Out on Frisco City Grill's patio, the Texas sky peeks through spaces in the wooden ceiling beams. Sometimes, you'll hear the thrum of live acoustic music. The sound of the strings carries softly inside to the dining room, where more wood tones and home-kitchen furnishings inspire a community vibe. A menu stocked with homemade Southern food goes a long way in transforming what diners see and hear to what they taste. It features well-marbled spare ribs and homemade smoked tamales that, much like the piñatas at bachelor parties, are stuffed with brisket or chicken. Pecan pie, whiskey-sauce bread pudding, and other desserts end meals on a sweet note.
Many of the 90 hand-selected wines at Josephine's Italian Bistro are from Italy, making them all the more appropriate to pair with regional Italian dishes. Villa Pozzi pinot grigio, for example, crackles with floral notes and acidity crafted by a Sicilian family, allowing it to pair well with lobster ravioli and fried calamari. Fresh herbs and cheese heighten flavors of other dishes made with seasonal fish and meats, hot sausage, tomatoes, and basil. Sun-dried tomatoes, gorgonzola cheese, and pine nuts add to the palette of time-tested Italian ingredients. During Sunday brunches, omelet sizzle in skillets alongside fresh fruit, and a waffle iron cooks dough into crisp treats or maps for checkers.
Inside Main Grill’s kitchen, a French chef infuses new life into classic American dishes. Burgers with the diner's choice of a quarter-pound or a half-pound patty come in 10 forms, including the Texan, topped with bacon, fried onions, cheddar, and barbecue sauce, and the bison, whose lean meat supports pickled onions, danish blue cheese, and smoky red-pepper sauce. Chicken breasts arrive at tables between slices of bread, grilled and blanketed in creamy garlic sauce, or snuggled inside of pot pies. For breakfast, diners can dig into sweet or savory crepes, or reminisce about the ocean breeze with a seafood omelet and a tableside fan.
Bull Asian Fusion Bistro infuses traditional Korean cuisine with piquant flavors and contemporary flair. Guests dig into sizzling bibim bap bowls filled with sprouts, carrots, radish, mushroom, and egg; slurp up pan-fried yaki noodles; or sample small plates of pickled kimchi cabbage, cucumber, and pear. Each plate comes packed with fresh, healthy ingredients such as red-pepper paste, bursting with vitamins C and A to prevent cell damage, or spinach, full of lutein to promote the eyes' natural X-ray vision. But besides the veggie medleys and fried-rice dishes, the menu also offers up a number of hearty options, with shrimp-tempura bento boxes to kalbi beef short ribs.
Grover’s Pub & Grill's wide-ranging menu of time-tested pub fare corrals crowds alongside drafts and nightly live music. Diners can head outside to the patio or sink into cushy high-backed booths and munch on classic American fare such as chicken-fried steak or flatbread pizza. Large flat-screen TVs speckle the restaurant, and are concentrated around the bar, drawing sports fans to belly up and order a beer, glass of wine, or specialty cocktail as they cheer on their favorite basketball team or toe-wrestling squad. Grover's full stage hosts nightly live music, welcoming rock bands and slews of tongue-in-cheek cover bands—ranging from The Beatles to Kiss—to entertain crowds jockeying to bathe beneath the colored light shows.
Le Peep's focus on breakfast and lunch stems from a decision made more than 40 years ago, when Buddy and Rhoda Waldman opened The Village Pantry in Aspen, Colorado, and—not wanting to miss a half day of skiing—would close the kitchen each day before noon. The duo would continue to tinker with their concept, stare at it through a novelty-sized microscope, and change its name before it eventually migrated to Texas.
Nowadays, the kitchen staff perpetuates the breakfast-crafting tradition by offering omelets, eggs benedict, skillets, and build-your-own pancake options that use ingredients such as walnuts, bacon, pineapple, and chocolate chips. Traditional dishes are augmented with unique twists, such as the Gooey Buns, english muffins broiled with brown sugar, cinnamon, and almonds and served with a signature side of Mom's Sassy Apples. During midday hours, a variety of salads, burgers, and sandwiches parades out of the kitchen accompanied by smoothies, juices, or Mother Parkers coffee. Le Peep's catering service delivers breakfast and lunch fare to homes, events, or filibustered neighborhood-watch meetings.