FIFA ranking #3: Brazil
Star Player: Pasteis
These pastries can vary, some are baked and flaky, while others are fried and crispy. They are filled with ingredients ranging from cheese or cod to custard or potatoes.
Find it: Brazilian Bakery Café
The menu at this strip-mall bakery in Marietta devotes a section to "pasteis." Try the "tudo"- all you can get with ham, beef, chicken, cheese and whatever the baker was able to stuff in for the day.
FIFA ranking #4: Portugal
Star Player: Ameijoas bulhao pato
Frequently served as an appetizer, clam pair great with the summer cravings of a crisp, light-bodied wine or a cold beer. Clams are cooked simply in white wine, olive oil, garlic and cilantro.
Find it: Emidio's
Good Portuguese food is found in Sandy Springs, where the restaurant serves up big portions and authentic fare. The "ameijoas bulhao pato" are clams with white wine and cilantro.
FIFA ranking #5: Argentina
Star Player: asados
The national dish of Argentina is not for the faint of heart. Asados varies, but is generally a mix of barbecued meat cooked on a large grill "parillo."
Find it: Sabores Del Plato
We had to include one Buford Highway spot. "Flavors of the plate," as the name translates, specializes in Uruguayan and Argentinian fare. The "del plata mix grilled" is a carnivore's dream with outside skirt, beef short rib, chicken, blood sausage and sweet breast.