PDQ Now Serving Angus Beef

In Alabama, where I was born and raised, I’ve always known the letters PDQ to stand for “pretty darned quick”. That’s initially what I this new (to Texas) restaurant’s name meant when they opened their Frisco location, a couple years ago. I learned quickly that this was not the case. PDQ (the restaurant) stands for People Dedicated to Quality, and I’m excited to share with you about their latest quality menu items, made with 100 percent natural, never frozen, angus beef.

But first, a little about the brand I’ve come to really enjoy over the last couple of years.

Nick Reader and Bob Basham opened their first PDQ in Tampa, Florida in 2011. Nick and Bob’s journey to open PDQ originally began in 2009 when Bob, looking for new inspiration teamed up with Nick, who wanted to open a fast food spot that he could feel good about serving his children. They found just that in a mom and pop restaurant in North Carolina named Tenders. They struck a deal, and the rest is history. 

The brand now has more than 50 locations nationwide and are quickly becoming a household name. The food speaks for itself, and sets PDQ apart with their focus on quality and production of delicious fresh chicken tenders, salads, sandwiches, and shakes. They’ve focused on these menu items for 6 years now, so I was kind of surprised to learn they were adding a whole new protein to their stores. I knew the company’s dedication to quick food, freshness, and hospitality, but I was pleasantly surprised they’re not stopping there. Continuous innovation and new menu items keep PDQ current and always give you something new to come back and try. In fact, there aren’t many “fast food” concepts I would cover on my blog, but PDQ stands apart as one I am proud to recommend. The food is all prepared fresh to order (patience please) and the team is happy to customize the items to your liking.  

Some of my favorite “off the beaten path” fast food menu items have been the Grilled Turkey Breast Sandwich (it’s like Thanksgiving on a bun), apple slices with a seriously addictive toffee dip, and zucchini fries. Plus they introduced me to Cheerwine, a North Carolina soda staple that is a cherry flavored carbonated treat. Last year they added a new Honey Butter Chicken Sandwich to their menu, and just as everything else, it impressed. So naturally, when the kind people with PDQ invited me in to sample the latest addition, I expected good things. 
As you saw on the cover photo (that Bacon Double Cheeseburger, tho!), the new burgers are handsome to look at (and drool over). You’ll be happy to discover the taste lives up to the beauty. The burger is juicy and exactly the top quality you come to expect from Angus beef. You can also order a regular cheeseburger (seen above, no bacon) if you’re not into pork.
 
The Fiesta Taco Salad is a great option for those looking to dine a tad lighter. Homemade taco meat served atop mixed greens with fresh sliced avocado, cheddar and jack cheeses, black beans, tomatoes, tortilla strips, and a zesty Peppercorn Ranch dressing, this is sure to please.
Side dish alert: a nearly biweekly afternoon snack of mine are PDQ‘s zucchini fries. A wise reader once recommended them with the ranch dressing, and I haven’t looked back. (I also looooove the Buffalo Bleu Sauce for my tenders. And maybe with a spoon. Don’t judge.) You can order them as a an appetizer and share with friends, there’s plenty in a serving.

Rest easy knowing that each and every sauce, tender, burger, and fry at PDQ is made fresh in store with the utmust attention to quality and freshness. Any store that lets me see their kitchen and entire operation from top to bottom is absolutely okay with me. No frozen mess here…just real ingredients and welcoming people.

PDQ has North Texas locations in Frisco, Plano and Murphy.
Check the website to find your nearest location.

Rockfish Seafood & Grill Frisco to Open in November

 

[DALLAS, TX- October 1, 2015] –Rockfish Seafood & Grill will open its second location featuring its fresh new décor and menu selections in Frisco, Texas this November.

“After the immense success that Rockfish Seafood & Grill’s Lewisville location has seen since the unveiling of the concept’s new look and feel in 2014, the tenured brand plans on using its refreshed model to launch into future success. Using the new tag line, “Our Fisherman, Your Fish,” Rockfish Seafood & Grill will continue to deliver seafood they are proud of in a welcoming environment where patrons of any age can enjoy dining.

The Frisco location will prompt customers to reminisce on their favorite ocean side restaurant and bar by utilizing costal décor with hues of blue and a relaxed seaside vibe. Located conveniently off the Dallas North Tollway, guests will be in close proximity to Toyota Stadium, the Dallas Cowboys’ The Star in Frisco and downtown Frisco.

Building on the success of their updated menu, the restaurant will continue to serve fresh fish and grilled favorites. No matter the customer’s culinary preference, they will be able to find something they’ll enjoy eating on the menu. Classics such as the Ahi Tuna Nachos, Volcano Shrimp, Shrimp and Grits, and the Redfish St. Charles will continue to tempt guests, and additions such as the Ribeye Steak and BBQ Ribs and Shrimp will satisfy all palates.

“In 2014 our strong, loyal fan base allowed us to take our brand in a new direction. After experiencing an overwhelming positive response from our patrons, we’re ready to share our refreshed brand with a wider audience,” says Rockfish CEO and President, Tommy Lee. “It’s an exciting time to be a new business in Frisco because of its flourishing market and community centered around family life, creating a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere for Rockfish. We look forward to sharing our fresh seafood and grilled favorites with the Frisco community.”

The concept, which was founded in 1998, will continue to undergo transformation throughout the next few years, with the Lewisville and new Frisco location as representations of the new direction. The concept will be more accessible, contemporary and approachable.

Rockfish Seafood & Grill will be located at 9179 Dallas Parkway Suite 170, Frisco, TX 75034 and will be open 11 am until 10 pm Sunday through Thursday and 11 am until Midnight Friday and Saturday. For more information please visit, www.rockfish.com or Rockfish Seafood & Grill’s Frisco Facebook page here –www.Facebook.com/RockfishSeafoodGrillFrisco.

About Rockfish Seafood & Grill
Our restaurants are comfortable and relaxed. Whether surrounded by the pine of a mountain fly-fishing lodge, the sleek look reminiscent of a mahogany and chrome trimmed speedboat, or the warm coastal hues of a favorite seaside fish joint, our guests are enthusiastic about our open kitchens, distinctive menu, creative chefs, and knowledgeable wait staff. Our range of menu choices keeps diners coming back for more. Favorites like our generous Shrimp Basket, Fish Tacos, Ahi Tower, Seasonal Wild Copper River Alaskan Salmon, Rock-a-Rita margarita, 18 oz. ice cold schooners, and award-winning Mexican Shrimp Cocktail are just a few of the reasons why. We want our guests to experiment with all we have to offer so we give them a variety of choices-from how their selection is prepared to a rotating medley of specials posted daily on chalkboards.”

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National Burger Day- Frisco Edition

‘Tis #NationalHamburgerDay, so we will share our top 3 places to sink your teeth into a burger in Frisco. After agonizing over around 20 places that serve burgers around town, we reveal to you our list of the best of the best in Frisco hambugers:

1) Ace’s Ice House & Chop Shop​’s Big Block Angus Burger, topped with their signature venison chili and cheese. The seasoning of their Texas Angus Beef patty instantly brought their burger to the top of my list.

2) Kenny’s Burger Joint​ makes this list because Kenny Bowers does a killer job at each genre of food represented in his Dallas area restaurant empire. Their burger venture is no different. My favorite burger here requires a knife and fork. It gets a little messy. Smothered in queso, topped with sauteed onions and jalapenos, Bud’s Queso Burger has my heart.

3) Smashburger​ -Okay I know it’s a chain, but sometimes I get a major craving for their Spicy Jalapeno Baja, BBQ Bacon Cheddar, and the Truffle Mushroom Swiss Burger. The way they smash the patties, creating a juicy and fresh taste makes it a solid contender, regardless of being a chain. Plus..Smashfries and a PBJ milkshake.

4)Three Squares-The Three Squares Burger is a good, solid, burger. A half pound burger with housemade pork hash, cheddar, and a sunny side up egg, with lettuce, tomato, and herb mayo on a brioche bun ,the signature menu item is always a good choice.  Wash them down with some WTF fries and you’re good to go!

Is there a burger somewhere obscure you think we should try? Leave suggestions below in the comments…

Aiya Asian Cuisine Now Open: A First Look

Aiya opened its doors after over a year of anticipation by passersby. We snuck in today for a first glimpse.  

 Everyone knows this building has undergone a MASSIVE overhaul over the last months, to say the least.

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The inside is very welcoming. Staff and owners willing to help and mention several times to please speak up if there is any need for improvement in any way. It’s good to see that kind of interest in an owner.

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For this first glimpse, an order of Crab Rangoon and General Tso’s Chicken were ordered.

The sauces shown with the Crab Rangoon are a traditional Hot Mustard Sauce and a light Lemon Sweet & Sour Sauce. I like mixing the two for a sweet and spicy punch.  The Rangoon were perfectly fried, and super-stuffed with cream cheese filling.

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The General Tso’s Chicken came with fried rice and a Cantonese Spring Roll. The chicken was cooked well and the sauce was flavorful. I cut up the peppers into bite-sized pieces and it brought the spice level up to the notch I was expecting in the sauce.

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Overall, I think Aiya is off to a solid start. Definitely a notch above any other Asian restaurants in that part of Frisco. Check it out and let us know what you think!

Fede Trattoria Brings White Tablecloth Italian to Frisco

Sorry for the dim photos…
But. I have exciting news for you Frisco.

Fede Trattoria went above and beyond last night in taking care of and feeding us. Since I hadn’t been able to find a menu yet online, I really didn’t have a clue what I was walking into. I was pretty surprised to find a valet parking stand out front, something we don’t see a whole lot of a Frisco restaurants just yet.

I have to admit upon walking in I felt underdressed in my denim shirt and gray pants, but after looking around I saw other people dressed casually as well.

The restaurant is truly a transformed departure from former tenant Blue’s pub.

White tablecloths, fiery red walls, a maitre’d with a delightful accent who pulls out your chair and places your napkin on your lap, and superb service from start to finish.

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The calamari appetizer was made with thick and juicy calamari steaks and served with an aioli for dipping.

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Complimentary house salad was tossed in a flavorful vinaigrette.

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The lobster ravioli tasted fresh and light.

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The special of the evening that drew me in for an immediate visit was their fritta del mar. Tons of mussels, clams, and shrimp served in a creamy saffron and lobster risotto.

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Fede Trattoria is a much needed fine dining option with fair pricing.