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…

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

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

 

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.