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Restaurants Owned by Pro Football Players

By Edited Jun 8, 2016 0 0

There are many current and retired football players who own restaurants. The majority of these eateries have earned high acclaim from the foodie world. Be sure to check out the menus and decide what you'll be eating if you stop in for a bite and a chance to meet a famous athlete.

Nate Kaeding, Short's Burgers and Shine

Short's Burgers and Shine

Kaeding is an accomplished place-kicker for the San Diego Chargers. He is commonly considered one of the best kickers in the NFL. Just recently, he opened a restaurant in Iowa City, his hometown. The name of the restaurant comes from Short's Shoe Shine, an establishment located in Iowa City around the 1920's.

Is it any good?

Between 75 reviews on Urban Spoon and Yelp the restaurant gets almost five out of five stars. Based on this I would assume it is pretty good. The restaurant features locally grown grass-fed beef and beer from smaller breweries around the area.

What would I order?

If I had time I would order everything on the menu. For one meal though: The Gravity Burger (caramelized onion, bacon, green chili, and jalapeno cream cheese) and fries.

John Elway, Elway's

John Elway is a former quarterback of the Denver Broncos. Elway has opened two locations of his restaurant, one in downtown Denver and one in Cherry Creek (both called Elway's) and plans on opening a third location in Vail. These restaurants are considered upscale.

Is it any good?

According to online reviews, both locations are highly regarded. Reviews cite excellent food and service on a regular basis.

What would I order?

Even though both locations serve a variety of seafood and it is highly rated, I think I would go for some red meat. Multiple reviewers have stated that the bone-in rib eye is spectacular and at 22 ounces, it would likely last me a week.

Dan Marino, Dan Marino's

Dan Marino is one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history, formerly of the Miami Dolphins. He owns restaurant locations in Las Vegas and Miami. The Miami location recently (9/1) announced that it will be closing after over 9 years.

Is it any good?

Neither location is reviewed well. Urban Spoon and Yelp have each standing at between two and three stars. Most reviewers stated they would not return.

What would I order?

I would order the Kobe Burger. Risky I know, given the reviews I may leave disappointed.

Vince Young, Vince Young Steakhouse

Young is an NFL quarterback who has been playing in the league since 2006. Prior to this season he has spent his entire career with the Tennessee Titans. Vince Young is currently Michael Vick's back up QB in Philadelphia. The restaurant serves traditional steakhouse fare in an upscale environment in downtown Austin Texas.

Is it any good?

Open Table and Yelp reviews place the steakhouse between three and four stars. The menu looks awesome and the prices are more than resonable for such a well regarded place.

What would I order?

I would definately order the Waygu Brisket Burger. mmm.

This short list is really quite impressive. For the most part, these restaurants owned by football players seem to have impressed their customers and convinced me that I should try them out.



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