Steve Barnes

Kickoff Countdown: Food And Football

Created on Sept. 02, 2013 7:18 AM EST

2013: AAC Eats

Central Florida       

Establishment: Huey Magoo’s (FacebookTwitter)        

Locations: 4293 Alafaya Trail (Oviedo, Fla.); (Express) UCF Student Union Building, 52 Pegasus Circle (Orlando, Fla.) 

Hours Of Operation: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday-Saturday (Oviedo); 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday (Student Union Building)       

"Must Have" Menu Item: Chicken tenders with choice of sauce (order ranges in size of 7 to 50).       

Description: Huey Magoo’s was founded in 2004 by Matt Armstrong and Thad Hudgens, two Southern boys with a passion for quality chicken and a penchant for serving others. This is the place for delicious, fresh, cooked-to-order chicken tenders.       

One-Liner: “They cater our food during the season every Thursday and it’s the rave of all of the coaches when we have Huey’s for lunch that day.” — Mike Buscemi, UCF’s special teams coordinator and tight ends coach


Establishment: Skyline Chili (FacebookTwitter)  

Location: 1001 Vine Street (Cincinnati)

"Must Have" Menu Item: Loaded Chili Bowl. Skyline's secret-recipe chili with beans and onions topped with shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream.   

Description: From its roots in a small Greek village to opening in 1949 overlooking the skyline of downtown Cincinnati, Skyline Chili is the place to go in the Queen's City. Famed for its variety of menu items, Skyline offers chili still made with the original recipe along with coney's and wraps.  

One-Liner: "Chili is the signature dish in Cincinnati and it is made here like nowhere else. There are chili parlors on practically every corner and Skyline is the king of them all." — Doug Mosley, University of Cincinnati associate athletic director  


Establishment: Irish Public House (Facebook)    

Location: 59 Pratt St. (Hartford, Conn.)

Hours Of Operation: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., Sunday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m., Friday-Saturday

"Must Have" Menu Item: Beer-battered cod and chips, $10.99.

Description: Authentic Irish pub in downtown Hartford. It's a popular hangout spot for Huskies sports fans.   

One-Liner: "Johnny Vaughn and his staff will always welcome you with a smile on game day or the night before where you may see a reception for visiting media attending the game hosted by UConn." — Michael Enright, UConn associate director of athletic communications 


Establishment: The Den (Facebook, Twitter)

Location: 4835 Calhoun Road (Houston)

Hours Of Operation: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday-Saturday

"Must Have" Menu Item: Loaded Baked Potato Salad, $8. Technically, the loaded baked potato salad is a side dish that comes with every Sammich and is considered by many to be irresistible.

Description: The Den serves "good food, not fast food." This is the place to be on Saturday for Cougars football, especially if you love football on a 200-inch projection screen and local brews such as Southern Star, St. Arnold's, Karbach, Leprechaun, Buffalo Bayou and No Label beers.

One-Liner: "It's not your fancy bar at midtown, but it is still awesome. I like to go on Mondays when it's dead and they have $2 beers. It gets better during school semesters because it will fill up, and who can say no to a drink in between classes? I like the place." — Cesar G., Google Review


Establishment: Cardinals Hall Of Fame Café (Facebook)

Location: 2745 Crittenden Dr. (Louisville, Ky.)

Hours Of Operation: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday

"Must Have" Menu Item: The Ville Burger, $11.49. A 10-oz. burger covered in lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle wedged between two grilled cheese sandwiches. Yes, you read that correctly.

Description: When it comes to dedication to Cardinals athletics, there's no doubt where the Cardinals Hall of Fame Café’s allegiances lie. They call it a café, but this is more of a sports bar and monument to all things Louisville Cardinals. The Cardinals Hall of Fame café is such as shrine to all things Louisville, the restaurant is listed on Facebook as a religious center.

One-Liner: "We're talking seas of red and the Cardinal chant on game days. You never know what kind of Louisville player or coach you'll catch a glimpse of after games in here. We're Cardinals 100 percent." — Lamont Samuels, Cardinals Hall of Fame Café manager. 


Establishment: Interstate Barbecue (Facebook)  

Location: 2265 South Third Street (Memphis, Tenn.)

Hours Of Operation: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight, Friday-Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday

"Must Have" Menu Item: Pork Ribs, large order, $9.50; small order, $9.00.  Pork spare ribs hickory smoked in pits designed by owner Jim Neely, to insure tenderness and moistness. The ribs come with two side orders.  

Description: In a city known for its barbecue, Interstate's resume says it all. The restaurant was named the second-best barbecue in the nation by People magazine, the best commercial barbecue in Memphis by Vogue and the best place in America for barbecue sandwiches by USA Today.  

One-Liner: "Memphis has so many great barbecue joints that you practically can't go wrong with any, but Jim Neely's place ranks at the top of the list." — Doug Mosley, University of Cincinnati associate athletic director


Establishment: Stuff Yer Face (Facebook, Twitter)

Location: 49 Easton Ave. (New Brunswick, N.J.)

Hours Of Operation: 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Friday-Saturday

"Must Have" Menu Item: Boli and a beer (prices vary).  

Description: This establishment, which sits in a 150-year-old building, is famous for its selection of Stromboli sandwiches and beers from around the world. There is a beer library and a mascot named Boli the Kid.   

One-Liner: "Beautiful day for Bolis and beers on the outside patio." — via Facebook    

South Florida

Establishment: RJ Wings N Things (Facebook, Twitter)      

Location: 05025 E. Fowler Ave. (Tampa, Fla.)

Hours Of Operation: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday-Saturday; noon to 10 p.m., Sunday

"Must Have" Menu Item: Wings in sauce of choice, $5.99 (6) to $42.49 (50).        

Description: The family restaurant for the sports fans who enjoy watching live sports combined with excellent and affordable dining.       

One-Liner: "Best wings I have had in the area. ... Did I mention the wings were great?" — Jeff B. via Yelp    

Southern Methodist

Establishment: Milo Butterfingers (Facebook, Twitter)

Location: 5634 SMU Blvd. (Dallas)

Hours Of Operation: 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday-Saturday

"Must Have" Menu Item: Ned's Famous Jalapeno Cheeseburger, $6.99.

Description: Milo's has been an eclectic SMU favorite for 42 years with 17 big screens and signed Mustangs memorabilia lining the walls. The origin of Milo Butterfingers' name might be kept a mystery by owner Ned Smith (see Ned's Famous Jalapeno Cheeseburger), but the fame of his cheese fries, burgers and of course the wings are a well-known fact.

One-Liner: "We've been serving SMU students and football fans for 30 years at this location. Pony up!" — Milo Butterfingers (Twitter)


Establishment: Chickie's & Pete's Crab House and Sports Bar (FacebookTwitter)        

Location: 1526 Packer Ave. (Philadelphia)

Hours Of Operation: 11 a.m. to midnight, Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Friday-Saturday

"Must Have" Menu Item: World Famous Crabfries (they even have been trademarked), $5.99; mussels in a red or white sauce, $10.95.      

Description: An oversized neighborhood bar to enjoy sports, food and the company of others.       

One-Liner: "No. 1 Sports Bar in North America." — ESPN    

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