There is a new restaurant that just opened up in Downtown McKinney, Texas. Touted online as a French Bistro, we got curious as to what is going on behind the scenes at this new exciting place, and got an opportunity to chat with the restaurant’s executive chef. Aaron Thomas, the man behind the buzz, gave atombash.com an exclusive interview on August 20, 2015, and here are the details that everyone is dying to know.
Thomas is a native of Louisiana, and so the food he makes is influenced by the French influences of the Louisiana countryside. Learning at first as a child the techniques his mother and grandmother gave their food, Mr. Thomas reflected back on how his true passion was born. Commenting on how his mother and grandmother cooked all of the family food in a traditional French style, when he finally went to culinary school, he found these methods the easiest to pick up, and his style of cooking heavily reflects this method.
When asked about the restaurant, he admitted that the cuisine is more Casual American with a heavy French influence. Online it touts that the restaurant is strictly French, which can be a bit of a put-off to many on the outskirts of Dallas. Since it is only french influenced, and more american casual, the bar upstairs is unique to the area, and has a platform for local musicians to give a strum whilst those seeking upper scale wines and appetizers fill in for the delicious cuisine.
With a brilliant smile, when asked, Aaron spoke about his biggest dish, which is his Duck. The duck has been fawned over by local food critics and foodies alike. When asked about the signature for the restaurant, the duck is the hit of the town. Duck at Eclair Bistro is not something to scoff at. As a delicacy in the utmost form, their wild duck is rendered in duck fat, and is sumptuous and delicious. This is the only place in Dallas as well that serves Duck Bacon, which is an immediate favorite.
To find this gem, you will need to go to downtown McKinney on the Square. There is available parking just across the street, and don’t worry, the dress is casual. Pricing and food is along the lines of a 4 to 5 star restaurant, where there is a jewelry box of gem desserts served at the end of every three course meal, which is completely complimentary. Prices for the food range $$-$$$. There is an upstairs bar for tapas and casual drinks though too.
Dubbed the hottest new restaurant in McKinney, you can find this restaurant online here, or you can visit their location.