Grill masters at Chasin' Tail BBQ slow-smoke meats kneaded with special seasonings and slathered with a homemade sauce, and they regularly enter their tender treats in barbecue competitions. Diners can gerrymander plates after electing two meats from a trio of candidates that includes slow-cooked pulled pork, beef, or chicken—all drizzled with savory barbecue sauce and body guarded by a hunk of bread. Pairs of sides—with options such as mac 'n' cheese or barbecue baked beans—evoke the down-home comforts of swinging on a back porch and whittling a second back porch out of cornbread. For dessert, peach cobbler or pecan pie shoot down gullets in sweet streaks reminiscent of sugared stars.
Since opening in 1978, the The Wild Turkey has employed chefs who perfect their Southwestern-style seafood specialties. They serve shrimp nachos slathered in jack cheese, grilled catfish drizzled in queso, and fresh Gulf oysters on the halfshell with a housemade dipping sauce. Besides seafood, the restaurant boasts various other specialties, such as chargrilled ribeye steak and 24-ounce Grande Margaritas.
A lengthy lineup of traditional game-day fare and a sports atmosphere captivate fans at Fox and Hound - Bailey's, where the kitchen remains open as late as its neighboring fully stocked bar. Chefs cook until the wee hours of the morning and always until the bar closes, baking Bavarian pretzel starters, crafting towers of onion rings, and preparing hand-battered chicken tenders that are cooked until they are golden brown. They blend their own seasonings to sprinkle over grilled-to-order burgers, and draw from a diverse roster of cheeses and toppings to crown their wood-oven-inspired flatbreads.
While manning the bars, bartenders tap into a stash of libations, such as UV Whipped vodka and Patron Silver tequila, to mix their specialty cocktails. To further foster a sporting ambiance, high-definition TVs glow with sports games and custom music-video playlists, and guests partake in pastimes of ump bashing, billiards, or competitive people watching.
Sports bar are traditionally spaces where adults gather over pints to enjoy the day's biggest games. That's certainly the case at Varsity Roadhouse, where domestic and imported drafts pair perfectly with sports and coin-toss bloopers shown on the bar's 15 HD TVs. But the eatery also appeals to youngsters by serving free children's meals every Monday?Wednesday, as well as hosting kid's karaoke each Wednesday.
Entertainment isn't the only thing that entices all ages to visit Varsity Roadhouse. Cooks also tempt palates with bar food classics such as wings and shrimp tossed in a choice of 11 sauces, including lemon pepper and spicy honey barbecue. Slow-cookers simmer succulent ribs and brisket, while housemade batches of chips, salsa, and queso cater to nacho enthusiasts and vegetarians alike.
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).
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.