Skooner's Grill & Bar inspires Texas Tech taste buds with a wide selection of pub-style burgers, sandwiches, and wings. Inside this family-friendly sports bar fingers feast on boneless Buffalo bites ($6.99), fried zucchini ($5.49), and bacon cheese waffle fries ($6.45) while mouths enjoy Skooner’s signature spicy chicken wrap ($6.99). Adventurous appetites can tackle the ultimate burger ($12.99) topped with bacon, jack and cheddar cheese, mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, and sautéed onions or chow down on a variety of $4.99 lunches (served before 4 p.m.) eliminating hunger pangs with beef nachos, BLTs, crispy fish sandwiches, chef salads, and more. Wash down hearty fare with a variety of soft drinks inside Skooner’s Grill & Bar’s cozy confines, a chill venue for live music performances and Saturday night karaoke. Belt out show tunes or pelt jaws with boneless Buffalo punches with today’s deal.
The culinary architects at Moose Mango's erect a delectable menu of American staples and Tex-Mex treats. An appetizer of jalapeño corn fritters ($5.99) preps palates for incoming 10-inch invasions of handmade pizzas, including the bacon cheeseburger, which gives a meaty regime of bacon and beef full reign over jalapeños and a mustard base ($9.49), while the specialty Moose burger tempts thrill-seeking incisors with its carnivorous caverns of gargantuan topping options and haunted mine shafts ($8.49). The specialty beef or chicken fajitas, meanwhile, infuse taste buds with south-of-the-border succulence via a melding of sour cream, guacamole, pico de gallo, mexican rice, and refried beans ($13.49). Moose Magoo's also sates bread-based cravings with its selection of seven savory sandwiches, such as the croissant-hugged smoked turkey and swiss ($7.99) and the triple-decked Philly Moose steak ($7.89).
A swarm of cars and trucks surrounds three massive screens at the Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theatre, lighting up the open country sky with action, comedy, and science-fiction flicks. Double features of recently released talkies run back-to-back and start at approximately 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., depending on film lengths. Bring along a blind date or curious cartographer to explore the twisting terrain of a free 6-inch hot funnel cake or the concession stand’s menu of ’50s-inspired American fare before cuddling up in the front seat of your private film-viewing room. The drive-in’s playground gives mini movie marauders a place to climb, slide, and polish conspiracy-thriller scripts. Stars & Stripes features films rain or shine, but will reimburse moviegoers with a rain-check ticket if inclement weather impedes sight of the screen.
Manna Bread & Wine's name may imply a deceptively simple focus, but vino and dough are just starting points for the cuisine, a modern spin on traditional Texan classics. Although the menu features staples such as a 14-ounce, hand-cut rib eye served with red-chili-garlic mashed potatoes, it also pushes the boundaries with a pecan- and elk-stuffed pork tenderloin glazed with a black-cherry-mustard sauce. The chef even crafts a variety of tapas-style dishes, including an artisan cheese board, as well as fresh jalapeño halves stuffed with melted brie, bacon, and Cajun-spiced shrimp. And of course, Manna Bread & Wine pairs the gourmet eats with a broad selection of wines sourced from all over the globe.
Manna Bread & Wine's ambiance similarly exudes an upscale rustic vibe, much like a log cabin with a stuffed bear that announces arriving guests. Overhead, bolts of fabric drape their way across the exposed ceiling joists. Down at eye level, brick walls lined with eclectic artwork—including pieces by Paul Milosevich—offset simple wooden tables and crimson upholstered booths.
Colorful art masterpieces brighten the walls of The Funky Door Bistro & Wine Room as diners enjoy a vast selection of wines by the glass and dip french-bread croutons into pots of rich cheese fondue. Other French-influenced entrees emerge from the kitchen in the form of seared shrimp wrapped in prosciutto, filet mignon au Povaire, and gourmet Kobe beef burgers served in berets. Guests can pair meals with their choice from 48 international wines stored in a self-serve Enomatics unit. This Italian-made technology stores a variety of bottles that can be dispensed in 1.5-, 3-, or 6-ounce pours at the perfect temperature through the use of a microchip card. The eatery's marble-topped bar stretches across an exposed-brick wall beneath sparkling glass light fixtures, which cast rays across vibrant blooms and linens tinted black and white like an old-timey TV broadcast.
Steaming pots of crawfish etouffe and sizzling po' boy sandwiches wrapped around grilled gator or catfish race under diners' noses, their eyes upturned to the six flat screen telivisions that fortify Gator's Bayou's walls. The TVs only make a peep whenever a Texas team is playing or a mega-sporting event such as the super bowl rolls around. Otherwise, they remain active but silent, letting diners enjoy the music and Cajun-style eats on their own merits.