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 in Chicago’s Lincoln Park.

Make a reservation at Quality Crab & Oyster Bah. Order carryout or delivery from Quality Crab & Oyster Bah

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


L Woods cheese curds

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

Make a reservation at L. Woods. Order carryout or delivery from L. Woods

Slagel Farms Meatballs “Polpettini” in a simple tomato sauce at Osteria Via Stato in Chicago’s River North are the real menu MVPs!

Make a reservation at Osteria Via Stato. Order carryout or delivery from Osteria Via Stato. 

A staple since day-one, Big Bowl’s potstickers are perfect to share with the whole squad.

Find a Big Bowl location near you and make a reservation, order carryout or delivery. 

Crab de Jonghe from RPM Seafood

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

Make a reservation at RPM Seafood. Order carryout or delivery from RPM Seafood


Parmesan Fries from Pizzeria Portofino

Trust us when we say, these fries reign supreme! The Crispy Garlicky Parmesan Fries from Pizzeria Portofino are served with a garlic aioli perfect for dipping.

Make a reservation at Pizzeria Portofino. Order carryout or delivery from Pizzeria Portofino.

Ema Spread Sampler

For when you can’t make up your mind, Ema’s Spread Sampler is the perfect starter so you can taste a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Dunk the za’atar dusted House Bread from Chef CJ Jacobson into your favorite spread!

Make a reservation at Ema. Order carryout or delivery from Ema. 

Sushi San Tako Taco

At Sushi-san the Tako Taco is a must order. The spicy octopus comes in a crispy nori “taco” shell to make for the perfect amount of crunch with every bite.

Make a reservation at Sushi-san. Order carryout or delivery from Sushi-san. 


The Rookies

Aba Smoky Garlic Hummus

Unique to the Aba – Austin location is the Smoky Garlic Hummus with ceci, aleppo and urfa peppers and preserved lemon. It’s been an instant favorite to enjoy on the patio in the Texas sun!

Make a reservation at Aba – Austin.  Order carryout or delivery from Aba- Austin.

B Square Pizza brought Detroit-style pizza to Chicago and the Northern Suburbs this year and in addition to the airy, yet crispy crust from the pizza, the Mozzarella Sticks are an unsung hero that ooze with nostalgia and cheese!

Order B Square Pizza – Chicago. Order B Square Pizza – Wheeling. 

Bills Garlic bread

There’s a new Tavern-style pizza in town: Bill’s Original Tavern Pizza! Order up the Garlic Bread as a starter complete with marinara dipping sauce.

Order Bill’s Original Tavern Pizza – Chicago. Order Bill’s Original Tavern Pizza – Rosemont.

Egg rolls from Ben Pao and Hub 51

Ben Pao is back and with it, comes their signature Chicken Egg Rolls stuffed with cabbage, carrot, wood ear mushroom and peanuts in a crisp shell, served with sweet and sour sauce and a hot mustard.

Order Ben Pao for carryout or delivery. Enjoy the Ben Pao menu at Hub 51, make a reservation.

Chicken Chroizo Skewers

Lil’ Ba-Ba-Reeba! is the little sister restaurant to tapas icon Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! and unique to newest River North restaurant is the Chicken & Chorizo Skewer with piquillo pepper and herb oil.

Make a reservation at Lil’ Ba-Ba-Reeba! Order carryout or delivery from Lil’ Ba-Ba-Reeba!

Tallboy Taco Corn Fundito

To complete your taco spread from Tallboy Taco, be sure to start with the Corn Fundito served with housemade tortilla chips.

Order carryout or delivery from Tallboy Taco.

VTK Spring Rolls

Another longtime Lettuce Entertain You favorite has made its return for carryout and delivery only! Order up Vong’s Thai Kitchen and start with their Crunchy Spring Rolls stuffed with pork, shrimp and water chestnuts and pork served with lemon-chili dip. These make for the perfect bite before digging into VTK’s Signature Shrimp and Crab Pad Thai.

Order carryout or delivery from Vong’s Thai Kitchen.


The Veterans

Shaw’s Crab House Oysters Rockefeller with spinach and Jarlsberg cream has been a key member of the appetizer roster since day one!

 Make a reservation at Shaw’s Crab House – Chicago. Order Shaw’s Crab House – Chicago for carryout or delivery.

Make a reservation at Shaw’s Crab House – Schaumburg. Order Shaw’s Crab House – Schaumburg for carryout or delivery.


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.

Make a reservation at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! Order carryout or delivery from Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!

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.

Find a Mon Ami Gabi location near you and make a reservation or order carryout or delivery. 

RJ Grunts Buffalo Chicken Nachos

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 pepper jack and cheddar cheeses, lettuce, tomato and zesty ranch sauce.

Make a reservation at R.J. Grunts. Order carryout or delivery at R.J. Grunts.


El Segundo Sol Guacamole

El Segundo Sol has been dishing out some of the best fresh-made Guacamole on the Las Vegas strip! Pair it with one of their signature margaritas and you’ve got yourself a party!

Make a reservation at El Segundo Sol.


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

Make a reservation at Di Pescara. Order carryout or delivery from Di Pescara.