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Dave’s Top 50 Favorite and Most Intriguing Restaurant Choices in Frisco

While attending the Transporting Students with Disabilities & Special Needs Conference & Trade Show on March 15-20 in Frisco, Texas, you are probably going to want to try some local cuisine. So we pulled together some interesting options around the Frisco area, for breakfast, lunch, dinner, hole-in-the-wall and after-hours spots (in alphabetical order). We tried to avoid the usual cookie-cutter chain places. So enjoy! And don’t forget to tell us about (and sample) any good gelato shops you find!

5th Street Patio Cafe

1. 5th Street Patio Cafe

8621 5th St., Frisco, Texas 75034; (972) 377-3483. Eclectic American comfort food with global inspirations.

Barnlight Eatery

2. Barnlight Eatery

15922 Eldorado Pkwy. #700, Frisco, Texas 75034; (214) 592-0238. Modern Southern restaurant steeped in Texas tradition.

2552 Stonebrook Pkwy #300B, Frisco, Texas 75034; (214) 494-2323. “Great German menu with lots of authentic choices. For sides we tried the spatzle, red cabbage, mashed potatoes, pan-fried potatoes with bacon, kraut, all very…” read more

5880 TX-121 #102b, Plano, Texas 75024; (469) 238-2227. “What an absolutely amazing experience. Of course, everything starts and ends with the biscuit, if you are going to call yourself “Biscuit Bar.”

Bottled in Bond

5. Bottled in Bond

5285 Dallas Pkwy. Ste. 420, Frisco, Texas 75034; (469) 731-5410. Niche cocktail parlor and kitchen with a focus on bold seasonal cocktails and American with a Caribbean flair inspired dishes. Great find—can’t believe we waited so long to try it. I love that it’s not at the Star or one of the huge mall-type locations. Easy parking, easy access, and…” read more 

British Lion

6. British Lion

5454 W. Main St. #123, Frisco, Texas 75034; (214) 618-5025. Casual pub offering English style menu & brews.

6007 Legacy Dr. #180, Plano, Texas 75024; (972) 805-4590. “I cannot say enough great things about this place!!! So let me itemize my experience. Made an 8 o’clock reservation for four, and despite being very obviously full, seated…”

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8. Burning Rice

3930 Preston Rd. Ste. 100; Frisco, Texas 75034; (214) 601-0464. This Korean eatery allows diners to totally customize their bibimbap, right down to the bowl that the dish is served in. Choose a regular bowl or a stone vessel that’s been heated to scorching hot temperatures, then fill with kimchi fried rice (or steamed), spicy bulgogi, or pork, amongst other protein offerings. Gild that lily with a selection of banchan, like funky kimchi and japchae, Korean glass noodles stir-fried with veggies.

Cork & Growler

9. Cork & Growler

8979 FM 423 #100, Frisco, Texas 75034; (469) 980-7499. Cork & Growler is a growler bar serving craft beer. Features more than 50 taps, most of which are from local craft microbreweries.

Crudo Woodfired Taverna_2

10. Crudo Woodfired Taverna

7004 Lebanon Rd. #100, Frisco, Texas 75034; (214) 705-1010. Comfortable bistro setting with an Italian flair.

Dee Lincoln Prime

11. Dee Lincoln Prime

6670 Winning Way #400, Frisco, Texas 75034; (214) 387-3333. An upscale steakhouse featuring core classics such as prime steaks, fresh seafood and more.

8900 Ohio Dr. Ste. A, Plano, Texas 75024; (469) 664-0000. “We have been waiting for this place to open, and it was worth the wait! We went in for dinner last night. We first were pleasantly surprised by the lovely ambiance when we walked in…” read more

7210 Main St., Frisco, Texas 75033; (469) 888-4020. “My first experience with this new restaurant was great. Right from the start, everyone is extremely personable. I enjoyed the fact that the owner, who is also…” read more

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14. Edoko Sushi & Robata

5490 State Hwy. 121, Frisco, Texas 75034; (214) 618-9888. Sushi, sashimi & traditional Japanese cuisine.

6801 Warren Pkwy., Frisco, Texas 75034; (469) 200-8181. “Super cute, new breakfast place in Frisco! Interior is bright and spacious and I absolutely loved their very modern decor and color palette.” read more

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16. EG Steak

8650 State Hwy. 121, Frisco, Texas 75034; (214) 618-6150. Brazilian steakhouse featuring skewered and roasted meats carved table-side. Made reservations for 9 at 10: 30 today for 11:45 am lunch. Made drinks at our table, food was top-notch, best service ever, all of the team members were…” read more


17. Eight11 Place

7080 W. Main St., Frisco, Texas 75034; (469) 888-4037. A house bar located in downtown Frisco serving light tapas.

2787 Preston Rd. #1100, Frisco, Texas 75034; (972) 712-1600. “Cafeteria-style restaurant with so many choices and g’normous portions of delicious and colorful food! I was here on a Tuesday evening and there was no one…” read more


8898 Coleman Blvd., Frisco, Texas 75034; (469) 353-8233. Adult-friendly sports bar focused on great service, great food and good times. 21 years and older after 9 pm. Watch your favorite sports events.

Frisco Diner

20. Frisco Diner


9250 Dallas Pkwy., Frisco, Texas 75034; (214) 618-0652. “We never eat breakfast out so this was a real treat! It was our daughter’s 18th birthday and she wanted to pick a place that her grandmother would enjoy.…” read more

Frisco Rail Yard

21. Frisco Rail Yard

9040 1st St., Frisco, Texas 75034; (972) 294-5436. Enjoy a variety of gourmet dishes served up by some of the area’s top local chefs. First and finest park for food trucks.

Frisco Star Cafe

22. Frisco Star Cafe

9741 Preston Rd., Frisco, Texas 75034; (972) 335-1244. Locally owned and operated, bringing you home-cooked meals away from home. Serving delicious breakfast and lunch items.

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23. Global Peach Factory

1377 Legacy Dr. #100, Frisco, Texas 75034; (214) 390-7511; (214) 705-2664. Coffee and quick meals.

Heritage Table

24. Heritage Table

7110 Main St., Frisco, Texas 75033; (469) 664-0100; (972) 207-6696. A casual, scratch-kitchen restaurant with full bar focusing on homemade food, eminently good coffee and craft drinks. The airy, rustic local top offering elevated American comfort eats and breakfast fare plus cocktails.

5872 TX-121 Ste. 104, Plano, Texas 75024; (214) 297-3474. “I really like this place! We have been a few times now for lunch and/or dinner, and they really nail it. When the weather is good, the location on the…” read more

6740 Winning Dr. Ste. 1000, Frisco, Texas 75034; (469) 213-2002. Don’t miss this place. We are always looking for good Chinese food and there are none close to us until now. Our service was fantastic and even the owner…read more

9225 Preston Rd., Frisco, Texas 75033; (972) 377-2046. Branch of the veteran BBQ joint known for its brisket, ribs & sides, plus free pudding and cobbler.“Omg… BBQ nirvana! I’m from California, a veritable barbecue desert. So naturally, I welcome every opportunity to taste true Texas bbq because there are few…” read more

Jeff's Vegan

28. Jeff’s Vegan

3580 Preston Rd. #107, Frisco, Texas 75034; (469) 803-5883. Jeff’s Vegan, serving vegetarian meals.

360 Stonebrook Pkwy #100, Frisco, Texas 75034; (972) 364-7522. “This is the best restaurant to Taste New Orleans. The onions rings were on point, the shrimp were succulent and the bread for the Poboy was like it came straight from a New Orleans…” read more

5840 Legacy Circle Ste. D100, Plano, Texas 75024; (469) 210-5337. “The Keeper is a great find! We don’t get there often enough. We’ve stopped by a few times and attended a wine dinner. Always a fantastic experience!” read more


5760 Legacy Dr. #4, Plano, Texas 75024; (972) 473-7478. “First of all, I am very critical of high-end $$$ barbeque so I went into this visit with very high expectations. My son and I checked out the reviews on Yelp…” read more

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32. Mariana’s Taco Shop

8981 5th St., Frisco, Texas 75034; (214) 705-9059. Tacos, burritos and other traditional Mexican dishes.

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33. Nerdvana

5757 Main St. #111, Frisco, Texas 75034; (214) 618-8130. Cool hangout with board games, locally roasted coffee, plus tea, pressed juices & snacks.

The Nest Cafe

34. Nest Cafe

7777 Warren Pkwy. Ste. 325, Frisco, Texas 75034; (469) 579-4790. The Nest Cafe serves up coffee from Dallas’ Tweed Coffee Roasters, as well as select specialty teas.

2440 Parkwood Blvd., Frisco, Texas; (214) 494-4645. “My wife and I have been planning to get over Perry’s for quite a while to try it out since we’ve never been to one before. We were not disappointed as the food was…” read more


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36. Pizzeria Testa

8660 Church St., Frisco, Texas 75034; (469) 200-8015. Neapolitan pizza from a wood-burning oven. “This pizza parlor was a recommendation from several friends. One of my Sicilian friends, ‘top of the line.’ If you are looking for the best pizza in North Texas…” read more

2995 Preston Rd. #1590, Frisco, Texas 75034; (972) 334-0031. Casual eatery for traditional Greek fare in a cozy space with a stone-&-brick-courtyard decor. “A Greek phenomenon this restaurant is! I have been many times and have yet to be anything short of rolled out with a belly full of delicious food.”

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38. Randy’s Steak House

7026 Main St., Frisco, Texas 75033; (972) 335-3066. Family-owned chophouse, seafood & more in an 1869 Victorian home.

Red Hot Chilli Pepper

39. Red Hot Chili Pepper

8549 Gaylord Pkwy. #109, Frisco, Texas 75034; (469) 362-6555. Eatery serving Indo-Chinese dishes, including vegetarian options, in upscale-casual digs with a bar. Invite your senses to an irresistible journey through the authentic and robust flavors of China.

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40. Rover Grill

8250 Gaylord Pkwy. #5, Frisco, Texas 75034; (214) 618-6222. Classic Irish pub delivering draft beer and bar bites.

3625 Star Blvd. Ste. 315, Frisco, Texas 75034; (972) 833-1608. Over 5,000 square feet inside and out featuring the perfect blend of Japanese cuisine, sushi, sashimi and delicious one of a kind plates. Creative cocktails in a vibrant, colorful 2nd-floor space with a patio.

42. Thai Green Village

7151 Preston Rd. Ste. 201B, Frisco, Texas 75035; (214) 705-9228. Vibrant, comfy restaurant serving a variety of Thai dishes, including vegetarian items. Find Thai cuisine at its finest at this unassuming spot. The entrees, like yellow curry and ginger-spiked beef, are always super fresh, especially the restaurant’s traditionally-prepared whole fish, served with fried garlic, basil or ginger.


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43. Trattoria al Giardino

1279 Legacy Dr. #100, Frisco, Texas 75034; (214) 618-1990. This chef-driven, locally-owned trattoria Italian eatery offers comfortable neighborhood charm and destination-caliber fare. Homestyle Italian meals are served in a polished Tuscan-style setting with garden patio seating.

In Frisco, the Tri Tip Grill serves traditional American food, barbeque and a steakhouse menu.

6775 Cowboys Way #1305, Frisco, TX 75034(972) 987-8241. Tri-tip is the triangular cut of beef from the sirloin that we use to serve some of the tastiest sandwiches and platters the steak world has ever seen. OMG WOW pretty well sums it up, but I suppose I can spare a few more words. First off, it is counter service, not table service, which I like for the speed…” read more



45. TruFire Kitchen & Bar

6959 Lebanon Rd #114, Frisco, TX 75034; (214) 872-3830. Progressive American concept with Mediterranean, Italian and globally inspired dishes. Casual outfit for eclectic New American fare & craft cocktails served in a lofty space with a patio.

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46. Twisted Tortilla Fresh Mex Grill

4275 Legacy Dr. #400, Frisco, Texas 75034; (214) 494-6017. Fast-casual restaurant concept featuring handcrafted dishes & bar. Simple counter-serve with build-your-own burritos, tacos & bowls, plus 100+ hot sauces & a full bar.

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47. Unrefined Bakery

3411 Preston Rd. #8, Frisco, Texas 75034; (972) 668-2414. Gluten-free, soy-free, all-natural and organic bakery. Offering a variety of treats, with options for many different dietary needs.

Up Inspired Kitchen

48. UP Inspired Kitchen

5285 Dallas Pkwy. Ste. 400, Frisco, Texas 75034; (469) 579-4197. A local breakfast, brunch, and lunch fast-casual restaurant focused on healthful living. Carefully sourced ingredients for egg dishes, salads, bowls & burgers in the quick-serve setting.


49. Woody’s Sports Restaurant

307 Main St. #105, Frisco, Texas 75034; (214) 872-4943. Locally owned family sports restaurant. A family-friendly tavern serving American food in a casual setting with projection TV screens.

6765 Winning Dr. #800, Frisco, Texas 75034; (972) 377-2276. One of a local chain providing a menu of Greek favorites in a Mediterranean-style space at The Star. “I was not very familiar with Greek. I always thought most eastern Mediterranean food was similar, but I’ve learned that true Greek is very very different from…” read more

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