Tupelo Honey Café Brings “Appalachian Charm” and Seriously Good Southern Fare to Frisco

Fried chicken and 75¢ martinis?! Yes – let’s do it!

Food, food, food!!! (Image courtesy of Tupelo Honey)

Tupelo Honey Café opened their first location in downtown Asheville, N.C., nearly two decades ago. This past summer, the restaurant opened their 15th location, their first in Texas, at The Star in Frisco.

Tupelo Honey, led by Chef Eric Gabrynowicz, is known for its signature cocktail offerings and eclectic food menu of made-from-scratch, traditional and modern Southern favorites, served for brunch, lunch, happy hour, and dinner.

One of the most popular items on the menu is the Honey Dusted Fried Chicken – a half-bird, that has been brined for 24-hours, fried, sprinkled with their signature ‘bee dust’, and served with two sides. The chicken turns out to be super moist and flavorful. I love the extra element of the ‘bee dust’. It’s a great sweet and savory kick. Don’t pass on this chicken! This is the perfect southern-style dinner for two.

Cauliflower Steak (Image courtesy of Tupelo Honey)

One of the best things about Tupelo Honey is that they have fully integrated some meatless options onto the main menu.

So if chicken, steak or seafood are not your desire, consider my personal favorite, the Cauliflower Steak – a hearty slice of cauliflower grilled and placed on parsnip purée and quinoa, then topped beech mushrooms, and rainbow chard.

Don’t be fooled thinking that eating meatless means that you will not be able to enjoy flavorful food that fills you up. The cauliflower has a wonderful caramelize flavor and I really loved the mushrooms and chard. This dish is a main option and honestly is enough to share, maybe as an appetizer even.

Mountain Smoke (Image courtesy of Tupelo Honey)

Since the weather is finally starting to cool off in the metroplex, this is the time of the year I like to enjoy some whiskey.

One of the cocktails I was really impressed with is Mountain Smoke – Balcone’s single-malt Texas whiskey, rosemary, house-made Cuban cigar bitters, coffee, and dry ice.

Mountain Smoke is a showstopper cocktail. The dry ice smoke bellows at first but settles over time. The cocktail itself is balanced and smooth, perfect for sipping on the large Tupelo Honey covered patio overlooking ‘The Huddle’ sculpture.

Are you ready to try Tupelo Honey for yourself? This is super small sampling of all the wonderful small plates, main dishes, salads, desserts, happy hour snacks, and cocktails Tupelo Honey has on the menu. Go visit and find your favorites.

Tupelo Honey is located at 6725 Winning Drive Frisco, TX 75034. Their hours are Monday – Friday: 11am-Close, Saturday – Sunday: 9am-Close and Happy Hour – Everyday 4-7pm.

Scoop: From 11am to 4pm, for a limited time, Tupelo Honey has three martinis for 75¢. YES – 75¢! It’s the best deal in town!