Best of 2021: 12 restaurant features from Frisco

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Fresh croissants are made in-house and are the foundation of most menu items at Daily Grinds. (Courtesy Daily Grinds)

Fresh croissants are made in-house and are the foundation of most menu items at Daily Grinds. (Courtesy Daily Grinds)

Frisco is home to restaurants that serve both classic and unique flavors. Here is a look at 12 local eateries featured by Community Impact Newspaper in 2021.

Blue Goose Cantina boasts familial environment

Blue Goose Cantina, a family-owned and -operated business, was started by friends Bob Peterson and Scott Holyfield, who opened the original location on Lower Greenville Avenue in Dallas in 1984. Peterson’s wife, Jill, and son, Nick, now run the business.

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

“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,” Owner and Chef Scott Hoffner said. “I really like to try to mix and meld a lot of flavors.”


Bigdash owners have vision to make dessert called kinafa a household name

Kareem Alrefaai and Asmaa Khattab have transformed their passion for food into an outlet for sharing their Syrian culture and cuisine.

The husband and wife are owners of the Middle Eastern sweets shop Bigdash, which originated in Richardson and branched out last year to Frisco.

Daily Grinds owner in Frisco obsesses over detail to create bistro experience

Owner John Tran has been brewing beans and cooking confections off of Gaylord Parkway in Hall Park since December 2019. Tran said he chose to start a new venture in Frisco after up to five years of planning and that he ultimately chose Frisco for its exponential growth rate, friendly faces and what he said he perceived as an “untapped market.”

Heirloom Haul offers vintage cafe, tearoom experience within The Star in Frisco

Brittany Cobb said Heirloom Haul, the restaurant and tearoom nestled within her market space, Flea Style, adds a different experience at The Star in Frisco.

Mother-daughter team at Saigon Box Vietnamese Kitchen offer warm food and vibe

Saigon Box offers Vietnamese staples like the banh mi sandwich, spring rolls and pho, the noodle soup with choice of protein and a bit of heat thanks to jalapenos and hot sauce. Saigon Box also has gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options.

Casa Del Bro Mexican Grill & Creamery overcomes pandemic with help from community

Casa Del Bro serves a variety of Tex-Mex foods, including street tacos, burritos, nachos, quesadillas and queso, which is a best seller, Co-owner Rafael Alvarez said. It also has an ice-cream corner where customers can order sundaes, floats, shakes and homemade waffle cones.

Bistro Trio Euro Tavern brings European tastes to Frisco

Dinner options include seafood plates such as sauteed scampi shrimp and fried calamari with vegetables. Pasta options include classic lasagna and tortellini with mushrooms and Marsala sauce. Complimenting the menu is a full bar pouring cocktails with international roots.

Jakes Burgers and Beer in Frisco focuses on community

The Burger of the Month list ranges from February’s Chipotle burger to The Fire Truck, “a spicy number” for September. Beyond burgers, Jakes offers sandwiches, salads and sides. Brunch is also served on the weekends from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Frisco restaurateur on a roll with two area eateries in Koto Hibachi and Sushi

As the business name indicates, sushi is served here. However, a surprise for the customers is when they discover that Pho is also on the menu.

Deli News Frisco serves up spreads from the Big Apple

“We get everything we can from [New York]—all the specialty meats, pastrami, salami, bologna, roast beef ... provolone, Swiss cheese, bagels,” General Manager Jeff Webster said. “We want it to feel like a real [New York] deli. We want it to be like what they remember having in New York.”

Chitos Authentic Mexican Restaurant in Frisco serves up recipes from the family

In addition to offering takeout and curbside options, Chitos offers three different rooms for hosting corporate parties, lunches and family gatherings.
By Brooklynn Cooper
Brooklynn Cooper covers public education in Frisco and McKinney. Previously, she reported on southern Dallas for The Dallas Morning News. The Durham, N.C. native and devoted Tar Heel fan graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2019.