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

 

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