One night only -- would like something "Dallas" in flavor and north is good
Hi, I'll be staying in Frisco for a weekend and will have one (Saturday) night free. Would like something with a with a "Dallas" orientation (whatever that is -- can be ethnic if you feel it's a great experience I won't get in New York, e.g., Mexican), price not a worry, preferably a convivial atmosphere -- and if it's more convenient to Frisco than not, that would be a HUGE plus.
Also, would love a recommendation for post-dinner drinks -- for a couple of women who want something fun (but not a pick-up scene).
I don't live in Frisco, so I don't know the hole in the wall places, but it is kind of a bedroom community. For the good stuff, you really have to go to Dallas IMO. In general, you shouldn't run into much traffic on the weekends (there are exceptions to that rule ... involving construction and sporting events).
For a Dallas experience, I'd recommend Smoke or Fearing's. Smoke has a bar ... I'd think any good restaurant should also have a good bar where you can hang out and talk after dinner, if that's what you're looking for.
I think the best food Dallas has to offer is at places like Tei-An and Marquee, but I don't know that either is particularly Dallas (though you can get BBQ beef soba at Tei-An, and it's quite good).
Most of the places I've mentioned have specialty drink menus.
1722 Routh St, Dallas, TX 75201
In downtown Frisco you might want to check out Babe's Chicken Dinner House. Nothing fancy but a favorite of locals and of the many members of this forum. I have to admit it took me awhile to warm up to 'em but I am now hooked, it is a fun place, down home cooking, nothing fancy or upscale by any means. My favorite though is the one in Carrollton, the original is in Roanoke. Be aware that their menu caters best to groups of two or more. The side dishes are bottomless and you get large portions of the main dishes. Also they are BYOB if that is a factor so you would have to go somewhere else for after dinner drinks. The Frisco website is http://www.babeschicken.com/Babes-Chicken-Dinner-House-Frisco.html
For other options in Dallas check out an older thread, titled, "10 Best Things To Eat in Dallas" at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/619786.
Sorry foiegras, I meant to reply to the original post but somehow replied to your post, BTW which had really good suggestions for the OP.
Thank you both. Smoke looks very good -- seems like the right kind of atmosphere and the menu is what we are looking for, I think, something that's more regional than some other highly rated Dallas restaurants. I think we are good with getting out of Frisco on Saturday night.
Of course, I love places like Babes, and want to eat there too. And I'm planning on Mexican on Sunday. I can see that this visit will not be good for the waistline!
Babe's is a great idea ... I've even been to that one in Frisco & forgot all about it. My favorite location is Roanoke, least favorite Sanger. They sell sorghum if you want to take some home with you. The salad is iceberg with a sweet vinaigrette, the most low-brow salad you will ever eat, but strangely delicious when done right (it can't be short on dressing because there is no other flavor). But they serve Plugra with the biscuits--love that.
PS Re Smoke ... finally a recommendation that will be good for your waistline ;) They don't seem to have a real pastry chef ... so dessert is skippable (unless something has changed recently). I had the deconstructed pineapple upside-down cake ... umm, no.