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It’s game time
Eateries ready for bowl buffet
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Manager Steve Helms, above, pulls a draft beer from one of the many on tap at Taco Mac. - photo by Jim Dean
Texas A&M versus Georgia — there’s a beverage for that.

Florida State against West Virginia — they’ve got the wings covered.

If there’s a BCS college bowl game being televised, many Forsyth County sports bars and restaurants will be showing it.

“I’m stoked,” said Steve Helms, manager of Taco Mac on Market Place Boulevard. “I’m personally an Alabama fan, so I’m really excited.”

The top-ranked Crimson Tide face Texas for the national championship on Jan. 7.

Leading up to the title tilt are 33 other bowl games, nearly half of which will be played between Wednesday and Jan. 2.

They might not have returned to the national championship game this year, but Florida Gator fans will gather Friday night at Beef O’Brady’s on Freedom Parkway, said owner David Graham.

“We definitely will have a lot of the Florida fans come out,” said Graham of the Sugar Bowl matchup with Cincinnati.

“We’ll get a good crowd [around] New Year’s Day for all the BCS games then ... that’s when it really starts to pick up.”

Monday’s Georgia game and the Orange Bowl featuring Georgia Tech and Iowa on Jan. 5 will both show on nearly a dozen televisions at the Coo Coo’s Nest on Freedom Parkway.

“We have probably more of a Georgia following than Georgia Tech,” said manager Gaby Roelofs.

Both games, along with many others, will be playing throughout the week in the restaurant’s sports section.

“We have a huge, big downstairs with 10 TVs down there,” she said.

The menu may be the main draw at Norman’s Landing on Peachtree Parkway.

“We’re doing oysters and shrimp and burgers and reubens ... and the same ol’ fresh grouper,” said owner Bill Norman. “We’ve got ice cold beer and great margaritas and all that good stuff.”

Taco Mac typically has a big Pittsburgh Steelers following. During college bowl time, however, the place is packed with fans of regional powers.

Helms is ready, stocking up on crowd favorites — “buffalo wings and our nachos and queso.”

“Everybody loves our queso,” he said.

Many fans also like the beer.

“We have 100 beers on tap and almost 300 in the bottle,” he said. “We have a lot of different selections of beers at reasonable prices.”

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s will have many specials on lower priced sports favorites like nachos, wings and beer. But Graham said the crowds will file in for more than the fare.

“Just the excitement in the air, the fans cheering for each team and that last-minute score is always neat when a team comes from behind and wins a game,” he said.

“It’s the excitement and cheering along with your friends.”