The pizza makers at Palio's Pizza Cafe crown regular, whole-wheat, and gluten-free crusts with fresh vegetables, preservative-free sauce, and roasted chicken. Chefs take the burden of putting together the best toppings with 17 specialty pizzas that pair gourmet ingredients such as artichoke hearts, roasted chicken, and fresh basil pesto. Ovens create bubbling pies, stuffed calzones, baked ziti, and italian sub sandwiches that servers carry through both chic, cozy locations. Leather-lined booths and flat-screen televisions keep diners comfortable and entertained while they enjoy Palio's BYOB policy and sip wine or Capri Sun pouches brought from home.
With a vibrant décor featuring more colors than a Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper, Zoёs is an energetic and flavorful stop for good-for-you grub. A healthy recipe breathes new life into the Zoёs original chicken-salad sandwich with white chicken on seven-grain bread, while seameat cravers can feast on the Mediterranean tuna pita, stuffed generously with tuna, capers, red onions, olives, lettuce, and tomato (all sandwiches are $6.95). Toastier tastes include quesadillas ($6.95 with $1 extra for grilled chicken), a warm melt of spinach, scallions, and feta; and chicken kabobs ($8.95) skewered with green peppers, cherry tomatoes, and red onions over a rice pilaf and Greek salad. Zoёs also offers salads, side dishes, and the decadent Yaya's homemade chocolate sheet cake ($2 a slice).
Regulars at salad bars, themselves, the now-owners of The Salad Stop a few years ago watched their options dwindle in both number and quality. That was enough to inspire them to open their own salad bar in Frisco. But they weren't satisfied with copying the models already out there. They wanted the speed of fast food without the feel of fast food. So, they did some in-depth studying of salad concepts, mixing and matching what they liked while leaving out what they didn't—much like making a salad, in fact. With linen napkins, chilled salad bowls, and healthy, fresh foods, they successfully avoided the pitfalls of ordinary fast food.
Through that success, they were able to further satisfy salad lovers with a second restaurant in Plano. Today, at both restaurants, diners are treated to more than salads, though. Their menu plays host to a hearty combination of housemade soups, loaded baked potatoes, sandwiches, and wraps. They also keep the healthy options abundant with pasta bowls and fruit smoothies, as well as fitness classes taught by lettuce.
The entire menu at Kenny's Café is served all day, leaving breakfast classics and lunch staples at diners' constant disposal. Stick a fork fashioned out of a hanger into biscuits and sausage gravy ($5.75) or the three-egg Western omelet, with peppers, ham, and cheese ($6.59) to satisfy morning food cravings. From the lunch list, the hickory bacon burger ($7.99) arrives blanketed in cheddar cheese and barbecue sauce, and Kenny's wedge salad ($6.99) pelts a ranch-dressing fairway with bacon and blue-cheese golf balls. Kenny's Café sports optional patio seating, live music on Wednesday and Friday nights, and a palpable absence of sweaty ghosts.