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).
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.
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.
In Italy, l’aperitivo is time for socializing with friends over drinks and light snacks. Aperitivos Coffee & Wine Bar supplies this exact respite amid old-country surrounds of dark woods, brick, and stucco walls. Here, baristas add splashes of flavoring, such as sugar-free hazelnut, to Segafredo Coffee, or use it to craft caffeinated favorites like chai lattes. Bartenders, meanwhile, pour reds and white from an extensive list with selections that span everywhere from Argentina to Washington State.
All beverages complement upscale bistro fare, including six-ounce marinated steaks finished with blue cheese butter or flatbread pizzas topped with roasted chicken and a creamy garlic-and-onion sauce. On most weekends, feasts unfold as local musicians grace the Aperitivos stage with soothing tunes.