Eating the World Cup in DFW
I'll admit it. I'm a soccer fan. And on the eve of the World Cup, I have full-on World Cup fever and the only cure is some good food.
I thought I'd try something. Over the course of the next month (the length of the WC) I'd try to eat one meal at a restaurant representing each of the 32 countries. Some are going to be easy to find...some are probably going to be impossible to find in DFW. In that case, I figured I'd try my hand at making one of the "national dishes" of the country.
So...I'm looking for suggestions for my quest. Preferably not too expensive, but if I have to spend a little money, I will...Here's the list of the countries participating...Thanks in advance!
Algeria - ???
Argentina - La Carretera Agentina in OC (something better?)
Australia - there 's gotta be something better than Outback!
Brazil - Fogo de Chao (Something better? Cheaper?)
Cameroon - ???
Chile - ???
Denmark - ???
England - Something better than The Londoner?
France - Should be easy. Open to suggestions.
Germany - Bavarian Grill?
Ghana - ???
Greece - Should be easy. Open to suggestions.
Honduras - I pass a place (Baledas Express - Spring Valley and Coit) every day going to work. Says Honduran cuisine on the sign...
Italy - Should be easy.
Ivory Coast - ???
Japan - Yao Fuzi?
Mexico - Taqueria El Fuego!
Netherlands - ???
New Zealand - ???
Nigeria - ???
North Korea - Easy?
Paraguay - ???
Portugal - ???
Serbia - ???
Slovakia - ???
Slovenia - ???
South Africa - ???
South Korea - There's got to be a decent Korean place around here that serves food from both the North and South. Forgive the ignorance, but I'm assuming there is difference in the cuisine?
Spain - One of the tapas places?
Switzerland - ???
United States - What is an iconic American food? Hamburger? BBQ?
Uruguay - ???
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Yao Fuzi is a Chinese restaurant. I'd suggest Sushi Robata for Japanese.
The Down Under Pub is an Aussie expat hangout in Frisco and always could rely on them to have Barron's Wattle Seed beer on draft back when it was scarce. It's been a while since I've been back though and the menu seems different, so can't speak with regard to the food.
As far as I know, Casa portugal in Carrollton is the only Portuguese restaurant in the entire state.
For Brazilian, I would suggest Betchee's Brazil in Richardson. They serve home cooked style Brazilian dishes as well as rodizio at a far lower price point that the chain churrascarias and imo, the quality is better. The vibe there will be outstanding if Brazil is playing.
I watched the Euro 2008 final at Henk's, and the crowd was still fun even though Germany lost.
And can't say I've ever had North Korean food.
My wife and I use to frequent the Down Under Pub in Frisco quite a bit when we first moved here (Plano) a few years back and always enjoyed it. For some reason or another we got out of the habit of going there and then last Dec. we were Christmas shopping and stopped in there for lunch and we were kinda taken back by what we thought how much the food and service had slipped from what we remembered. Yep we thought the menu was different too.
I have not been back there since but probably I should really give them another try, just too many other options around here now so I just never think about it. Besides Dodies is right around the corner from them and if in that shopping area, it is usually my first choice for food.
For American do something like Hattie's. Southern cooking will have a better chance at being originated in America (eg. grits).
Korean covers North/South unless you want to sample something uniquely northern, in which case I'm at a loss. Most of the difference is due to the usual climactic and geographical factors than cultural. Koreans still consider themselves one people and you'll see them cheer on North or South with equal pride.
you could try Simply Fondue for your Switzerland requirement.
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For Cameroon I'd do African village, although it might be crowded for the World cup...I'd go during a non African game because they are pretty serious about the cup there and it's not a huge place. Maybe ask if they have anything Cameroonian or anything with the bitterleaf.