Thursday March 21, 2013 | 08:16 AM
Posted by In the City

Even if you haven't watched a single college basketball game this season, you either already have been or you will be sucked into the whirlwind of NCAA basketball that will take over bars, restaurants, living rooms and places of business over the next several weekends.

Heck, even President Obama finalized his teams for the Final Four.


And that brings us to your lunch plans for Thursday and Friday.

Sure there are the usual game-watching spots in Portland you can head to, like Binga's Stadium, Rivalries and Asylum's Sports Bar & Grill. They'll likely be packed with folks who filled out brackets and just know that Duke or Louisville are going all the way.

So maybe trying someplace that's a little more quiet, but still has the required TVs as bar decor, would be a good option. Here are a few suggestions for getting out of the office for a cheeseburger (or pizza) with a side of NCAA excitement.

Portland Pie, 51 York St.
In addition to the basketball and pizza, Mug Clubbers can get in on the Mug Madness - $3 mugs all day, every day until April 8.

Pat's Pizza, 30 Market St.
Want to make sure you don't miss a single steal or three-pointer while you're munching on nachos or a small pepperoni? Just turn your attention to one of the 20 LCD TVs.

Parkers, 1349 Washington Ave.
Sure, it's off the peninsula, but the bar area is rimmed with televisions that are always tuned to sporting events and the regulars can be pretty entertaining. And here's a menu tip: try the Philly steak sandwich - and don't forget the fries.

Bruno's, 33 Allen Ave.
Also off the peninsula, it's worth driving out to the burbs where there's a huge-screen TV set up near the pool table.

White Cap Grille, 164 Middle St.
Sit at the bar and tune in to one of the two TVs there. The menu is as varied as the teams that make up the tournament.

Sebago Brewing Co., 211 Fore St.
The newest of the Sebago locations offers a lengthy bar with a handful of TVs set up around the room. And, of course, there's the great beer ...


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