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How to Spend a Day Eating and Drinking at the Star in Frisco

From hip hop brunch to a stellar Italian dinner, it’s easy to spend the day at Cowboys headquarters

Bone in veal Parmigiana sits on a plate in the foreground. In the background is a bowl with spaghetti chitarra.

While a trip north of 635 may sound strenuous, Frisco — home of the Dallas Cowboys headquarters — boasts numerous restaurants, cafes, and bars worth the trek. Between walkthroughs at the headquarters and practice facility, admiring the team’s Super Bowl trophies in the Grand Atrium at the Star, or treatments at Hiatus Spa and Resort, the part of town has plenty of options for how to spend a great day.

Over in the Star, a district near the Dallas Cowboys headquarters that was created for dining and shopping, football fans, food connoisseurs, and cocktail aficionados can spend a day bopping around and enjoying some top notch bites.

Inside a coffee shop, people sit and drink at various booths. The wood is honey blonde and the booths are light brown. On the wall in the background is a neon sign that reads “farm to cup.”
An espresso martini sits on a couple of books. In the background is a brown wall with a red neon sign that says “farm to cup.”
Ascension Coffee’s Mediterranean bowl with fresh greens, a hard-boiled egg, and falafel.

An early morning with coffee, cocktails, and light bites

Begin your day at Ascension Coffee, a shop offering a menu with hearty plates that don’t sit too heavy. The food menu features a good amount of omelets, sandwiches, and soups, but you’ll want to save room for a day of delectable bites. The Mediterranean bowl is a winner, consisting of fresh greens, a hard-boiled egg, and falafel. A simple Americano will give you the energy you need for a day out at the Star. But if you want to kick it up a notch with a boozy morning, Ascension’s espresso martini is a great choice.

A container with a clear tube on top and a coffee pot on bottom has a spigot. The tube holds Champagne. It sits on a table, surrounded by carafes with fruit juice.
A chicken sandwich with bacon on a biscuit sits on a table. Next to it is a burger with the top bun off. Behind them is a teal wall.
A mural in a restaurant features various hip hop artists. Pictured are Lil’ Kim, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Biggie Smalls, Jay-Z, Tupac, and Kanye West.

Get turned up at hip-hop brunch

On Saturdays and Sundays, a DJ spins hip-hop classics at the Common Table. The restaurant’s fried chicken smothered biscuit sandwich is stacked with fried chicken, applewood bacon, pepper jack cheese, over-easy egg, and jalapeno jelly; it’s a sandwich as iconic as the hip-hop moguls — Jay-Z, Lil Kim, Missy Elliott, and Snoop Dogg —on Common Table’s mural. Equally as good is the brunch spot’s hangover burger, a patty stacked with an egg, bacon, tomato, and fondue cheese on a croissant bun. So grab a mimosa tower and four of your closest friends, and get your groove on.

A hand pours Champagne into two flutes. Next to it, several pastries sit on a cake stand. A turquoise booth is in the background.
An array of desserts and pastries sit on a white table, along with two cups of tea, a matching tea pot, two flutes of Champagne, and a silver candlestick holder with a light blue candle in it.
The interiors of La Parisienne in Frisco show turquoise booths and chairs, white tables, silver trim, and a mural of Paris on the wall.

Spend the afternoon with some sweet treats

While the day in Frisco may have “stressed” your bank account, “stressed” spelt backwards is “desserts.” La Parisienne French Bistro offers a fine selection of pastries and sweets, many of which are around $10. The creme brulee is tops, and the Rocher praline mousse is a solid order. Parisienne also has gluten-free macarons, and an assortment of coffees and lattes, perfect for a decadent afternoon. It also offers tea service and cocktails, depending on which way you want the day to go.

An Italian gin and tonic made with Bombay, orange marmalade, lime, and rosemary is served in a cocktail glass with a striped straw.
The interior of an Italian restaurant, with a live tree in the background, off-white circular booths, dark wood chairs, and a glass chandelier over the table in the foreground.
A veal Parmesan chop with the bone-in and a bowl of spaghetti chitarra.

Enjoy an Italian dinner

Lombardi Family Concepts holds several well-respected restaurants around Texas, and its luxury concept, Lombardi Cucina Italiana lives up to that reputation. The bone-in veal Parmigiana is a tender, flavorful slab of meat, which comes coated in a warm, crispy breading, and topped with a savory tomato sauce. Paired with spaghetti chitarra, the veal is an indulgent plate, which makes for a memorable experience.

After a day of drinking, keep things light with the Italian gin and tonic, made with Bombay, orange marmalade, lime, and rosemary.

A cocktail called Purple Rain, made with Tito’s, lemon juice, pineapple juice, a pea tree reduction, and a violet liqueur, sits on a mirrored table in a blue and purple space.

Keep the evening going with a cocktail

Enjoy some after dinner libations Snowbird Cocktail Lounge and Kitchen and sampling some of its rotating cocktails. Our favorite is the Purple Rain, made with Tito’s, lemon juice, pineapple juice, a pea tree reduction, and a violet liqueur, which gives it a royal purple hue.

A lighter, sweeter choice is the Pear’ Fection, which, as its name suggests, contains a pear reduction, blended with Tito’s, St. Elder, lime juice, and Champagne.

Snowbird Cocktail Lounge & Kitchen

6765 Winning Drive, , TX 75034 (469) 598-0369 Visit Website

Ascension Coffee

1621 Oak Lawn Avenue, , TX 75207 (214) 741-3211 Visit Website

The Common Table

6740 Winning Drive, , TX 75034 (469) 535-3575 Visit Website

Lombardi Cucina Italiana

6655 Winning Drive, , TX 75034 (469) 200-5677 Visit Website

La Parisienne French Bistro

6740 Winning Drive, , TX 75034 (469) 200-5411 Visit Website
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