8 Reasons To Visit The New Cane Rosso At The Star in Frisco

On July 31st, Cane Rosso will open their newest location at The Star in Frisco.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Neapolitan pizza brand, allow me to give you a brief rundown before we start our list of reasons you need to be there.

Since opening the original location in Deep Ellum, Cane Rosso has been on more media channels than I could possibly name, but just for starters they’ve been crowned Best Pizza in Dallas for multiple years by multiple publications, have been featured on The Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives”,  Eater’s 38 Essential Pizzerias in the Nation, plus many more accolades I’m sure they’d be happy to fill you in on.

Founded by former corporate exec Jay Jerrier, who was inspired by his honeymoon trip to Italy to open a Neapolitan pizza concept, Cane Rosso has grown quickly to 9 locations throughout Texas, and they’ve even ventured into animal rescue via Cane Rosso Rescue.
Cane Rosso serves authentic, wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, pasta, sandwiches, and salads. The kitchen is led by Naples-native Dino Santonicola,  Executive Chef and Master Pizzaiolo.

Here I leave you 8 reasons to visit the new Cane Rosso at The Star in Frisco:

1. The Star Pizza. This cross between pizza and calzone is found exclusively at the Frisco location. Stuffed with Ricotta and fresh Mozzarella, then topped with heirloom tomatoes, pepperoni, and arugula, you can totally tell your trainer it’s a salad and I won’t tell a soul.

2. The one of a kind Stefano Ferrara-designed pizza oven in the shape of a football helmet. Shipped all the way from Italy, so you know it’s gonna be legit.

3. To try their other new menu items found exclusively at the Star: Cane Rosso’s wings and fried Calzones.

4. If you haven’t been before to Cane Rosso, or if you’re a stickler for an actual printed menu item, you might need to go just to experience The Honey Bastard. Listed on one of my 100 best bites in DFW in 2016 and heck, every year, this not-so-secret off-menu pie offers the perfect level of sass and sweetness to quench my frequent pizza hunger. Seriously. My favorite pizza in life. Bucket list this pizza. Maybe if you promise them you’ll write a nice yelp review they’ll make one in the shape of a star for you too. #mediaperks

5. Bathroom art like you’ve never seen. Talented Dallas artist Clay Stinnett creates masterpieces for all of the CR locations. This one’s taken it to a whole new level.

6. Their sibling dessert hot spot – Cow Tipping Creamery is located right next door. If you aren’t tempted enough by CR’s delicious dessert pizzas, mosey on over to Cow Tipping Creamery for soft serve stackers you simply can’t refuse.

7. Sporty patio views for days. You can see the turf of the Cowboys’ outdoor practice facilities. The ultimate in people watching…

 

8. To see The Star in Frisco if you haven’t yet! Walk around and see all of the exciting things to come, rub elbows with people I’d probably never recognize. Whatever floats your boat. It’s all happening at the Star.

 

3685 The Star Blvd Suite 200
Frisco, TX

*While my meal at Cane Rosso was complimentary, as always, all opinions remain my own.

Brunch, Reimagined at UP Inspired Kitchen

UP Inspired Kitchen wants to elevate your daytime dining game with healthy, chef driven breakfast, brunch, and lunch.

Located in the new section of the Shops at Starwood in Frisco, the new fast-casual concept is bringing a ton of California flair to Texas, right alongside our new Toyota neighbors (welcome, btw, y’all).

What you’ll find on the menu at UP are dishes you don’t have to feel guilty about, plus some fun “cheat day” options (for people like me, Hallelujah!).

Founded by Mike Luther and his wife Rachel (Rae) Phillips-Luther, their mission at UP is to “inspire you to feel your best so you can be your best”. Mike runs the day to day operations at the restaurant and his passion is evident when you meaet him. The inspiration for their restaurant was to provide a place with a healthy, flavor-filled menu, that any family member can enjoy. Explains Rachel, “Our family is our world. UP was inspired by our family’s values: heart, health, and happiness. We offer better for you food served in a lively atmosphere, and our guests tell us they leave inspired to do more. We hope UP Inspired Kitchen makes it easy for the North Dallas community to eat well, feel great and live fully. Every day we have an opportunity to be a happier version of ourselves and UP makes it easy to make that a reality.”

Zucchini Salad – that pulled chicken is delicious and juicy

The menu at UP was a collaboration with Todd Duplechan, an award winning Austin-based chef who is passionate about clean, responsibly-sourced, low glycemic recipes that leave you feeling good after you finish your meal. You’ll find classics with a healthy twist, like their Biscuits ‘n Groovy – a gluten-free dish featuring a tasty corn and Serrano muffin topped with a cage-free egg and cauliflower gravy that really had me fooled. Believe me, I go into all healthy situations a skeptic, and what they’re making here at UP really does taste GOOD.

Biscuits ‘n Groovy

UP  caters to those following a Whole 30, Paleo or gluten free diet with a variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free entrees and a kid’s menu.

Veggie Toast (also shown in cover photo)

If you’re like me and interested mostly in the “cheat day” entrees, you can’t go wrong with the Breakfast Burger, UP cakes, French Toast, Huevos UPcheros, or Short Rib Grilled Cheese. I can’t wait to return and try them all! And look, it still comes with a healthy side, so stop judging me.

To wash down your feel good meal, choose from Buda Juice, Holy Kombucha (it’s on tap), Limitless Coffee, Manny’s Cortado, and local brews also on tap. UP’s full espresso bar additionally serves Bulletproof Coffee. When fully indulging, do not miss the Mimosa Sampler , which comes with a bottle of champagne, two fresh juices, and kombucha.

UP is open daily from 7a.m. – 3 p.m., and seats guests in the dining room, coffee bar (powered with numerous outlets) and exterior patio (which features a small playhouse for the littles). For more information visit.

UP Inspired Kitchen
the Shops at Starwood
5285 North Dallas Parkway Suite 400
Frisco, TX 75034

 

Celebrate Summer at Your Pie Frisco

Photos by Delia Jo Ramsey

Your Pie opened in Frisco nearly a year ago, and besides the build your own, quick concept and friendly service, we love that they feature rotating seasonal pies.

Your Pie’s current craft series pizza, the Peach Prosciutto Pie, is a perfectly refreshing slice of summer. Drizzled with a balsamic glaze, the flavors make a beautiful combination that pairs perfectly with a crisp glass of Pinot Grigio.

The dough at Your Pie is hand tossed and cooked in a gas fired brick oven. The pizzas cook in only 4 minutes, and they are brought out hot and fresh to your table. You can choose one of their pre-designed recipes, or build your very own creation.

The original Your Pie opened in Athens, Georgia, in 2009, but the inspiration for the concept began in 2006 when now-founder Drew French was visiting his wife’s family while honeymooning on the island of Ischia, in the gulf of Naples, Italy. They wanted to create a concept like you’d find in Italy, with quality ingredients, hand tossed dough, and a feeling of family in their restaurant.

They’re now expanding Your Pie nationwide and the Frisco location was the second store to open in Texas. Your Pie The Frisco franchise owners are local to Frisco and are neighbors with corporate backgrounds, who enjoy the customer interaction in owning a restaurant in their city. Expect more locations to come soon.

Your Pie Frisco
5110 Eldorado Pkwy #130
Frisco, TX 75033

Keep scrolling to see more photos from Your Pie Frisco…

Frisco Restaurant List Update

Yesterday we hinted that we had been working on something all weekend… We’re excited to announce we updated all of the restaurant listings at www.eatinfrisco.com! No longer sorted alphabetically (That was getting too long and tough to edit), the list can now be sorted by category. We also checked the menu links, photos, and added new dish suggestions for each listing we have visited.

We added lots of new (and some old that we had missed) and coming soon places to the list: Sushi Damu, Wing Nutz Frisco, Arepa TX, 54th Street Grill & Bar, The Heritage Table, MOMO Japanese Cuisine, Yum Asian Bistro Frisco, Red Hot Chilli Pepper, Carlo’s Bakery, Burning Rice, Eggsellent Cafe Frisco, UP Inspired Kitchen, Kpop Burger Frisco, The Nest Cafe, Summer Moon Coffee – Frisco TX, Dillas Quesadillas, Adyar Ananda Bhavan USA – A2B, Paradise Biryani Pointe Frisco, Salubrious Juice and More, Juicer Heroes Frisco, Family Health Market, BUDA JUICE, Snappy Salads, Bottled In Bond, Cane Rosso The Star, Tupelo Honey, SUPER CHIX, The Great Outdoors Sub Shop, Inc., Chip’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers, Fish Bowl Poké – Frisco, TX, Heavenly Acai, ICream Cafe Frisco, Madai Sushi.

Closed and deleted from the list were Teriyaki Madness, Three Squares, Vicini, Asian Cafe, Chopsticks Asian Cuisine, Cupcakes Cubed, The Stutterin’ Pig, Burger 21, JC Burger, Ritter’s.

If you have any other tips or suggestions please comment (we couldn’t keep up with all of this without your help!), and like and share this list with people who are new to Frisco.

Happy dining, Frisco!

Super Chix Now Open in Frisco

Super Chix opened their newest location in Frisco this June, bringing fried and grilled chicken, fresh fries, and custard to the table, in a kiddo-friendly atmosphere with a sprawling patio and small play area.

I know you’re thinking, “more chicken?”, but bear with me. Super Chix is seriously elevating the fast casual chicken game.

The restaurant has their veggies delivered every single day. They slice them up by hand. That’s right, no frozen or pre-cut ingredients allowed.

The pickles have been brined in house for 38 days, and involve no corn syrup or preservatives. Try them fried as a side or as a perfect crunch on one of their sandwiches.

Super Chix has a few different options in the sandwich game. From a classic fried chicken sandwich to their new grilled options like the bacon ranch avocado handheld, there’s now even a vegetarian option. The Crispy Avocado is stuffed with Gouda Cheese, and I can’t wait to get my hands on that one. The sandwiches all come served on a butter-toasted potato bun, and the fried chicken filets are all breaded by hand, as it should be.

Grilled Chicken and Avocado Sandwich (Photo by Delia Jo Ramsey)
Bacon, Ranch & Avocado + Grilled Chicken Sandwich (Photo by Delia Jo Ramsey)

And now… the fries, y’all. Choose from regular salt, signature sweet, or rosemary black pepper seasoned. Eat them hot and fresh, and in your dipping sauce of choice. I’m always a fan of getting ALL THE SAUCES, so I love the choices at SC: Nashville Hot sauce, they have Alabama White sauce, Mississippi Comeback Sauce, and Cucumber Dill Ranch.

Chicken Tender + ALL THE SAUCES (Photo by Delia Jo Ramsey)

I’m seriously loving all the local restaurants supporting different soda companies. Stubborn Soda is one of my newest favorites.
My personal favorite Stubborn Soda is the Black Cherry with Tarragon. The great thing about Stubborn is they’re fair trade certified, and use no artificial sweeteners or high fructose corn syrup, and they do use all natural flavors.

Stubborn Soda on tap (photo by Delia Jo Ramsey)

You’ll want to save room for the custard here. It’s flavored with their own Super Chix Vanilla Blend, a combo of Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans and Indonesian Vanilla Beans. They also feature rotating weekly flavors, like the Nutter Butter we absolutely couldn’t refuse on our visit.

Nutter. Butter. Custard. (Photo by Delia Jo Ramsey)

Visit Super Chix Frisco soon and see what everyone has been cluckin’ about!

Exterior of Frisco Super Chix (Photo by Delia Jo Ramsey)
Interior (Photo by Delia Jo Ramsey)
Kids play area on the patio (Photo by Delia Jo Ramsey)
Loving the large patio (Photo by Delia Jo Ramsey)

Super Chix Frisco
9169 Dallas Pkwy #100
Frisco, TX 75034
Hours: 11AM–10PM

Fish Bowl Poké Opens in Frisco

Unless you’ve been hiding under a seashell lately (hey, I wouldn’t blame you, I love the ocean), you know that poké is all the rage in DFW right now.

While the raw fish dish is trendy locally, they’ve been eating it this way in Hawaii for decades. Pronounced POH-keh, if you’re eating it for the first time, try and think of it as sort of a deconstructed sushi roll. Simply, poké is raw fish, cubed, and served in a bowl, either plain or over rice. The newest wave of poké craze has introduced a whole number of fixings that allow you to customize your bowl to fit your fancy.

Thus far I’ve tried around 5 DFW poké concepts, but Frisco’s new Fish Bowl Poké stands out to me for a few different reasons.

1. The space is gorgeous. What once was a nail salon is now an inviting, vibrant space that makes me feel good about eating here. I’m talking total transformation.  Enter and go to the right, where you’ll see the stunning chalkboard menu along the wall. This will be your guide for how-to-build-the perfect-poké-bowl.

2. Next up: ease of ordering. The user-friendly kiosks allow you to take matters, literally, into your own hands. Choose your bowl size, fish preferences, base (rice, salad, or mix of both), toppings, and then sauce. They swipe to pay and voila – that’s it. Introverts, rejoice! We can do this with minimal human interaction. But if you need guidance and a friendly face, the team at Fish Bowl Frisco excels in this as well. The owners are wonderful people that will be happy to help you with whatever you need.

3. The quality of the fish shows. At first bite, you can taste that Fish Bowl is using premium ingredients. They say they use high quality, sustainably sourced fish is high quality, and it is instantly evident when your chopsticks meet your mouth. I love to add spicy sauce and tempura flakes to finish my bowl, for a nice crunch.

Fish Bowl Poké Frisco is open Monday thru Saturday, from 11am – 9pm, and on Sunday from 12pm – 7pm.

2330 Preston Rd Ste 300
Frisco, TX 75034
 (469) 200-5141

New Menu + Gaming Booths at @nerdvana Frisco

Frisco is a happening place to be, if you’re into the restaurant scene. What was once was a haven for mostly huge national chains now has exciting new openings (both mom and pop joints and nationally recognized chef-driven) announced almost daily. Enter @nerdvana.food + spirits, which opened a few months back (read my full write-up of @nerdvana in Plano Magazine). After several months of being open for business and real life market research, they made a few adaptations that fit better with their demographic, namely, 12 new family-friendly booths with gaming consoles, the addition of kids menus, extended brunch hours, and revamped brunch and dinner menus.

The drink menu is still large and filled with a variety of alcoholic beverages, so no need to panic, your favorite cocktail is still there.

On my visit to see the new renovations and taste some new menu items, I sipped on The Eldrid, made with Dripping Springs Texas vodka, elderflower liqueur, fresh squeezed lime juice, fresh thyme, raspberry puree, topped with soda and served over ice. A refreshing cocktail, would be perfect for sipping on their outdoor patio.

drink at Nerdvana spirits frisco
The Eldrid

I also sampled the Sgt. Baker: Knob Creek bourbon, robust maple syrup, fresh squeezed orange juice, lemon, orange bitters, topped with soda, and served over ice. If you love a good strong cocktail, this one is for you. Love that this spot has several different whiskey/bourbon-based concoctions.

Nerdvana Frisco cocktail
Sgt. Baker

One of their newest starters are the Ultimate Potato Wedges (think cheese fries, all grown up). These are roasted fingerling potatoes piled high with melted cheddar, bacon, grilled jalapeños and green onions, served with choice of BBQ sauce or salsa and sour cream (hint: all of Chefs sauces are made in house and fantastic. Maybe ask for both.).

appetizers at Nerdvana Frisco Eat in Frisco
Ultimate Potato Wedges
The Brick Chicken came highly recommended by several people, and I’ve been recommending it ever since. This dish is half a chicken, deboned, then soaked in an original rosemary lemon garlic marinade before being seared under a hot brick.  Then it’s served over garlic mashed potatoes and sautéed broccolini and topped with Chef Mike’s signature (and again, a delicious sauce) lemon thyme beurre blanc.
Entrees at Nerdvana Frisco Eat in Frisco
Brick Chicken
The Stroganoff caught my eye because it’s made with prime beef filet mignon. Thus, The Velvet Rope in the title. They sautéed fresh wild mushrooms and white onion plus their homemade sauce and freshly made noodles, and there you have the VIP of comfort foods.
Entrees and new menu items at Nerdvana Frisco Eat in Frisco
House-made Velvet Rope Beef Stroganoff

I truly believe in what Chef Mike Junio and his team are doing here, and his use of only the freshest and best ingredients in every dish. Go in, grab a video game controller, order some fun-inspired food and drinks, and stay awhile at @nerdvana.food+spirits.

Gaming at Nerdvana Frisco
Brand new kid-friendly gaming booths
5757 Main street #112
Frisco, TX
   214.618.9732

 

Texadelphia: Home of the Original “Texas Cheesesteak”

Philly Cheese Fries. Order these. 

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about Texans in my 9 years here, it’s this: they love them some Texas. With that in mind, Texadelphia had an obligation to bring a twang of Texas pride to the beloved Philadelphia Cheesesteak.

The Cheesesteak is one of my weaknesses. One of my favorite lunches is a piping hot cheesesteak with gooey cheese and some spicy peppers, served on a perfect hearth-baked Amoroso roll. So naturally, I was a skeptic when I first visited Texadelphia. But I’m happy to report that after only a brief hiatus, they’ve continued serving their tasty Texas twist on the cheesesteak on those must-have rolls.

Texadelphia got its start in 1981 in Austin (Texas, of course) and has always kept in the forefront of their restaurant a dedication to high quality, fresh ingredients. Each cheesesteak is made to order. They make all of their sauces in house, so if you love sauces as much as I do, this place is your playground. They pay attention to their customers. In short, what they’re doing is simple, and they’re doing it well.

The menu at Texadelphia features Original Texas Cheesesteaks, scratch made queso, guacamole, and salsa in addition to their other homemade Signature Sauces (see photo at the end). They also serve salads, deli sandwiches, and burgers. Their cheesesteaks and sandwiches comes served with tortilla chips and salsa. I highly recommend The Texican, which comes with your choice of beef or chicken (I always choose beef for a sandwich like this) plus grilled onions, mozzarella, and jalapeños, plus a side of queso for dipping. Yes. This is how they’ve won me over. Cheesesteak + Queso = Perfect lunch. 
Other popular choices are The Founder’s Favorite (this one adds mushrooms and the house mustard blend) and the South Philly. Plenty of options here, y’all.
You know I had to photograph their Sauces signage 
If you’re looking to cater an office lunch, picnic, party, or office event, look no further. You can contact your closest location for all the catering details to set up your Texas Cheesesteak, Deli Sandwich, Salad Tray or Box Lunch delivery.
All Texadelphia restaurants are locally owned and operated. Texadelphia currently has 12 locations, all in Texas and (sigh)Oklahoma (See, I’ve learned a thing or two from Texans). 

 

Cantina Laredo’s New Menu + Cinco de Mayo Cocktails

Photo Courtesy of Cantina Laredo

Cantina Laredo is now a household name when it comes to Tex-Mex. Their first location opened in Addison in 1984 (it’s still there, just south of Belt Line Road), so Cantina Laredo now has an impressive 33 years under their sombrero. Originally opened by El Chico founder Gilbert Cuellar and his son, Gilbert Cuellar Jr, another Tex-Mex legend, Cantina Laredo now is owned and operated by Dallas Based CRO (Consolidated Restaurant Operations, Inc.), a privately held company.
An upscale fusion of Tex-Mex favorites and classic Mexican food, my family has visited Cantina Laredo for years. It was neat to find out that the Addison location was where it all began, and to chat with Chef Rambo about his passion for the food he prepares.

Cantina Laredo recently rolled out a new menu, featuring some new items as well as some old throwback dishes that were on their original 1984 Addison menu.

Some of the new features (available nationwide) include tapas, combo plates, burritos, and daily lunch specials.

The tapas section is entirely new and has 9 options for diners looking for smaller share-ables. I loved the Camaron y Chorizo Empanadas. They also have more tems like tamales, and flautitas.

Tamales (Photo by Cantina Laredo)

When the restaurant first opened, combination plates were a big part of the menu. Customers have since continued to ask for these plates, so four combo platters served with beans and rice were reintroduced.

There are now 5 choices of gourmet burritos. Choose from pollo tinga, ground sirloin, chicken fajita, steak fajita, and chimichanga de pollo.

At lunch, they’re now offering a revamped lunch menu with weekday daily features starting at $7.99. You can get those from 11am to 3pm, Monday through Friday.

Sopa Y Mango Salad (Photo by Cantina Laredo)

New specialty entrees including Vegetarian Portobello Fajitas, Bacon-wrapped Shrimp, and the Cascabel Ribeye made with Certified Angus Beef are sure to tempt you.

Pair your new (or old) favorite meal with one of their new limited time Cinco de Mayo cocktails. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with several cocktails available from April 4 through May 5. The drinks are available at all Cantina Laredo locations nationwide. Scroll down to see the featured drinks.

Tajin Watermelon ‘Rita – Sauza Cucumber Chili Tequila, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, Monin Agave Syrup, triple sec, fresh lemon and lime, served with a Tajin-Himalayan sea salt rim and watermelon cubes ($12)

Photo by Cantina Laredo

La Favorita – Espolón Reposado Tequila, fresh orange juice and margarita mix, topped with a Grand Marnier lime boat float ($12)

Photo by Cantina Laredo

Blood Orange ‘Rita – 1800 Silver Tequila, Cointreau Orange Liqueur, Monin Blood Orange Syrup, margarita mix and cranberry juice, topped with a dehydrated blood orange slice ($12)

Photo by Cantina Laredo

Enjoy happy hour Monday through Friday at CL from 4-6pm. You can get select half-priced apps, $2 domestic beers, $3 imports, $4 wells, $5 house margaritas, and $4 house wine.

Cantina Laredo has six stand-alone locations in North Texas locations: Addison (original), Dallas, Fort Worth, Frisco, Grapevine and Lewisville, plus outlets at both DFW International Airport and Dallas Love Field Airport.

 

Celebrity Café & Bakery’s New Gourmet Catering Menu + Easter Treats

Celebrity Café & Bakery is an institution in Dallas restaurant history. I didn’t grow up in Dallas, but friends of mine who did recant fond memories of their youth, eating beautifully iced sugar cookies and sipping fresh flavored iced tea at Celebrity Bakery in Highland Park. Since I moved here in 2009, I wasn’t familiar with the 30 year legacy and the prominent place Celebrity has in Dallas restaurant history until recently, when I met Brian and Brittany Livingston, who purchased Celebrity Café & Bakery and have vowed to restore the brand to its former Dallas glory.

An assortment of items from the new Gourmet Catering Menu

Celebrity JUST opened a new location in the Design District, while also rolling out a Gourmet Catering Menu that is suitable for all your highest-of-high-end events. So now, not only can they fix your lunch and bake your wedding cake, they can also cater your shower, wedding, or party with their wide array of hors d’oeuvres!
Small bites of crostinis, crab cakes, caprese bites, brie cups, stuffed piquillo pepper, and even custom Charcuterie boards– the menu options are endless, and totally customizable for the size and tone of your event. Let them do all the work and then deliver it to your venue.

Caprese Bites
Gourmet Catering Menu: Roasted Tomato and Ricotta Crostini
Gourmet Catering Menu Roast Beef & Arugula Crostini
From casual boxed lunches for your office meeting to full-service catering of a bridal shower or other event, let Celebrity take care of you. Celebrity welcomes events of any size, from 25-1000 people.
Email or call them to arrange breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack.
Start to finish, Celebrity will make you feel like a VIP.
Gourmet Puff Pastry Bites
Dijon Ham and Asparagus Wraps
And don’t forget, it’s nearly Easter! I couldn’t pass up sharing some of their adorable Easter goodies with you. They’ll fill up your Easter baskets nicely.
Celebrity currently has 6 locations in the Dallas area, which makes it easy to drop by and grab those adorable Easter goodies (see photos below).
Photo by Celebrity Cafe & Bakery
Photo by Celebrity Cafe & Bakery
Cheers to the rebirth of Celebrity!

For pricing and delivery options, Contact Celebrity Cafe & Bakery’s Catering Department

 (They’re very nice and helpful!)
Catering@EnjoyCelebrity.com
972-977-8208