Later in the month, when Chile competes against Spain at 11:30 a.m., Flores will serve paella alongside beef and chicken empanadas and hearty cazuela beef stew.
An early favorite
Spain (along with Brazil) is among the top favorites to take the 2010 title, which is why the diminutive Santa Monica tapas restaurant Bar Pintxo is bracing for an onslaught of Spanish fans.
The restaurant will screen all the games beginning after 10 a.m., says manager Katharine Verge. Spanish brunch items as well as typical tapas will include tortilla espanola; baguettes with red and green peppers and garlic aioli; cauliflower soup with chives and virgin olive oil; chorizo with potato and fried quail egg; and dates with blue cheese.
And for "those who are up for it, we have a Spanish porron, which is a way of pouring wine directly into your mouth that is almost like a funnel," Verge says.
A citywide party
Fans of Mexico will be watching in bars, restaurants and workplaces all over the city. Multitudes of margaritas will be consumed, as will plenty of Mexican beer and Clamato. But what is Mexico's favorite soccer-watching food?
"Tacos! What else?" says Ramon Arellano, manager of Pasadena's El Portal restaurant, adding that the most popular fillings would have to be carne asada and cochinita pibil, both of which will be served along with other specials at El Portal during its World Cup celebrations, which the restaurant knows from experience draw legions of fans.
For fans looking for an extra kick, head to El Compadre in Echo Park, which will be serving its signature flaming margaritas during the games as well as featuring live mariachi performances.
Soccer is Greek to me
Open since 1971, West Hollywood's classy Mirabelle restaurant has been around for its fair share of World Cup-related mayhem. Although owner George Germanides says that until now he hasn't really organized any special viewing parties, that changed this year. "I have too many Greek customers, and they pressed me to do it," he says.
The restaurant will open early for Greece's games, and Greek appetizers and breakfast will be served, including meatballs made from turkey and lamb; flaky phyllo dough stuffed with feta cheese and spinach; baby lamb chops and plenty of licorice-flavored ouzo.
Fit for a king
Some of soccer's most boisterous fans are British and as such will be found in record numbers at Santa Monica's popular Ye Olde King's Head Pub. "I'm expecting some friendly banter," says operations manager Lisa Powers. "All the guys will be winding each other up for sure. They'll probably start drinking at 11 a.m. and finish at 11 at night."
The bar will open for selected 4:30 a.m. matches, and Powers encourages fans to call in advance if they'd like to watch a particular match in the early morning. "We'll open for you," she says.
King's Head will serve "a special menu that people can eat standing up," including fish and chips; sausage rolls; samosas; onion rings; mini Brit-burgers and hot dogs; chicken strips and breaded mushrooms.
An international melting pot