WALLINGFORD — Few things are more synonymous with Super Bowl Sunday as chicken wings, nachos, and beer.
At Double Play Cafe, 320 Main St., the trifecta is available for eat-in and take-out this Sunday, as people across the country watch the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs face off in Miami.
While the bar and restaurant usually has more take-out orders than diners for the Super Bowl, they are expecting lots of people in and out throughout the day, starting with brunch at 11 a.m.
“We're really right now focusing on trying to sell maximum wings on Sunday and beat last year's number,” General Manager Jeffrey Gagne said.
That record? 1,500 wings. So this year the crew is aiming to sell 2,000.
Super Bowl Sunday isn’t necessarily the cafe’s biggest night of the year (St. Patrick’s Day and the Wednesday before Thanksgiving come up on top) since many people like to hold gatherings at home.
“It’s a house party day, so we are promoting to be your tailgate headquarters,” Gagne said. The bar is offering a variety of happy hour specials, which can be found on their social media pages.
Butler and Gagne aren’t too worried about crowds considering the New England Patriots aren’t in the game this year.
“The Patriots not being in the Super Bowl might benefit business this year. More people might come out than have their house parties,” Gagne said.
Of the chicken wing flavors, kitchen manager David Smolowitz said buffalo is always the most popular, but they also do about 10 other flavors, like apple bourbon, cajun dry rub, and mango habanero, which all come with homemade ranch or blue cheese.
The nacho trays come in varieties like the Texas nachos with pulled pork, diced red onions, melted cheddar cheese and barbecue sauce; the Italian with homestyle meatballs and marinara, plus provolone; and the Mexican nachos with black olives, chopped red onions, diced tomatoes, jalapenos, melted cheddar cheese, sour cream and salsa.
Wallingford native Kris Selvaggi, who was having a chicken cobb salad wrap for lunch Tuesday, said he might stop by Sunday before the game. He comes to the bar and restaurant about once a week and will usually order the cheeseburger or a lunch wrap.
“The service here is great, the ownership is great — just a friendly local bar,” Selvaggi said, adding “the food’s great too.”
Co-owner George Butler said it has been a struggle to let people know that they do serve food- and a variety at that, not just steamed cheeseburgers. Gagne agreed, pointing to the 28 sandwiches on the menu.
“Once they come in and take a look at the menu, they're usually wow-ed,” Gagne said.
The night before the Super Bowl, the band Down the Hatch will play a live show. Double Play Cafe is co-owned by Butler, Kevin LaMay, and Jessie Hettrick.