Tailgating is an integral part of any gameday experience during football season. No tailgate is complete without a delicious spread of food for you and your guests to enjoy before, during, and sometimes after the big game. While some tailgaters opt to cook up a delicious pot of gumbo or fire up the grill with burgers and hotdogs, not everyone has the culinary skills or time to whip up a tasty meal from scratch.
Fortunately, there's plenty of great catering options in New Orleans. Whether you're headed out to the Superdome and Yulman Stadium or watching the LSU Tigers from your couch, here are a few restaurants to keep in mind when catering your next tailgate.
Bayou Hot Wings
6221 S. Claiborne Ave., 865-9464
Chicken wings are synonymous with watching sports and should always be a staple food offering at any tailgate. Conveniently located near Yulman Stadium, Bayou Hot Wings serves up the most delicious wings in town with 14 sauces and flavors. Try the Bayou Sweet or up the heat index with Chipotle BBQ.
Side Dish Alert: House-made tater salad and sweet potato fries.
Blue Oak BBQ
900 N. Carrollton Ave., 822-2583
Barbecued meats are a perfect addition to any tailgate, and Blue Oak BBQ is a succulent meat feast you do not want to miss. From the mouthwatering brisket to the tender St. Louis spare ribs, Blue Oak has numerous options to help take your tailgate to another culinary level.
Side Dish Alert: Roasted garlic mac-n-cheese and Brussels sprouts.
515 Harrison Ave./6215 Wilson St., 484-0841/737-3933
Po-boys are always a fan favorite at tailgates, and whether it's fried shrimp or roast beef, Koz's serves up some of the best in the city. With two convenient locations in Lakeview and Harahan, Koz's signature item is the whole loaf po-boy, a 32-inch po-boy perfect for feeding your entire tailgate. If you're feeling adventurous, try Will's Chamber of Horrors po-boy, filled with roast beef, ham, turkey, two cheeses, and fully dressed.
Side Dish Alert: Debris cheese fries and baked macaroni.
Eight locations in the New Orleans area, Multiple phone numbers
Who doesn't love grabbing a few slices of 'Za and watching a little pigskin? Ditch the national chains and grab some of the most delicious pizza in the Crescent City. You can't go wrong with Smokin' Chicken and Reginelli Gumbo pizzas, or try one of their fantastic sandwich trays.
Side Dish Alert: BBQ shrimp with ciabatta toast and garlic knots.
The Big Cheezy
5101 Magazine St./ 3232 Williams Blvd., 258-4075/305-5349
Grilled cheese is an unconventional tailgate food, but it's an ideal tailgate delicacy during the colder weather in the latter half of football season. With locations in Uptown and Kenner, TBC offers a plethora of grilled cheese creations for everyone at your tailgate to enjoy. Take your grilled cheese experience to the next step with the Flying Dutchman or Crawgator.
Side Dish Alert: Tomato basil soup and bacon mac n' cheez pan.