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ISO a sports bar in Dallas for good food and NFL watching

The Oracle Sep 30, 2011 10:41 AM

Los Angeles 'hound in Dallas for a long weekend and my husband's favorite team is playing the Texans.

Any recs for a good food and lively game watching experience (on Sunday)?

Thanks in advance!

We are staying in the University Park area, but don't need to stay in that area. We'll have a car, but hope to utilize the DART as much as possible (so we can both drink). This isn't a deal breaker, if there's a must-go-to type place.

Edit to add: are all sports bars typically smoke-filled? I'm used to Los Angeles being no smoking everywhere, and just realized that I don't think that's true in Dallas. If there's a place that's less smoke-filled than others, I'm all ears!

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    foiegras RE: The Oracle Sep 30, 2011 06:30 PM

    So you want good food ... at a sports bar? Do you mean good sports bar food, or good food?

    Can anyone speak to whether the sports bar at the Sheraton in Park Central is still open? It had good sports bar food.

    If you want good food, I would look for a good restaurant that has a bar with a TV that will be broadcasting the game. Dragonfly is pretty good and has TVs around ... Marquee's bar might be a possibility.

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      The Oracle RE: foiegras Oct 3, 2011 09:46 AM

      Honestly, a lively sports bar is the main draw... for the purposes of the board, a great sports bar w/ good food is the quest.

      I'm not really looking for just a place to watch the game... but a place my husband can CHEER LOUDLY for his team and I can enjoy good eats! :)

    2. bhoward RE: The Oracle Sep 30, 2011 07:04 PM

      Smoke free in Dallas.

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        twinwillow RE: bhoward Oct 1, 2011 08:55 AM

        Amen to that!

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          The Oracle RE: twinwillow Oct 3, 2011 09:47 AM

          That is GREAT news!!!! Go Dallas!

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        hypemnd RE: The Oracle Oct 1, 2011 08:01 AM

        There are basically three sports bars in the area that are extremely popular--Christie's, McKinney Avenue Tavern, and Frankie's. They are all on McKinney Avenue in Uptown and will be packed all day on Sunday. None of them has particularly great food, but of the three, Frankie's is probably the best.

        The Loon on Lemmon Ave near West Village has a bunch of TVs and usually has a pretty good game-watching crowd. The food there is pretty decent.

        You could also try Katy Trail Ice House off Routh near Cedar Springs. They have a somewhat limited menu of "bar food", but the burger is fantastic, IMO. They have a giant patio, so if the weather is as nice as it's supposed to be, prepare for a big crowd.

        Outside of those, you are going to be stuck choosing a restaurant with TVs. While they may have better food, it's obviously a very different experience.

        McKinney Avenue Tavern
        2822 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204

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          The Oracle RE: hypemnd Oct 3, 2011 09:53 AM

          Thank you! A packed sports bar is what my husband was looking for. I appreciate the options and will be looking into them in greater detail. I'll definitely report back!

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            missanusha RE: hypemnd Oct 4, 2011 07:01 AM

            I second the Katy Trail Ice House. It's not too far off from the DART, the food is average, the patio gets packed with all kinds of people, and they have a decent selection of Texan beers and spirits.


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            CocoaNut RE: The Oracle Oct 1, 2011 02:13 PM

            Wherever you decide, call ahead to see if they'll have a feed on the Houston game AND if they will have it tuned in.

            A couple of other choices - Pluckers on Greenville Ave or Buffalo Wild Wings on Lemmon Ave.

            The Pluckers loc is very close to Univ Park. Depending on your exact loc, BWW may be relatively close also. Definately no train, but call the DART office to see if there is a no-hassle bus route available.

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              bhoward RE: CocoaNut Oct 1, 2011 07:46 PM

              The wings at BWW are, in my opinion, inedible. Not an option unless all you want to do is drink beer.

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                CocoaNut RE: bhoward Oct 1, 2011 08:11 PM

                Opinions... Gotta live 'em!

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                The Oracle RE: CocoaNut Oct 3, 2011 09:49 AM

                THANK YOU for the tip to call ahead to make sure they'd have it on!! That wouldn't have even crossed my mind until it was too late!

              3. DuchessNukem RE: The Oracle Oct 1, 2011 09:59 PM

                Ah, it sounds like both your game and the Cowboys game go off at noon. And we're all still dewy-eyed believers this early in the season, so do call ahead, wherever you choose, and make sure that there will be a screen with your guys. ;)

                (P.S. -- responded to your Excalibur thread also.)

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                  The Oracle RE: DuchessNukem Oct 3, 2011 09:52 AM

                  It's actually for this weekend (Oct 9th). Raiders are playing the Texans and I just checked - Cowboys aren't playing this week. Do you think my chances are better for most spots in Dallas showing that game because of the BYE week for the Cowboys? (I'll still plan to call ahead!)

                  Better still: Supposing there are other Raider fans in Dallas (haha) - anyone know where they hang out to watch games? :)

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                    strong95 RE: The Oracle Oct 3, 2011 10:24 AM

                    I haven't been there myself, but I hear that Brackets at Mockingbird/Central has better-than-you-would-expect food for a sports bar.

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                      CocoaNut RE: The Oracle Oct 3, 2011 10:44 AM

                      The D/FW CBS local feed (Channel 11) is carrying your AFC game - at least at this point. Now the trick will be finding the bar that will have in tuned in. You'll definitely need one having multiple TV's with multiple feeds, otherwise, they'll likely be tuned to the NFC game.

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                        air RE: CocoaNut Oct 3, 2011 11:38 AM

                        In that case I'd suggest Frankie's. They have plenty of TV's and they can show multiple games easily.

                        If you're willing to drive up to Lewisville, I hear Hat Tricks is where Raiders fans meet up for games.

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                          The Oracle RE: air Oct 3, 2011 02:28 PM

                          Definitely willing to drive. At one point, we were playing around with the idea of driving to Houston to watch the game live, but decided against it. Thank you so much for this inside tip!

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                          The Oracle RE: CocoaNut Oct 3, 2011 02:26 PM

                          Got it - good to know. Thanks for the info! I appreciate you looking it up!

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                          planojim RE: The Oracle Oct 3, 2011 11:38 AM

                          Back a couple of years ago, I know Raiders fans frequented Hat Trick Sports Bar in Lewisville. don't know if they still do. Call first, it's a .5 hour drive from where you will be.


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                            The Oracle RE: planojim Oct 3, 2011 02:23 PM

                            Brilliant!! Thank you SO much!!!

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                            swoll50 RE: The Oracle Oct 4, 2011 08:47 PM

                            People watching the Raiders game? Try Lew Sterrett.

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                              The Oracle RE: swoll50 Oct 5, 2011 11:22 AM

                              hilarious! :) (you would have loved watching me google: "lew sterrett sports bar")

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                                foiegras RE: swoll50 Oct 7, 2011 07:55 PM

                                I'm betting the food leaves something to be desired, though ...

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                                  twinwillow RE: foiegras Oct 8, 2011 07:46 AM

                                  Yeah, and all the wait staff are dressed as prison guards.

                          3. The Oracle RE: The Oracle Oct 13, 2011 04:16 PM

                            UPDATE: Thank you, everyone, for your suggestions. We ended up taking the Dart to Frankie's. By the time we arrived, the place was beyond packed and they were only showing the game on one screen - and that was in an area with no seating. It was raining, so we ended up walking up to Primo's and saw the game playing there.

                            The chips we were served upon seating were not very good - nor was the coffee my husband ordered. I thought that would be indicative of the food, but that wasn't the case. We ordered a brisket quesadilla that was AMAZING. The tortilla seemed homemade, the cheese delicious, and the brisket was mouthwatering. It was a definite win.

                            At half time, we walked down the street and ended up at Christie's which was PERFECT. It wasn't very crowded, and I liked the layout of the room much better than Frankie's. And, there were spots to sit, right in front of the large screen showing the game we were seeking, so that was an added bonus. We were pretty stuffed with the food from Primo's - but I had a hankering for potato skins, and I ordered those. They were a good balance of cheese and bacon and were served steaming hot - which I appreciated. My husband really liked the way the screens were displayed (6 to a wall on the big walls) - Christie's definitely came through!

                            We decided to stay in Dallas vs. travel to the Raiders fans bar because of the smoke factor.

                            On a different sports bar type note - we also ended up at Trinity Hall on a different night. I really liked the beer selection there. We had chicken wings that were decent - and I liked their authentic seeming pub food offerings. If I was a local, I'd definitely go back to try other items on their menu.

                            Thanks again for your help!

                            Trinity Hall
                            5321 E Mockingbird Ln Ste 250, Dallas, TX 75206

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