WAYNE GRETZKY’S Restaurant: Wayne Gretzky’s 99, Toronto, Ontario. His eponoymous sports bar serves up some of “The Great One’s” favorite comfort foods, like Grandma Gretzy’s pan-fried potato and cheddar cheese pierogies dressed up with smoky bacon and caramelized onions, as well as their version of Canada’s classic Poutine: fries with cheese curds and gravy.
MIKE DITKA’S Restaurant: Ditka’s, Locations in Chicago, IL, and Pittsburgh, PA. Most evenings “Iron Mike” can be found mingling with diners at one of his two modern American restaurants in Chicago. On the manly menu is rack of lamb, smoky ribs, colossal pork chops, and sustainable seafood like the coach’s favorite Dover Sole beautifully de-boned tableside.
MARIANO RIVERA’S Restaurant: Mo’s New York Grill, New Rochelle, NY. New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera almost didn’t make it to his first day on the job. Luckily, Gary Fosina’s dad was asked to give Rivera a ride to the stadium. Thus began a long friendship, and in 2006, Fosina, a chef, and Rivera opened Mo’s New York Grill.
JEROME BETTIS’ Restaurant: Jerome Bettis Grille 36, Pittsburgh, PA. If you’re going to Jerome Bettis’ eatery, don’t expect your typical sports bar grub. Instead the inventive menu trots the globe from Mexico to Japan. Yet Bettis’ go-to dish is an American burger, battered and deep-fried.
JOHN ELWAY’S Restaurants: Elway’s Downtown and Elway’s Cherry Creek, Denver, CO. Former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway has been keeping busy since retiring from the NFL. With partner Tim Schmidt, Elway opened an upscale restaurant featuring classic preparations of steak and seafood.
EDDIE GEORGE’S Restaurant: Eddie George’s Grille 27, Columbus, OH. Heisman trophy winner Eddie George is as successful off the field as he was on the field. Eddie George Grille 27 draws crowds for its American grill menu like the 27-ounce bone-in prime strip steak. (Get it? Number 27?) But when George visits, he prefers a lean bison burger served medium rare with purple Peruvian potato chips.
MY MOUTH IS WATERING RIGHT NOW, THINKING OF A TENDER, LARGE, BONE-IN STEAK!!!
MIKE ALSTOTT’S Restaurant: Island Way Grill, Clearwater, FL. This former Tampa Bay Buccaneers fullback is also a full-on foodie. Alstott teamed up with partner Frank Chevis to open their waterfront fine-dining restaurant, where guests can sample local seafood fresh off of the restaurant’s very own boats!