The 2014 FIFA World Cup begins this Thursday in Brazil—but restaurants around the US are getting in on the competition too! Whether you're a diehard soccer fan or just excited for some delicious international grub, check out our picks for thebest spots to dine and watch the action:
No World Cup celebration is complete without a little flavor from the host nation, so this year get ready to party like a Brazilian. At Botequim’s World Cup Pop-Up in New York City, executive chef and Brazilian native Marco A. Moreira will be honoring his home country with delicious cuisine like suckling pig a pururuca and grilled sausage and onions. The pop-up will be full of South American culture, from freshly made caipirinhas (the national cocktail of Brazil) to samba dancing to Brazilian music videos.
132 Fourth Avenue, New York, NY 10003
Photo courtesy of Botequim
World Cup Beer Garden
If you're mostly in it for the food, head to the pop-up World Cup Beer Garden in Portland. Local food carts like Fried Egg I'm in Love will be lined up to treat hungry game-watchers to dishes like the Egg Zeppelin (an egg, sausage, cheddar and aioli sandwich), and cocktail specialists Merit Badge will be serving a special "Roma Paloma" cocktail featuring Pelinkovac, a Croatian liqueur. There will also be plenty of coffee and beer to keep the party going. And of course, all 64 games will be screened so you can watch while you snack.
625 NW 21st Avenue, Portland, OR 97209
Photo courtesy of Fried Egg I'm in Love
The Chop Shop
The Windy City’s home soccer team, the Chicago Fire, will join in on the fun by hosting viewing parties at 1st Ward, the Chop Shop's event space. The games will be shown on a huge 30-foot projection screen so everyone will have an enviable view of the action, plus Chicago Fire players may drop in to party with the crowd. Be sure to pick up one (or two!) of The Chop Shop's special Chicago Fire sausages: In addition to being tasty, all proceeds from their sales will go to benefit the team's foundation, which aims to enhance the lives of disadvantaged youth in Chicago.
2033 W. North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647
Photo courtesy of The Chop Shop
SoMa StrEat Food Park
If you’re looking for more international cuisine, check out the SoMa StrEat Food Park in San Francisco for one delicious viewing party! There will be food trucks galore, plus global food and drink specials to match the teams at each game. Try El Porteno's Argentinian empanadas when Argentina hits the field, and don't forget to stop by the bar for some bottomless sangria. But there's no need to miss out on the action while you nosh: There will also be 12 huge TV's so partygoers can catch every second of the games.
428 11th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Photo courtesy of SoMa StrEat Food Park
Meat Market Miami Beach
Stuff yourself with as many global flavors as you can handle at Meat Market Miami Beach's game center. They're offering an international happy hour menu at the bar throughout the competition, so you can sample wine, beer, cocktails and food from all 32 nations competing in the World Cup. Best of all, there will be $30 caipirinha pitchers in honor of the host country!
915 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Photo courtesy of Lyall Aston