Cherries reappear in the roasted duck, two ways, shorthand for duck leg confit and slices of duck breast in a Bing cherry sauce composed of veal stock, duck fat, minced shallot and whole cherries. Overall, it's a disappointment. The leg confit seems tired. The breast, dry and gray, has a pronounced taste of liver on the finish.

Better is the filet, a lush silken bluff of rosy beef, capped with mushrooms and paired with whipped potatoes crowned in thyme sprigs. Grilled shrimp linguini in butter sauce, shingled with thick shavings of Parmesan, is delicious too, despite a raging pesto infection. Finish with New York cheesecake in honey and mint sauce.

Gregory's is one of the most distinctive dining spots north of LBJ—heck north of Northwest Highway when you think about it. It seems consciously nurtured to breed regulars—repeats to lunch, dinner, drink and nosh, and back again. What with its rooftop patio, its old brick charm, and its engaging use of cherries, to do otherwise would seem counterintuitive. If I could get my compass to recognize Plano polar north, I'd be a regular too.

Gregory Moreau serves Mediterranean-accented cuisine in what was once a Plano jewelry store.
tom jenkins
Gregory Moreau serves Mediterranean-accented cuisine in what was once a Plano jewelry store.

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Gregory's Bistro

111 W. Virginia St.
McKinney, TX 75069

Category: Restaurant > New American

Region: Allen/ McKinney

Details

House salad $4.95

Pan seared sea bass $11.95

Gazpacho $6

Steamed mussels $9.95

Shrimp cocktail $9.95

Oysters $12.95

Petite filet $29.95

Rack of lamb $29.95

Duck $25.95

Shrimp linguini $19.95

Cheesecake $6.95

1022 East 15th Street, Plano, 972-578-4734. Open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5 p.m.-10 p.m. daily. $$-$$$

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