Set just a stone’s throw from Texas Tech University's Jones AT&T Stadium, Sharps Restaurant & Sports Bar entertains diners before, during, after, and in the big game by presenting an environment packed with inviting décor. As burgers and wings satiate appetites, a Budweiser lamp pours neon light over a green-felt pool table and wooden rafters crisscross overhead. A knotty wood bar gleams with a shiny finish and reflects the glow of six high-definition flat screens and a 100-inch projector—the same size as Ireland—streaming sports games with crystal clarity. On select nights, a host of live musical acts allow feet to switch from stomping out team chants to tapping toes to entertaining tunes.
The chefs at Alfredo’s Mexican Restaurant slice, chop, and dice fillings for an authentic Mexican menu of burritos, tacos, and enchiladas. Barbacoa nestles into tacos ($2.49), and breakfast burritos snuggle chorizo, ham, or bacon ($2.49). Mexican sandwiches layer shredded beef and grilled steak ($3.29–$3.69), and combination plates unify enchiladas and a tostada ($5.99) or send out a trio of roll tacos with guacamole ($5.99)⎯one for primary tongues and two for each vestigial tongue. After savory feasts, patrons munch on churros that sparkle, like counterfeit diamonds, with a dusting a cinnamon and sugar ($1.25 each).
Nominated for 2011's Best Burger in Lubbock by 94.5 KFMX, Fat Tony's stacks plates with a variety of Chicago-style deli fare. Towering burgers arrive any way patrons want them, whether it's prepped with two beef patties and bacon ($5.75), topped with cheese and chili ($5.25), or transported into the past to be enjoyed during childhood. Other sandwich options include classic hot italian beef ($6.75), succulent philly cheesesteak ($5.75), deli-style gyros ($5.75), and Texas-style chili cheese dogs smothered in mustard and onions ($4.25). Cannolis ($1.25 each, $12.50/dozen) speak sweetly to mouths at any meal, whether they're busily munching on lunch or filling themselves with a steak and egg breakfast burrito ($5).
Jumbo Joe’s grills succulent burgers, hot dogs, and chicken alongside crispy french fries and refreshing desserts. Tongues treated to the chili cheeseburger delight in its blend of beans and spicy meat ($5.94), and a bounty of burgers, drinks, and fries for four ($21.99) tickles palates with a combination as classic as jury duty and feigning illness. An unassuming steak adopts the persona of poultry in the chicken-fried steak ($7.29). Bolster the eatery’s large-portioned entrees with a helping of french fries ($2.45), or punctuate meals with an ice-cream shake ($2.99) in strawberry, vanilla, or ice-cream varietals. Jumbo Joe’s welcomes diners to enjoy a leisurely meal indoors or to speed cars or low-flying hovercrafts past the drive-thru until 10 p.m.
An awning striped like the Italian flag hangs over the entrance to Giorgio’s Pizza, welcoming visitors into a casual interior with a red-checkered floor and the aroma of toasty dough. For more than 20 years, the eatery's pizza wizards have been tossing New York–style crusts and coating them with generous layers of sauce, cheese, and toppings of mushrooms, sausage, or black olives. Gooey calzones boast all the flavor perks of pizza but in pocket-form, perfect for on-the-go meals or for adding extra cushioning to a baby's stroller.
Founded by ice-cream enthusiasts Burt Baskin and Irv Robbins in 1945, Baskin Robbins now serves tasty cold treats at more than 6,700 retail shops spread out in more than 50 countries. Customers glance through the glass at flavors of all colors and textures, including standard-bearers as well as the always-changing flavor of the month. Servers transform scoops into the classic banana split or a towering peanut-butter-cup sundae, decorated with hot fudge and Reese's peanut-butter sauce. Soft serve takes the form of cakes, parfaits, and 31 Below mix-in treats, and drinks such as strawberry-citrus Fruit Blast cool mouths with a sweet yet icy embrace. Baskin Robbins also offers ornate ice-cream cakes to celebrate an anniversary or successfully forging a college diploma.
Owner Sylvia McPherson whips up authentic Spanish tapas and bistro dishes, stacking La Diosa Cellars' menu with sundry shareable plates. Diners introduce mouths to the southwestern-style Sassy crab cakes ($12), served with a reminder to not get fresh with its tangy double-citrus sauce. The fresca pizza ($9) festoons its vegetarian-friendly disk with dried fruits over brie, and the chicken curry ensalada ($8) tosses grapes and celery with chilled chicken morsels. Taste buds can hunt through ancho chili shredded beef for golden raisins and caramelized onions inside the Lorena's pastry pocket ($8), or sample the Albondigas de Madrid ($9), which loads meatballs with diced red onion, garlic, and jalapeño, all dressed in marsala sauce and a ravishing flamenco dress.