Most folks in Collin County -- and most Dallas Cowboys fans -- have heard that America's team has moved its official headquarters to the affluent Dallas suburb of Frisco. Besides the splashy new offices and fitness center, The Star in Frisco has a indoor stadium it shares with Frisco ISD (which doubles as a music venue), a high-rise hotel and a smattering of restaurants.
The first restaurant is officially open. Neighborhood Services, a Dallas-based hot spot from restaurateur Nick Badovinus, has opened on the first floor of the Omni hotel at The Star in Frisco as of Monday, July 24.
It will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Brunch will be added in late August.
Neighborhood Services in Frisco is expected to serve both hotel guests visiting D-FW as well as residents in Collin County. The closest Neighborhood Services up north was formerly in Addison, and plenty of restaurantgoers made the trek for the famous meatballs and fried asparagus.
"A lot of people going to the Addison restaurant will be thrilled to have one closer," says executive chef Richard Blankenship, who worked at the Joule Hotel in Dallas at CBD Provisions before signing on with Badovinus at Neighborhood Services.
Neighborhood Services is the first in a swath of new restaurants opening at The Star in Frisco. Here's what you need to know:
- Raising Cane's: the chicken finger restaurant opens Tuesday, July 25
- Cane Rosso: the Neapolitan pizza joint that started in Deep Ellum is expected to open July 31
- Cow Tipping Creamery: the ice cream shop from Austin that debuted in D-FW in East Dallas (and has since closed) is expected to open July 31
- Many more restaurants are expected, including Mi Cocina, Liberty Burger, East Hampton Sandwich Co., Common Table and Zaytinya
Neighborhood Services is a woodsy restaurant that seats more than 200 people, if you count the stylish spots on the wraparound patio, some of which look out over football turf begging for Cowboys selfies.
Those who know Neighborhood Services' food from its two Dallas restaurants and one Addison restaurant will find many of the same dishes from its lunch and dinner menu.
It'll be the first Neighborhood Services to sell breakfast and brunch. One of the items on Blankenship's breakfast menu include green juice: "a good glass of healthy in the morning," he says, with kale, parsley, apple, celery and other ingredients.
Blankenship's approach is "simple but interesting," he says.
Those who like the oft-ordered bacon cheeseburger at Neighborhood Services in Dallas and Addison will find it in Frisco, too, and Blankenship says they've worked hard to be sure it tastes the same, even though they have new equipment and a new staff.
His brunch menu -- not available until Aug. 25 -- includes simple classics like granola and yogurt and trendier additions like avocado toast. The quinoa bowl, with broccoli, almond pesto and a soft egg, is as Instagrammable as it is light and bright. The smoked pork hash is unhealthy and delicious.
If you go to Frisco's new Neighborhood Services, keep an eye out for the gift shop near the entrance of the hotel. There are bedazzled kids' toy cars and other Dallas Cowboys trinkets for sale.
While you're at The Star, you're in Cowboys country.
The Star in Frisco is located near Warren Parkway and the Dallas North Tollway in Frisco.