The Star in Frisco is many things to many people.
Dallas Cowboys fans are crazy about the mock football field and monster digital screen that flanks the Ford Center, a 12,000-seat athletic facility that’s home to Frisco ISD football, and about the fact that here lies the world headquarters of America’s Team.
But the 91-acre campus also plays home to a variety of restaurants — it will sport more than 30 dining options when finally complete — from uber-upscale Dee Lincoln Prime to the fast-casual mecca that is East Hampton Sandwich Co.
Besides Zaytinya, here are some of the current best bets:
Dee Lincoln Prime
This gorgeous 8,000-square-foot spot is part steakhouse (naturally — Lincoln is known as the “Queen of Steaks” and co-founded Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse), part sushi den. Whether your reserve a spot at the exclusive six-seat sushi bar for sushi chef Mark Tungcmittrong’s omakase or enjoy a steak (sourced from Allen Brothers, a “premier purveyor of prime meat”) from executive chef TJ Lengnick (Stephan Pyles, Shinsei), you can’t go wrong. There’s also a dramatic tequila wall/library that stocks some 32 types of tequila, from Riazal ($15 per 1.5 ounce) to Patron Lalique ($950).
This offshoot of the lovable Lovers Lane location from chef Nick Badovinus features the same bistro-esque fare, but just inside the Star’s Omni Hotel. With a view of the football field, fans can rally behind swoon-worthy starters like the Jonah Crab and Sonoma Jack gratin ($15), and crispy asparagus with lemon dill creme fraiche ($10) and then tackle a Wedge My Way salad (spiced pecans, bacon and Point Reyes blue cheese, $12) or cheer(fully take) on the London Broil steak frites ($26).
This 17-year-old concept out of Asheville, N.C., brings its fresh twist on Southern fare to its first location in Texas, offering blueberry champagne pancakes and cauliflower steaks, but also a menu full of crowd-pleasers, like fried green tomatoes and steak and eggs. For brunch, make sure to get a couple of orders of bacon pralines ($5), two thick strips of fatty pork covered in candied pecans and caramelized sugar. The menu toes the line from the somewhat healthy — avocado toast with a field greens-n-beets salad ($14) — to the diet-busting Honey Dusted Fried Chicken ($24).
Cow Tipping Creamery
Soft-serve ice cream is front and center at this small walk-up, just the third location of a business that started as an ice cream truck but was acquired a couple of years ago by Jay Jerrier, founder of Dallas-based Neapolitan pizza chain Cane Rosso (which also has a location at The Star), who opened locations in Carrollton and Frisco. Try a stacker, which is like a parfait, featuring loaded-up ice cream with such tantalizing ingredients as birthday-cake crumbs and lemon curd. Who can resist the At the Ritz (a small cup is $5), which has your choice of ice cream along with brown-butter Ritz crackers, brown-sugar hot fudge and rummy caramel sauce? Sweet, salty and out of bounds (in a good way), it’s a terrific ending to any meal at The Star.