Our roster of all-star “starters” will keep you fueled for game day – no matter what team you root for. From a standout starting lineup, new-to-the-menu “rookies” and long-time “veterans,” here’s a look at 15 of our best appetizers from Lettuce Entertain You restaurants across the U.S.


The Starting Lineup

The Maryland Style Crab Dip made with blue crab, shallot, toasted panko and lemon is a crowd favorite at Quality Crab & Oyster Bah and Crab Cellar in Chicago’s Lincoln Park.

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Book at seat at Crab Cellar – Chicago’s only all-you-can-eat Alaskan King Crab & Prime Burger experience

Want to make the Crab Dip – and other Game Day dips – at home? Check out these recipes.

One of the most popular appetizers at Lincolnwood supper club, L. Woods Tap & Pine Lodge, is the Buffalo Cauliflower served with buttermilk ranch dressing for dunking.

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Mini Veal Meatballs in a simple tomato sauce at Osteria Via Stato in Chicago’s River North are the real menu MVPs!

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A staple since day-one, Big Bowl’s potstickers are perfect to share with the whole squad. Try the spicy Kung Pao Chicken version for some extra heat!

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The Rookies

The best appetizers – like the best basketball players – are tall. At Bar Ramone, the Patatas Bravas XL Fries served with smoked paprika aioli stand above your typical bar fare.

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No matter if you are in Chicago, North Bethesda or Los Angeles, try out the 16 Mo. Prosciutto & DeStefano Burrata with Dicarlo olive oil and house-made bread at the all-new Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar.

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Learn more about the new Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar

Pizzeria Portofino opened last summer along the Chicago riverfront, bringing coastal Italian vibes to Chicago year-round. Order up the Maccheroni Fritti (or crispy fried pasta carbonara) – and if you hit the over/under, maybe next summer you can get them delivered to your boat!

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Mini Burgers at Stripburger & Chicken - Best Appetizers

Last year, our all-alfresco Las Vegas strip-side restaurant got a new name – and new dishes- when it transformed into Stripburger & Chicken. This year, they have rolled out two daily happy hours from 4:00 PM- 7:00 PM and 10:00 PM – close with appetizer options such as Mini Burgers (1 for $3.50 or 3 for $8) and fully Loaded Nachos for $6.

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Our newest riverfront restaurant, RPM Seafood, is serving a fresh take on a Chicago classic with the Peekytoe Crab de Jonghe with garlic butter and espelette. 

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The Veterans

Shaw’s Crab House is celebrating their 35th anniversary and the Oysters Rockefeller with spinach and Jarlsberg cream has been a key member of the appetizer roster since the beginning.

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Guests have been going mad for the Bacon Wrapped Dates with apple vinaigrette at Chicago’s Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! for more than three decades.

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The Wild Escargots de Bourgogne at Mon Ami Gabi in Las Vegas, Chicago, Oak Brook, Reston and Bethesda is a classic take on the quintessential bistro starter.

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Lettuce’s OG restaurant, R.J. Grunts, presents a mash-up of two of the greatest game-day dishes of all time – buffalo wings and nachos – with their Buffalo Chicken Nachos with melted pepperjack and cheddar cheeses, lettuce, tomato and zesty ranch sauce.

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R.J Grunts has a brand-new dinner menu for the first time in 49 years – check it out here!

Long-time North Shore favorite, Di Pescara, scores with Tuna Tartare with wonton chips, soy-ginger vinaigrette and avocado.

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