March is always one of the most exciting months on the sports calendar as the Madness starts in a few short weeks. So while you wait for it to begin or as you watch a buzzer beater or two, dine at this month's hottest restaurants in a city near you.
New York city residents have a new burger spot. April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman, the masterminds behind The Breslin, The Spotted Pig and The John Dory, have recently opened up a casual bar and grill in Midtown. Located in the Pod 51 Hotel, the menu includes an array of food items including the house-smoked hot dogs, fried fruit pies, jalapeno fritters, veggie burger, fish sandwich, boozy shakes, and more. If you’re hungry enough the try the namesake sandwich, the Salvation Burger, with caramelized onions and Taleggio OR try the double-stacked classic burger. The upstate beef for the double cheeseburger is butchered and ground in-house. For visiting sports fans, this one isn’t far from Times Square and Central Park.
This Arcade Bar is well on its way to becoming LA’s new favorite. Located in Echo Park, less than a 10 minute wall from Dodger Stadium, Button Mash serves craft beer, quality eats and a fantastic mix of classic arcade games. On the food side of things, enjoy unique items like the Double-Fried Tangy Chicken Wings, Braised Coca-Cola Jackfruit Sandwich, Bun Cha Ha Noi, and many more. You can play games until midnight on weekdays and 2am on weekends. The kiddies are allowed up until 9pm.
What started as a food truck has now turned into an official brick and mortar store near the Financial District in downtown San Francisco. The restaurant that opened in November has been busy ever since. Serving up delicious Neapolitan pizzas to the 50-feet seat restaurant, everybody will fine something they’ll enjoy. You won’t have to go far to find some sports roots, the owner Jon Darsky used to be a former basketball scout before finding his calling serving pies.
Speaking of starting as a Food Truck (it’s kind of a hot trendy), Biscuit Love also began on four wheels in 2012 by owners Karl and Sarah Worley. The couple opened the brick and mortar store in January 2015 serving up, you guessed it, hot biscuits, along with everything from donuts to grits to eggs, salads, you name it. A special recommendation goes to the Bonuts (biscuit donuts). Biscuit Love breakfast, brunch and lunch; and it closes at 3:00pm daily. Good news it’s only a short walk away from Bridgestone Arena and Broadway.
First thing to know about Galaxy Taco is that is comes from two of the top chefs in the area, Javier Plascencia and Trey Foshee, named One of the Top 10 best new chefs in America by Food and Wine. This 4,200 square foot taco joint serves of craft tequila and mescal cocktails along with a variety of tacos. The offer lunch, dinner, brunch and a kids menu. While Galaxy Taco is a hike from both Petco Park and Qualcomm Stadium, it’s sure to be worth the trip.
This Burger joint is taking Seattle by storm and is soon to become a burger “chain” with 6 to 8 new locations opening up in 2016 (on top of the current two). From mastermind Josh Henderson, The Great State Burger offers super quick service along with antibiotic-free beef from the local area. Plus what’s better than to add some milkshakes, Jones Soda, beer or wine to drink it down. It’s a bit of a hike to CenturyLink field, but by the time the Seahawks play again, they’ll likely be a location close to it.
Originally from Arizona this Waffle joint made it’s way to the Sin City last Summer. From Larry “Lo-Lo’ White, Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles promises “this ain’t your mama’s chicken” and that it’s “whole hand-lickin good.” The chicken franchise (or is it a waffle franchise?) made Thrillist’s 21 Best Soul Food Kitchens in the Country and Arizona’s 50 Best Restaurants. It’s very well on it’s way of making Nevada’s list. Repeat guests have included Shaq and Sir Charles Barkley.
Globe Hall puts together the classic combo of BBQ + Dancing. Located in Denver’s River North (RiNo) neighborhood, took over the space of a complete dive bar to put in a live music venue that can hold up to 200 guest. The food is no slouch, as the restaurant brought in “Betty,” a 6,600 lb Oyler rotisserie smoker than can hold up 1,800 pounds of meat for a good ol’ Texas-style BBQ. It’s a short ride from both Mile High Stadium and Coors Field, so recommend stopping by after the game and enjoy the band.
The Company Burger is all about the good old fashioned cheeseburger. The meet is ground in-house, they make their own pickles, the condiments are home made, and if the tomatoes aren’t in season, then owner Adam Biderman won’t serve them. The Company Burgers also has about 25-30 different beers on tap as well along with milkshakes. The shop recently opened its second location a short walk away from Tulane and quick ride in a cab to both the Smoothie King Center and Superdome.
One of the most recent openings on our list, The Draft Horse opened just in time for comfort-food season in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Located in Minneapolis’s Northeast side, the restaurant shares its location and features products from Red Table Meat Co. and the Lone Grazer Company. Make sure to stay hungry for dessert and try the ricotta cheesecake!