Central Grill 1005 Ave. C. 940-323-9464.
Dusty’s Bar and Grill Laid-back bar just off the Square serves a belt-busting burger and fries, a kitchen homily for meat and cheese lovers. Seven plasma TVs for fans to track the game, or patrons can take part in interactive trivia and poker. Darts, pool, video games and foosball. Kitchen open throughout business hours. 119 S. Elm St. Daily noon-2am. $-$$. 940-243-7300. www.dustysbar.com .
Hooligans 104 N. Locust St. 940-442-6950. www.hooligansonline.com .
The LABB 218 W. Oak St. 940-293-4240. www.thelabbdenton.com .
The Loophole Square staple has charming menu with cleverly named items, like Misdemeanor and Felony nachos. Decent range of burgers. 119 W. Hickory St. Daily 11am-2am; food served until midnight. Full bar. $-$$. 940-565-0770. www.loopholepub.com .
Pourhouse Sports Grill Classy sports bar and restaurant boasts large TVs and a theater-style media room and serves burgers, pizza, salads and generous main courses. Full bar. Smoking on patio only. 3350 Unicorn Lake Blvd. Sun-Thurs 11-10, Fri-Sat 11-12. $-$$. 940-484-7455.
Rocky’s Sports Bar Big games on big screens plus some pretty big tastes, too. Now open for lunch. For finger food, roll chicken chipotle and battered jalapeno and onion strips are standouts. Homestyle burgers; savory Caesar salad with chicken. Full bar. 2000 W. University Drive. Daily 11am-2am. $. 940-382-6090.
Rooster’s Roadhouse “We Ain’t Chicken” is what the eatery claims, though the menu kindly includes it on a sandwich and in a wing basket — plus barbecue, burgers and hangout appetizers (cheese fries, tamales, and queso and chips). Beer. 113 Industrial St. Sun-Wed 11-10; Thurs-Sat 11-midnight. $. 940-382-4227. www.roosters-roadhouse.com .
RT’s Neighborhood Bar 1100 Dallas Drive, Suite 124. 940-381-2277.
Sweetwater Grill & Tavern It may claim a place among the world’s other memorable pubs, rathskellers, hangouts and haunts where the food satisfies as much as the libations that wash them down. 115 S. Elm St. Tues-Sat 11-2am, Sun-Mon 11-midnight. $-$$. 940-484-2888. www.sweetwatergrillandtavern.com .
Treehouse Bar & Grill 1512 W. Hickory St. Mon-Sat 11am-2am, Sun noon-midnight. 940-484-7900. www.thetreehousedenton.com .
II Charlies Bar & Grill 809 Sunset St. 940-891-1100.
Gobi Mongolian Grill and Asian Diner 717 S. I-35E, Suite 100. 940-387-6666.
Little Asia 7650 S. I-35E, Corinth. 940-269-1110.
Mr. Chopsticks This pan-Asian eatery does a little Chinese, Japanese, Thai and even Indian food. Offers a plethora of tasty appetizers and entrees. Many vegetarian dishes (some with egg). Beer and wine. 1633 Scripture St. Mon-Sat 11-10, Sun 11:30-9. $-$$. 940-382-5437.
Royal East Hefty Japanese offering (including sushi bar) plus Korean and Chinese dishes. Pleasing Fire Mountain Roll. Fish tastes very fresh and firm. Mochi ice cream is a dessert unlike anything else. Beer, wine and sake. No smoking. 1622A W. University Drive. Mon-Sat 11-10. $-$$. 940-383-7633.
Candy Haven and Kolache Haven 301 N. I-35E. 940-565-1474, 940-565-9700.
Crickles & Co. Breakfast, pastries, desserts, coffee and tea. 2430 S. I-35E, Suite 136. Mon-Fri 7am-6pm, Sat 7am-3pm. 940-382-6500. www.cricklesandco.com .
Davis Purity Bakery Denton’s oldest bakery has sculpted but simple and flavorful cakes, soft egg bread, cookies and more. 520 S. Locust St. Mon-Sat 5am-5:30pm. 940-387-6712.
Ester’s Tortilleria & Bakery Mexican bakery offers panoply of scents: cakes, pastries and sweets, lunch-able entrees, and tortillas in bulk. 710 Elm St. Mon-Sat 6am-9pm, Sun 6am-2pm. 940-591-9105.
NV Cupcakes Gourmet cupcakes and other sweets. 4251 FM2181, Suite 216, Corinth; 118 E. McKinney St., Denton. Tues-Sat 11am-6pm or until sellout. 817-996-2852. www.nvcupcakes.com .
Ravelin Bakery Gourmet bakery offers fresh-baked bread, mouth-watering sweets and a fine cup of coffee. 416 S. Elm St. Tues-Sat 6:30am-5:30pm, Sun 8am-5:30pm. 940-382-8561.
Metzler’s Bar-B-Q Much more than a barbecue joint, with wine and beer shop, deli with German foods and more. Smoked turkey is lean yet juicy; generous doses of delightful barbecue sauce. Tender, well-priced chicken-fried steak. Hot sausage sampler has a secret weapon: spicy mustard. Beer and wine. 628 Londonderry Lane. Daily 10:30am-10pm. $. 940-591-1652.
Old House BBQ 1007 Ave. C. 940-383-3536.
The Smokehouse Denton barbecue joint serves up surprisingly tender and juicy beef, pork, chicken and catfish. Good sauces, bulky sandwiches and mashed potatoes near perfection. Good pies and cobblers. Beer and wine. 1123 Fort Worth Drive. Sun-Thurs 11-9, Fri-Sat 11-10. $-$$. 940-566-3073.
Sweet Y Cafe 511 Robertson St. 940-323-2301.
BISTROS AND CAFES
Banter Bistro Gourmet sandwiches and salads, breakfast items, coffee and espresso, plus traditional Spanish tapas (small savory dishes) by reservation only. Beer and wine. No smoking inside. 219 W. Oak St. Daily 10am-midnight. $. 940-565-1638. www.dentonbanter.com .
Bochy’s Bistro Fusion menu grabs elements of European cuisines with many salad and sandwich selections. Winning Greek chicken lisi panini. Artful desserts: tuxedo cake, cream cheese brownie. No smoking. 2430 I-35E, Suite 136. Mon-Thurs 8-3, Fri-Sat 8-9, Sun brunch 8-3. $$. 940-387-3354. www.bochys.com .
Cachette Bistro 144 N. Old Town Blvd., Suite 1, Argyle. Mon-Fri 7:30am-5pm, Sat 8am-3pm. 940-464-3041. www.cachettebistro.com .
The Chestnut Tree Salads, sandwiches, soups and other lunch and brunch options served in back of small shop on the Square. Chicken pot pie is stellar. Tasty quiche. Decadent fudge lava cake and rich carrot cake. Revolving dinner menu. No smoking. 107 W. Hickory St. Mon-Fri 9am-3pm, Sat 9am-2:30pm; dinner Thurs-Sat 5:30-9pm. $-$$. 940-591-9475. www.chestnuttearoom.com .
Sidewalk Bistro 2900 Wind River Lane, Suite 132. Sun-Mon 7am-3pm, Tues-Sat 7am-9pm. 940-591-1999. www.sidewalk-bistro.com .
The Abbey Inn Restaurant & Pub Full bar. 101 W. Hickory St. Sun-Wed 11-10, Thurs-Sat 11-midnight. $-$$. 940-566-5483.
Cups and Crepes Eatery serves up both traditional American and European breakfasts and lunch. Get biscuits and gravy or test a crepe filled with rich hazelnut spread. Specialty coffees. Smoking on patio only. 309 Fry St. Tues-Sun 8am-3pm. $. 940-387-1696. Join the Cups and Crepes group on Facebook.com.
Le Peep Grill Breakfast/brunch/lunch chain restaurant pushes the limits of the morning meal with exotic choices like omelets with chicken, spinach, mushrooms and cream cheese. No smoking. 1435 S. Loop 288, Suite 117. Mon-Fri 6:30am-2pm, Sat-Sun 7am-2:30pm. $-$$. 940-381-5357.
Loco Cafe Casual breakfast/lunch cafe that’s a sister restaurant to the Greenhouse Restaurant across the street. Signature plate is the Loco Moco: stacked hash browns topped with eggs, cheese, salsa or gravy with a fresh biscuit. No smoking. 603 N. Locust St. Mon-Fri 6am-2pm; Sat-Sun 7am-3pm. $-$$. 940-387-1413.
Royal’s Bagels & Deli 503 W. University Drive. Mon-Sat 6:30am-2pm. $. 940-808-1009. www.facebook.com/RoyalsBagels .
Seven Mile Cafe Breakfast, brunch and lunch spot, including vegan options. 311 W. Congress St. Daily 7am-3pm. 940-808-0200. www.sevenmilecafe.com .
Buffet King Dining spot serves more than 200 items of Chinese cuisine, Mongolian grill and sushi. No smoking. 2251 S. Loop 288. Mon-Thurs 11-9:30, Fri-Sat 11-10, Sun 11-9. $-$$. 940-387-0888.
Chinatown Cafe Bountiful buffet guarantees no visit need taste like another. Good selections include cucumber salad, spring rolls, orange chicken, crispy pan-fried noodles, beef with asparagus, steamed mussels. Beer and wine. 2317 W. University Drive. Mon-Thurs 11-9, Fri 11-10, Sat 11:30-10, Sun 11:30-10. $. 940-382-8797.
Golden China Small restaurant boasts quick and friendly service. Nice selections on buffet tables include wonton and egg drop soups, teriyaki chicken and hot pepper chicken. Beer and wine. 717 I-35E, Suite 100. Daily 11-10. $. 940-566-5588.
Taipei Railroad Restaurant 4405 Pockrus Paige Road. Mon-Sat 5-9pm. 940-387-3871.
299 Oriental Express 1000 Ave. C. 940-383-2098.
COFFEE AND TEA
Amitea 708 N. Locust St. Mon-Thurs 8am-8pm, Fri-Sat 8am-9pm. 940-382-8898. www.amitea.org .
Big Mike’s Coffee Shop Fair-trade coffee and smoothies near UNT. 1306 W. Hickory St. Open 24 hours daily. $. 940-383-7478.
Jupiter House Coffeehouse on the Square offers espresso, coffee, smoothies, shakes, teas and other drinks, as well as pastries and snacks. No smoking inside. 106 N. Locust St. Daily 6am-midnight. $. 940-387-7100.
Kaleo Bubble Tea & Coffee 1400 S. Loop 288, Suite 108. Daily 7am-10pm. 940-387-4848. www.cafekaleo.com .
Naranja Cafe Famous for its bubble tea, this shop also serves teas, juices, smoothies and coffee. 906 Ave. C. Suite 100. $ 940-483-0800.
Seven Mile Coffee 529 Bolivar St. Daily 7am-8pm. www.sevenmilecoffee.com
Zera Coffee Co. Features artisan coffee and specialty coffee drinks and light snacks. Free Wi-Fi. No smoking. 420 E. McKinney St., Suite 106. Mon-Sat 6am-midnight. $. 940-239-8002.
The Club at Gateway Center Three-course meal for $7 at restaurant run by hospitality management students. Spring season runs through April 26. For schedule and menu, visit http://cmht.unt.edu/theclub. In UNT’s Gateway Center across from Fouts Field. No smoking. 940-565-4144. Mon-Fri, with seating 11am-12:15pm. $. 940-565-4144.
Denton Square Donuts 208 W. Oak St. 940-220-9447. www.dsdonuts.com .
All About Mac This “macaroni and cheese emporium” near UNT offers more than two dozen flavors. 1206 W. Hickory St. Sun-Thurs 11-10, Fri-Sat 11am-3am. 940-808-1003. www.allaboutmacrestaurants.com .
The Great American Grill at Hilton Garden Inn, 3110 Colorado Blvd. Dinner: Daily 5-10pm. 940-891-4700.
The Greenhouse Restaurant Casual dining atmosphere complements fresh seafood, beef and chicken from the grill. Even vegetarian selections get a flavor boost from the woodpile. Starters are rich: spinach-artichoke dip, asiago olives. Refined cocktails and rich desserts. Patio dining available. 600 N. Locust St. Mon-Thurs 11-10, Fri 11-11, Sat 12-11, Sun noon-9 (bar stays open later). $-$$. 940-484-1349. www.greenhouserestaurantdenton.com .
Hannah’s Off the Square Executive chef Sheena Croft’s “upscale comfort food” puts the focus on local, seasonal ingredients. Steaks get A-plus. Tempting desserts. Full bar. Smoking on terrace only. No checks. 111 W. Mulberry St. Lunch: Mon-Sat 11-3. Brunch: Sun 10:30am-3pm. Dinner: Sun-Mon 4:30-9; Tues-Thurs 4:30-10; Fri-Sat 4:30-11. $$-$$$. 940-566-1110. www.hannahsoffthesquare.com .
The Wildwood Inn Elegant dining room tucked away in a bed and breakfast. Excellent food like hearty soups, Angus rib-eye, meal-size salads and daily specials. Beer and wine. No smoking inside. 2602 Lillian Miller Parkway. Thurs-Sat 6-10pm. $$$. 940-243-4919. www.denton-wildwoodinn.com .
Yogurt Fusion 209 W. Hickory St. 940-597-6367. www.yofusion.com .
Yogurt Story 1800 S. Loop 288, Suite 393. 940-898-0131. Second location: 2700 W. University Drive, Suite 1080. 940-484-5407. www.yogurtstory.net .
Gerhard’s German Restaurant 222 W. Hickory St. 940-381-6723. www.gvrestaurants.com .
Caesar Island Mediterranean Food 7650 S. I-35E, Suite 112, Corinth. 940-269-4370.
Michael’s Kitchen Family-owned restaurant offers a Greek/Lebanese menu — hummus, gyros, dolmas and kafta — plus American food, for all three meals. Breakfast buffet weekdays. BYOB. 706 Fort Worth Drive. Daily 5:30am-10pm. $. 940-382-3663. www.michaelskitchengreek.com.
Yummy’s Greek Restaurant Small eatery with wonderful food. Tasty salads, hummus, falafel, dolmas and kebabs. Good veggie plate and gyros. Yummy cheesecake and baklava. BYOB. 210 W. University Drive. Mon-Thurs 11-9, Fri-Sat 11-10, Sun noon-9. $-$$. 940-383-2441.
Burger Time Machine 301 W. University Drive. 940-384-1133.
Burguesa Burger 214 E. Hickory St. 940-442-6113. www.burguesa.com .
Cool Beans Funky atmosphere in old building. Menu offers foodstuffs that go well with a cold beer — fried things, nachos, hamburgers, etc. Veggie burger too dependent on salt, but good fries are crispy with skin still attached. Full bar. 1210 W. Hickory St. Daily 11am-2am. $. 940-382-7025.
Denton County Independent Hamburger Co. Custom-built burgers with a juicy, generous patty, fresh fixings on a worthy bun. Also available: chicken sandwich and limited salad bar. 113 W. Hickory St. Mon-Sat 11-9. 940-383-1022. 2nd location: 715 Sunset St. Mon-Sat 11-8. 940-382-3037. $. No credit cards. Beer at 2nd location.
Mr. Frosty Old-timey joint has all your fast-food faves but with homemade quality, including its own root beer. Atmosphere and jukebox take you back to the ’50s. 1002 Fort Worth Drive. Tues-Sun 11am-11pm. $. 940-387-5449.
RG Burgers & Grill 2430 S. I-35E, Suite 172. Sun-Thurs 11-9, Fri-Sat 11-10. 940-383-2431. www.bochys.com/rgs.html .
Babe’s Chicken Dinner House 204 N. Fourth St., Sanger. Tues-Fri 4:30-9pm, Sat 11-9 and Sun 11-3. $-$$. 940-458-0000.
Betty’s Cafe Diners get buffet selections of homestyle standards: catfish, fried chicken, meatloaf and barbecue ribs. Homemade rolls and pie are available to go. Also: Mexican dinner buffets on Thursday. Breakfast buffets made to fill you up, and kids ages 1-5 eat for $2. 710 S. U.S. Highway 377 in Aubrey. Mon-Sun 6am-2:30pm, Wed-Fri 5-8pm. $. 940-365-9881.
Bonnie’s Kitchen 6420 N. I-35. 940-383-1455.
Cartwright’s Ranch House Restaurant on the Square serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, featuring chicken-fried steak, hamburgers and steaks. Family-style service available. 111 N. Elm St. 940-387-7706. www.cartwrightsranchhouse.com .
Jay’s Cafe 110 W. Main St., Pilot Point. 940-686-0158.
Krum Diner Offers homestyle cuisine, seafood and Italian food, along with Greek and assorted desserts, and sandwiches, burgers, dinner plates and more. 145 W. McCart St., Krum, Mon-Sat 7am-8pm, Sun 9am-2pm. $. 940-482-7080.
OldWest Cafe As winner of the Best Breakfast and Best Homestyle Cooking titles in Best of Denton 2009 through 2012, this eatery offers a wide selection of homemade meals. Denton location: 1020 Dallas Drive. Mon-Sat 6am-2pm, Sun 7am-2pm. $. 940-382-8220. Sanger location: 711 N. Fifth St. Daily 7am-2pm. 940-458-7358. 817-442-9378.
Prairie House Restaurant Open since 1989, this Texas eatery serves up mesquite-grilled steaks, baby-back ribs, buffalo burgers, chicken-fried rib-eyes and other assorted dishes. 10001 U.S. Highway 380, Cross Roads. Daily 7:30am-10pm. $-$$. 940-440-9760. www.phtexas.com.
Beth Marie’s Old-Fashioned Ice Cream and Soda Fountain Parlor with lots of yummy treats, including more than 40 ice creams made on premises. Soups and sandwiches at lunch. 117 W. Hickory St. Mon-Wed 11-10pm; Thurs 11-10:30; Fri-Sat 11-11:15; Sun noon-10pm. 940-384-1818. Unicorn Lake location: 2900 Wind River Lane. Mon-Wed 11-9; Thurs 11-10; Fri-Sat 11-11; Sun noon-9pm. 940-591-1010. www.bethmaries.com .
Bawarchi Biryani Point 909 Ave. C. 940-898-8889. www.bawarchibiryanipoint.com .
Rasoi, The Indian Kitchen Housed in a converted gas station, this Indian dining spot offers a small but carefully prepared buffet menu of curries (both meat and vegetarian), beans, basmati rice and samosas. No smoking. 1002 Ave. C. Daily 11am-9:30pm. $. 940-566-6125.