The 10 Best Places to Watch the World Cup in Orange County
Today marks the start of the FIFA World Cup, and this means either you're preparing for a month of ditching work or not giving a shit. But, culinary-wise, all of you should cheer this soccer tournament, as that means many OC restaurants will offer specials, open at special hours, and overall just be more special than usual.
FIFA Soccer up!
You can expect the World Cup to be aired at most pubs and countries that serve the cuisines of countries in the tourno, but some do it better than others. So, without further ado...
10. Donde Adela
OC's Colombian community doesn't get nearly enough respect, and it's squad this year is back after a decades-long lost weekend, so welcome them at this tiny Orange restaurant. Be a paisa, and don't sneak in some aguardiente, as they don't have a liquor license. 1707 W. Chapman Ave., Orange, (714) 940-1701.
9. Lola Gaspar
Beware of hipsters--BEWARE!
Home base for fans of Spain, or hipsters who once spent a month in Barcelona and thus wear the colors of FC Barcelona...or spent a summer in Madrid and so root for Real Madrid. The owners love their soccer, so I respect them for that, but those hipsters: I remember once, after a Spain victory in some championship or other, a drunken, slovenly bunch of them trying to play soccer in the downtown SanTana promenade immediately afterward. UGH... 211 W. Second St. Santa Ana,(714) 972-1172; www.lolagaspar.com
8. Any Korean Restaurant
Not AYCE BBQ, but good enough
The most underrated group of soccer fans are Koreans, so I'd suggest hitting up any AYCE BBQ spot. Recommendations? Oh, half of Garden Grove Boulevard...
211 W. Second St., Santa Ana, CA
1557 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, CA
12926 Main St., Garden Grove, CA
1340 S. Sanderson Ave., Anaheim, CA
11025 Westminster Ave., Garden Grove, CA
227 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA
200 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA
709 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, CA
1120 W. 17th St., Santa Ana, CA