Upscale Bar & Grill Done Right at Fox Sports Grill

5 Oct

It seems recently I’ve frequented quite a few sports bars that are trying to draw a more upscale crowd with upgraded décor, abundant LCD TV’s, and “more than basics” menus.  I didn’t think Champps Americana carried out the concept well with the noisy space, overcrowded sports-themed décor, and lack of creative food.  I liked BJ’s slightly better but was still somewhat unimpressed with the atmosphere and menu selection.  This week I had lunch at the relatively new Fox Sports Grill at the Shops at Legacy, and I think as far as the upscale sports grill concept goes, this chain may finally have a successful formula.

Walk into Fox Sports Grill and you’ll be greeted by hostesses/wait staff dressed in all black.  The dining room is a combination of dark mahogany booths, tables, and lounge chairs surrounding a larger-than-life granite center bar area, which features about a dozen high definition plasma screens arranged in a circular fashion around the bar stools.  There’s not a bad seat in this house.  Though there are select pieces of sports memorabilia, they are color-coordinated with the earthy tones of the dining room as to not divert anything away from the TV’s (and they are EVERYWHERE).  At Fox Sports Grill, you never have to time yourself to a game-watching party to get “the better seats” because all seats have views of at least two of the high def plasma screens. 

Although food is not necessarily the primary attraction at a sports bar and grill, Fox Sports develops a creative and varied menu that doesn’t overwhelm like the ones at Champps and BJ’s (whose menus are so similar that one wonders if they were developed by the same restaurateur?).  There are all the traditional bar foods, plus a few surprises like shrimp and chorizo filled poblano, wasabi crusted tuna, and andouille and cornbread stuffed pork chops.  Fox Sports Grill’s menu is inspired and varied, reminiscent of New American cuisine without going to extremes like steamed Asian dumplings or gyros at Champps.  For lunch I chose penne carbonara.  My companions tried a variety of dishes, including the Asian chicken salad, pizza Florentine, and the more traditional club sandwich.  My only complaint with my dish is that the bacon was slightly on the salty side (especially since there was a high bacon to pasta ratio).  Other than that, the peppercorn cream sauce was as good as I’ve had at many Italian restaurants and the onions were caramelized perfection.  The Asian chicken salad got high praises for its honey-lime dressing.  Everyone else seemed to really enjoy their lunch, too (the handcut fries are quite good, not soggy and not too greasy). 

Service was a tad slow on our visit, mainly due to the fact that our waiter was being trained at the time.  Wait staff was very courteous and no one had any complaints. The next time I invite a group out to watch a football game, this would be my first choice spot for food and drinks while enjoying the seemingly endless sea of high definition plasma screen TV’s.

 

Rating: 3 / 5

Fox Sports Grill
5741 Legacy Rd
Plano, TX 75024

 

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