Steve Barnes

Kickoff Countdown: Food And Football

Created on Aug. 29, 2013 2:21 AM EST

2013: ACC Eats

Boston College 

Establishment: Roggie's (FacebookTwitter)

Location: 356 Chestnut Hill Avenue (Brighton, Mass.)

Hours Of Operation: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (pizza side), 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. (bar side)

"Must Have" Menu Item: Chicken Tortellini, $14.95. Although more known for its pizza, this dish is too good to pass up: sauteed chicken with cheese tortellini and sun-dried tomatoes in a pesto sauce.   

Description: A staple of The Hub, Roggie's features 18 flat screen TVs and 52 beers on tap.   

One-Liner: "Roggie's is a great place to go to watch not just B.C., but the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins." — Leslie Dees, Boston sports fan  


Establishment: The Esso Club (FacebookTwitter)   

Location: 129 Old Greenville Highway (Clemson, S.C.)  

Hours Of Operation: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Monday-Friday; 11 a.m. to midnight, Saturday

"Must Have" Menu Item: Tiger Den Sampler, $9.99. For people who have a hard time selecting a dish from the menu, this is the way to go. It consists of fried mushrooms, chicken tenders, cheese sticks and spring rolls. A little bit of everything, and it is served with all your favorite dippings.  

Description: Sports Illustrated once ranked the Esso Club as the No. 2 sports bar everyone must see and it has been featured in ESPN the Magazine. The club got its first national attention in 1977 when the late Lewis Grizzard stopped in for a beer and ended up spending the entire day there. Having nothing else to write about, Grizzard introduced the Esso to the world. If Grizzard thought a place was cool, it was cool.   

One-Liner: "It's an icon for Clemson fans and the university. It's a must-visit for opposing teams' fans." — Daniel Shirley, sports editor, Macon (Ga.) Telegraph, Clemson graduate    


Establishment: Only Burger (FacebookTwitter)

Location: 3710 Shannon Road, Suite 188 (Durham, N.C.)

Hours Of Operation: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday-Saturday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday

"Must Have" Menu Item: Double combo, $9.95. It comes with a double burger, small fries and a refillable drink.  

Description: One of the best burgers in all of Durham can be found at OnlyBurger, either at their one permanent location or their ever-present food truck. The fresh-ground burgers have plenty of unique Southern topping options, from pimento cheese and fried green tomatoes to a Carolina Classic — chili, mustard, slaw. Follow the truck on Twitter to find out the location.   

One-Liner: "Only Burger has all of the Southern classics you want from a burger, and there is a chance that their food truck could be parked conveniently near Wallace Wade Stadium on game day." — Chip Patterson,

Florida State

Establishment: Harry's Seafood Bar and Grille (FacebookTwitter)  

Location: 301 South Bronough Street (Tallahassee, Fla.)  

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

"Must Have" Menu Item: Shrimp-n-Grits, $10.49. A perfect combination of old country cooking melded with shrimp fresh from the nearby Gulf of Mexico.  

Description: A Cajun-inspired restaurant, Harry's takes the best of Cajun, creole and Southern styles and combines them into a unique place in Tallahassee. Jambalaya, gumbo and po boys share the menu with burgers, chicken and pork to provide a seemingly never-ending combination of choices. Located a tad more than a mile from Doak Campbell Stadium, the walk will be good after the meal at Harry's.  

One-Liner: "I love Harry's because the menu makes me feel like I am in five restaurants in one. They have great prices and the food looks as good as it tastes." — Cheryl Schroeder Wilder, FSU fan, Tallahassee resident     

Georgia Tech

Establishment: Vortex Bar and Grill (FacebookTwitter)

Location: 878 Peachtree St. NE (Atlanta)

Hours Of Operation: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 3 a.m., Friday-Saturday; 11 a.m. to midnight, Sunday

"Must-Have" Menu Item: Mac 'N' Cheesy-Changa, $7.95. The menu blends traditional items and creates items like this, a tortilla filled with macaroni and cheese, barbecued pulled pork and cheese goo. Did we mention it's deep-fried?

Description: Back to the burgers. Vortex has the best burgers on the planet. This place is packed with Yellow Jackets students every Saturday. Vortex caters to the demographic with a few over-the-top items named "OMFG Burgers." These burgers are colossal. If the Hangover Helper doesn't fill your pallet, you might have issues: two sirloin patties served open-face on Texas toast, topped with grilled ham, two fried eggs, American cheese and bacon, all nestled between a serving of tots and fried, covered with white sausage gravy.

One-Liner: "The Vortex is a great place for Tech fans to wind down with a cold beer, a shot or seven, and a Coronary Bypass Burger, all in a grown-up atmosphere." — Meagan Diedolf, Vortex manager


Establishment: Hard Times Cafe (FacebookTwitter)

Location: 4738 Cherry Hill Road (College Park, Md.)

Hours Of Operation: 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m. to midnight, Friday-Saturday; 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday

"Must Have" Menu Item: Terlingua Red Chili, $8.99. The dish is a tribute to the Texas ghost town that hosted the first Chili cook-off. A redder color and spicy kick of championship chilies.  

Description: The restaurant is near campus and a favorite of students and local residents. It was also a favorite place of President Harry S. Truman and former NBC news anchor David Brinkley.  

One-Liner: "Awesome chili, amazing burgers. Combine the two for a great meal. Cold beer and sports on the many strategically-placed TVs." — Cheryl Nolan, Maryland graduate


Establishment: Duffy's Sports Grill (FacebookTwitter)  

Location: 3969 Northeast 163rd Street (North Miami Beach, Fla.)

Hours Of Operation: 11:30 a.m. to midnight, Sunday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m., Friday-Saturday

"Must Have" Menu Item: Caribbean Jerk Chicken, $10.99. Prepared with a traditional Jamaican recipe.  It is served with black beans, rice and plantains.

Description: In 1985, Duffy's Drafthouse was opened with only four items on its menu. Grilled Mahi Sandwich, Hot Ham and Cheese, Smoked Sausage and ½ lb. Cheeseburger were the original choices. All of these original items were served with potato chips so there was no need for silverware or even a fryer. Times and the menu have changed in almost three decades, but a wide selection of draft beers are still available.  

One-Liner: "As good as it is, it is still one of the most underestimated places to eat in South Florida." — James Spencer, former Miami student      

North Carolina

Establishment: Top of the Hill Restaurant and Brewery (FacebookTwitter)  

Location: 100 East Franklin Street, Third Floor (Chapel Hill, N.C.)  

Hours Of Operation: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday-Saturday (menu varies by time of day)

"Must Have" Menu Item: Buttermilk Fried Chicken, $14.99. Made with locally-raised chicken breasts with mushroom cream gravy, mashed potatoes, marinated tomatoes, cucumbers and a buttermilk biscuit.    

Description: Originally created to prevent a national chain restaurant from dominating downtown Chapel Hill, Top of the Hill has quickly become the premier destination restaurant and social crossroads of Chapel Hill — a mingling place for graduate students, faculty, town residents, tourists, undergraduates or anyone lucky enough to find themselves in the Southern part of heaven.  

One-Liner: "It is the only place to go before a UNC football or basketball game." — Craig Daughtry, Tar Heels fan

North Carolina State

Establishment: Amedeo's Italian Restaurant (FacebookTwitter)  

Location: 3905 Western Boulevard (Raleigh, N.C.)

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday-Saturday

"Must Have" Menu Item: Seafood lasagna, $12.95. It consists of layers of noodles baked with ricotta Parmesan, with fresh crabs, scallops, shrimp, homemade tomato sauce and topped with mozzarella cheese.

Description: In 1953, Amedeo "Dick" DeAngelis left his Pennsylvania home to play football at North Carolina State. He missed his mother's home cooking and got the idea to open a restaurant that featured the dishes he was served growing up.   

One-Liner: "Amedeo's is probably the place of choice in Raleigh. The owner is a former football player. The place is wall-to-wall N.C. State athletics memorabilia." — Annabelle Meyers, N.C. State sports information


Establishment: Peppi's Old Tyme Sandwich Shop (Facebook)  

Location: 927 Western Avenue (Pittsburgh)

Hours Of Operation: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday (open Sundays during Steelers home games) 

"Must Have" Menu Item: The No. 7, also known as "The Roethlisburger," $7.99. Featured on the "Hall of Fame" section of the menu, this masterpiece is a sausage and burger juggernaut topped with an egg and American cheese.

Description: For more proof this is a Pittsburgh sports joint, consider the menu also features the Joey Porter bella, Big Nate and the Franco.  

One-Liner: "It's THE place for sports and food in Pittsburgh." — Trinidad Regaspi, 30-year Pittsburgh resident


Establishment: Scotch n' Sirloin (FacebookTwitter)  

Location: 3687 Erie Boulevard East (Syracuse, N.Y.)

Hours Of Operation: 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday-Saturday; 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Sunday (closed Sundays in July and August)

"Must Have" Menu Item: Top sirloin, petit $18.50, large $23.00. This is the steak the Scotch n' Sirloin has used to make its reputation. Cooked to perfection, it comes with a side order and salad bar.  

Description: Opened in 1967. The Scotch n' Sirloin is a versatile restaurant. It caters to casual diners, but can be a high-scale eatery. The menu features not only steak, but traditional fare and seafood.  

One-Liner: "The Scotch n' Sirloin, straight up, best steak in town. That's my two cents." — Matt Palumb, assistant athletic director for donor relations, Syracuse Univesity        


Establishment: The Commonwealth Grill (Facebook)

Location: 422 East Main Street (Charlottesville, Va.)

Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday; 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday-Thursday; 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday-Saturday

"Must Have" Menu Item: Grilled Skirt Steak, $21.00. It is made with sautéed peppers and onions, roasted garlic lime mojo and it comes with Cassava fries. Simply the most unique menu item at the restaurant.  

Description: Located in downtown Charlottesville, it is the place to congregate before and after Cavs games. Also check out the Skybar that is situated 20 feet above the historic district.  

One-Liner: "Although it is more upscale than most college-town restaurants, it is well worth it." — Henry Moore, UVa graduate

Virginia Tech

Establishment: PK's Bar and Grill (FacebookTwitter)  

Location: 432 North Main Street (Blacksburg, Va.)  

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

"Must Have" Menu Item: Sicilian Deep Dish Pizza: $2.29 per slice, $14.99 for the entire 17-inch pizza.  

Description: Students, professionals and local residents pack the place located across the street from the Virginia Tech regularly for food, drink, billiards, darts and 23 TVs.  

One-Liner: "PK's is a place where people of all walks of life get together to enjoy great food and to cheer on the Hokies." — Josh Robertson, former PK's employee.      

Wake Forest

Establishment: Putter's Bar and Grill (Facebook)  

Location: 3005 Bonhurst Drive (Winston-Salem, N.C.)  

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

"Must Have" Menu Item: Teriyaki Chicken Philly Sub, $8.00. A sandwich featuring diced chicken breast seasoned with teriyaki sauce served with provolone cheese, banana peppers, onions, mushrooms and mayonnaise on a toasted sub roll.

Description: A laid back, 19th-hole type atmosphere to coincide with the great local golf and golfers, including Jack Nicklaus. Combined with great food and located near the football stadium, it is the place to be before rooting on the Demon Deacons.

One-Liner: "If you're looking for good food and TVs to catch up on action around the country, head to Putter's. It's not far from the stadium and has a tradition of feeding the Saturday rush." — Chip Patterson,

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