Prince Bistro has a lot going for it: spacious, easygoing dining room, full bar, genuinely nice staff, and a super-convenient location right off Central Expressway. It has a fast-casual format—i.e. you place your order at a counter—and free wireless access. It’s practical; it’s the kind of place local sporting teams use as a meeting point before or after the game. The only thing it lacks is good food. A lot of what’s on the menu consists of pre-fab stuff that’s heated when an order is placed. Fish and chips, for example, used a low-quality pre-frozen filet you’d expect to find in a high school cafeteria or in the freezer case at the supermarket. A pulled pork sandwich doused with barbecue sauce had the stringiest meat imaginable. But the crunchy, salty house-made potato chips were right on, and sweet potato fries seemed a contender for best in the city. Rather than the usual thickly cut wedges, these were long and narrow, like regular fries, with an ideal ratio of tender and crunch. Boneless chicken wings begged to be shared, with bite-size chunks of meat painted in a fiery red sauce, and fresh celery sticks. Founder Clovis T. Prince previously worked in telecommunications and real estate. He already has other locations lined up in Flower Mound, Little Elm, and Allen, with more to come.

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