Why we love it: Sure you’ll find Cleveland favorites such as kielbasa and pierogies at this buffet ($32). But this Hilton restaurant also offers special items for opposing teams — think a Philly cheesesteak for Eagles fans. “With visiting fans staying with us, we wanted to showcase Cleveland, while paying homage to their city,” says chef de cuisine Jack Halfin. Try this: The apple pie waffle ($16) is constructed with an apple compote and topped with bacon bits. 100 Lakeside Ave E, Cleveland, 216-413-5120, theburnhamrestaurant.com
Collision Bend Brewing Co.
Why we love it: Equipped with a 100-inch projector screen and a riverfront patio, this brewery also offers an a la carte menu of burgers, tacos, sauerkraut balls and salmon. “It’s a place you can go with your buddies or your family,” says executive chef Andy Dombrowski. Try this: Salami and green olive pizza ($15), inspired by Dombrowski’s love of Italian subs, comes with an olive oil base, roasted peppers, green olives, provolone and salami. 1250 Old River Road, Cleveland, 216-273-7879, collisionbendbrewery.com
Why we love it: Coming here before the big game is a safe bet. The buffet ($25.99) features “Cooking the Competition” specials, which highlight signature food from the opposing team’s city such as a shaved sirloin sandwich inspired by Primanti Brothers in Pittsburgh. “We’re cooking the items that mean something to that fan base,” says executive chef Sam Forgacs. Try this: Scarf up chipped ham with barbecue sauce on a pretzel bun. 100 Public Square, Cleveland, 216-297-4777, jackentertainment.com/cleveland
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.
Why we love it: Tackle this Flats East Bank brunch menu by trying dishes such as corned beef hash with pierogies ($11). “We’re a football’s throw away from the stadium,” says executive chef Josh Mobley. Try this: The Beermosa ($10) made with the brewery’s Bloodhound IPA and orange juice. 1085 Old River Road, Cleveland, 216-523-1501, thirstydogeastbank.com
Why we love it: It may sound like a classic brunch buffet ($26) filled with Benedicts and omelets, but don’t overlook the handcrafted touches. “We make our own English muffins with house-made jams,” says executive chef Vishwatej Nath. Try this: Go a la carte and order the farm burger ($16) with white cheddar and tomato jam. 1325 E Sixth St, Cleveland, 216-771-7707, urbanfarmercleveland.com