Restaurant Rant: Super Bowl Not a Big Deal for Most Dallas Restaurants

Call me a curmudgeon but I don’t think the fact that the Super Bowl is coming to the area is going to make or break too many local restaurants. Sure, a few will profit from corporate buy-outs and private events, but for the most part the majority of small independent restaurants will suffer. Why? Because many locals don’t give a flip about football and the last thing they are going to do is go out to dinner when they think every restaurant in town is booked with rowdy out-of-towners.

I’m sure the “Gentleman’s Clubs” and Kent, Dean, and Stephan will do well.  Good for them. However, how many Cheeseheads are going to head to Scardello’s or Mozzarella Company to sample local, artisanal cheese? How many Iron City Beer guzzlers will sample a Texas beer flight at the Meddlesome Moth? Hey Jay-Z, are you there? We’d love to hear your plans. The rest of us are either fleeing the city or hunkering down at say The Grape, Local, Cadot, or Suze. Restaurants, make your pitches below.

Don’t be afraid to dine out at your favorite local hang next weekend. Make it Minorities Rule weekend. The lunatics will be elsewhere. That’s my 5 cents. Your ball.


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  • I’ve been curious about what it will be like that weekend? Will it be hellish or totally normal? I know a few notables are totally booked. But, what about everywhere else? I guess we’ll see. I’m hoping you’re right!

  • allison

    I think it depends on where you go- how busy it is normally & proximity to major hotels. Places that are a scene are most likely going to be slammed. Places like Babe’s out in the suburbs won’t know the difference.

    I made a reservation for my birthday dinner (Fri, the 4th) two weeks in advance and the earliest I could get without dining before school’s out was 9pm.

  • Twinwillow

    We’ll be home snug as a bug in a rug watching the game on our big screen HDTV and surrounded by snacks-a-plenty.

  • HospitaluityInstructor

    I’m headed to Austin for the weekend. Hoping to dine at a few old favorites that I have been missing. I just don’t want to deal with all the traffic, drunkenness, etc.

  • brent

    I was in Houston for the Super Bowl a few years ago and it wasn’t that bad. If you want to be at a trendy restaurant, yeah, it will be crowded and unavailable for reservations. But as is the case with both Houston and Dallas, there are THOUSANDS of restaurants. Try something new or something that’s a couple more miles away. If I had to guess, The Grape and the Meddlesome Moth would both be very crowded.