Cleats help soccer players maintain footing in mud, aerate stuffed-up fields, and punch holes in Ziploc bags to rescue suffocating pet rocks. Witness traditional uses of multipronged footwear with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of pub fare and soft drinks at The Allen Wickers in Plano.
The Allen Wickers' amiable staff dishes out a massive menu of pub cuisine within a European-influenced soccer haven that sports 16 plasma TVs. Take in a deluge of sphere-centered competition with your mates while noshing on a savory starter such as the hand-battered fried pickles ($4.99). Those who want to skip straight to the meat of things can mash molars on the Inferno burger, a spicy patty lovingly forged by Dante's ghost, fused with jalapeño, and slathered in zesty chipotle mayo and melted pepper-jack cheese ($9.99). Seafood trollers can cast aside their boot-filled nets and capture the Scouser's Delight, teeming with battered cod fillets and fries ($10.99).
Herds of boisterous sports buffs can plant posteriors on The Allen Wickers' wooden-backed booths, which evoke images of an English pub. The earthen-toned walls of the open dining area reflect muted light while absorbing dreams of obliterating an earthbound asteroid with a well-aimed kick.
The Allen Wickers
The Allen Wickers presents a menu that mixes Mexican, Texican, and a bit of London broil within a lavishly furnished public house and grill decked out in plush leather and austere stone. Named one of the top 101 sports bars in the country by CNN, the tavern boasts more than a dozen beers on tap at the black-lacquer bar, a roaring real-wood fireplace, and a loyalty to its London calling expressed in nearly endless soccer viewings. As partners with FC Dallas fan club The Inferno, the restaurant takes a more active role in its football fandom, taking part in tailgating ceremonies and commanding the wait staff to serve burgers, meatloaf, and cottage pies without using their hands.