John Franke
John Franke makes your food look good. He makes it pretty tasty, as well. From Nick’s Fish Market in Chicago to Pappas Restaurants in Dallas, Franke has been tantalizing taste buds for years. Now serving as the Corporate Chef for Front Burner Restaurants, Franke may spend most of his time acting as Executive Chef of the upscale eatery The Ranch at Las Colinas, but he also works to keep the kitchens at several other restaurants in top shape. This includes the Twin Peaks chain, where he took a menu of prepackaged foods and upgraded it to almost all made-from-scratch recipes. The bottom line here is Franke strives to bring guests fresh, farm-to-fork food that simply make Texans happy, whether you’re dining on Chicken-Fried Quail or Buffalo Wings. Dig in.
I live in Lewsiville
Favorite Restaurant:
R+D Kitchen
Best Sushi:
Best Italian:
Bruno’s Ristorante in Valley Ranch
Best place for late night dining:
The Knox/Henderson Avenue area, I like Victory Tavern
Best dessert:
Bolsa. The peanut butter and jelly thing is awesome.
Best place for a romantic date:
York Street
Best Sunday brunch:
The Worthington Hotel in Ft. Worth
Hautest Club/Lounge:
I’m more of a pub guy, so any Irish pub. The Old Monk is good
All-around favorite spot in Dallas:
If I was going to go somewhere to unwind and hang out, it would be The Porch on Henderson Avenue.
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
William Sonoma, Sur La Table
Favorite Charity Event:
The Twin Peaks Golf Tournament for Breast Cancer, and The Hoedown at the Dallas Farmers Market
Favorite Cultural Event:
Oktoberfest in Addison
Favorite Cultural Institution:
Any of the Smithsonian Museums in Washington D.C.
Best Steakhouse:
Pappas Bros Steakhouse
Best Pizza:
Cole Vine’s
Best Lunch:
The Ranch at Las Colinas. I have no idea because I never go out to lunch
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
I run in my neighborhood
Best Massage:
Massage Envy
Best Museum/Exhibit:
The Dallas Aquarium
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