The countdown to Super Bowl LIII is on at local bars and restaurants like J.Timothy’s Taverne, Archie Moore’s and Slider’s Bar and Grill, where orders for chicken wings are already being booked
Customers have been pre-ordering at J.Timothy’s Taverne in Plainville since Monday. The restaurant is home to the famous “Dirt Wings,” featured on The Food Network, Travel Channel and other national platforms.
“This time of year here for us is chaos, but it’s organized chaos” said general manager Greg Gardner.
Between 35 and 40 wings come in buckets, and are made with extra buffalo sauce and fried twice.
“They come out extra crispy, people go crazy for them,” said manager Maritt Canino.
Gardner said they anticipate making about 12 tons of wings for the weekend.
“We have it down to a science,” he said.
The process to make sure all the orders go smoothly requires additional refrigerated trucks to store the chicken. Kitchen staff often take on overnight shifts to make sure orders are fulfilled.
“We have about 10 fryers going at a time,” Gardner said.
For the past three years, the restaurant has fully booked wing orders in advance of Super Bowl weekend. Customers are encouraged to pre-order wings due to high demand.
“We anticipate being fully booked, at the latest, the Thursday before Super Bowl,” Gardner said.
Archie Moore’s in Wallingford also experiences increased traffic before the game, with anywhere between 16,000 and 18,000 wings sold between noon and 6 p.m. on SuperBowl Sunday, according to general manager Paul Norton.
“On that Sunday we get completely inundated with calls and pick-ups,” Norton said.
Customers can order ahead of time starting Monday, Jan. 28.
Slider’s Bar and Grill, located in Wallingford, Southington and Berlin, prepares for large wing orders weeks in advance of the Super Bowl.
“It’s crazy,” said Mike Maisto, general manager of the Berlin location. “We sell wings every two minutes from 9 a.m., to 6 p.m.”
Customers can reserve their spot in the restaurant’s “Super Bowl Book” which opened two weeks ago in anticipation for high demand.
The wings come in several flavors in 25 or 50 piece varieties.
Maisto said half the order book is already filled and about 18,000 wings are expected to be made.
The end game for the staff at J. Timothy’s, is a private party at kickoff.
“We close the restaurant and take a little breather and we throw a party for our employees,” Gardner said. “They’ve more than earned it during the holiday season and through all the football games.”