As every NFL fan knows, tailgating is a sport of its own. Football season is in full swing and there is no better way to celebrate than with your team’s favorite regional specialty. Watching the game with friends? Entertaining a crowd doesn’t have to be stressful, just order in. Thanks to Los Angeles’ diverse food scene, your favorite dishes are easily accessible for take-out. Cheering on your team at home means you don’t have to settle for a sad stadium hot dog or lukewarm nachos. You may not win your fantasy league, but you can dominate the tailgating season with the top 5 best takeout spots for tailgating.
1. Pier 76
(Photo taken by @pier76fishgrill)
If your team is…the New England Patriots
Pier 76’s Langostino Lobster Roll will make you feel like you’re back in Boston. Conveniently located in six outposts across the South Bay, Pier 76 makes it easy to enjoy a killer lobster roll at home with your football-fanatic friends. Pier 76 focuses on simplicity and quality. The owner, a seasoned sailor, is dedicated to fresh ingredients. He fills his Langostino Lobster Rolls with a mix of lobster meat and langostino tails, then lightly tosses them in a creamy sauce. This dish is sure to be the highlight of your game day, Tom Brady doesn’t know what he’s missing.
Make sure to order: Langostino Lobster Roll
El Segundo Location: 2171 Rosecrans Ave, El Segundo, CA 90245
Cerritos Location: 11265 183rd St, Cerritos, CA 90703
Long Beach Location: 95 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802
Tustin Location: 15080 Kensington Park Dr #330, Tustin, CA 92782
2. Tacos Por Favor
If your team is…the Los Angeles Rams
Nothing epitomizes LA quite like a plate of tacos…well, maybe a kale salad. But let’s be real. This is a tailgate, no kale allowed. Give your guests and fellow fans what they want with a delivery from one of Taco Por Favor’s three locations. From shrimp smothered in spicy salsa to juicy grilled Carne Asada, their authentic selection of Mexican favorites will please any crowd. Vegans have no fear, you can still enjoy the game with their mushroom tacos, topped with housemade guacamole. After all, it’s not game day without chips and dip.
Make sure to order: Carne Asada and Al Pastor Tacos
Venice Location: 826 Hampton Dr, Venice, CA 90291
Santa Monica Location: 1408 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404
West LA Location: 11901 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
3. Little Jewel of New Orleans
If your team is…the New Orleans Saints
Little Jewel of New Orleans brings Southern fried hospitality to DTLA. They even serve a generous combo Shrimp & Oyster Po’ Boy – because no one wants to choose just one. This traditional sandwich is served in a fresh French roll (flown in from a bakery located just outside the French Quarter) and stuffed to the brim with lightly fried seafood, Influenced by the flavor of New Orleans, all of their po’ boys are fully dressed with tomatoes, lettuce, and mayo. Laissez le bon temp rouler… let the good times roll at your creole-inspired tailgate.
Make sure to order: Shrimp & Oyster Po’ Boy
Address: 207 Ord St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
4. Maple Block Meat Co.
If your team is…The Kansas City Chiefs
Crossing the 405 on game day shouldn’t be part of your playbook. Order delivery from Maple Block Meat Co. and bring a taste of KC to your tailgate with some killer barbecue. Maple Block Meat Co. has ribs, brisket, and pulled pork to satisfy all carnivorous cravings. Now fill your plate with some of their amazing Mac & Cheese and cheer on the Chiefs!
Make sure to order: Pork Spare Ribs & Brisket
Address: 3973 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230
5. Boo’s Philly Cheesesteak
(Photo taken by @pureahn)
If your team is…the Philadelphia Eagles
No food defines Philadelphia quite like a classic cheesesteak. Boo’s makes it easier to access your favorite sandwich with two locations, one in Koreatown and the other in Silverlake. Thinly sliced steak, grilled onions, and American cheese are piled high inside a fresh roll. This decadent sandwich is the perfect game day treat. Even if the Eagles lose, you and your guests still win.
Make sure to order: Boo’s Cheesesteak with Cheeze Wiz
Koreatown Address: 3377 Wilshire Blvd #103, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Silverlake Address: 4501 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029
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