Plano is now home to the metroplex’s largest food hall in Legacy Hall, a sprawling, three-story restaurant wonderland.
Situated in the sparkly new Legacy West development, Legacy Hall is already a major dining destination. It’s home to 22 different chefs, vendors, and bars, including quick-service restaurants from award-winning (and famous) chefs like John Tesar, Tiffany Derry, and Uno Immanivong.
Because walking into a giant building with nearly two dozen dining options is the definition of overwhelming, use this guide to Legacy Hall to make deciding between the dizzying array of choices a little bit easier.
- Bring a credit/debit card — vendors at Legacy Hall are operating on a cashless basis, which makes the process of ordering and checking out go pretty quickly.
- Find a seat upstairs — The crowds at Legacy Hall are thick right now, and primo seating on the first floor (amongst the majority of the Hall’s restaurants) can be hard to come by. Instead of wandering around for a seat, head upstairs to the second and third floors where chairs are more plentiful.
- Grab a cup — For folks not ordering beer or cocktails from the bar, a selection of sodas and water are available in two central drink stations on the first and second floor. Bottled waters, sodas, and other specialty drinks are also available at most stalls.
- Take a lap — it’s easy enough to think that the Ozersky at Knife Burger is an obvious choice, but it’s a mistake to stop at the first stall. Definitely order the burger, but only after you’ve grabbed macarons from Haute Sweets Patisserie or a s’mores doughnut from Glazed Donut Works.
- Red Stix Yakitori & Banh Mi — Chef Uno Immanivong grills skewers of marinated chicken, pork, and beef to perfection. An order of “stix” can be piled atop a bowl of vermicelli and fresh vegetables, or tucked into a baguette roll for banh mi. Need caffeine? Grab a Vietnamese iced coffee from the cooler before ordering.
- Roots Chicken Shak — Both the chicken wings and the fries at Chef Tiffany Derry’s stall are fried in duck fat, and both taste better when dipped in a little kimchi mayo or green goddess sauce.
- Knife Burger — If a trip to John Tesar’s swanky steakhouse Knife is out of the budget, his famous Ozersky burger is only $6.95 at Legacy Hall. A pimento cheese-topped burger is a couple bucks more, and $2.50 fries make this chef-driven destination a real bargain.
- Bravazo Rotisserie — These succulent roast chickens blow sad grocery store birds out of the water. Score a half chicken for $10, which comes with a warm bread salad and aji amarillo sauce. The “juicy potatoes,” basted with rotisserie drippings, are a definite must.
- Press Waffle Co. — Both sweet and savory waffle options are on offer at this stall, including the Cristo (ham and turkey with American cheese and jam) and the house favorite (topped with strawberries, Nutella, and whipped cream).
Where to Eat
- Degendart’s Brat Haus — Enjoy freshly-made sausages, schnitzel sandwiches, and curry fries at this thoroughly German stall. The honey-garlic sausage and pretzel bites are a particularly solid combination, especially when paired with a beer.
- Freshfin Poke Co. — An offshoot of the Greenville Avenue original, serving up build-your-own poke bowls.
- FAQ — The name is an acronym for “flautas and quesadillas,” and that’s what’s on offer. Beef, chicken, and cheesy potatoes are rolled inside tortillas and fried crisp, perfect for dipping in FAQ’s queso. Vegetarians will also find a hearty quesadilla stuffed with spinach, poblano peppers, and mushrooms.
- Enter The Bao — Perfectly fluffy steam buns are stuffed with char siu, vegetable fritters, chicken sausage, and kalbi, then paired with crispy fries showered in furikake.
- Forno Nero — Neapolitan-style pies are fired in a 900-degree oven to order, then topped with arugula & prosciutto or other top-notch ingredients.
- Tacos Patron — Street-style pork, chicken, beef, and veggie tacos tucked into small tortillas and served with salsa, guacamole, or nopales.
- Blist’r Naan Wraps — At this stall, freshly-fired naan makes for an excellent vehicle for Blist’r’s tender coconut curry short ribs or grilled chicken tikka. Not feeling bread? Order a protein served over turmeric rice or greens.
- Sea Breeze Lobsta’ and Chowda’ House — An offshoot of the original Dallas restaurant serving lobster rolls, chowder, and other East Coast-style offerings.
- Shawarma Bar — Chicken and lamb are cooked on a spit over pineapple at Shawarma Bar, which adds a little sweetness to balance the smoke. Pair with pillowy pita and hummus or baba ghanoush.
- Whisk & Eggs — Whisk Crepes Cafe chef Julian Eelsen brings this classic French favorite to Legacy Hall, made savory or sweet with a variety of fillings and sauces. Quiches and breakfast sandwiches, like egg or smoked salmon and cucumber cream, are also on offer.
Where to Drink
- Bar Main — On the first floor, beer from Legacy Hall’s Unlawful Brewing Assembly Company is on offer, along with plenty of cocktails and a list of wines on tap.
- Détour — A wine bar on the first floor that focuses on cheeses, grapes, and meats from the United States, Italy, and Spain, Détour allows diners to choose a variety of cured meats, cheeses, and accoutrements that can be served on a “sharing board” or piled onto a panini.
- Good View — This bar gets its name from the vantage point that it provides, offering a view of panoramic people-watching along with beer and cocktails.
- Idol Time — A menu of rum-based drinks and other classic tiki cocktails.
- Stillhouse — A bar that’s sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka and serving cocktails on tap.
- Tap Room — Brews from Unlawful Assembly are paired with pretzel sliders, chips, and addictive beer cheese dip at this third floor bar.
Where to Order Dessert
- Glazed Donut Works — An expansion of the Deep Ellum original, serving doughnut grilled cheese sandwiches and rounds of fried dough topped with blueberry icing and mascarpone, chocolate and torched marshmallows, and more.
- Press Waffle Co. — See Best Bets.
- Berrynaked — Score creamy or fruity (and arguably healthy) popsicles from this stall, along with frozen smoothie bowls like the Swimmer, made with mango, strawberry, banana, coconut water, and organic coconut butter.
- Haute Sweets Patisserie — Colorful macarons are on offer here, along with a line-up of seasonally available ice creams in flavors like pumpkin pie. Looking for the best of both? Score a giant macaron (available in two flavors) stuffed with a big scoop of ice cream.
- Everett and Elaine — After earning a cult farmers market following, Everett and Elaine has expanded to a permanent home at Legacy Hall. Enjoy deep-dish apple, coconut cream, or chocolate-pecan pie, or perhaps a savory quiche Lorraine.