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Slam-dunk dining: Feed your Big 12 appetite at these 12 restaurants

Bruschetta is big at Bar Louie, which serves Italian dishes alongside pan-seared dumplings, hummus and Cajun chicken.

Johnny’s Tavern is known for its made-to-order New York-style pizza.

The Mixx’s nourishing Thai Salmon Salad is loaded with edamame, carrots, cucumbers, cabbage and black sesame seeds.

Bar Louie’s chicken nachos are loaded with grilled chicken, queso, black beans, pico de gallo, guacamole and jalapenos.

BRGR’s Roadhouse burger comes with bacon, Wisconsin cheddar, onion straws and barbecue sauce.

The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium offers more than 200 kinds of beer, plus sandwiches, pizza and appetizers.

The signature Drunken Fish roll is made with tempura shrimp, asparagus and red tuna.

The Belfry serves French fries poutine-style, with short rib gravy, pickled onions and a fried egg.

Anton’s Taproom is known for dry-aged steaks, but the bar and restaurant also makes a mean beef carpaccio.


Heading to the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament? Don’t forget to fuel up before the game. These 12 restaurants are within a half mile of the Sprint Center.

The Mixx

.2 miles away at 1347 Main St.

If corn dogs and hot wings aren’t on your diet, speed-walk to The Mixx, where customizable salads, wraps and sandwiches are the specialty. You can make your own mix or order one of the restaurant’s specialties. The Chisaya Mama is particularly cleansing, with kale, arugula, quinoa, fennel and radish tossed in a lemon-mint vinaigrette.

The Dubliner

.1 miles away at 170 E. 14th St.

Toast the luck of the Irish (and hopefully your team) at this handsome Irish pub, which serves whiskey alongside pints of Guinness, hefty Reuben sandwiches and fortifying fish and chips. If you’re famished, start the meal with a Ploughman’s Platter, an appetizer of imported cheeses, sausages, crostini, pickles and whole-grain mustard for dipping.

BRGR Kitchen + Bar

.2 miles away at 11 E. 14th St.

It’s hard to beat the burger selection at BRGR, which serves everything from a vegetarian lentil and black bean burger to the Big Hoss, a towering beef burger piled with bacon, a fried egg, Wisconsin cheddar cheese and onion straws. Other tempting menu picks — including lobster grilled cheese sandwiches, truffle tater tots, chile fondue and fried deviled eggs — will have you pushing your appetite into overtime.

The Belfry

.2 miles away at 1532 Grand Blvd.

Craft beer geeks will appreciate the deep bench of brews at this hidden bar by James Beard award-winning chef Celina Tio. The Belfry also serves bourbon, bourbon cocktails and Tio’s twist on bar food. Try the fries smothered with short rib gravy, pickled onions and an egg.

Drunken Fish

.2 miles away at 14 E. 14th St.

Fresh sushi rolls and hot stir-fry dishes are served side-by-side at this sleek restaurant with a rooftop patio. For dessert there’s fried green tea ice cream — that’s tea-flavored ice cream wrapped in pound cake and coated in hot, crispy tempura. A drizzle of chocolate sauce and puff of whipped cream make this dessert sweeter than a cross-court alley-oop.

Zaina Mediterranean Restaurant

.2 miles away at 25 E. 12th St.

Greek salads, lentil soup, falafel sandwiches and gyro platters are on the reasonably priced menu at this authentic Mediterranean restaurant, open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

Johnny’s Tavern

Across from the Sprint Center at 1310 Grand Blvd.

Jayhawk fans need go no further than Johnny’s, a local chain of bars founded in Lawrence in 1953. If you don’t have 20 or 30 minutes to wait for one of Johnny’s New York-style pizzas, grab a pitcher of cold beer and order some apps. You can’t miss with the fried pickles, loaded potato skins and soft and salty pretzels served with Boulevard Pale Ale mustard.

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

.1 miles away at 101 E. 13th St.

The Flying Saucer serves downtown Kansas City’s largest selection of craft and imported beer. Everything on the menu pairs well with brews, from corn dogs and “atomic” hot wings to bratwurst and pretzels. You can even have beer for dessert — Flying Saucer’s beer float consists of vanilla ice cream dunked in Russian imperial stout.

Bar Louie

.1 miles away at 101 E. 14th St.

If your group can’t settle on one cuisine, head to Bar Louie. The menu features Italian-style meatball hoagies, bruschetta, Chinese pan-seared pork dumplings, and Mediterranean hummus served with warm pita and cool tzatziki sauce. The drink menu is just as diverse — think martinis, margaritas, mojitos, sake, wine and nonalcoholic cocktails.

Duke’s on Grand

.2 miles away at 1501 Grand Blvd.

Looking for a slam-dunk deal? Go to Duke’s on Grand, where tall boy cans of Budweiser, Bud Light, PBR and Miller Lite are $4 each through Saturday. Duke’s makes its hot wing sauce from scratch and also sells a homemade IPA for $3 per pour.

Anton’s Taproom

.4 miles away at 1610 Main St.

Celebrate your team’s big win — or console yourself after a hard loss — with dry-aged steak at Anton’s Taproom, which won rave reviews from the New York Times last year. “A recent tasting evoked these adjectives,” the Times piece read. “crisp, soft, perfectly seasoned and juicy. It is arguably the finest steak in this cow town.”

Drum Room Lounge

.2 miles away inside the Hilton Hotel President at 1329 Baltimore Ave.

The Drum Room Lounge recently debuted a daytime pub menu that’s available from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. It features more casual fare such as sweet potato tots, short rib quesadillas, burgers on buttery brioche buns and Boulevard beer-battered shrimp. The Drum Room’s drink menu features cocktails named after American presidents. Try Teddy’s Last Drop, a bourbon cocktail chilled with coffee-infused ice cubes that’s named after Theodore Roosevelt.


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