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Athletes dunk, dart from first to second base, and dribble down soccer fields at The Labb, yet the eatery has no sporting equipment. Instead, athletes can be seen competing on the bar’s high-definition TVs, and onlookers nosh on hearty sandwiches, hot dogs, and helpings of Frito pie. The Labb’s sandwiches range from the Cuban—stuffed to the brim with pork loin, ham, and Swiss cheese—to a reinterpretation of the BLT with turkey and avocado. Meanwhile, hot dogs come with eclectic toppings, such as chili, pico de gallo, avocado, blue cheese, and sprinkles.

218 W Oak St
Denton,
TX
US

The Loophole, chock-full of courthouse-themed noshes, rests within one of the oldest buildings in Denton, which is outfitted with a wood-filled and exposed-brick-laden interior. The Judge Waldorf salad, packed with sliced granny smith apples, walnuts, cranberries, grilled chicken, and blue cheese ($8.49), stokes appetite fires before meaty patties extinguish them with the help of the jalapeño- and cheese-topped Jailbird ($6.49) and mushroom- and swiss-infused DA burger ($6.99). The Deposition dip sandwich presents lean roast beef dressed in extra au jus ($7.49), and the Perjury po' boy leaps into stomachs wearing a Cajun-seasoned fried-shrimp cape ($7.49).

119 W Hickory St
Denton,
TX
US

The subterranean chefs at The Abbey Underground sate hungry stomachs with a menu of burgers, sandwiches, and traditional British and Irish dishes. Unleash inner anglers on the fisherman’s stew ($5.99/bowl), an ichthyological gathering of haddock, clams, and blue mussels hot tubbing with fresh herbs and tomatoes. Culinary spelunkers partaking in the Abbey cottage pie ($9.99) tunnel through a thick layer of cheddar mashed potatoes to find a trove of rib eye, beef gravy, and veggies, and teeth invading mounds of fish ‘n' chips ($12.99/full order) encounter luscious pieces of haddock that are hand-battered before being paired with golden fried taters due to compatible online-dating profiles. Sugar-laced epilogues bring mouths to a close around desserts such as the Guinness ice cream sundae ($6.99), a slab of brownie cake topped with two scoops of homemade Guinness stout ice cream.

101 W Hickory St
Denton,
TX
US

PourHouse Grill is all about watching sports. The interior dedicates 17 flat-screen TVs to showcasing all major athletic events, and even offers a private business room with theater-style seating and a 12-foot jumbo screen. Alternatively, the outdoor patio, visible through windows that span almost from the floor to the ceiling, invites diners to settle in at wrought-iron tables and gaze upon picturesque views of Unicorn Lake instead of a TV.

Of course, PourHouse's menu offers a food lineup as deep as its TV selection, with a salvo of noshables that pair well with any great game. It starts with buffalo-wing appetizers classed up with one of six levels of spiciness—from a sweet teriyaki to a classic spicy buffalo sauce. Beyond wings, the menu catalogs never-frozen burgers refined with slices of avocado or sautéed mushrooms. PourHouse also serves an original rotisserie-cooked chicken, which, like the loser of a good TV cooking competition, is marinated in olive oil and spiced with a dash of curry.

3350 Unicorn Lake Blvd
Denton,
TX
US

Cuisine Type: Pizza, burgers, wings, and pasta
Established: 2012
Reservations: Optional
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11–25
Parking: Free street parking
Most popular offering: Fresh hand-tossed pizza
Kid-friendly: Yes
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Pro Tip: Ask for onion strings.

Q&A with the Manager

What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
The Loft was seen in the recent movie Red Wing, which was filmed primarily in Whitewright and starred Luke Perry, Bill Paxton, and Frances Fisher.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We have happy hour Monday–Friday from 2–7 p.m. and all day on Sunday. On Wednesday nights we have karaoke, and on Thursday nights we have an open mic. We also feature three big screen TVs for watching sports.

Décor can say a lot about the type of food a restaurant serves. How does your décor inform or reflect your culinary practice?
Our décor reflects the personalities and interests of the owners, who are sky diving enthusiasts and rocket scientists. There is an airplane hanging in the middle of the dining room, a parachute hanging near the kitchen, sky-diving photos, and some de-commissioned rockets. We also mounted an old style movie projector on the wall.

In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
Our pizza dough is made from scratch every morning. We toss it by hand right in front our diners before topping each pizza with mozzarella cheese and our signature marinara sauce. We offer freshly sliced jalapenos (not pickled or cooked) as a topping, and we hand-cut and cook our french fries to order. Each burger comes with a seasoned 1/3 pound patty and a side of fries or a salad.

107 West Grand Street
Whitewright,
TX
US

For more than a decade, Varsity Club Frisco and its sister location, Varsity Roadhouse in Aubrey, have kept appetites at bay with burgers, sandwiches, and of course, wings. The restaurant's signature wings arrive at tables hot and slathered with 10 different sauces, including smokey barbecue and garlic parmesan. While chowing down and composing a list of reasons why wing-eating should be an Olympic event, guests can lose themselves in the 160-inch HD projector screens beaming the day's sports games. Meanwhile, kids have it made at Varsity, too: they can win prizes in the game room, and they eat for free Monday–Wednesday.

307 W Main St
Frisco,
TX
US