Coppell’s New Chicken Shack Would Make Grandma Proud

By Kelli McClain, Contributor

I had the opportunity to visit my grandma’s house a couple of weeks ago … no wait, it wasn’t Grandma’s house. It was Quincy’s Chicken Shack in Coppell!

Coppell's New Chicken Shack Would Make a Southern Grandma Proud |

It just FELT like I was in Grandma’s house because of the atmosphere. I walked in and there were picnic benches with quilts covering haystacks for seats and bulk cans of beans with cute sayings on them. There was a huge, gorgeous chandelier, too, because Grandma has taste. In the far back was a bar that looks like a shack in Grandma’s yard that is perfect for spring and summer barbecue, but barbecue’s not the specialty here, it’s chicken.


Frisco Restaurant and Gaming Hub Brings on Brunch

By Kelli McClain, Contributor

Nerdlings, I have found a new place for you, called It’s a fabulous gamer’s paradise/coffee shop/bar in Frisco across from the Toyota Stadium on Main Street, with craft beers and cocktails and, last but not least, upscale food. As they say, a place outside the norm.

Frisco Restaurant and Gaming Hub Brings on Brunch |

There are gaming booths to sit in and play pretty much whatever you want, but I went retro, played Mario Kart and sadly came in 8th place. So I consoled myself with some delicious cocktails. Frisco Restaurant and Gaming Hub Brings on Brunch | The Java Mana (right) has an energy drink and some mana, vodka, coffee and, according to the menu, a bit of sorcery. It’s a pretty strong drink, and I was wired for hours but, hey — it’s brunch! My guest had @nerdvana’s seasonal martini, a peppermint potion that tasted like Christmas; the restaurant changes the flavor of this drink every few months. In addition to these specialties, the restaurant offers brunch classics like mimosas and bloody Marys. You can sip and sit at the bar and play games on larger screens.


Uptown Dallas Adds Fogo de Chao to Its Mix

By Kelli McClain, Contributor

I recently had the opportunity to visit Fogo de Chão in Uptown Dallas, the newest outpost (and second in Dallas) in the upscale Brazilian chain known for an extensive market bar and all-you-can-eat meat that is carved tableside.

Fogo de Chao Opens New Uptown Dallas Restaurant |

I grabbed some friends, and we headed over to McKinney Avenue, the hotbed of shops, clubs and lounges ideal for checking out before or after Fogo. Thank goodness you can valet at the steakhouse!


Toast This Wine for Divas on the Go!

By Valerie Jarvie, Contributor

Mild weather already reminds us picnic season is just around the corner. Just in time, is a portable new sipper on the market — actually two! Backpack Wine sent me samples of an innovatively packaged new wine product available in the Dallas — wine in white and rosé blends that come in four-packs of 250-milliliter cans, a lightweight and eco-friendly alternative to heavy glass, perfect for picnics, glamping and pool parties.

Portable Wines for Goddesses on the Go! Get to know Backpack Wines |

Made from grapes sourced from Washington State’s Wahluke Slope, Backpack Wine come in two varieties.


Breakfast Restaurant Yolk Unveils New Dallas Branch

By Valerie Jarvie, Contributor

Yolk, be my Valentine!

Now open in Preston Center, the third Metroplex location (following One Arts Plaza and Fort Worth’s Sundance Square) of Yolk, a Chicago-based breakfast and lunch specialist, won my heart at a media dinner last week showcasing the concept’s signature dishes.

Breakfast Joint Yolk Opens New Dallas Branch |

Yolk features hearty portions of tasty traditional breakfast dishes and soup, salad and sandwich options for lunch, with special nuances. Case in point: Yolk’s version of Chicken and Waffles, a generous plate of juicy fried chicken breast with a crunchy crust over waffles inflected with bits of bacon, all the better topped with sausage gravy and accompanied by a side of maple syrup. Deeeevine.


Healthy Eats Restaurant Flower Child Coming to Dallas

This spring, Dallas will add a new gem to its roster of healthy-dining destinations.

Flower Child, a new-to-Dallas concept from the brains behind True Food Kitchen, is opening at Inwood Village in March, bringing a slew of organic, veg/vegan and gluten-free options perfect for health-conscious eaters.

New Healthy Eats Restaurant Set To Land in Dallas |

Methinks if you’re as big a fan of True Food as I am, Flower Child will be right up your culinary alley. I’m just a big, ol’ fan of Fox Restaurant Concepts’ eateries all around, having raved over The Henry, an incredible casual restaurant-bar in FRC’s home turf of Phoenix/Scottsdale; that concept’s slated to come to Dallas, too!


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