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.
There are high-definition screens everywhere you look inside Nick's Sports Grill and Lounge. In addition to the 24 televisions that broadcast sporting events and knock-down-drag-out congressional hearings, a large projection screen hangs over a wooden bar where bartenders pour draft beers and more than a dozen wines. Behind the scenes, cooks whip up homemade chili and grill specialty burgers, such as the breakfast burger: a juicy patty capped in fried egg, bacon, and american cheese. For shareable meals, they also bake barbecue pizzas topped with chopped steaks and red onions.
Established in 1977, Copper Caboose delivers fresh Mexican dishes such as housemade guacamole and sizzling fajitas and American dishes such as charbroiled steak and smoked baby-back ribs to diners. The sports bar features six big-screen TVs as well as 11 booths each bedecked with its own private TV. Other entertainment options include twice-weekly Texas hold'em poker tournaments and free games pool until 7 p.m. every night.
Part of the LSO's 2010–2011 season's Darkness and Light theme, "Out of Darkness" showcases talented musicians and a consummate conductor for a moving musical medley. Selections include Smetana's "The Moldau," which portrays flowing river waters; Mahler's Symphony no. 4, which describes heaven from the perspective of a child; and songs by Strauss, which celebrate the time-honored relationship between linebackers and unicorns. Led by guest conductor Jonathan Schiffman, the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra creates an evening of instrumental inspiration with a powerful finale by soprano Jo Ellen Miller.
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.