To-go tailgate food offers less hassle, more time for fun


We tracked down some popular to-go tailgate meals at two local restaurants, so fans spend less time cooking and cleaning up, and more time feasting with their friends and family.

Fans looking for traditional and creative to-go food call on the legendary Tom Bergin's Tavern. One delicious example is the hot pretzels, which are prepared in-house and travel really well to the stadiums.

"We'll pack it all up for you with the great spicy mustard to-go, and you'll be on your way to the game right away without all the hassle," said Brandon Boudet, co-owner, Tom Bergin's Tavern.

Other popular game-day foods include deep-fried Reuben-style balls and tasty, seasoned fried chicken skins.

"It's made to taste just like fried chicken wings and we serve it with the Irish ketchup and blue cheese dipping sauce," said Boudet.

Fans headed to the Rose Bowl can stop by The Market on Holly in Pasadena, where homemade family recipes are turned into delicious, no-fuss comfort food. Pre-order or just drop in and let Chef Mary Pat Brandmeyer and her staff do all the work.

"Yes, that's right. We just want everyone to have fun and enjoy some really good food," said Brandmeyer.

The menu includes hearty salads and gourmet sandwiches, like their signature roast beef with red pepper chutney and horseradish sauce.

But they can also put together a customized cheese plate to go with wine or beer. And if you have a sweet tooth, they make all their pastries from scratch.

"We have a very wide selection from s'mores bars to ham-and-cheese croissants," said Brandmeyer.

If there's an early morning kick-off at the Rose Bowl, no problem. Just pick up warm, fluffy breakfast tacos or burritos. They'll hit the spot and give you energy to cheer on your favorite team.

It doesn't have to be football tailgating. Both places will cater a basketball season kick-off party or a Dodgers Opening Day party.

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