BarnLight Eatery A Tasty Twist On Southern Food In Frisco

BarnLight Eatery A Tasty Twist On Southern Food In Frisco

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When someone rhetorically asks if you were raised in a barn, it’s usually not meant to be flattering. (I wasn’t, by the way. Raised in a barn. Nor was I raised by wolves, if that was your next question.) But if you were to put that question to Philip Doyal, Executive Chef and Owner of the new(ish) BarnLight Eatery in Frisco, he might smile knowingly to himself, and offer you another dish of what he defines as “modern Southern [food], steeped in Texas tradition.”Well, okay. But what IS that, exactly? 
For Starters - Fried Green Tomaotes
     
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Doyal’s take on the classic fried green tomatoes (the food, not the movie) fancies itself up with a blackeyed pea relish, and cornmeal-breaded tomatoes served on a bed of crayfish remoulade. Very Southern, and very good. At a price point of $9.99, I wish there were more than three tomato slices on the plate. My grandmaw used to pile a plate high with fried green tomatoes – but then my grandmaw didn’t have the overhead of a restaurant strategically located between Frisco and McKinney. 
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Question: what’s more Southern than fried catfish? Answer: nothing. At all. It can be a challenge to modernize something so traditional, and Doyal doesn’t try to overdo it. He dredges his catfish filets in good old-fashioned cornmeal, fries them up, and serves them with an avocado-citrus relish, a lime cabbage slaw (more citrus), and herb fries (no citrus that I could detect). This dish was on the lunch menu, and was actually a dollar less than my appetizer. Which caused me to scratch my head just a bit. BarnLight definitely has good food going for it. However, even though it’s in a high-traffic area, that area is still a strip center, and people are more accustomed to pizza buffets and sandwich shops in these locations than they are Southern nouvelle cuisine. They’ll need some serious word-of-mouth in order to get regulars coming back. Which is kind of what I’m doing here, isn’t it? (See? I knew I was good for something.)

BarnLight Eatery 
15922 ElDorado Pkwy, Ste 700 
Frisco TX 75035 
(214) 592-0238 
barnlighteatery.com

 


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