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Cedars Woodfire Grill Opens in West Plano – Great Family-Friendly Restaurant

Submitted by on March 7, 2011 – 6:59 pmNo Comment

I had the good fortune to enjoy lunch at Cedars Woodfire Grill, a new and very welcome concept, in restaurant food in Plano. I sat down with Laurie Curtis, one of the co-founders and co-creators of Cedars. First, I loved Laurie, she is very knowledgeable and passionate, plus we discovered we went to the same high school in San Antonio and we both went to Texas A&M for undergrad. What a small world! Second, while our conversation was delightful, what mom can’t talk about their kids all day long, the food was super yummy. Not only was it yummy, but Cedars mission of “Eat Well. Live Well. Feel Good” is obvious in the fresh quality of their food. And finally, being a mom of two little ones, Laurie has made sure that Cedars Woodfire Grill caters to families in a variety of ways.

The decor was beautiful with lots of brick and wood and felt very open yet elegant for a “fast food” eatery. Like La Madeleine, you walk up to the counter and order and then servers bring your food. Like Pei Wei, they had great photos of the food on boards as you are standing in line, very visually appealing and appetizing! They even have a menu board just for the Kids’ meals so kids can literally see what they want to eat. They have a great fireplace in the main entry and a huge patio that we all need to take advantage of during this gorgeous spring weather.

I think what was most important and impressive to me is that Cedars does not have a microwave, deep fryer or a deep freezer, all of their food is prepared fresh daily on site! Where else can you go and be 100% certain you are getting food this fresh other than your own kitchen? Plus, they have made it easy for people with food sensitivities to eat at Cedars. They have a variety of items that can be prepared gluten-free and Curtis says they have worked with staff to educate them on what to ask and how to make sure that people’s needs are being met!

A couple of other fun, kid-friendly features that make me want to go back with my kids: stools in the bathroom so you don’t have to hold your little one’s up to wash their hands, getting yourself soaked in the process; the staff will bring your kids complimentary pita chips to snack on while waiting for their food; and my personal favorite for crazy activity-filled evenings – order ahead and park curbside in a Grill-2–Go spot and they will bring the food to you.

What did I eat? The Steakhouse Chop salad, it was yummy! The steak was tender and the balsamic vinaigrette was fabulous. They had a tasty variety of iced teas, I had the Mandarin Orange green tea, and loved it. The best part was their dessert, and worth going back for often! It’s called S’mores Fondue. Imagine a warm bowl full of melted Ghiradelli chocolate (my personal favorite), covered in mini-marshmallows and Reese’s peanut butter chips that have been browned, so they are melted but not too gushy. This was served with graham crackers and huge strawberries on skewers for dipping. They do serve a variety of wine and beer, so while this is a family-friendly location, I wouldn’t mind camping out on the patio for date night with the hubby!

I recommend giving it a try soon! Here are the hours and the location. And of course, a huge thank you to Laurie Curtis for great lunch and great company! Congrats on your newest baby!

Hours of Operation

Lunch and dinner 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; and 10:30a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday. Curbside service is available.

Location: 6509 W. Park Blvd. (NE corner of Park and Midway) Plano, TX 75093

(972) 378-1222

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