Frisco lucks out with a supremely practical, diner-friendly new restaurant called Three Squares, opening this week across from FC Dallas Stadium.
Located in Frisco Square, the restaurant comes from Josh Babb, co-owner of Kenichi in Victory Park. Babb says he was inspired by places like Paradise Bakery or La Madeleine that offer a broad menu and stay open all day. But he wanted better food.
Owner Josh Babb built the space from the ground up, with a design by William Baker, who "outdid himself, with salvaged woods and chalkboards," Babb says.
"We took that kind of concept and added a chef-caliber menu, killer bar, patio and a specialty cocktail menu," he says.
As the name implies, it's open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu was conceived by restaurant consultant Roger Kaplan, founder of Restaurant Innovations. The chef is Stan Rodrigues, formerly of Dallas-based Nick & Sam’s Grill.
The food menu has lots of options for different tastes. For breakfast, there are five tacos, yogurt-granola parfait, Belgian waffles and s'mores French toast.
Starters and salads include chips and salsa, cannelini bean hummus, Cajun deviled eggs, bruschetta, fried pickles, Caesar with blackened salmon, Chinese chicken, and a "farmers" salad with roasted vegetables.
Six burgers range from a $7 plain burger to a $12 steak burger. Shakes come in exotic flavors like peanut butter and praline. Entrees such as potato-crusted mahi mahi and pork belly with egg are casual. A large assortment of sides includes mac and cheese, potato tots, and jalapeño grits.
Babb built the space from the ground up, with a design by William Baker, who "outdid himself, with salvaged woods and chalkboards — like what Twisted Root does, but not quite so kitschy," Babb says.
The general manager is Ghostbar alum Sean Clavir, who frees up Babb to continue to oversee Kenichi. He lives in Dallas, but he wanted to open Three Squares in Frisco because he felt like the town didn't have anything like it.
"You see a place like Whiskey Cake that has done so well in Plano, which never had anything like that," Babb says. "Three Squares feels more like Bishop Arts. We're going to have a restaurant that Frisco can be proud of."