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Super platters for the Super Bowl
Feed a crowd and still have time to watch the game yourself
By Susan Reilly  news@hippopress.com

So you want to throw a Super Bowl party, complete with food and snacks, but you don’t want to spend game day in the kitchen?

If you are not inclined to whip up eats for your Super Bowl fete, here is a guide to some game-day takeout deals that will make feeding hungry fans a snap.

As with any food-centric holiday (the Super Bowl is sort of a de facto national holiday, right?) I have two words for you: order early.

Better to err on the side of caution and call a few days ahead than to find yourself with a bag of frozen wings and a bottle of Pete’s under your arm an hour before kickoff.

Chinese restaurants were left off the list because the ones I talked to were not offering any specials or crowd-size portions in addition to their regular menus. Many of the places listed also deliver and may add game-day specials at the last minute suitable for small groups.

Crowd-sized noshes
• Beauty’s 108 Webster St., Manchester, 647-4600. If you are feeding a crowd at game time, Beauty’s has a deal on pizza. Buy one pizza at regular price, and get an unlimited quantity of the same or lesser pizzas at a greatly reduced price. Also, a 16” pepperoni pizza will be $9.99 for the game.
• Bob’s Pizza 115 E. Hollis St., Nashua, 881-9822 Game-day specials include three-foot cold-cut subs ($10) and buckets of 35 chicken wings in teriyaki or buffalo sauce ($25).
• Checkmate Pizza 41 Washington St., Concord, 228-0555, or 201 Hanover St., Manchester, 606-3026. Chicken wings ($14.99) or chicken fingers ($16.99) in 18-piece buckets with buffalo, plain or barbecue sauce. Also, 25” subs, ranging from Italian ($12.49) to steak & cheese ($16.99).
• Danelly’s Pizza & Subs 87 Allds St., Nashua, 882-6820. Truly the home of the jumbo sub. For $11.99, take home a 30” fresh sub in your choice of hot or cold fillings, including steak bomb, Italian and chicken parmesan. Feeds 3-4 people.
• Down n’ Dirty 168 Armory St., Manchester, 624-2224. The boys here offer full catering services, but for a smaller crowd consider the family dinner of ribs, chicken, brisket, pulled pork, beans, cole slaw and corn bread, which serves 4 ($47.95, each additional person $11.95).
• Dynamite Sushi 30 Lowell Rd., Hudson, 889-0055. Love Dishes, 18 pieces maki, or cooked maki ($14.99) or the maki boats, 60 pieces with three soups ($69.99).
• Famous Dave’s 1707 S. Willow St., Manchester, 668-1220. Will cater a group as small as six; just give them a call for pricing. For a do-it-yourself meal, look at the sampler platter of chicken wings, tenders, ribs, etc. ($14.99) or the 60-piece buffalo chicken wings ($29.99). The “All American BBQ Feast” ($53.99) serves 4-5 and is full slab ribs, a whole chicken, brisket or pulled pork, fries, cole slaw, corn on the cob and corn bread. Sold straight by the pound is barbecue rib tips, hot sausage, brisket and pulled chicken; prices vary. Baby back and spareribs are sold by the slab and sides by the quart.
• Giovanni’s Roast Beef and Pizza 379 S. Willow St., Manchester, 644-5757, or 207 Rockingham Rd., Londonderry, 434-9021. Game-day deal: three 16” pizzas and two liters of soda ($19.99). Additional toppings extra. Also, the hot roast beef sandwiches here rock. Try the super roast beef ($5.25) because it is a meal within itself.
• Hungry Herb’s Route 101A, Merrimack, 883-7000. Bulk homemade chicken tenders or chicken wings are available, 30 pieces ($15.99) or 50 pieces ($23.99), with your choice of sauces. Calzones are a crowd-pleaser when cut into smaller slices — try the ham & cheese ($7.49) or the meat man ($7.99).
• Johnny Troy’s Triangle Mall, South Willow Street, Manchester, 644-TROY. The calzones here are huge, with no big folds of just dough; there is filling end to end. For a crowd, order the 17” ($11), which can feed up to four people. Fillings include buffalo chicken, steak and cheese, meatball parmesan and Italian cold cut. Also, there is a selection of family-style pasta dinners that serve 4-6 people. Look for chicken parmesan over your choice of pasta ($30), sweet Italian sausage over pasta ($30) and the Abondanza ($33), which is chicken parmesan, meatballs and sweet Italian sausages over pasta.
• KC’s Rib Shack, 837 Second St., Manchester, 627-RIBS. While this barbecue shack caters, there is a 50-person minimum. For a small group, go for the QQ Plada of ribs, chicken breasts, pulled pork, smoked sausage, sides and cornbread. Priced at $22 for two people, $55 for five people, $110 for ten. Also, items are available in bulk, such as a full rack of ribs ($21), pulled pork ($10.50/lb), smoked sausage ($3.25 each) and chili ($7.50/ qt).
• Milford Fish Market 309 Nashua St., Milford, 673-4200. Chowders, such as clam ($8.95) and seafood ($9.95), are available by the quart and fried fish by the pint. Look for fried clams ($18.95), scallops ($17.95) and calamari ($11.95). For larger crowds, call ahead and ask about catering.
• Red Leaf 295 DW Hwy, Nashua, 888-7999. Express platters ($15.95) or the Red Leaf Boat ($55) made of sushi and sashimi.
• Sausage Heaven 33 Elm St., Manchester, 606-6657. Looking for something different? Slice up an original New Orleans muffoletta ($11.99), made with mortadella, ham, hard salami, hot cappicola, provolone and mozzerella with an olive spread on a thick loaf. Order ahead of time.
• Sky Market Pizza & Deli 383 East Dunstable Rd., Nashua, 888-7400. Extensive catering menu, everything from a 60-piece chicken wing platter ($44.95) to 40-piece scallops wrapped in bacon ($49.95) and 40-piece crabmeat-stuffed mushrooms ($44.95). There are meal-type platters from a deli platter ($4.99 per person) to an Italian meal (minimum 25 people) of lasagna, manicotti, Caesar and garlic bread ($7.99 per person). Best to check the Web site, skymarketnh.com, because the options are extensive.
• Thousand Crane 1000 Elm St., Manchester, 634-0000. Party platters of sushi, 50 pieces ($50) or 100 pieces ($90).
• Tinker’s Seafood 545 DW Hwy., Manchester, 622-4272. Fresh fish platters, family-size, range from $20.99 to $24.99 and include sides.
• Vincenzo’s Trattoria Apple Tree Mall, Londonderry, 432-7770. Chicken wings in a 20-piece bucket in plain, barbecue or buffalo ($10.95), and chicken tenders ($18.95) in the same flavors and size.




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A sweet burst of summer, in stages
Beef, It's What's For Dinner, Lunch, And Dessert
Be it ever so humble, the burger rules
Blockbuster snacks for your movie
Box Of Chocolates
C Is For Cookie And Christmas And Cool Combo
Celebrating A Holiday For The Rest Of Us
Celebrate Easter In A Sugar Coma
Chat And Chew

Chinese soup is magic
Chocolate cake makes everything better
Chocolate, Part II
Competition flows like chocolate
Corn Flake Chicken, Honeycomb Salad
Dining at the "Your House Bistro"
Don't Dread The Bread
Dress Up Your Next Meal
Drinking Out Of The Box
Eating Your Way Back To Health
Empanadas
Enter Soup
Experiments With Very Bad Brownies
Feeding A Crowd The Morning After
Follow the cider house rules
Fresh Herbs
Go ahead — run silent, run deep
Goodbye corn syrup, hello organic oatmeal
Go Indian for Thanksgiving
Grilled Cheese Junkie

Halloween candy for grown-ups
Have a Happy Meal and a happier wallet
Holiday Cookies - The Easy Way
Holiday Potluck 101-Tips For The Kitchen Novice
Home-Based Date
How do you like them apples?
In-A-Pinch Love Feast
It's not easy to be cheesy
It’s not Christmas without tamales
Lest We Forget The Humble Squash
Keeping your cool while you eat
Living through your salad days

Looking Beyond The Hot Dog Stand
Lunching your way to a less toxic you
Meat's meat and a man's gotta eat

Moist and delicious chicken — no, really
Oatmeal Cookies, The Miracle Cure
Oscar Night, When The Stars Come Out To Eat

Offering Up A Slice Of Teriyaki Pie
Pot Pies Are Darn Tasty
Pumpkin-Flavored Treats
Small Plates Are The Next Big Thing
Speedy 'za not pie in the sky
Steak: it’s what’s for dinner, again
Summer coolers, just add sunlight
Summer Squash
Super Bowl Grub
Take A Walk On The Dark Side
Taste of Manchester Event
The Cosmopolitan
The joys of a simple oatmeal breakfast
The return of comfort food
The One-Note Cook Book
The New American Plate Cookbook
The Stickiest, Hottest & Sweetest Of Love's Labors
The taste of retro
The Unheralded Peanut Butter Cookies
The union of sweet and heat
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