It’s still early, but NFL football teams and fan bases are already getting a sense of how this season is going to play out.

This week on The Dish, we pay homage to the league’s current division leading cities, offering restaurant dining options that cater to lively crowds and passionate sports fans. Tailgating is an American tradition, but why spend all that time grilling at home when offers an abundance of restaurant options whose can handle the grub and keep you focused on what’s important, the game.

Join your local fan base and keep the momentum rolling for your team this season!

AFC East- New England Patriots

A fourth quarter comeback victory last Sunday put the Patriots in a familiar place to start the season, atop of the division. The Patriots’ fan support has been always been there in recent years with the teams exciting play and many Super Bowl runs. It’s not uncommon to see these loyal supporters packed into a Boston city bar or Foxboro pub, making noise, eating and drinking merrily on any given Sunday. Here’s where we suggest you go catch the Pats.

The Grand Canal

This American food serving “bah” keeps the brews flowing and also offers a selection of delicious sandwiches and gourmet burgers. In Boston Celtics territory and located just blocks away TD Garden, Grand Canal brings drives in many NBA fans during the winter and spring, but during the fall, Patriots fans take up the offered space. Never over-packed, Grand Canal draws comfortably sized crowds of 50 to 80 fans each Sunday and private viewing areas are available for groups and parties.  Grand Canal features nine HD televisions, which includes a large projector screen for big games.

NFC East- Philadelphia Eagles

Eagles fans must be rejoicing after seeing a lot of positive signs from their football team last Sunday. With a new coach, new offense and new sense of team pride, the Eagles look poised to make noise in the tough NFC East division this year. Here is a great spot to watch your birds play.

McGillin’s Olde Ale House

Philadelphia Eagles fans are welcome at McGillin’s Olde Ale House to catch the game with their fellow supporters. McGillin’s features seven televisions between two floors, with four t.v.’s behind a full-service bar, a projection screen on the lower level and another large 70-inch flat screen for your viewing pleasure.

Offering a full dining menu, McGillin’s hosts drinks specials on Sundays as well, including a five dollar 16 ounce plastic ’13-‘14 Eagles Super Mug of Bud Light that can be refilled for one dollar on Eagles game days. Ask for one of McGillin’s’ signature “Iggletinis.” If you’re trying to catch the game with a large crowd or party, look into McGillin’s special party package, which includes an open bar (3 hours long) that features soda, draft beer and all house wines and liquors, and a hot and cold buffet. The two-hour hot and cold buffet spread includes hot roast beef, meatballs, and penne pasta and cold cuts of country-style ham, roasted turkey, Italian salami, cheeses, garden salad and cole slaw.

NFC North- Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions are sitting pretty atop of the NFC North division thanks to a week 1 victory over the division foe Minnesota Vikings. With a dynamic offense and developing defense, don’t be surprised for the 2013 Lions to resemble the 2011 squad that won 10 games and made the playoffs. But who knows, it’s a long season, so show your start showing your support for your Lions as early and often as you can.

Cutters Bar and Grill

Just a five minute drive from Ford Field in Detroit, Cutters Bar and Grill is the ideal place to pig out for cheap and enjoy a Lions game. Cutters was named after the meat cutters that founded the place, meaning you can expect quality beef for their 16 oz and 32 oz burgers and juicy tenderness in the steak bites. Locals also love Cutters’ onion rings, wings and reasonably priced beers. Play some music at halftime on their vintage jukebox or watch the highlights on one of several televisions, which include two large HD flat screens.

AFC North- Four-way tie for division lead with 0 wins

The AFC North has been a long-feared division within the NFL, largely in part to the strong play and recent successes of the Pittsburg Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens. This year, however, the division has gotten off to a shaky start. With no victories for any team last week, we’ll update this one after week 2 when a team has set itself apart.

AFC South- Indianapolis Colts (3-way tie in the division)

Technically in a three-way tie for the AFC South, the Indianapolis Colts have given fans hope with their young talent and blossoming coaching staff. Here’s where you can go catch the Colts until your “Luck” turns around.

Champion’s Sports Bar and Grill

Under a mile and about a 10-minute walk to Lucas Oil Stadium, Champions Sports Bar and Grill is one of Indianapolis’s premier destinations for catching Colts games on Sunday. Located in the Indianapolis Marriot Downtown, Champion’s food selection is your typical American sports bar spread, which includes several sandwich dishes and burgers. Order from the private dining menu or eat from the buffet where you can create your own sandwich and choose from a fruit, cheese and vegetable display, a nacho bar, a salad bar and baked potato bar. Enjoy the casual ambiance and extensive collection of Indianapolis sports memorabilia lining the walls.

NFC South- New Orleans Saints

A bounty scandal and poor defense led to a less than mediocre season last year for the Saints. With head coach Sean Payton under the helm, a revamped defense and week 1 victory over the defending NFC South champion Atlanta Falcons. Watch the Saints here.

Step Brothers Lounge & Restaurant

Step Brothers Lounge & Restaurant is the kind of place you where can walk in, look around, and ask, “Who Dat?”  Step Brothers feature 17 televisions with a full menu featuring bucket appetizer specials. The typical Sunday NFL crowd ranges between 30 to 50 people, which is about a quarter of the bar’s capacity, meaning your group will have plenty of space to enjoy themselves.

AFC West- Kansas City Chiefs

We decided to let Chiefs fans live it up while they have the opportunity (and will) to celebrate a potentially successful season. With the outright division lead Chiefs fans have an opportunity to bask in glory for the time being, at least until division rivals and Super Bowl XLVIII favorites, the Denver Broncos, catch up in time for their head-to-head matchup in mid-November. Here is a great place to keep you fed and energized until then.

Neighbors Bar and Grill

Located just under two miles away from Arrowhead Stadium, Neighbors Lounge is the ideal place for Chiefs fans to gather on Sundays for beer and sports viewing.  They have six big screen televisions and the Arrowhead crowds stop in to Neighbors before and after the game.

Neighbors Lounge’s amenities included televisions, a billiards rooms, a game room and private party room. An outdoor dining option is also available Monday through Saturday (the kitchens are closed on Sundays) if you feel like grabbing some fresh air after work while still enjoying the comforts of restaurant dining and bar service.

NFC West- Seattle Seahawks

Technically, the St. Louis Rams are leading the division with a victory over the NFC West rival Arizona Cardinals, but the Seahawks are tied in the win column with St. Louis and the San Francisco 49ers, and many sports aficionados have selected Seattle as their dark horse Super Bowl contender.  The Dish has decided to give Seattle fans some love with a couple choices for ideal bars to go catch the “Squawks.”

The Iron Bull

Eat a delicious pub food and enjoy the game at the Iron Bull. The Iron Bull features strategically placed seating and a wall full of multiple televisions that gives off a Las Vegas sports book-like impression. You can be anywhere in the bar and still see multiple games. You’ll undoubtedly find the Seahawks playing on The Iron Bull’s large projector screen as well. The Iron Bull also features darts, pool, foosball and a game room. Don’t be deterred by this sports bar’s look, as the inside feels less like a college bar and carries more of a neighborhood bar atmosphere. The exterior walls of The Iron Bull feature many murals of local sports heroes, from Ken Griffey Jr., to Shawn Kemp, to Casey Keller, to Steve Largent, to the late Dave Niehaus. The Iron Bull has daily drink specials and offer free popcorn to its patrons.

Admiral Pub (West Seattle)

If you prefer more of a dive bar feel, then Admiral Pub is a good place to go and enjoy the game. Feast on Admiral Pub’s juicy burgers, fries, nachos and fried mac & cheese (a local favorite). You’re not like to get bored as Admiral Pub’s entertainment includes skee ball, pool, multiple televisions, darts, Golden Tee and Big Buck Hunter, and pinball. Admiral Pub conveniently serves breakfast for those early 10 a.m. Seahawks games as well.


Where do you catch your favorite NFL team on Sundays? Share your game day routine with us in the comments section below.