your squad –

This year’s game will take place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL. Kickoff for the San Francisco 49ers vs. Kansas City Chiefs is at 6:30 p.m. At halftime: Shakira + Jennifer Lopez.
This is the first Super Bowl for the Chiefs since 1970. It breaks the longest drought between Super Bowls for any team.
The San Francisco 49ers reached the Super Bowl after losing just four games last season. The only other team to accomplish this was the 1999 St. Louis Rams.

And, since it’s really all about the food, here’s what you need to know before you chow down –

Super Bowl Sunday is the second-largest food consumption day of the year, with Thanksgiving being the largest.
Last year, 325.5 million gallons of beer were consumed for Super Bowl LIII.
The National Chicken Council reported that Americans consumed more than 1.38 billion chicken wings for last year’s game. DYK: If you placed all those wings in a line, it would stretch from L.A.’s Memorial Coliseum to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA.

Going out for game day

If you’re not hosting or hitting up a friend’s Super Bowl party, here are a few of your choices for destinations on the big day.

🏈 Victor’s Viewing Party | 4:30-11 p.m. | Victor Social Club, 39 John St. | Free to attend | Watch the Super Bowl + enjoy happy hour prices through the end of the game.

🏈 Super Bowl Sunday at Dock and Duck | 12-11 p.m. | Dog and Duck Belle Hall, 624 Long Point Rd., Unit A, Mount Pleasant | Free to attend | Super Bowl trivia from 3-5 p.m.

🏈 Super Bowl 54 Taco Tailgate | 12 p.m. | Back 9 Pub, 2457 Ashley River Rd., West Ashley | Free to attend | Pregame the Super Bowl with tacos, wings, + drinks. Plus: free pool all day.

🏈 Super Bowl Potluck | 6 p.m. | The Sparrow, 1078 East Montague Ave., Suite D, North Charleston | Free to attend | The game will be on the projector with sound through the PA system. Bring a covered dish. Open at 2 if you want to show up early.

🏈 Republic’s Super Bowl Party | 5 p.m.-2 a.m. | Republic Garden and Lounge, 462 King St. | Free to attend | A 110-in. Viewing screen plus 50-cent wings, 50% off bottles of wine + VIP table service, + $5 wells.

🏈 The Biggest Super Bowl Jump-Off | 4 p.m.-2 a.m. | Chucktown Bar & Grill, 1467 Savannah Hwy. Unit 5E | Free to attend | Live emcees, complimentary oysters, giveaways + more.

🏈 Big Game Day Oyster Roast and Game Watching Party | 4-10 p.m. | The Brick, 24 Ann St. | Free to attend | $12 buckets of oysters while supplies last, drink + food specials, and a screening of the game.

🏈 Super Bowl Party | 3-11 p.m. | Stones Throw Tavern | 3417 Shelby Ray Ct. Suite G, West Ashley | Free to attend | Oyster roast, food + drink specials, 55” TV giveaway, and screening of the game.

🏈 The Big Game LIV | 11 a.m.-2 a.m. | The Alley, 131 Columbus St. | Free to attend | Giveaways, $1,200+ in cash prizes, food + drink specials and screening of the game.

🏈 Super Bowl Watch Party | 5 p.m.-12 a.m. | Tommy Condon’s, 160 Church St. | Free to attend | Food + drink specials while the game is screened live on all TVs.

Your game day menu

Now that you’re hungry, here are our picks for using local food to help spice up your Super Bowl Party. Bonus: these are catering options – so all you have to do is call in an order.

Martin’s Bar-B-Que | 1622 Highland Ave, James Island | Pick up + delivery | Priced à la carte | Smoked meats, wings, hushpuppies, fruit and veggie trays, baked beans, potato salad, mac and cheese, sweet tea + more. Bonus: If you’re ambitious and hosting 250+, they will bring you a whole hog + smoker. Full menu here.

Edmund’s Oast | 1505 King St. #115 | Pick up only | Priced à la carte | Chicken wing packs, spicy queso, pimento cheese, nacho kit, sliders + homemade hot dogs. Order by 3 p.m. on Fri., Jan. 31. Full menu here.

Boxcar Betty’s | See locations here | Pick up + delivery | Prices vary | Build-your-own sandwich bar, party platters, chips, slaw, cookies + more. Must order 24 hours in advance. Full menu here.

Home Team BBQ | See locations here | Pick up + delivery | Prices vary | Smoked meats, wings, homemade sauces, taco bars, low country boil, salads, pimento cheese, desserts + more. Full menu here.

Hamby Catering | 925 St. Andrews Blvd. | Pick up only | Priced à la carte | Special Hamby Halftime Eats menu includes items like fried chicken, Muscadine BBQ meatballs, homemade cajun pork rinds, buffalo chicken dip, 7-layer dip, bubbly, lemonade + more. Order must be made 24 hours in advance. Full menu here.

Sticky Fingers | See locations here | Pick up + delivery | $60 small, $119 large, or à la carte | Want the food chosen for you? The Big Cluckin’ Deal package feeds a handful of people and the Pigskin Package feeds a large crowd. If you want to select your own items, you can order off the regular menu, too. Full menu here.

Verde | See locations here | Pick up + delivery | Priced à la carte | Salads, wrap trays, chips, cookies, fruit trays + more. Full menu here.

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