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Brain food: the best Denton drinks and treats

Brain food: the best Denton drinks and treats

Brain food: the best Denton drinks and treats
February 11
23:59 2015

The Editorial Board

The Denton Square is now chain-free, as the North Texas Daily reported. News of national sandwich chain Subway’s departure from Denton’s culture hub excited many at UNT. Local production is important to this town, and local food offers dynamic tastes for an equally creative consumer.

The Denton Record-Chronicle annually surveys the town, asking locals to decide which businesses are the best in a “Best of Denton” choice ballot. The categories vary from real estate to shopping, and back to life and food. The voting ends Monday, March 2, and the ballot can be found on the paper’s website.

Hypnotic Donuts is a maverick in the donut game. It opened in Denton in 2014, adding to the beatnik spirit of the Square. For $3, your life can change with the Canadian Healthcare, a long john topped with bacon and maple syrup. Add $1 and you can get a balanced breakfast with the Evil Elvis, slapped with peanut butter, bacon, banana slices and honey. No other donut shop helps brand Denton the way Hypnotic does. But it’s closed on Tuesdays for some reason.

After pigging out at Hypnotic, walk up Hickory Street to find Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream & Soda Fountain for a scoop of the past. It’s the best frozen treat nook in town, and is always packed with tourists. Have a malt or a split, a pint of ice cream or whole cobbler, just know you’re paying pretty for quality.

Mr. Frosty’s on Fort Worth Drive also conveys a sense of the oldies, and the root beer float is worth the short drive from campus. It’s like a combination of Dairy Queen and an ice cream shop.

A tourist attraction and Square hotspot, Atomic Candy has a seat in Denton culture. When you enter Atomic, you enter an assorted world of dainty treats and vintage creations. From lifelong classic candies, to foreign treasures, this bonbon mecca is beloved by all ages and lifestyles. It’s truly a lasting experience, so don’t miss out.

Cartwright’s Ranch House on the Square can satisfy any country taste any time of the day. All agrarian appetites are quenched at Cartwright’s, a rustic venue specializing in buttermilk pancakes and chicken fried steak. It’s reasonably priced and has among the friendliest wait staff in town. This place won’t let you down.

Industrial Street, located down the hill from the Square, is home to Rooster’s Roadhouse, a dive, serving all with a blue-collar appetite. Try the “Big A** Grilled Cheese Double Burger,” a burger that is exactly what it sounds like.

Food trucks are perfect because they combine horsepower and clever comestibles, and truly embody the entrepreneurial vibe Denton has going on. The Waffle Wagon speeds ahead of the rest, combing melts and waffles to grace tasters with products like the Ham, Turkey and Swiss waffle sandwich, partnered with a toothsome raspberry dipping sauce and of course, syrup. You may look helpless eating it, but you won’t regret it. Waffle Wagon also has some pretty dope t-shirts — bonus points.

Denton is home to many tasty coffee bars, many boasting crafty designs. Café Brazil on University Drive serves bottomless coffee, featuring worldwide flavors. The menu includes wraps to crepes, waffles and omelettes. If you are also looking for a variety of vegetarian dishes, Café Brazil is the place for you.

West Oak Coffee Bar stepped onto the caffeine scene, but the staff there is a little on the pretentious side. The staff seems to expect customers to know all the coffee lingo and proper termonology. The cold brew is pretty good, but the experience overall is nothing to write home about.

The staff at Jupiter House is more polite and the smoothies are scrumptious. It is still the our favorite place for an interview or study break.

Those are only a few of Denton’s best. This is a great place for food, so get out and find your favorites.

Featured Image: A fried chicken and waffle basket from The Waffle Wagon. File Photo by Edward Balusek – Visuals Editor

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