T.J. Baxterís is hard to overlook. In the past, some of the televisions have been in awkward spots. Yet manager Jeff assured patrons that on top of their 10 standard televisions is a nine-foot screen on which the game will be shown this year. Molson Canadian employees will also be giving out free stuff.
T.J.ís is bringing in some home-cooked chili for the game, but its price was unavailable at press time. The wings and nachos there have always been fantastic, but the overall menu prices are at the high end. If youíre not afraid to drop a bit of money, the food and the atmosphere will likely be worthwhile.
As the new kid on Richmond Row, Jackís has to show up on Super Sunday. The upstairs will be open only to VIP ticket holders, but the main level will be no slouch. The usual huge screen will be present along with a bunch of other smaller TVs.
Jackís is featuring many of its usual snacks and bar foods in all-you-can-eat promotions. Customers pay $10 at the door and get the all-you-can-eat ďbar foodĒ buffet all night. The wings arenít bad at Jackís, and they come in a variety of flavours. If you plan on coming early ó the doors open at 3 p.m. ó and have a big appetite, Jackís may be the spot for you.
The Joe Koolís/Jim Bob Rayís duo has some big plans for Super Sunday. Unfortunately JBRís is hosting a tickets-only party. Winners get free chili and hot dogs, but you can only win tickets by listening to FM96 or from certain JBRís giveaways.
Next door at Joe Koolís, manager Scott Crawford will have his hands full. Koolís will have three giant screens and will be showing the game in High Definition Television with an American feed ó complete with U.S. commercials. Joe Koolís has an advantage as the only bar supplied with HDTV. For those of you who have come to hate Globalís repetition of the same five commercials, Joe Koolís is very tempting.
As during Monday nighters, the always tasty wings will be 25 cents apiece. Moreover, Budweiser girls will be on-hand with prizes. In addition, the service at Koolís is usually good.
The Honest Lawyer will offer a bunch of Super Bowl specials for the game. There will be a chili eating contest at halftime, and Energy 103.1 FM will be broadcasting live-to-air from the bar. Budweiser reps will be there with free stuff, and the three big screens will likely give a good view of the action.
The wings have always been tasty at the Lawyer, and they come in a bunch of different flavours including the unique Jamaican jerk. Patrons who buy 12 wings will get an extra six free, and those buying 24 will get an extra 12 free. The prices arenít bad, but they canít compare with Joe Koolís or Jackís. The sports atmosphere, however, will be strong, as the Lawyer is well-attended for events like March Madness and Monday Night Football.
Jeff Armour, manager of The Wave, also has a full slate planned for this Sunday. The game will be shown on an approximately 22- foot-wide TV screen. Patrons will also be able to play for plenty of prizes, including Labattís paraphernalia and an Xbox.
For this Sunday only, The Wave is selling lattice fries, sausage on a bun and personal pizzas. The wings are solid and will be cheaper than on most other days. The atmosphere is sure to be raucous, but underagers beware; you have to be 19 to ride The Wave. The doors open at 4 p.m., and if you can get a table, youíre pretty much guaranteed a good night.
In the end, itís all a matter of preference. If you want quantity, hit Jackís. For the best food, hit T.J.ís. If youíre looking for some middle ground between good food, good view and prices, Joe Koolís or the Lawyer might be your best bet. The best experience is probably The Wave or Joe Koolís.
Whatever you decide, choose carefully, because itís the last meaningful football game until September.