Best of 2020: 11 dining features from Plano

Haywire took steps to save money by catering to changing demands of their customers. Staff first offered survivor-style kits and then transitioned to cooked meals that were popular for to-go orders. (Courtesy Haywire)
Haywire took steps to save money by catering to changing demands of their customers. Staff first offered survivor-style kits and then transitioned to cooked meals that were popular for to-go orders. (Courtesy Haywire)

Haywire took steps to save money by catering to changing demands of their customers. Staff first offered survivor-style kits and then transitioned to cooked meals that were popular for to-go orders. (Courtesy Haywire)

Here is a roundup of dining features that appeared in the Plano edition of Community Impact Newspaper in 2020.

January

Cafe Intermezzo aims to create a ‘third place’ for Plano guests

Cafe Intermezzo welcomed guests to eat, sip and connect on their own time. The restaurant was located in The Shops at Legacy but closed permanently in August after temporarily closing during the pandemic.

February


Owner of Plano's Lima Taverna restaurant shares love for Peruvian cuisine, culture

The owner of Lima Taverna said his Plano restaurant is a means to share his love for the food of his native country of Peru.

March

‘Palate-driven restaurant’ Fork and Fire makes mark in Plano

One of the most popular items at Fork and Fire is the pastrami, which is unique in the fact that it is a West Coast style but with East Coast influences.

May

Plano restaurant In-Fretta Urban Pizza Bar finds new ways to feed those in need

In-Fretta owner Ram Metta said he began the #EveryoneEatz movement about two years ago after promising his dying mother that no one would leave his restaurant hungry.

June

Haywire, Front Burner restaurants regaining footing as restrictions loosen

Haywire retained 99% of its staff following more than a month of furlough for many.

While staff was furloughed, Haywire dedicated to feeding them each one meal a day.

July

Owner of Plano's Bavarian Grill fights to keep 27-year business afloat

Bavarian Grill, a restaurant with a 27-year presence in the community that serves authentic German cuisine, was built around its in-person dining experience that fostered a group of loyal customers.

August

Loyal customers and a quick pivot helped Plano restaurant Taste of Thai 'tread water' during pandemic

Due to a combination of having the right product, loyal customers and the ability to pivot quickly, Plano restaurant Taste of Thai was down only 25% when fears of the virus prompted more residents to stay at home and led governments to restrict dine-in activity.

September

Edith's French Bistro in Plano makes comeback post COVID-19 shutdowns

Popular items at Edith's include the French Dip and Chicken Paillard. In addition to all-day options, Edith's offers a brunch and drink menu, with unique cocktails like French Pressed Sangria and Frose.

October

Obsessive focus on flavor the underpinning of Tasty's Chicken in Plano

Chicken wings and tenders at Tasty’s are seasoned with a lemon-pepper spice blend. Diners can then choose to add one or more of the restaurant’s 50-plus sauces.

November

Owner’s harrowing story underscores genesis of Plano restaurant Desi Ginger

The menu at Desi Ginger features vegetarian and nonvegetarian recipes found in North Indian cuisine.

December

Plano dessert shop Mallow Box elevates the traditional s’more

Both Mallow Box locations offer nine staple marshmallow flavors as well as seasonal options and a variation of s’more-inclusive treats, such as a make-it-yourself s’more bar, marshmallow skewers, s’more bowls and marshmallow milkshakes.

Editor’s note: The April issue of Community Impact Newspaper’s Plano edition did not include a dining feature due to the coronavirus pandemic.
By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


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