Over off of Ohio and Parker resides one of Plano’s hidden gems. At Farmbyrd Rotisserie & Fry, guests can enjoy a variety of southern style chicken recipes and cocktails based with beers and spirits from local breweries. Since Farmbyrd’s opening, the farm-themed eatery has been oft-regarded as a fresh, modern concept that allows the team to cook high-quality food and focus on serving the best food possible.
“I moved to Dallas from Los Angeles about ten years ago,” Co-Founder Ryan Carbery said. “I was going to work with a chef to open a restaurant. It was around the time of the recession and unfortunately, the economy caught up with Dallas and the restaurant didn’t end up opening.”
While most people in this situation may opt to return to where they had previously been living, Carbery embraced the new city in which he found himself.
Carbery and crew later opened a restaurant called Lazare in West Village. From there, Carbery went on to make contributions to several high-end restaurants throughout the metroplex, including Nosh by Avner Samuel. Through Samuel, Carbery connected with Edward Bailey and worked as the Executive Chef and the Director of Operations of Bailey’s Prime Plus & Patrizio.
Carbery has been honing his restaurant industry skill set since his single digits.
“I started bussing tables in one of my dad’s restaurants when I was in second grade,” Carbery said. “I remember some guests would ask my dad if I had a work permit. He would laugh and say ‘he’s my son, that’s permit enough.’”
Carbery is a fourth-generation restaurant owner, having come from a family of chefs and connoisseurs of food.
“My dad owned 10 restaurants throughout the time I was growing up,” Carbery said. “These restaurants ranged from Italian pizza and pasta places to steakhouses. They were mostly high-end, full-service restaurants.”
With the skills he had been reinforcing since his childhood, along with the help of longtime friend and Chef Tim Mclaughlin, owner of Lockhart Smokehouse, the pair opened Farmbyrd Rotisserie & Fry in January of last year.
“Tim and I both could see that there was a void in the casual dining scene where the food shined and was the main attraction,” Carbery said. “We believe in simple food done well and in letting the ingredients speak for themselves.”
Farmbyrd offers a variety of chicken, prime rib, catfish, and constantly rotating chef features.
“We locally source our ingredients as often as we can,” Carbery said. “We also support various local breweries, including Tupps, Revolver, and Deep Ellum.”
Apart from supporting local farms and breweries, Carbery and crew also support many local educational organizations.
“We try to raise funds for as many schools as we can,” Carbery said. “We host a lot of school spirit nights, and we also support Plano Sports Authority.”
Farmbyrd is located at 3308 Preston Road, Suite 380 in Plano, TX. They are currently nominated for Best Southern/Homestyle Cooking in Plano Magazine’s Best of 2018 category. To vote for Farmbyrd, click here. Polls close May 28.
(Featured image courtesy of Plano Magazine)