Epic tailgating and football go together, like Jimmy Graham and a game-changing touchdown. Pre-game eats, whether they’re served off an actual truck tailgate outside the ‘Dome or in front of the big screen at home, fuel the fans to cheer on the Saints, the Tigers, or whoever is playing that day. Pressed for time? Hit up one of these restaurants for a party package that guarantees a good time, win or lose.Read More
Tailgate the Big Easy Way With Party Packages From These 14 Restaurants
New Orleans restaurants that bring the party for game day
Picnic Provisions & Whiskey
Picnic Provisions and Whiskey — the name says it all. This Uptown casual offshoot of Commander’s Palace specializes in parties to go, with both sides and handhelds offered for pick up or delivery. Crawfish boil fried thighs or chicken tenders, offered in 8, 12, or 20 pieces ($42-$92), set the stage, with quarts of sides like Cajun potato salad, sugarcane slaw, and marinated mushrooms and artichoke hearts rounding out the menu.
Who says tailgating has to clog those arteries? At Saba, the sampler is a terrific option for a crowd of 10 to 12, with both vegetarian and meat offerings available. Munch on the likes of Jerusalem breakfast hummus, squash tzatziki, classic tahini hummus, falafel, and za’tar fried chicken. Six puffy pitas are included, but order extra. They’ll go fast. The kitchen only needs a few hours' notice, even on game days. Batched cocktails are offered too.
Red Bird Fried Chicken
Red Bird, the reigning champ from this year’s National Fried Chicken Festival, brings that winning game to tailgating parties for eight to 25 people. Choose from battered-to-order bone-in chicken, tenders, nuggets, and wings ($32.95-$109.95) along with sides like red beans, jambalaya, onion rings, and cole slaw. Get the original spicy chicken, it’s perfectly seasoned and not too hot.
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Shake up that party by thinking outside the wings box with pans and platters of Mister Mao’s ‘unapologetically inauthentic’ bold cuisine. Priced from $40-$100 and serving eight to 10, chef Sophina’s specialties include Kashmiri fried chicken, pork chili verde pasta, and ginger salad, minimum order of $150. And how about those margaritas, Bahama mamas, mai tais, and passion fruit mules in 1/2 gallons to go?
The team at Francolini’s needs 48 hours' notice for bulk orders of 10 or more of some of the best sandwiches on the planet. Order from the vast cold menu, like the Italian stuffed with imported cured meats and cheeses or the Dima, with fresh mozzarella, chicken cutlets, soppressata, and Calabrian chili. Vegetarian options too. Sandwiches are menu priced, but order 15 or more, get 5 percent off; 40 and up are 10 percent off.
Barracuda Taco Stand
Bring taco Tuesday to game day with a taco party from Barracuda. Priced at $135 to feed 12 to 15 friends, the package includes fixings for 36 tacos, salsa, and cheese with a choice of two of five filling options, from grilled steak to mushrooms and adobo pork. Get margaritas and other drinks by the jug full and dips and sides portioned to feed between six and 20.
Blue Oak BBQ
Bring home the smoky goodness of Blue Oak BBQ with meat and sides packages starting at $132 for pulled pork for 10. Add in ribs and delectable brisket and the prices go up accordingly, with tailgating feasts for up to 50. Don’t miss the roasted garlic mac and cheese and the Brussels. Packages include paper goods, no muss no fuss.
Devil Moon Barbecue
Depending on how many fans are chowing, Devil Moon offers smoked meat and sides for 10 to 50, with prices starting at $175 and going up to $950 for a blowout with all the fixins. There are also sliders, wraps, and tacos for up to 20, half pans of mac and cheese, collard greens or baked beans, and cocktails by the quart. Available for pickup or delivery starting at 9 a.m. on the weekends.
Gris-Gris to Go Go
Order at least 48 hours ahead for Gris-Gris to Go Go’s Tailgate Hullabaloo. Options include multiple flavors of wings by the $15 dozen, and $20 oven ready hot dips fto feed six-to eight including caramelized onion and bacon and pimento cheese. Then there’s signature Gris-Gris dishes, including baked macaroni pie and sticky bun bread pudding. Sandwich and charcuterie platters too.
Cochon Butcher is a go-to for grab-and-go sausages, gumbo, and barbecue. Beyond the usual vast catering menu, opt for one of two All Season Tailgate Packages, priced at $105, serving eight. One includes three muffulettas cut in quarters, two packs of house-made boudin, and a half gallon of gumbo. Or opt for the Buffalo wings package, 100 sauced wings with buttermilk dressing for dipping, or available naked with sauce on the side. There are also multiple meat-centric party packs, like the grand Cajun boucherie for 12.
8 Fresh Food Assassin Restaurant & Lounge
Chef Manny January kills it at 8 Fresh Food Assassin on Claiborne Avenue, with his menu of marinated lamb chops, fried seafood, grilled salads, and chargrilled oysters. For a party of four to six, ($100-$150) the menu includes wings, egg rolls, mozzarella sticks, sliders, chicken taquitos, nachos, ham or turkey and cheese bites, and bacon jalapeno wraps. Ask about the bread pudding too.
Nonno’s Cajun Cuisine and Pastries
Tailgating out of a compact car for two? Consider Nonno’s $21 (plus tax/tip) football platter. The party comes with jambalaya, six fried wings, four deviled eggs, and four finger sandwiches. Add in a few seafood egg rolls, because they are so good. Order at least an hour in advance of pickup or a day in advance for larger groups.
The wonderful Ayu Bakehouse in the Marigny now offers takeaway party fare. Order $60 game day for four to six, with a selection of best-selling savory pastries like the boudin boy, shroom boom, and muffuletta breadstick. Don’t miss the Saints sourdough, a $7 round stenciled with the team logo, and a jar of $4.50 salted European butter on the side. Of course, sweets and croissants come packaged too. Best to order at least a day in advance.
Cochon King Barbecue
The self-proclaimed king of barbecue, chef Chris “Shaggy” Davis powers Cochon King BBQ with slow-cooked smoked meats and sides, available for pickup and delivery. Priced by the pound, or by the piece, and by the half or full pan, the likes of pulled pork and ribs and crawfish mac and cheese are portioned from two to 40 people. Order at least 48 hours in advance.