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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.