1/29/2013 01:09:00 PM

Where to Watch the Super Bowl in the Philadelphia Area

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The Baltimore Ravens battle the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl this Sunday, February 3, and, if you're looking for something a little different than the usual sports-bar route, the following area restaurants will be showing the game. Whichever team wins, fans will score some good eating and drinking.

Alla Spina 
Food: 25
Decor: 25
Service: 22
Cost: $28
Early fans are “blown away” by the “yummy”, pork-centric Italian bar treats and “interesting beers” from “taps galore” at Marc Vetri’s “sexy” North Philly gastropub; the “industrial-looking”, graffiti-graced digs are “over the top”, literally, as you can reserve a table atop the walk-in beer fridge, and while some find it a “little pricey”, many expect it’ll be a “favorite for years to come.”

1410 Mt Vernon St; 215-600-0017

Varga Bar 
Food: 20
Decor: 19
Service: 20
Cost: $29
“The third project from the owners of restaurants Mercato and Valanni pays homage to the Varga pinup girls of yesteryear with a sexy ceiling mural; if the decor and atmosphere evoke WWII era, the wares are totally 21st century, with an impressive array of American craft brews on draft, creative specialty cocktails and a menu of upscale comfort fare, all of which commands merely moderate prices.

941 Spruce St; 215-627-5200

Frankford Hall 
Food: 20
Decor: 25
Service: 20
Cost: $24
Stephen Starr’s “cool” German-style indoor-outdoor biergarten pumps up Fishtown’s “hipster population” with “great beers, sausages, burgers” and “giant soft pretzels”; “Ping-Pong and jenga” games, “long wooden tables”, “fire pits and heaters” are “clutch” for maintaining primo “people-watching” even in “cold weather.”

1210 Frankford Ave; 215-634-3338

Distrito 
Food: 25
Decor: 25
Service: 23
Cost: $43
At his “hip”, “upbeat” University City cantina, Jose Garces’ “inventive riffs” on “snack-y haute” Mexican cuisine yield “tapas-size” entrees “perfect for sharing” but “so delicious you want to keep them to yourself”; “knowledgeable” servers provide “spot-on recommendations”, while “Pepto-Bismol pink walls”, “lucha libre masks”, a four-top set up in a VW bug and a karaoke room add to the “circuslike” “party vibe” that’s fueled by “festive margaritas.”

3945 Chestnut St; 215-222-1657

Parcy Street Barbecue 
Food: 22
Decor: 19
Service: 22
Cost: $29
For “authentic Texas BBQ in the heart of Philly”, ’cuennoisseurs head to this “family-friendly” South Street smokehouse where Erin O’Shea’s “otherworldly” brisket and ribs and “incredible pecan pie” are served, along with an “extensive” “all-can” beer list, in a “saloon” setting “complete with sticky floors”; the branch at the Shops at the Comcast Center is a food court outlet.

900 South St; 215-625-85103

Perch Pub 
Food: 22
Decor: 20
Service: 22
Cost: $26
An “ever-changing”, “fantastic beer selection on tap” complements “surprisingly sophisticated” American grub at Joe Varalli’s second-story pub overlooking the Avenue of the Arts; “friendly” service, “nice views from the huge windows” and a “cute” bird-themed decor all give it a “homey”, “relaxing” feel.

1345 Locust St; 215-546-4090

City Tap House 
Food: 23
Decor: 23
Service: 22
Cost: $25
An “amazing selection of craft beers” (60-plus on tap), “awesome” brick-oven pizzas, a “huge outdoor terrace” – this New American gastropub in University City is “not your average watering hole”; in the “jazzy” dining room, a “friendly” staff attends to a “mix of students and professionals”, and live music “adds to the positive environment.”

3925 Walnut St; 215-662-0105

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