From burgers to ice cream, restaurants celebrate Panthers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — To celebrate the Carolina Panthers’ run to the Super Bowl, local restaurants have created special food items honoring the team.

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar created the “Wham! Bam! Thank you Cam!” burger.

The burger features a custom beef burger covered with melted pepper jack cheese, topped with pulled pork, apple-bacon barbecue sauce, fried onion straws, all on a bed of crispy lettuce and tomato.

Bang Bang Burgers in Elizabeth will be doing a special burger to celebrate the fact that the Panthers will be playing in the Super Bowl. The Carolina Panthers Burger will have melted sliced sharp cheddar, slowed smoked pulled pork shoulder, homemade barbecue sauce, homemade slaw and fried onion strings.

This week Cowbell Burger & Whiskey Bar is featuring a Pro Bowl Pro Bowl Hawaiian Burger, which is a Brioche bun topped with a feef patty, grilled pineapple rings, Habanero jack cheese, prosciutto, Cowbell BBQ sauce, lettuce and tomato. $1 from each burger sold will go to the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte.

Next week, Cowbell is featuring "The Number 1," which is a melt with Beef, American and Swiss cheeses, caramelized onions on sourdough smothered with "Number 1's" custom toppings of pulled pork, macaroni and cheese and Cowbell's BBQ sauce.

The Cabarrus Creamery in Concord is selling a special Cardiac Ice Cream flavor.

At the popular bakery Amelie's, they have the Panthers Macaroon.

Kurt Coleman is a regular at Cowfish. The safety has been known to pound a Birthday Cake Milkshake at the restaurant. To honor Coleman – and to show support for the home team – The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar, at their Charlotte and Raleigh locations, has created a special milkshake that’s available for a very limited time. “The Pounder Cake Shake” will be on the menu only through Sunday, Feb. 14.

Charlotte-based Hickory Tavern will host a Panther Pre-Game party on Saturday from 1 – 5 pm and featuring The Dab Burger at $1.50 at its 13 Charlotte-area Hickory Tavern locations.

The Keep Hounding dog takes center stage at JJ Red Hot’s this week as part of the brand’s nationally recognized Dog of the Week promotion. The masterpiece is a 1/4 pound Sahlen’s hot dog with black beans and blue tortilla chips – a nod to the team’s colors – along with sour cream and cumin dust. It will be available for $4.99 through Sunday at JJ’s two Charlotte locations, its original location in Dilworth as well as its newest restaurant in Ballantyne.

If your restaurant is selling a special item inspired by the Panthers, email information to the Channel 9 web team: Please include a high-resolution photo of the dish.

Bad Daddy’s also offered the following tailgating tips:

  1. Set up a DIY burger bar with all the condiments for your friends to build their own creation. Or use our recipe for an Awesome Panthers burger.
  2. Prep the day ahead.  Form and shape your burgers the night before. Slice your tomatoes and clean any fresh vegetables. Make a salad with all the ingredients together except your dressing.
  3. A portable butane burner and a cast-iron grill pan will last you years of great tailgating fun.
  4. Learn how to pack a cooler. Cold drinks on the bottom with your food items on top.
  5. Freeze water bottles. They will keep your cooler cold and melt in time to enjoy a cold water between your beers.
  6. Line your cooler with aluminum foil to turn it into a hot holding box to keep all your food warm.
  7. Bring a large plastic tub for any dirty dishes.
  8. Consider wind direction when setting up your grill.
  9. Use an empty laundry detergent dispenser as a hand washing station.
  10. Finally: Make nice, introduce yourself to your neighbors.

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