Sure, anybody can scoot up a chair at the local sports bar to watch the Super Bowl. But, if you're looking for some other festive and food friendly spots to watch the Big Game, here are a few favorite picks.
Also, GO 'NINERS!
* LowBrau (1050 20th St., Sacramento; 916-706-2636): Let's say you love sports but don't want to hang with a bunch of armchair jocks and bros in flat-billed baseball caps. In between plays, the conversation at LowBrau is just as likely to focus on the upcoming DOOMbird gig in San Francisco as it as about Colin Kaepernick's passing game. This new hipster haven focuses on craft beers and sausages, and the indie-rock set can watch the Super Bowl on a giant projection screen TV, plus food and drink specials. www.lowbrausacramento.com.
* Mikuni Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar (1565 Eureka Rd., Roseville; 916-797-2112. 8525 Bond Rd., Elk Grove; 916-714-2112): The Elk Grove and Roseville locations of Mikuni are presenting an all-you-can-eat "Super Rice Bowl Sunday Buffet" served from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Grub on Japanese eats in between yelling at the game, which will be broadcast on HD plasma TVs. $30 adults, $25 seniors (ages 55 and up) and $20 for kids ages 5 and up. www.mikunisushi.com.
* Pre-Flite Lounge (513 L St., Sacramento; 916-441-7693): The Pre-Flite Lounge harkens to dive-bar days of yore, given its easy-to-miss location on the outskirts of Downtown Plaza and old school furnishings. That's to say, Pre-Flite Lounge is the perfect place to keep cozy with a stiff drink as Super Bowl action unfolds on the TV. And here's a deal that'll have you doing the "Super Bowl Shuffle": Pre-Flite Lounge is offering $1 draft beers and free slices of pizza per drink on game day while supplies last. www.preflitelounge.com
* John's Incredible Pizza Co. (384 N. Sunrise Ave., Roseville; 916-772-1111): For a family-friendly Super Bowl Sunday, John's Incredible Pizza Co. offers a "Big Game Package" that includes a buffet, three rides to keep the kids occupied and a $10 fun card for games. The Super Bowl will be shown around the restaurant, too. $20 for adults, $15 for kids ages 3 to 12. Order this package in-store or online through Feb. 2. www.johnspizza.com.
*Broderick Restaurant & Bar (319 6th St., West Sacramento; 916-372-2436): This new spot, co-owned by the folks behind the Wicked 'Wich food truck, has quickly become a favorite with West Sac locals and downtowners with its hearty eats and live music series. Grab a humungous order of banh mi fries and look for drink specials as well. (Tip: Ask for some of the housemade hot sauce). After the big game, Broderick Restaurant & Bar will kick off a new series of live band karaoke. www.facebook.com/Broderick1893
*Zocalo (1801 Capitol Ave., Sacramento; 916-441-0303): Big sporting events always take an extra celebratory feel at Zocalo, whether its broadcasting the World Cup or World Series on TVs around the bar - and sometimes in their banquet room. Sunday's Super Bowl is likely to be a festive standing-room only affair for the 49ers faithful, with plenty of Corona beers and margaritas in hand. Vamos 49ers! www.zocalosacramento.com.