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Eats Beat: Rounding up contenders for the great meal finals

Posted 1:03pm on Friday, Apr. 04, 2014

In town for a sports weekend?

Get busy. You only have three chances a day to eat Texas-style: breakfast, lunch and dinner. (Four with a late-night snack.)

• For breakfast, try barbecue.

Smoke in Dallas is worth a drive for brisket hash with rajas, sandwiches with artisanal ham, biscuits and homemade beef, rabbit or andouille sausage.

Smoke serves breakfast or brunch, lunch and dinner daily next door to the Belmont Hotel, 901 Fort Worth Ave., Dallas (near I-30 and Sylvan Avenue); smokerestaurant.com.

• At lunch, you’ll forget Kentucky chicken if you try Babe’s.

Southern Living ranked it one of the South’s best fried chicken restaurants in the South, and locations are near both the Final Four and speedway.

The Babe’s in downtown Arlington has a full menu, including prize-winning hickory-smoked or fried chicken, chicken-fried steak and fried catfish, plus buttermilk biscuits with sorghum syrup; 230 N. Center St., babeschicken.com.

If you’re headed for the speedway, line up at Babe’s in Roanoke, an old hardware store serving only chicken or chicken-fried steak; 104 N. Oak St.

Other Babe’s are in Carrollton, Frisco and five other cities.

• For a pregame stop near AT&T Stadium, find Marquez Bakery & Tortilla Factory.

Marquez is within walking distance of AT&T, serving burritos, breakfast platters and bargain dinner plates for $6-$8. The bakery sells 10 breakfast burritos for $15 or family-size menudo, tamale or fajita dinners for $25-$30; 1730 E. Division St., marquezbakery.com.

(If you’d like a frozen margarita, Mariano’s nearby actually invented it; 2614 Majesty Drive, laharanch.com.)

• For barbecue, try Eddie Deen’s Crossroads or Bodacious Bar-B-Q in Arlington, or Hard Eight in Roanoke.

For dinner in Arlington, try Olenjack’s Grille in Lincoln Square or one of the nearby restaurants such as Twisted Root Burger Co., or Flying Fish.

• Connecticut fans could make a side trip to Corky’s Brick Oven Pizzeria.

Corky’s opened in 1937 in Hartford, and relocated to Arlington. (Note for your game schedule: Corky’s isn’t open Sundays or Mondays.)

• In Fort Worth, top-of-the-line Bonnell’s and Lonesome Dove Western Bistro had some Saturday dinner reservations left at midweek.

Or try one of the Sundance Square Plaza restaurants such as Bird Cafe, Del Frisco’s Grille, Reata or Taco Diner.

• For a postgame meal in Arlington, Humperdinks Restaurant & Brewpub near the stadium serves until 1:30 a.m.

• There’s more dining talk in our weekly Eats Beat podcast at dfw.com/static/podcasts/eats- beat-podcast.

• If you have a question, tweet @EatsBeat.

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