Throwing a Super Bowl party in college didn't require a lot of thought. But our tastes have changed and, quite frankly, people have come to expect more.
Here are three easy ways to thoroughly impress your friends this Sunday, whether it's at your house or you're looking to one-up the host where you're headed.
Then: 6-foot Party Sub
Now: Shellfish Plateau
Sure, there's still something pretty cool about the sight of a sandwich longer than the dining room table, but if you really want to wow, skip the processed meats and cheeses. Loaded down with Alaskan king crab legs, jumbo shrimp, oysters on the half shell, and chilled crab claws, these epic platters are so dramatic, nobody will even care that the Cowboys aren't playing.
$151.50. Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House, 5251 Spring Valley Rd., North Dallas, (972-490-9000).
Then: 50-piece Chicken McNuggets
Now: Luscher's Post Oak Red Hots
Man cannot live on crab claws alone. And it wouldn't be a football game without hot dogs. So take low-brow to the gourmet level with these sausages created by Brian C. Luscher, Chef/Owner of The Grape. Even though they're made from Texas-raised beef and pork, they're Chicago-style all the way. Quite possibly the best hot dog you'll ever eat.
$11.99/lb. Green Grocer, 3614 Greenville Ave., Lower Greenville. (214-643-6209).
Then: Crappy Canned Beer
Now: Four Corners Craft Kegs
Gone are the days when your friends reveled as you lugged in a 24-pack of watery canned beer. Life's too short to not partake of the superb craft brews now available in Dallas. Set up a tasting with kegs from Four Corners Brewery: including Block Party Porter, El Chingon IPA, La Bajada Brown, Local Buzz, and Red's Roja. Thankfully, they don't affect the rules of beer pong.
$79.95-173.95. Parkit Market, 4724 Greenville Ave, East Dallas (214-363-4907).