Football, Food & Beer

It's an undeniable fact, watching football on television is only entertaining when you're in the company of other people and jamming food and beer down your gullet. Otherwise, it's about as titillating as entering your week's expenditures into Quicken (something only geeks do), or watching laundry tumble around in a dryer. But because football takes on a jovial camaraderie (or intense rivalry) when enjoyed en masse, local businesses like the Hedge House and the Mission Theater make it easy for you to catch a game with friends and strangers, delicious burgers and sandwiches, and of course, beer and yelling. Check out either of these events for your weekly testosterone fix. KS

Steeler Sundays, Hedge House, 3412 SE Division, 235-2215, 10 am, this Sunday the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens; Mission Monday Night Football, 1624 NW Glisan, 6 pm, Minnesota Vikings vs. Philadelphia Eagles, free

Wild Abandon Acoustic Thursdays

2411 SE Belmont, 232-4458, Thursday, 8:30, This week Jasmine Ash

Southeast's source for Dionysian dining seduces the senses with a new night of sultry music and an expanded menu. A favorite of mine is the savory goat cheese torta with pesto, garlic, and sundried tomato spreads; the dish comes with a sumptuous spread of artisan breads. Specials like the salmon with orange hollandaise sauce abound, and you can never regret the baked brie avalanched with blueberries, walnuts, and thinly sliced apples. They have an uncommonly delicious drink menu with a tart, icy, crisp mojito and a fresh lime margarita that could resuscitate the dead. Plus, this week they're adding more affordable items to the menu, which are around $4, so you can skip the $9 cheese plate if you're on a budget. EJ