Springtime in Paris is the stuff about which songs are written, but if the trip cost is out of reach (or if your passport has expired since the pandemic), there’s a restaurant in Frisco opening that would like to bring the experience of Paris to North Texas.
La Parisienne French Bistro will open at The Star District, on the campus around the Dallas Cowboys’ practice stadium, on Monday, March 13. So, let’s call it a high/low mix to lay those things next to each other and embrace the idea of serving high tea alongside the crushing sounds and smells of football practice, from the professional to high school levels.
De toute façon, back to Paris. The newly released menus reveal numerous traditional and expected favorite dishes that will be served: coq au vin, steak frites, a French dip (for dinner!), and mussels and frites. There are also a few notables, including a vegetarian bourguignon, a Parisienne burger with brie and mushrooms, and an appetizer of wild escargot with absinthe butter. The brunch menu includes an assortment of quiche, egg omelets and Benedicts, and crepes. And, naturellement, a croque madame.
The menu was developed by executive chef Ozzy Samano, who has worked in steakhouses including Nick and Sam’s and Bob’s Steakhouse and was one of two employees to file a lawsuit against his former employer Vandelay Hospitality Group in 2021 for racist hiring and firing practices. Samano was the group’s corporate chef and worked at the original East Hampton Sandwich Co., Hudson House, Drake’s Hollywood, and Lucky’s Hot Chicken. He was most recently at Dahlia Bar and Bistro.
Mondi Tag created the concept behind La Parisienne. “We designed the space in hopes that our guests will feel as if they are sitting in a chic bistro in Paris enjoying French food and desserts along with sipping on a cocktail, tea, or coffee,” Tag says in a press release. Tag is perhaps best known as the first woman franchisee owner and operator of Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Dallas — which she pulled off at only 19 with her mom. The duo later also opened a Genghis Grill. And more recently, she opened Spatch Kitchen and Cocktails in Addison and Fiatto in the West Village. In the press release about the restaurant’s opening, she notes it as a place that wants to host baby showers, bachelorette parties, bridal showers, girls’ nights, tea parties, lovers of dessert and cocktails, and, last but not least, romantic date nights.
The restaurant will also offer high tea service from opening daily to 6 p.m. for $55 for adults and $30 for kids, with reservations required 48 hours in advance.
La Parisienne is at 6740 Winning Way, Suite 1000 in Frisco. It opens on March 13, with service Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.