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The Best New North Texas Restaurants Outside of Dallas — Sometimes the Suburbs and Satellite Cities Rule

Where to Eat in November — Frisco, Plano and Richardson Power

BY // 11.01.19

Editor’s note: The Dallas restaurant scene is constantly changing, with new hotspots, must-try places and major food events coming along on a daily basis. Even the most dedicated foodie can have trouble keeping up. Don’t worry, PaperCity has you covered.

This month in particular, the cities around Dallas have been exploding with new restaurants opening just in time for autumn. We narrowed down the list to the absolute best to make it a little bit easier to choose where to go next.

Here are the best new North Texas restaurants outside of Dallas:


3685 The Star Boulevard, Frisco

Actor Mark Wahlberg’s family burger and bar concept has just opened a new restaurant at The Star in Frisco. Founded with his brothers Donnie and chef Paul Wahlberg, and featured on their A&E reality show, the Wahlburgers serves burgers, sandwiches, sides and specialty cocktails.

There’s a full bar with wine and beer, including the custom brewed Pale Ale from Boston’s Harpoon Brewery called Wahlbrewski.

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Burger options include Mark Wahlberg’s favorite Thanksgiving Day with ground seasoned turkey, stuffing, house-made orange-cranberry sauce, roasted butternut squash and mayo. Donnie Wahlberg’s choice is the BBQ Bacon Burger with white cheddar cheese, bacon, avocado, jalapenos and barbecue sauce. And Paul’s signature Our Burger with lettuce, tomato, onion, government cheese, Wahl sauce and pickles is his fave.

Wahlburgers also offer Wahlbowls (burger in a bowl), and sandwiches like the Portobello, Mom’s Sloppy Joe, Jenn’s Chicken and Crispy Haddock.

Mark’s favorite Thanksgiving Day burger. Courtesy of Wahlburgers

Trophy Park USA

6770 Winning Drive, Ste. 900, Frisco

A new massive entertainment complex and restaurant also just opened at The Star. Along with bowling, live, music, bocce ball and games, Trophy Park USA is serving an upscale food menu. The 13,000 square foot space offers two patios and tons of televisions for sports watching.

Executive chef Johnathon Pauley (Water Grill Dallas) has cooked up a menu of appetizers, steaks and seafood. For apps, the menu includes Kung Pao Cauliflower, Confit Potstickers and Venison Meatballs. There will also be handhelds such as Brisket Suadero Tacos and Short Rib Grilled Cheese. And for entrees, Chef Pauley has items such as King Crab Legs, Arctic Char, Smoked Tenderloin, Tomahawk Ribeye and a Seafood Tower.

here’s also the Trophy Platter, which comes with prime tomahawk ribeye, hot dog, cheeseburger, bone marrow, prosciutto, duck egg, 12-ounce NY strip and chef’s selection. Chilled dishes like salmon tartare and ceviche and flatbread variations are also available.

Heirloom Haul (Coming Soon)

6765 Winning Drive, Ste. 830, Frisco

Set to open on November 8, Heirloom Haul comes from Flea Style’s Brittany Cobb. Along with a new location of Flea Style, the store will include a fast-casual twist on a classic antique mall tea room. The menu will consist of salads, sandwiches, tea sandwiches and local desserts. You will also be able to drink coffee, beer or wine while you shop.

Chef Ryan Wooley will lead the kitchen, which will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.

CraftWay Kitchen

5809 Preston Road, Ste. 578, Plano

Newly opened at LakeSide Market in Plano, CraftWay Kitchen is an American tavern from a duo of restaurant execs. The restaurant’s name has been altered since we first revealed it was coming back in August. Anyway, the local neighborhood tavern has a vast menu of American foods.

Starters include charcuterie, chicken lollipops, blue cheese chips, candied bacon and more. For entrees, you can choose between a filet, ribeye, ahi tuna, grilled Verlasso salmon, five spice baby back ribs, or chicken milanese. They also have sandwiches, including a pastrami reuben, French dip, grilled cheese, as well as salads like a superfood salad and spinach salad with salmon. There are two soup choices: French onion with a puff pastry and roasted tomato.

And along with food, a true tavern must also have cocktails. Frozen drinks like a mule and Old Fashion are offered, as well as specialty creations like a pineapple martini and prickly pear julep.

The Italian Job

7800 Windrose Avenue, Plano (Inside of Legacy Hall)

Just opened in Plano’s Legacy Hall, The Italian Job is an Italian street food restaurant that serves scratch-made pastas. Coming from South African chef Clifford Barratt, the new spot is serving night different dishes under the price of $10. Pasta options include Spaghetti, Casarecce and Tagliatelle, as well as a healthier Zucchini noodle option.

These include Renzo’s Pasta, made with casarrecce, Mamma’s Red Sauce, bacon, bell peppers, chili and cream, and Cacio e Pepe with spaghetti, pecorino, parmesan and black pepper. Two options are made with the tagliatelle pasta — Pasta Alla Scorglio (shrimp, rosa tomatoes, lemon, basil, chili and olive oil) and Tagliatelle Bolognese. There’s also an eggplant parmesan called Melanzane alla Parmigiana and The Meatball Bowl, which is a shared plate with focaccia bread and choice between Mamma’s Red Sauce or Dijon sauce.

Lockwood Distilling Co.

506 Lockwood Drive, Ste. A, Richardson

A brand new distillery and restaurant has recently opened its doors in Richardson. Lockwood Distilling Co. comes from husband and wife entrepreneurs Evan and Sally Batts. Set up as a comfortable neighborhood joint, the couple combines Evan’s distilling experience and Sally’s love for connection.

Chef Justin Box (Cafe Momentum, The Cedars Social) is cooking up a menu of “traditional, but elevated” Southern cuisine. Dishes include a tuna melt, pimento cheese dip, kale salad and pork chop. The tuna melt is a must-try with tuna, cheese and greens. As for drinks, unique concoctions include cinnamon rum, vanilla rum and hibiscus vodka are a few. There will also be gin, whiskey and frozen concoctions.

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Chef Justin Box’s Tuna Melt (Photo by Susie Oszustowicz)

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