3 great spots for cheering your favorite football team on to victory
• BEST SINGLES SPOT — Downtown Johnny’s
With 11 screens (two are pull-down) visible from virtually every seat, this spacious eatery (formerly the people-watching emporium Mad Bull’s Tavern) is an excellent spot to tune in. Cozy up in a booth, sit at the large bar or near the patio. (The front of the eatery rolls up like a garage.) On NFL Sundays, take advantage of the special: any burger with fries or side salad, $10; NFL Sunday ticket games.
14649 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks
• BEST APPETIZERS — Rocco’s Tavern
Nosh on Italian comfort foot while hooting and hollering at this East Coast-inspired tavern with an ample number of big screens and a pleasant “everyone knows your name” atmosphere. On days of big rival and play-off games, get there early as seats go quickly. Try the popular “sizzling shrimp” appetizer; NFL Sunday ticket games.
12514 Ventura Blvd., Studio City
• BEST FOR KIDS — Fresh Brother’s Pizza
If you’ve got to take the kids for a lunch run but don’t want to miss tube time, head to this pizza joint tucked in a small strip mall. Twenty-two LCD screens dot virtually every bit of wall space. While the kids scarf down slices, you can stay in your gridiron daze (eight draft beers as well as wine served). Gluten-free and vegan pizzas and farm-fresh salads.
16060 Ventura Blvd., Encino
You’ve probably passed it a million times and not noticed. But Daichan, housed in a tiny strip mall, is a major foodie hotspot, loved for its simple yet brilliant Japanese cuisine.