What are the best athlete-owned restaurants? Immediately after publishing The Daily Meal's 10 best athlete-owned restaurants, suggestions poured in. "You forgot Joe Theismann's in Alexandria, Va., which has been in business since the '70s," one reader noted. Said another: "Tiffany's, owned by Tony Siragusa should be on this list, great ribs."
If these suggestions for Americans' favorite athlete-owned restaurants are to be believed, the biggest loser from the resolution of the NFL's work stoppage may be America's culinary community. Most picks are backed by NFL football players, and with players preparing for training camp, they won't have time to plan what could be the next favorite athlete-owned restaurant.
Some reader suggestions weren't as helpful or informed as the commenters might have hoped. The two restaurants owned by former Met Rusty Staub, shut down years ago by all accounts, are company on a long list of other closed eateries once owned by athletes.
Matt McCue's original list was solid, one that went well beyond general sports-affiliated restaurants (for those check out 20 Sports-Crazy Restaurants). For full reasoning and dish recommendations you'll want to revisit the slideshow. But for a quick refresher, The Daily Meal's 10 best athlete-owned restaurants included (in no order):
Vince Young's Steakhouse (Austin)
Wayne Gretzky's (Toronto)
Dan Marino's Restaurant (Vegas and Miami)
Greg Norman's Australian Grille (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)
The Kingfish Cafe (Seattle)
Market Del Mar (Del Mar, Calif.)
Annie Laura's Kitchen (Riverdale, Ga.)
Shorts Burger and Shine (Iowa City, Iowa)
One SixtyBlue (Chicago)
But some reader suggestions might have made an extended version of that list. So to give a more widespread idea of some of the country's other favorite athlete-owned restaurants, this is a look at a longer list of places affiliated with heroes of the turf, diamond, rink and hardwood. You may be familiar with some of them – how can you have missed the more than 30 locations of Shula's? And anyone who has gone to a Suns game in Phoenix – or waited for Pizzeria Bianco – to open knows that Thunder Dan has a place downtown. But you may not be as familiar with some of these other joints.
There's a full list of the restaurants on The Daily Meal (including a section of restaurants gone, but not forgotten). For the interesting details, you'll really want to check out the full slideshow.
1. Joe Theismann's (Alexandria, Va.)
2. Jerome Bettis' Grille 36 (Pittsburgh)
3. Mike Ditka's (Pittsburgh; Chicago; Oakbrook, Ill.)
4. Brett Favre's Steakhouse (Green Bay)
5. Yao Ming's Restaurant & Bar (Houston)
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