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.
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. $-$$. 940-566-5483.
Buffet King Dining spot serves more than 200 items of Chinese cuisine, Mongolian grill and sushi. No smoking. 2251 S. Loop 288. Mon-Thurs 11-9:30, Fri-Sat 11-10, Sun 11-9. $-$$. 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.
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). $-$$. 940-484-1349. www.greenhouserestaurantdenton.com.
Hannah’s Off the Square Executive chef Sheena Croft’s “upscale comfort food” puts the focus on local, seasonal ingredients. Steaks get A-plus. Tempting desserts. Full bar. Smoking on terrace only. No checks. 111 W. Mulberry St. Lunch: Mon-Sat 11-3. Brunch: Sun 10:30am-3pm. Dinner: Sun-Mon 4:30-9; Tues-Thurs 4:30-10; Fri-Sat 4:30-11. $$-$$$. 940-566-1110. www.hannahsoffthesquare.com.
Queenie’s Steakhouse Chef Tim Love’s steakhouse just off the downtown Square. Live jazz nightly. Full bar. 115 E. Hickory St. Lunch: Fri 11:30-2:30. Dinner: Wed-Thurs 4:30-10pm, Fri-Sat 4:30-11pm. $$-$$$. 940-442-6834. www.queeniessteakhouse.com.
The Wildwood Inn Elegant dining room tucked away in a bed and breakfast. Excellent food like hearty soups, Angus rib-eye, meal-size salads and daily specials. Beer and wine. No smoking inside. 2602 Lillian Miller Parkway. Thurs-Sat 6-10pm. $$$. 940-243-4919. www.denton-wildwoodinn.com.
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.
Aviano Italian Restaurant Traditional Italian fare, including lasagna, pastas with meat and marinara sauces. Lunch specials till 2 p.m. on weekdays. BYOB. 5246 S. U.S. Highway 377, Aubrey. Mon-Thurs 11am-9pm, Fri & Sat 11am-10pm. $. 940-365-2322.
Bagheri’s 1125 E. University Drive, Suite A. 940-382-4442.
Don Camillo Garlic gets served straight up at family-owned restaurant that freely adapts rustic Italian dishes with plenty of American imagination. Lasagna, chicken and eggplant parmigiana bake in wood-fired oven with thin-crusted pizzas. 1400 N. Corinth St., Suite 103, Corinth. Mon-Wed 11-2:30, 5-9; Thurs-Sat 11-2:30, 5-10. 940-321-1100.
Fera’s Excellent entrees served bubbling hot. Rich sauces, firm pastas and billowing garlic rolls. Dishes served very fresh. Desserts don’t disappoint. Beer and wine. No credit cards. 1407 W. Oak St. 940-382-9577. Mon-Thurs 11-10, Fri-Sat 11-11. $-$$.
Genti’s Pizza and Pasta 4451 FM2181, Suite 125, Corinth. Mon-Sat 11-10, Sun noon-9. $-$$. 940-497-5400.
Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant Romantic spot in bed and breakfast serves Northern Italian and Southern French cuisine. Beer and wine. 821 N. Locust St. Mon-Thurs, 11-2, 5-9, Fri 11-2 & 5-10, Sat 5-10. Sun 10:30-2. $-$$. 940-381-2712.
Luigi’s Pizza Italian Restaurant Family-run spot does much more than pizza, and how. Great New York-style pies plus delicious southern Italian dishes, from $3.95 pasta lunch special to pricier meals. Nifty kids’ menu. Tiramisu is dynamite. Beer and wine. 2317 W. University Drive. Sun & Tues-Thurs 11-10, Fri-Sat 11-11. $-$$. 940-591-1988.
Czen 408 North Texas Blvd. 940-383-2387.
Green Zatar Family-owned restaurant/market does it all from scratch, and with speed. Meats like gyros and succulent Sultani Kebab, plus veggie combo and crunchy falafel. Superb saffron rice and sauteed vegetables; impressive baklava. BYOB. No smoking. 609 Sunset St. Daily 11-10. $-$$. 940-383-2051. www.greenzatar.com.
The Bowllery 901 Ave. C, Suite 101. Daily 11am-10pm. 940-383-2695. http://thebowllery.com.
Cupboard Natural Foods and Cafe Cozy cafe inside food store serves things the natural way. Winning salads; also good soups, smoothies and sandwiches, both with and without meat. No smoking. 200 W. Congress St. Mon-Sat 8-8, Sun 10-7. $. 940-387-5386.
Dani Rae’s Gulf Coast Kitchen 2303 S. I-35E. Sun-Thurs 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm. 940-898-1404.
Frilly’s Seafood Bayou Kitchen Plenty of Cajun standards and Texas fusion plates. Everything gets plenty of spice — sometimes too much. Sides like jalapeno cornbread, red beans and rice are extra. Beer and wine. 1925 Denison St. Sun-Thurs 11-9, Fri-Sat 11-9:30. $$. 940-243-2126.
Hoochie’s Oyster House 207 S. Bell Ave. Sun-Thurs 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm. 940-383-0104. http://hoochiesoysterhouse.com.
Andaman Thai Restaurant Extensive menu continues trend of good Asian food in Denton. Fried tofu is a home run. Pad Thai noodles have perfect amount of sweetness. Homemade coconut ice cream, sweet rice with mango. Beer and wine. No smoking. 221 E. Hickory St. Mon-Fri 11am-3pm & 4-9:30pm; Sat-Sun noon-9:30pm. $$. 940-591-8790. www.andamanthairestaurant.com.
Oriental Garden Restaurant Thai stir-fried dishes, with some Japanese and Chinese specialties. Homemade ice cream: coconut, green tea, Thai tea & lychee. 114 Ave. B. Mon-Sat 11-9. $-$$. 940-387-3317.
Siam Off the Square Fresh flavors set curries apart at comfortable dining spot. Winning starters: shrimp satay, Tum Yum Gai and Tom Kah soups. Excellent Thai seafood, including tilapia fillet. BYOB. 209 W. Hickory St., Suite 104. Lunch, Mon-Fri 11-2; dinner, Mon-Sat 5-9. $-$$. 940-382-5118.
Sweet Basil Thai Bistro 1800 S. Loop 288, Suite 224. 940-484-6080.
Sukhothai II Restaurant 1502 W. Hickory St. 940-382-2888.
Thai Ocha Dishes that are as tasty as they are pretty. Hot and spicy sauce makes even veggie haters go after fresh veggies with zeal. Quiet setting. BYOB. No smoking. 1509 Malone St. Mon-Fri 11am-3pm, 5-10pm; Sat 11:30-10; Sun 11:30-9. $-$$. 940-566-6018.
Viet Bites 702 S. Elm St. 940-808-1717. Mon-Thurs 11-8:30; Fri-Sun 11-9. www.vietbites.com.