Didi’s Downtown chef dishes out diverse cuisine at Frisco's Rail District

Didi's Downtown at 7210 Main St. opened in 2018. Owner and chef Scott Hoffner says the unassuming, family-friendly space aims to impress everyone who walks through the door. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)
Didi's Downtown at 7210 Main St. opened in 2018. Owner and chef Scott Hoffner says the unassuming, family-friendly space aims to impress everyone who walks through the door. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)

Didi's Downtown at 7210 Main St. opened in 2018. Owner and chef Scott Hoffner says the unassuming, family-friendly space aims to impress everyone who walks through the door. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Spicy beef and vegetable ramen is served with a soft-boiled egg. (Courtesy Didi's Downtown)
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This lobster mac and cheese includes havarti cream, English peas, spinach and charcoal-grilled bread. Spicy beef and vegetable ramen is served with a soft-boiled egg. (Courtesy Didi's Downtown)
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Dijon and rosemary-crusted Australian rack of lambs is served with scalloped potatoes and basil green beans. Spicy beef and vegetable ramen is served with a soft-boiled egg. (Courtesy Didi's Downtown)
There is no rhyme or reason to the ever-evolving menu at Didi’s Downtown, owner and chef Scott Hoffner said.

Instead, Hoffner prepares what is seasonal; what likely has not been featured at his restaurant before; and ultimately, whatever he is in the mood to cook.

“For me, I don’t care if it’s fried chicken or foie gras. It doesn’t matter if it’s scallops or ham filet or the best chicken sandwich you’ve ever had,” Hoffner said. “I really like to try to mix and meld a lot of flavors.”

That approach has made the bar and grill a Rail District mainstay since it opened in 2018 at 7210 Main St., Frisco.

Didi’s has signature dishes on the core menu that Hoffner said patrons drive many miles to get, including Didi’s meatloaf and its honey-butter hot chicken sandwich.


Even so, the thrill of experiencing Hoffner’s fresh culinary ventures keeps a large following coming back, he said. The chef frequently has a lineup of daily specials for the week; one such lineup was chicken marsala, pan-seared scallops from Boston and Korean charcoal-grilled barbecue duck.

“My specials are where I get to make a showpiece,” Hoffner said.

Looking ahead, Hoffner said Didi’s will offer more of this variety once the weather warms back up. Hoffner also said the restaurant will expand its schedule to be open on Tuesdays.

Didi’s will remain closed on Mondays, but recently, Hoffner has been preparing special, RSVP-only five-course meals on days the restaurant is closed to the public. These limited-seat, premium meals will continue on Mondays.

The chef said he ultimately hopes to carry on the legacy of his mother, Diane Hoffner, a culinary master who was otherwise known as “Didi.”

“She loved to cook. She was a great cook,” Hoffner said. “She could always make something out of nothing.”

Didi's Downtown

7210 W. Main St., Frisco

469-888-4020

www.didisdowntown.com

Hours: Wed.-Thu. noon-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m., closed Mon.-Tue.
By Matt Payne
Matt Payne reports on Frisco City Hall and its committees, Collin County Commissioners and McKinney business. His experience includes serving as online content editor at Fort Worth Magazine and city editor at the Killeen Daily Herald. He is a 2017 graduate of the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas in Denton.


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