This one is for the guys.
September 2nd is just a little over a month away. I know it. You know it. If you’re like me you are already thinking of the places to go and watch college football. This can’t just be any place. This has to be a place where you can wear your colors with pride. A place where you can share a plate of nachos with someone who shares the same love you have for your team. There are a couple of factors I took into place when coming up with my list.
So here it is. My top 5 places to watch college football for 2017.
5. Little Woodrow’s
With four locations in the Austin area it was hard for me not to include Little Woodrow’s. If you have ever been to one of their locations then you know what I’m talking about. TV’s galore. Inside, outside, big and small. Little Woodrow’s has you covered when you want to find the right spot to watch your favorite team get that first W. Little Woodrow’s also has great deals on pitcher, buckets, and bottles. One of the great things about Little Woodrow’s is that they usually have a food truck or a small restaurant within walking distance. Making it easy for you to get great beer and have food from a awesome local food truck. There is also no shortage of FANatics at Little Woodrow’s. Burnt orange, maroon, red and black, green and gold. It doesn’t matter who your team is. There is always going to be another man there wearing the same colors looking at you with a smile. Share a beer with this man. Bleed your colors. After all it is football season.
4. Docs Backyard.
Sadly we lost Docs on South Congress. Yes we were all sad. But the great thing is that we have Doc’s backyard in Sunset Valley. If you are a man of my age then you probably have a kid or two. Great thing about Doc’s backyard is that they have a great play area for the kids. This is something that is very important to us fathers. We love to watch our team play on a Saturday morning. But we also love our family. Family first, right guys? So to have a place where we can enjoy our team,and have great food and drinks while “spending time” with our family, is great. Try the fried mushrooms. I loved them. Doc’s has plenty of TV’s that show different games all day. You won’t miss a single play with Doc’s. Now go check on your kids. They might be eating dirt by now.
3. Cover 3/ Cover 2
For me these two places are where the fancy men go and watch football. Thanks to Sean Adams I always know when they are having a special on beer and food. There are three Cover 3’s in the Austin area and one Cover 2 off of 183. Both restaurants have great menus. Perfect for the young professional who wants to relive the past couple of years of college while holding a power lunch at the same time. I have always had great experiences at both restaurants. Great service and great food make for a awesome combination. Now this isn’t your neighborhood sports bar. So don’t expect cheap beer and specials on buckets of Bud Light. Expect to be treated like the gentleman you are.
Sigh. If you know me then you know my love for Pluckers. I have been a fan of pluckers since I was 16. I am now 34. The love runs deep. Just like the deep fried Twinkies. Mmmm yes fried Twinkies. I’m not going to tell you how many locations there are. Why you ask? I don’t think its necessary. If you live in Austin and you love sports. You have been to a Pluckers location. For me it doesn’t get much better than Pluckers. Gold rush, honey BBQ, ranch, fire in the hole, and Dr. Pepper. Those are a few of the flavor of wings Pluckers has to offer. Now don’t just think that this is just a wing place. The bypass chicken sandwich is no joke. Tons a flavor and it’s huge. Pluckers is one of those places that when you walk in on a Saturday night and the longhorns are playing. All you see is a sea of Burnt Orange. Mixed in with some white and black. It’s a place where we sing The eyes of Texas after a win. A place where it’s okay to cry when you watch your team lose 43-42. We are all accepting of everyone. Pluckers also has great beer prices. Not to mention beer mugs the size of your face. One more thing you must never forget about Pluckers. GET THE MAC AND CHEESE.
If you are like me. Then the one place you want to be on a Saturday morning is home. 9am college gameday comes on. We watch the guys talk football. We watch the inspiring stories of great athletes. We watch as these young kids overcome great obstacles and become great football players. We wipe a tear from our eyes and yell at our kids to go outside and play. We can’t let them see us cry. At 11 the first game comes on. That’s the cue to get the pit going. We smoke brisket. Using our secret recipe that no one must ever know. But between us. It’s something that we learned from Jess Pryles. The best female smoker around these parts. But we are men so we don’t admit to that. We text our boys and tell them that the meat is on the grill. Prepare sides. Meaning we go to HEB and get a bucket of potato salad, three large cans of beans and chips. Don’t forget the beer. One case for you and one case for two of your friends. After that it’s BYOB at your place. You watch college football all day. We leave to run errands when teams like Bowling Green and Miami of Ohio have the 2 o’clock kick off. Come 5pm we rush home check the meat. The boys are about to come over. You text them Come Early, Be Loud, Stay Late, Wear Orange. Because after all the horns are about to play. Football season is here. Hook’ Em
Now go get your pits ready. Get ready to grab table. We are a month away from the best time of the year.
Here is a link to Jess Pryles.