Maybe it's our untapped desire to share a meal with Statler and Waldorf or perhaps it's just our burgeoning Anglophilia. No matter which way you slice it, we are stoked our favorite fútbol experts were finally able to settle down from the World Cup and share some Friday Fives. Men In Blazers are Michael "Davo" Davies and Roger Bennett and their podcast turned TV show is on a mission to get Americans to care about soccer.
As you might expect from this motley pair of proper Englishmen, their favorite spots aren't for the weak of stomach, wit, or intellect. But those are the exact reasons why we trust and f*cking love them. To keep up with the latest, follow Men in Blazers on Twitter.
MIB's "perfect for" picks
"A goalkick away from our Panic Room in the Crap Part of Soho, this bar dates back to 1817, the same year soccer was first proclaimed to be "America's Next Big Thing." Guinness. Burgers. HP Sauce. Dominate."
"I support Everton. They lose a lot. The shattered hopes and broken dreams dealt by a weekend of Premier League games can be emotionally devastating. When I feel bleaker than "Fast Car" by Tracy Chapman, I often drop into this place, and order the Crispy Skin Smoked Chicken with Garlic. It is a mood changer."
"When Rog and I get hungry before a podcast (and we're always hungry before a podcast) our go to is the takeout Roast Chicken from the GFOPS (great feeders of the pod) who run this pubby, brasserieish, crap part of Soho newcomer. If you decide to dine in, get one of the tables near the window, it's where we took ESPN legend, Bob Ley, after the World Cup. His Bearded Holiness heartily recommends the fish tacos."
"Ever since Gianfranco Zola joined Chelsea in 1996, I have loved a small, quick and tasty Italian, and like the magical Italian playmaker, this place rarely disappoints. There are more fashionable Italian restaurants downtown (Locanda Verde is Totti, Babbo is Pirlo, Scalini Fedeli is Fabio Capello) and they are all worth an expensive shot, but ROC delivers (literally) night after night, and like a Zola set piece you always know what you're going to get - qualita in the faccia."