I know there are a lot of people out there that live outside “the bubble” of downtown, uptown, and Park Cities, and then those of us
snobs who try not to acknowledge anything exists further than 635. I’ll admit that I used to be one of them. I would dread when a friend moved to Frisco and would expect me to drive (gasp!) up the tollway to meet them for lunch. I couldn’t fathom why anyone would live that far north, much less drive there for entertainment. Well, I am facing facts that the widespread farmland that used to define the northern regions created a breeding ground for immense entertainment options. Without landlocked boundaires holding them back, the Frisco’s, Allen’s, and Wylie’s of the world are booming with big business. After countless friends recommended I check out The Village at Fairview, I succumbed to the nearly 30 mile drive from my home to behold the latest DFW development.
I won’t lie: The Village at Fairview is pretty stinkin’ awesome. I wanted to find it lackluster and too similiar to the strip malls of fun that border my abode, but as it turns out, this is waaaaay cooler. Every restauarant you could want; high-end (Bailey’s), low-end (Which Wich), and everything in between (Cheddars)….and a Twisted Root Burger! Home Goods, a personal fav, as well as a lovely slew of department stores are everywhere you look. Free live concerts on restaurant and pub patios filled the air, and nice signage points you in the right direction to find what you are looking for. Heck, there’s even a sand volleyball court! On the night I ventured out into this uncharted territory, I brought my sweetheart to the famed iPic Movie Theatre. This place is reminiscient of a Las Vegas hotel meets Studio Movie Grill. With billiard tables, a swanky bar, and conceirge service, you feel like you’re a VIP at the movies. You can buy a higher priced movie ticket and enjoy the show in a recliner with blanket, pillow, and complimentary gourmet popcorn for $17 a pop, or pay $12 and enjoy the show in a comfy recliner closer to the screen. The food is decent…not quite a huge leap above Studio Movie Grill, but slightly more gourmet. My Caesar Salad was $9, and pretty tasty (though don’t expect croutons-there aren’t any). Watching the movie in a super comfy chair with unlimited drink refills sure is a nice way to beat the heat, even if you have to drive an hour to get there.
All in all, I’d say it’s worth the extra gas money to check out The Village at Fairview-it’s literally one stop shopping, dining, and fun. (If movies are too bland for your taste, a great date night idea is the nearby Splitsville bowling alley, akin to Lucky Strike in Los Angeles. Fun stuff!) Just remember to bring your credit card and lots of carpool conversation for the trip.