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It’s munch madness, baby! Everyone shouts all the time and watches basketball games nonstop on TV, baby! Everyone in your office filled out a bracket and put $5 in the pool, only to lose to Melvin in the mailroom, who chose winners based on which colors he likes, baby! Also, everything has to end in baby, baby! Grab some chow and watch hoops here, baby!

— by Greg Elwell,

photos by Mark Hancock and Garett Fisbeck

The 8 Piece Coaches chicken basket, and lots TVs, at Half Time Sports Grill in far southwest OKC, 2-10-16. - MARK HANCOCK
  • Mark Hancock
  • The 8 Piece Coaches chicken basket, and lots TVs, at Half Time Sports Grill in far southwest OKC, 2-10-16.

Half Time Sports Grill

6812 SW 55th St.

halftimesportsgrill.net

745-2795

If there’s one thing Half Time Sports Grill has, it’s TVs — lots and lots of TVs. But there isn’t just one thing at Half Time Sports Grill. That would be a pretty boring place to go. So, in addition to a lot of TVs showing every kind of sport, the restaurant also serves beer and some excellent fresh fried chicken. It might not look like much from the outside, but you’re not there to look at the exterior. You’re there to eat a bird and root for Butler or some other unknown school.

Buffalo Chicken Nachos at Lumpy’s Sports Grill in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Buffalo Chicken Nachos at Lumpy’s Sports Grill in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016.

Lumpy’s Sports Grill

12325 N. May Ave.

286-3300

Some people will tell you that Buffalo chicken comes from Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York (editor’s note: This is a fact.), but real connoisseurs know the legend of 1870s railroad baron Charles “Chick” Buffalo (editor’s note: This is not true.), who drank a quart of butter and hot sauce every day until his death at age 26. His memory lives on at Lumpy’s, where the Buffalo chicken nachos are pretty awesome.

A pint of beer at Republic Gastropub in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • A pint of beer at Republic Gastropub in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016.

Republic Gastropub

5830 N. Classen Blvd.

republicgastropub.com

286-4577

Have you considered getting a third eye installed? Not one of those mystical ones where you see auras, but a real eyeball, but on the side or back of your head. Maybe you should consider having the operation, because the TVs are so big and all-encompassing at Republic that you’ll need at least three eyes to see all the games. And a fourth eye wouldn’t be bad to dedicate to the expansive beer menu, while you’re at it.

The Chupacabra sandwich with fries, at Pub W, 3720 W. Robinson Avenue in Norman, 2-8-16. - MARK HANCOCK
  • Mark Hancock
  • The Chupacabra sandwich with fries, at Pub W, 3720 W. Robinson Avenue in Norman, 2-8-16.

Pub W

3720 W. Robinson Ave., Norman

pubdub.com

701-5844

Translated literally, chupacabra means “goat sucker.” And while goat is actually extremely tasty, it’s nowhere to be found in Pub W’s The Chupacabra sandwich. But you can find pulled chicken and grilled jalapeños and onions with melted Muenster cheese on grilled jalapeño bread. So even if Villanova vs. East-West Kentucky Mechanical College of Maine is a snoozefest, your lunch will keep you wide-awake.

The Hummus A Tune burger, with TVs, at Urgan Johnnie in Deep Deuce, Oklahoma City, 2-11-16. - MARK HANCOCK
  • Mark Hancock
  • The Hummus A Tune burger, with TVs, at Urgan Johnnie in Deep Deuce, Oklahoma City, 2-11-16.

Urban Johnnie Bar & Grille

121 NE Second St.

urbanjohnnie.com

208-4477

Hummus worked hard. After watching its cousin, bean dip, team up with French onion dip to get all the glory, hummus went to work. As a single player, it’s a solid, creamy option. But at Urban Johnnie, hummus has found a perfect partner in a veggie patty, creating the unstoppable Hummus A Tune burger. Hummus even lured away onions from the dip to get fried and put on top. Real team players.

Chilly Cheese Fries at Tailgate Grill in Oklahoma City, 2-15-16. - MARK HANCOCK
  • Mark Hancock
  • Chilly Cheese Fries at Tailgate Grill in Oklahoma City, 2-15-16.

Tailgate Grill

1800 N. MacArthur Blvd.

942-0532

Food math is hard, but delicious. Take the geniuses at Tailgate Grill, for instance. They worked out these theorems.

Fries are good. Cheese is good.

Fries + cheese = cheese fries.

Chili is good. Cheese (see above) is good. Chili + cheese = chili cheese.

Fries + cheese + chili = Chili cheese fries. Add in sports and beer and you’ve got Saturday handled.

The Crazy Cajun and the Wasabi Roll at Park Harvey Sushi & Sports Lounge in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • The Crazy Cajun and the Wasabi Roll at Park Harvey Sushi & Sports Lounge in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016.

Park Harvey Sushi & Sports Lounge

200 N. Harvey Ave.

600-7575

Where did we get the idea that sushi was fancy? Sushi is finger food. Just because it’s healthier for you than a cheeseburger doesn’t mean it can’t be delicious and laid-back. Park Harvey Sushi figured it out long ago. Sushi and sports are a natural fit. Bite-sized rolls full of fresh fish, avocado and crunchy vegetables are so good for you, sushi might count as exercise. Better have another roll, just in case.

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