Luckily, I live just a few miles from Frisco’s hottest new area, The Star. My family and I are there constantly, but so many people I talk to don’t even know that all of The Star’s great dining, shops, and businesses exist. Yes, most people know The Star in Frisco houses the Cowboys’ World Headquarters and the Cowboys’ new state-of-the-art training facility, The Ford Center. There’s even an exclusive, private social club and restaurant called The Cowboys Club, available to members only. But since the area is set back a quarter-mile from the Tollway, unless you actually turn in, you may miss everything that this hip, new, open-to-the-public area has to offer: think of it like a mini Legacy West…just a mile or so north of Legacy West. They don’t call it the 5 Billion Dollar Mile for nothing!
My husband and I first discovered The Star in Frisco when we decided to check out Cowboys Fit, the luxe 60,000 square foot gym that is attached to both the Cowboys’ corporate office buildings and the training facility. It’s exactly what you might expect from Jerry Jones and the Cowboys brand: new, clean, all the bells and whistles, cutting-edge equipment, and cheekily named group fitness classes, such as Tight End (an intense glutes and thigh-toning class) and America’s Team Training (a total body circuit class). And yes, since the famous Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders work out and train here, the gym is consistently chock-full of pretty young things (both girls AND guys), but not to worry, there are always plenty of normal moms and business people there of all ages and fitness levels there, too!
Beyond all that, though, we have discovered what’s known as The Star District, the huge retail area just south of the Ford Center.
Restaurants at The Star in Frisco
Neighborhood Services: Like the other Dallas locations, The Star’s Neighborhood Services has a cozy, friendly atmosphere and downright delicious, upscale comfort food. It’s located at the bottom of the Omni Hotel and directly across from the Ford Center, i.e., super easy to access with complimentary valet. While each NS location has a slightly different menu, you can’t go wrong with the Butcher’s Meatballs in the Original Voodoo Sauce…or really ANYTHING on the menu that includes the Voodoo Sauce.
Cane Rosso: Known for its authentic, wood-fired Neapolitan pizza, Cane Rosso is a must try. Each pizza is cooked in less than 90 seconds at 900 degrees in a huge, open-faced oven. If you get there before 6pm, take advantage of the weekday Happy Hour to get seriously discounted food and drinks. Do yourself a favor and order the hugely popular “off-menu” pizzas for a sweet and spicy mix that will rock your face off.
Ziziki’s: Locally and family-owned and operated, Ziziki’s brings fresh, modern, Greek-inspired cuisine to The Star’s lineup. Ziziki’s uses only the most quality organic ingredients to create their mouthwatering dishes. Check out their award-winning Champagne Brunch on Sundays, popular Greek Wine Flights and live music on Friday and Saturday nights. DO NOT miss the Baklava Ice Cream Cake.
Dee Lincoln Prime: Next time you’re feeling fancy, try Dee Lincoln Prime for a fine dining experience offering prime steaks, fresh seafood, and an in-house sushi bar. With a globally inspired wine list and full “tequila library”, there’s something for everyone. The service is always great and as my interior designer friend pointed out to me, the bathrooms are beautiful, which is always a plus.
Tupelo Honey: Tupelo Honey is one of my family’s faves at The Star in Frisco, which is a brand new restaurant to the metroplex (and all of Texas for that matter). Originating in the Carolinas, Tupelo Honey features scratch-made Southern cooking that changes seasonally. The interior is bright, fresh, and cute as a button, and the airy patio features big, comfy outdoor padded booths around large tables. Run, don’t walk, to try the Cathead Biscuits, served with house-made blueberry jam and whipped butter. The craft cocktails are all pretty darn good, too, including the 99% Texan Vodka Tonic and the Pomegranate-Ginger Mule.
The Common Table: Any place that serves table-side S’mores for Two is alright in my book. Check out The Common Table for the their constantly rotating selection of craft beers on tap, and fab comfort food (try the Herb-Roasted Chicken Pot Pie). CT is also known for their endless events, such as Wednesday Night Live Trivia Nights, and weekend Hip-Hop brunches, etc. For example, I recently attended a blowup Tyrannosaurus Rex relay race that my husband participated in that was hosted at Common Table by a local brewery. His team came in second: it was my proudest moment as a wife (insert eye-roll emoji here).
Check out LOTS of other dining options here.
Beyond the gym and the great food options, The Star in Frisco has lots of great shops.
Shopping at The Star in Frisco
Fans United: One of the best selections of local NFL (Dallas Cowboys, of course), NBA, MLB, MLS, NHL, NCAA, and area high school gear I’ve ever seen, at, get this, decent prices.
Charlotte Jones Collection: Named after Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President & Chief Brand Officer, Charlotte Jones Anderson (Jerry’s daughter), this luxury retail boutique is chock-full of meticulously curated designer gear for men, women, and children, including some exclusively made items from the likes of Kendra Scott, Peter Millar, and Paige Denim. Charlotte Jones Collection is located in the lobby of the Omni Frisco Hotel.
A great way to explore all that The Star in Frisco has to offer is by checking out their first annual Restaurant Week at The Star! Restaurant Week runs between 9/17/18-10/14/18, and offers diners an opportunity to enjoy special lunch and dinner menus from The Star’s restaurants, all while raising money for the North Texas Food Bank. Don’t miss it!