Things Are Heating Up in Big D - Dallas/Plano/Frisco - Kevin the Traveler
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Things Are Heating Up in Big D – Dallas/Plano/Frisco

Let’s be clear.  Texas in the Summer is hot.  Sweltering, melt your face hot.  High 90s and humid, with some days over 100, is a common forecast and something that you should plan on if coming here in July.

But do not fret.  There are many places for cool relaxation and respite.  Texans, although a hearty lot, also love their pampering pleasures.  And if pampering and cool places, both the hip kind of cool and the temperature kind of cool, are your thing then you will need look no further than the Frisco/Plano area of the northern Dallas metroplex.

Business is Boomin’

Frisco and nearby Plano are booming.  There is growth everywhere you look, both in infrastructure and business.  Tollways and highways are constantly being expanded.  Not surprisingly, it has been named the fastest growing area of the United States.  It has also been named by some publications as the best place in the U.S. to live.  The Dallas Cowboys have moved their headquarters and training facility here, and other professional teams are to follow.  The new women’s professional soccer team?  Yep they are now located in Frisco.  Toyota corporate headquarters began looking for a new locale as well, and you guessed it, Frisco was the winner.

Traveling here

All of this of course means great things for the traveler that comes here.  Texas has long been known for great steaks and great barbecue.  And it still is.  But now every type of cuisine imaginable is within a stone’s throw of wherever you are in the Dallas metroplex.  Within eyesight of our hotel was a poke’ restaurant, Thai, and Indian.  The Shops at Legacy (discussed later) have great options as well featuring The Capital Grille, Mi Cocina (a popular Texas warhorse of Mexican fare – get the Mambo Taxi!), Seasons 52, and Del Frisco’s Grille.

(Tip:  Hotels abound in Frisco and Plano so it is a great option if you are wanting to avoid the congested downtown Dallas area.  I am a Bonvoy member and there were many available properties within the brand.)

The wifey makes us look good – dude on the left is turning 50 <gasp!>

I have been to Dallas and Frisco many times but this visit is a special one.  I am visiting my good childhood friend for his 50th birthday bash.  It promises to be an epic affair, with rumors of said friend brandishing a Union Jack speedo at some point in the evening on the horizon.  We gathered at his home the night before the party for a small gathering of family to start the celebrating early.  I tried to talk him out of it…alas, as the next evening would prove, I was unsuccessful.

Saturday Brunch

The next morning was Saturday and we met for brunch at the rustic Heritage Table, a farm to table restaurant in old downtown Frisco.  It did not disappoint as we sampled everything from classic French toast to eggs benedict (best I’ve ever had by the way) to chicken fried steak and eggs.  The cocktails were on point too as I had the Uncle Marty, a Bloody Mary with bacon infused vodka and a piece of tender beef jerky as the garnish.  Add French press coffee to the mix and we left there more than satisfied.  A definite stop if you are in Frisco.

Uncle Marty

We separated off from our friends for the afternoon and went to the swanky Shops at Legacy (and the recently added and swankier Legacy West).  They are easy to find, located at the intersection of the North Tollway and Sam Rayburn Tollway.  If you like shopping, and great food, you will love the Legacy area and should definitely check it out.

Bullion and Party

We had dinner reservations at the French restaurant Bullion in downtown Dallas so we cut our afternoon a bit short and got ready for dinner.  Downtown is a straight shot from Frisco of about 22 miles down the North Tollway, easily less than 30 minutes (check the traffic, your results may vary).

Bullion is simply a beautiful restaurant.  It is a perfect mix of the classic blue and gold/yellow French style with contemporary chic.  We started with cocktails and then continued with our dinner.  The service, food and ambiance were excellent.  Our good friend Tim Taylor of Cook, Savor, Celebrate accompanied us to dinner and wrote a great account of our experience (Bullion article).

Foie gras

Duck breast

After dinner we headed back north for the birthday bash at my friend’s home.  A great time was had by all….and yes, the Union Jack speedo was brandished and worn by the birthday boy to the horror of us all.  And no, I will not post pics.  Well, I guess you only turn 50 once, right?

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