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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

Though The Frisco Bar initially opened to provide the people of Frisco with a neighborhood hangout, the eatery is far from a typical bar. Sure, the menu is dotted with traditional bar food, such as burgers, pizza, and fish and chips, but these hearty meals also share page-space with more upscale feasts, including fish and tenderloin tacos, sweet-potato fries, and lumpia rolls packed with ground pork, carrots, and sprouts. To complement meals, bartenders pour glasses of cabernet, sauvignon blanc, and pinot grigio, and concoct nine unconventionally flavored martinis, from chocolate-covered raspberry to cinnamon apple pie. During their visit, patrons can sink into the eatery’s soft leather and velvet seating, play shuffleboard and darts, or test new pick-up lines on sports announcers broadcasted across the bar's collection 50-inch HD TVs.

4851 Legacy Dr
Frisco,
TX
US

The staff at The Dive Bar & Grill work hard to cultivate a versatile, laid-back atmosphere, accommodating large parties of revelers and small, relaxed groups of friends. With a friendly, unrushed attitude, servers present the eatery’s duo of flexible menus—one for the bar and another for the restaurant. At the bar, diners pair beer and wine with chorizo-seasoned potato croquettes, seafood-stuffed quesadillas, and strawberry-studded salads served in portions designed for sharing with friends and gregarious diners at the next table. Meanwhile, The Dive Bar & Grill’s restaurant menu plays to a variety of tastes with a crispy pan-fried beet slider, glazed and grilled cuts of mahi mahi, and seafood pasta perfumed with precious saffron.

3685 Preston Rd
Frisco,
TX
US