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Sports & Social in Texas Live! is more than just fun and games with these dishes

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The Star-Telegram checked out every restaurant at Texas Live! Read other reviews here.

The big draw at Sports & Social is its second floor, where there are multiple games: Foosball, shuffleboard, golf simulators, table tennis, basketball hoops, skee-ball, air hockey, all sorts of stuff. There’s not a lot on the menu that you can’t find at other Texas Live! restaurants, but we did find enough there to put together a decent lunch.

The loaded country fries appetizer ($6.95) — fries with pungent, gooey melted cheese curds and brown gravy — was maybe not as “loaded” as some loaded fries we’ve encountered, but we still needed forks for most of it. The mix of mildly spicy brown gravy and the punchy cheese curds worked well. Note to self: many of the dishes come with fries. Ordering this app means even more fries.

We didn’t see hot dogs at other Texas Live! restaurants, but Sports and Social offers two footlongs: a Texas Dog (with salsa, shredded pepperjack, jalapeños, chili) and and Island Dog (with habanero-mango pepper, pineapple relish, Jamaican jerk seasoning). We went with the Island Dog ($10.95), and found the toppings to be a little spare and uneven: the habanero showed up in fits and starts, for a jolt of heat every now and then. Overall, a pretty flavorful dog but the description led us to believe we’d get something a little more loaded.

Crispy fish tacos ($11.95 for three street-style) were good and, to our mild surprise, not something you can get at Guy’s Taco Joint, which is adjacent to Sports & Social. The beer-battered cod was crisp as advertised, extra crunch from coleslaw, creaminess from avocado that wasn’t laid on too thick. And yes, they came with fries. At least the ubiquitous fries at Texas Live! are consistently good.

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