The Library Bar & Grill
607 W. Boyd, Norman
Grab a Left Hand Sawtooth or get fancy with some Lindemans Framboise, to name just a couple of the many brews on tap. Munch on appetizers like chips and salsa or hot pretzels, or enjoy a full dinner: pizzas, sandwiches or salads. Happy hour runs 3 to 6 p.m. and then again from 10 p.m. to close.
577 Buchanan, Norman
It’s the same great menu you’d find in Stillwater or at the Northwest Expressway location, only in Norman. You have to start with the famous fried mushrooms or fried pickles. It’s the law of Oklahoma and Hideaway Pizza. Move swiftly to your favorite specialty pie. Order it all to go if you’ve got somewhere to watch the game. Pizza, big screens and couches go very well together.
O’Connell’s Irish Pub & Grille
769 Asp, Norman
This dive has been open since 1968 and is very much a favorite hangout for students and alumni. Its Campus Corner location makes for the perfect game-day eats, whether you’re grabbing a bite before you head into the stadium or settling in to watch the game. Check oconnellsnorman.com for specials.
2262 W. Main, Norman
Football season doesn’t have to mean hot dogs and hamburgers. At Local, you can enjoy BLT deviled eggs, ratatouille and one of the most inventive dishes: meatloaf cupcakes. While you’re back in town for the game, it only makes sense to try out one of Norman’s newest stops for yums.
McNellie’s, The Abner Ale House
121 E. Main, Norman
With more than 200 beers to choose from, you certainly won’t get bored or thirsty. Once you’ve narrowed your list to a country and finally a pour, then it’s time to consider the grub. Pair a European cheese platter with your beer or keep it simple with sweet potato fries. If you’re extra-hungry, grab a burger or the fish and chips plate.
307 E. Main, Norman
Quintessential football food can be found at The Garage. It’s known for its burgers and beer, but also try the new green chile fries or creamy onion dip. You can’t go wrong with the spicy Sriracha bleu burger or the Egg-o-nater, a sandwich with bacon, egg and cheese. Ladies, enjoy $1 domestic longnecks from 10 p.m. to close Fridays.
211 E. Main, Norman
This hidey-hole of a restaurant is packed with all things delicious. For example, how can you not enjoy a bread bowl filled with soup? Especially cream of potato bacon, chicken tortilla or chili? Not to mention its namesake: sandwiches. Try the Mary Ann (sliced ham with green peppers and melted Swiss cheese) or the Tucson (turkey, bacon, cheese and peppercorn dressing).
Photos by Shannon Cornman and Mark Hancock