Monday, January 26, 2015

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Your March Madness restaurant play-by-play


While we wait patiently to see the Final Four play out in our hometown this April, we're more eager than ever to watch the hoop-heavy competition leading up to the finale.

Avoid marked-up, overstuffed places, and instead watch your bracket unfold at these three overlooked sports viewing spots.

The Rustic
Home Court: Catch multiple games across 8 TVs spread throughout the property, allowing you to get off your keister and stroll between them. Arrive early before each game to snag a home base at one of the big picnic tables out on the spacious backyard patio (pictured).
Menu Madness: Calf fries with buttermilk dip. Craziest thing by far.
Pair with: The Dunson Cocktail made with Red River Bourbon. Or grab a five-buck schooner of Miller Lite.
3656 Howell St., Uptown (214-730-0596)

Rathbun's Blue Plate Kitchen
Home Court: Chef Kent Rathbun's tribute to Texas comfort foods is a great place to catch games with a break from the sports bar vibe.
Menu Madness: A behemoth Niman Ranch pork chop with root beer demi and goat cheese polenta.
Pair with: A glass of Mohua pinot noir from New Zealand. It's a nice change from beer, and during games wines are $2 off per glass.
6130 Luther Ln., University Park (214-890-1103)

MAX's Wine Dive
Home Court: The home of fried chicken and champagne attracts a good-sized sports crowd during big games. Huddle around the bar and cheer on your team while cheering your neighbor.
Menu Madness: Peanut butter and jelly egg rolls (made with veal sweetbreads). Show your server your bracket to receive a free happy hour food item during the game.
Pair with: Dom Perignon, of course.
3600 McKinney Ave #101, Uptown (214-559-3483)

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