In the heart of old Frisco, right beyond the railroad tracks, sits a beautiful, green-painted house with a stone walkway at 7110 Main Street. You may have driven by a few times, possibly even noticed the seasonal porch, two white swings, and inviting entrance that feels like coming home for dinner.
And not just any dinner, but a locally sourced, farm-to-table meal made in a scratch kitchen, served by the friendliest and most accommodating staff. The Heritage Table is a rare family-owned gem in the franchise-heavy Frisco restaurant industry.
The ambience is immediately noticeable from the front door: Warm and welcoming with deep, rich wood tones and a Gatsby-style bar makes for the beginnings of a night you will never forget.
Rich Vana, owner, head chef, and proud Baylor alum, started his career as a sportswriter, eventually evolving into a food writer.
Staging at multiple high-end restaurants in Dallas for research and inspiration for his food writing career, he became a self-taught chef, focusing on curing, smoking, and pickling.
Rich works alongside his kitchen crew and thanks his staff daily for their hard work.
Being the friendly guy he is, patrons can even persuade him to make an appearance during dinner. It is not unusual to see him greeting new and regular guests alike.
Abby Christian, an adjunct faculty member in the Collin College culinary school, assists Rich as the general manager.
They go out of their way to bring you various seasonal flavors, an intentionally selected wine list, and crafted signature cocktails for your dining pleasure.
The restaurant highlights its partnership with local farms: A Bar N Ranch wagyu beef, Driftwood Meadows farm eggs, and heritage pork. Plus, seasonal fruits and vegetables from Comeback Creek Farms, microgreens, and herbs from Profound Microfarms, Lost Ruby Ranch goat cheese, and Texas Fungus mushrooms.
The house is full of character. There is a Harry Potter-style closet underneath the swirling staircase, original wooden floors, historical artwork, and an enclosed seasonal porch that diners can enjoy during any Texas weather. There is even a romantic back room for date-night or private parties.
Initially a Catholic School House and boarding home for teachers, then a biker bar (yes, you read that correctly), and then multiple other culinary businesses in between, The Heritage Table was established five years ago.
Start your meal with a unique cocktail.
The Cherry Buzz is an upgraded “Old Fashioned” with house infused Luxardo cherry bourbon, agave, and orange bitters, or the Friscopolitan, a locally inspired cosmopolitan.
Indulge your taste buds with appetizers such as The Butcher Board, featuring house-cured meats and warm pimento cheese in a skillet with crostini and house-pickled vegetables.
The myriad of fresh flavors lingers with each bite.
Check out the yummy fried green tomatoes and the brown-butter pear and pistachio salad. Some diners say this dish has changed their life!
For your entrée, a guest favorite is the country-fried chicken piccata with homemade pasta and a pickled mushroom salad.
Fish lovers should try the Kvaroy salmon filet or the butter-poached redfish.
Don’t forget to add the warm milk and honey rolls! Is your mouth watering yet?
What would a unique dining experience be without dessert? Save room for a sweet ending!
With chocolate silk pie, cinnamon bun bread pudding (my personal recommendation), and seasonal fried pies with the option of homemade ice cream, there is little room left to impress!
The Heritage Table also features multi-course Farm Dinners with wine or bourbon pairings for those special occasions.
Once you enjoy the inviting atmosphere and the excellent food, you’ll understand why The Heritage Table has so many five-star reviews! I recommend early reservations, which are available on the OpenTable app.
For more information, visit www.theheritagetable.com.