Where the FC Dallas Players Eat

Frisco’s own FC Dallas players sat down with us for a peek behind the scenes of the power-house MLS franchise. We found out where the players eat, shop and play when they aren’t on the field training or competing.

Some of the favorites include Bananas Foster French Toast at 5th Street Patio Cafe and pancakes at Frisco Diner, which is adjacent to FC Dallas’ home field, Toyota Stadium.

5th Street Patio Cafe

Tesho Akindele plays Forward for the MLS team, wears the number 13 and has a sweet tooth.  Tesho’s favorite dessert is a Sprinkles cupcake, and lucky for him, the famous bakery opened a Plano location in Legacy West, just 6 miles south of Toyota Stadium.  Stop in the store or grab a cupcake in the convenient cupcake ATM to find out why these sweets are so popular from coast to coast. Sprinkles cupcakes are a deliciously sophisticated update on an American classic, handcrafted and topped with Sprinkles trademark modern dots, rich chocolate sprinkles from France or seasonal sugar decorations.


When it’s time to relax on a patio and enjoy a beautiful evening, Taverna Rossa (Plano), Saint Ann (Dallas) and Ace’s Ice House (Frisco) rank of the top of the list.  Taverna Rossa is a local gem, serving handmade goodness and hometown flavors. Their pizza is loaded with fresh, local ingredients, like smoked brisket from McKinney and tomatoes from Canton. Akindele says the Bees Knees pizza is a winner.

Taverna Rossa Pizza

Hard Eight BBQ in The Colony is FC Dallas Midfielder Paxton Pomykal’s choice when it comes to barbeque. The home-town player knows his local favorite stops, including Yogurt Bliss (Denton), Hurts Donuts (Frisco) and Seven Mile Café (Highland Village). To mix in fun things to do while in North Texas, he suggests hitting up Top Golf and enjoying a movie at Cinemark Frisco Square.

Liberty Burger makes the list of tastiest burgers. Try the Jackie O or the Wild West at one of the six Liberty Burger locations, including Allen and Richardson.  Or, head to Twisted Root Burger Co. to enjoy their take on a flip flop and baseball cap burger joint with a big personality. Twist-ed Root likes to say the only thing they take seriously there is the food.  Walker Zimmerman, Veteran FC Dallas Defender, roots for the Bison Burger at Twisted Root.  Their half-pound patties, locally baked buns, freshly prepped toppings like hand-battered onion strings, and famous house made custom pickles and condiments are what set this place apart.  There are 12 locations in the Dallas area, including Lewisville, the Shops at Legacy in Plano and Carrollton.

Kotta Sushi Lounge

To satisfy your sushi cravings, try Zimmerman’s favorites: Kotta Sushi Lounge in Frisco and Densetsu Japanese Restaurant.  Kotta serves an extensive choice of spicy, cooked and no rice sushi options, including their Guns & Roses Roll filled with salmon, avocado and crab meat, topped with fresh tuna midnight sauce and eel sauce. Densetsu is Texas-Japanese sushi in the center of Plano, with menu favorites including Spicy Yellowtail Rolls and the Rainbow Roll with five types of fresh fish on a California Roll with ponzu sauce.

Now you know a few of the FC Dallas players go-to dining choices around town. Follow these players on twitter: @TESHO13, @PAXIPOMY, @THEWALKERZIM and @eatshopplayntx to discover even more of the best of North Texas.


Photo Descriptions:

  • TWISTED ROOT - Walker Zimmerman roots for the Bison Burger with a half-pound pattie, topped with fresh grilled onions and served on a locally baked bun. Served on the side are their famous house made custom pickles and condiments that set Twisted Root apart from the rest.
  • 5TH STREET PATIO CAFÉ - A favorite place to start the day and enjoy a lunch on the patio.
  • TESHO AKINDELE - His favorite dessert is a Sprinkles cupcake.
  • TAVERNA ROSSA - A local gem, serving handmade pizza loaded with fresh, local ingredients.
  • KOTTA SUSHI LOUNGE - Kotta serves an extensive choice of spicy, cooked and no rice sushi options.

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27 Oct 2017

By Kelly Walker