Food For This Weekend's Big Game

Football fans making the trek to the Big Game this weekend will want to try some of Dallas' culinary delights. From chili to chile relleno, Dallas' great barbecue and Southwestern dining spots will keep visitors full from kick-off to the two-minute warning. I love Texas-style chili-my own chili recipe is based on spicy chilis I tried across Texas. Chili joints serve overflowing bowls to customers crammed around a countertop. Topped with crackers or spooned over rice, chili has been the official state food of Texas since 1977.

Dallas offers wonderful Mexican food, too. At Avila's Mexican Restaurant, you can get one of the best chile rellenos in the city, a giant pepper lightly fried and stuffed with savory meat. Everywhere you look is a great choice for pre-game dinners or post-game margaritas.

Of course, Texas barbecue is a national treasure, and Dallas' barbecue is particularly tasty. Brisket and ribs, tender but not overcooked, satisfy appetites worth of football fans. I like to visit barbecue restaurants before the dinner rush, but if you get caught in line, get a sweet tea and enjoy the game.

Celebratory dinners might take place at fancier Dallas restaurants like Fearing's or Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. But for fans who spent all their cash on the ticket itself, another round of chili just might do the trick.