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Fanaticism, food and booze

The 2010 FIFA World Cup is coming. Where will you watch?

DOYLE'S PUBLIC HOUSE: Open for the World Cup at 4:30 a.m. for the first 10 days of the tournament.

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Our little Northwest piece of the world will take part in global fanaticism beginning June 11 when team captains shake hands for the first match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

In the Tacoma area, Doyle's Public House is pretty much synonymous with soccer.  Doyle's patrons are quite familiar with St. Patrick's Day ragers - the blowout of all parties - but this will mark the bar's first festivity celebrating the month-long World Cup series, which occurs once every four years.  Avid soccer enthusiast and co-owner of Doyle's Russ Heaton shared excitedly that the matches will be broadcast via Click Cable on a 20-foot HD screen in a 250-person outdoor tent courtesy of AA Party Rentals. Fans can enjoy breakfast as early as 4:30 a.m. for the first match of the day during the first 10 days of the tournament.

Heaton is also rolling out a special crack o' dawn menu featuring breakfast burritos, omelets, and breakfast sandwiches for $5 and less.  All three are served with home fries crisped up with herbs, red onion and garlic. In terms of the burritos, scrambled eggs, freshly made Doyle's house salsa and black beans are wrapped in flour tortilla with choice of chorizo, chicken, or bacon and cheddar, mozzarella, or provolone. Cantaloupe, watermelon, grapes and berries ride shotgun. With the two-egg omelet there's only one question - to have bacon or to not have bacon. The breakfast sandwich is a simple affair of either toasted bagel or English muffin, egg, cheese, and sausage patty or bacon.

Doyle's uses locally sourced organic produce when possible.

Wash this goodness down with $4 16-ounce tallboys of Bud, Bud Lite, Labatts, or Boddingtons; $3 schooners on all draft beers; $3 12-ounce Negro Modelo cans; or a Bloody Mary or mimosa (only $3 on Sundays). There's the possibility of a taco truck and hot dogs and cream cheese, too. The tent will showcase a diverse lineup of bands and multimedia entertainment on that big-ass screen at night when there aren't soccer games.

The Ram on Ruston Way will feature draft beers not their own, a first in six or so years, when it teams up with Modelo beers for the World Cup soccer series with $4.75 16-ounce and $5.75 drafts. The Ram will open at its usual time of 11 a.m., so only the 11:30 a.m. and later games will be broadcast there. Happy hour hits twice a day: 3-6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close. Tasty bites run $2.99-$4.99: garlic fries, pickle chips, Thai wrap, barbecue chicken quesadilla, nachos, and buffalo waffle fries. Happy hour drinks are $2.99: wells, Big Horn drafts, and house wine.

I doubt the streets of Downtown Tacoma will look anything like those of Liverpool or anywhere in the Netherlands. However, patrons of Paddy Coyne's Irish Pub in Seattle enjoyed the FIFA Confederations Cup there last year. For 2010, the Tacoma location will be ready to tame starved hooligans with breakfast starting at 7 a.m., serving a brunch menu of traditional Irish and American dishes: bangers and eggs, fluffy omelets, Patty's hash topped with eggs and fresh hollandaise, orange infused egg battered toast, steel-cut Irish oats with coconut brown sugar streusel, red potatoes, soda bread, and more.

Check out the $2.99 Bloody Mary bar with pickled asparagus, green beans, olives, salted glass rim, and choice of bloody mix highlighted by Tabasco, horseradish or wasabi. Swap out McCormick's well vodka for Absolut Peppar ($6.50) or Stoli ($6.25).

Also available are $2.99 Mimosas and $3 Bud and Bud Lite. Paddy Coyne's will broadcast matches on multiple flat screen televisions.

Daily changing lunch specials will be offered for the midday games, and happy hour starts at 3 p.m.

The World Cup kicks off June 11, with an opening match starting at 7 a.m. featuring Mexico vs. South Africa. The first U.S. match is June 12 at 11:30 a.m. against England. Soccer fans are freaky serious about their sport, so whatever your destination, arrive early for good viewing and noshing.

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