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14 Essential McKinney Restaurants

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On the far northern tip of the sprawling Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, McKinney offers up small-town charm that’s not too far away from the heart of the big city. Home to the historic (and adorable) Downtown McKinney square, this ‘burb is worth the drive, if only for the shopping — and the dining.

Ranging from Southern cuisine to flashy French fare, these 14 essential McKinney restaurants serve up the city’s best cuisine. Go forth and head north to explore this sweet little suburb’s thriving dining scene.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Hutchins BBQ & Catfish

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1301 N Tennessee St
McKinney, TX 75069
(972) 548-2629
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Recognized as one of the best barbecue joints in Texas, Hutchins is McKinney’s best option for a plate of brisket, ribs, and sausage. Looking to seriously induce a meat coma? Hit the all-you-can-eat barbecue buffet. At less than $20, it’s the city’s best smoked meat bargain.

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2. Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen

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216 W Virginia St #100
McKinney, TX 75069
(469) 952-5150
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The Dallas outpost of Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen didn’t last long, but it’s still going strong in McKinney. Southern cuisine is the name of the game at this casual eatery, and the restaurant’s signature dish — a plate of smoked Berkshire pork belly in a sweet glaze — is extremely popular among locals.

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3. Butcher Board

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216 W Virginia St #102
McKinney, TX 75069
(469) 952-6113
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Yet another stellar option for sandwiches in Downtown McKinney, Butcher Board serves up meats like whole hog and smoked roast beef that are cut to order. Salads, tacos, sides like cole slaw and potato salad are also on offer, along with a selection of freshly-baked desserts that make for a sweet finish.

4. Patina Green Home and Market

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116 N Tennessee St #102
McKinney, TX 75069
(972) 548-9141
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After browsing the beautifully-curated decor, head to the back of this tiny Downtown McKinney shop for one of the finest meals in DFW. During lunch, score sandwiches made with locally-grown produce (like roasted cauliflower panini and jalapeno grilled cheese) and top-quality meats. If the “B.O.B.,” or brisket on a biscuit, is on the menu, order it immediately.

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111 W Virginia St
McKinney, TX 75069
(214) 491-1715
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Tucked into a historic building in the endlessly charming Downtown McKinney, Rye serves up an interesting menu of seasonal fare. Instead of boring crackers, pimento cheese dip is served with crispy, Nashville-style hot chicken skins, and plump scallops are dusted with fennel pollen before being seared to perfection. The true must on the menu, though, is the cauliflower gratin — here, the cruciferous veggie is doused in decadent mornay sauce and showered in shaved, cured duck egg yolk.

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6. Eclair Bistro

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216 E Virginia
McKinney, TX 75069
(214) 701-4409
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Outside of the classic steak and seafood on offer, Eclair Bistro offers a pretty unique dining experience thanks to its “projection mapping” tasting menu. While dinner is served, various images are projected from above onto the plates and tables, adding a fun theatrical element alongside the pretty presentation. Note, reservations at Eclair Bistro must be made 24 hours in advance.

7. Snug On The Square

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109 N Kentucky St
McKinney, TX 75069
(972) 548-7684
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This cozy cafe is the perfect stop for a cup of coffee or quick sandwich while browsing Downtown McKinney’s charming shops. Open for both breakfast and lunch, the bacon-ranch potato salad and pimento cheese melt (served with even more bacon) are the definition of comfort food.

8. Rick's Chophouse

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107 N Kentucky St
McKinney, TX 75069
(214) 726-9251
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Get old-school fancy at this classic steakhouse, where decadent fare like beef carpaccio, jumbo lump crab cakes, and a porterhouse for two is actually reasonably priced.

9. Cookie's Mexican Food

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330 E Louisiana St
McKinney, TX 75069
(972) 542-3021

This tiny, counter-service spot is a local favorite for tacos and Tex-Mex breakfast. Score a plate of chilaquiles, or scope out the menu of daily specials (chicken fried steak is served on Wednesdays!) for a killer lunch that will cost less than $10.

10. The Pantry Restaurant

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214 E Louisiana St
McKinney, TX 75069
(972) 542-2411
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Open since 1982, The Pantry is a McKinney institution. The breakfast here is legendary, and it’s served for lunch in case an 8 a.m. wake-up call just isn’t in the weekend forecast. At dinner, comforting fare like giant burgers and chicken fried chicken are on offer, along with The Pantry’s famous pies.

11. Harvest

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112 E Louisiana St
McKinney, TX 75069
(214) 726-0251
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Local produce is the star of the show at this farm-obsessed eatery. Kick off dinner with crunchy fried green tomatoes served with pickled okra and chow chow, then move on to more substantial offerings, like a board of the restaurant’s freshly-made charcuterie or pork enchiladas served with seasonal succotash.

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12. Emporium Pies

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107 S Tennessee St
McKinney, TX 75069
(214) 491-1577
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There are two locations of this popular shop in Dallas proper, but the Downtown McKinney location is a great option for folks in the northerly ‘burbs. The Smooth Operator (French silk) and Drunken Nut (bourbon-pecan) are perennial favorites.

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13. Cadillac Pizza Pub

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112 S Kentucky St
McKinney, TX 75069
(972) 547-3833
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An equally good spot to enjoy live music, beer, and a solid pie, Cadillac Pizza Pub is the definition of a neighborhood joint. The wood-fired pies, topped with everything from goat cheese and fig to a classic supreme combo, are freshly-fired and priced under $20. Looking for cocktails? Score the fruity, potent Yum Rum Punch, mixed with tequila-infused coconut rum, peach, and orange juice.

14. Gregory's Bistro

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6675 Mediterranean Dr #3120
McKinney, TX 75070
(972) 548-1920
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This bright and airy bistro takes plenty of inspiration from France and the Mediterranean. Enjoy fancy dishes like duck confit, escargot, and Wagyu beef served with truffled mashed potatoes. Be sure to save room for Gregory’s decadent sides, like ratatouille and lobster risotto, which are served a la carte.

15. Hugs Cafe

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224 E Virginia St
McKinney, TX 75069
(469) 301-6900
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This non-profit cafe provides job opportunities to adults with special needs, along with a solid menu of sandwiches, salads, sides, and sweets. Go for the “Blainer,” a roast beef sandwich with provolone, caramelized onion jam, and horseradish sauce, and finish with one of Hugs’s famous wedding cake cookies.

1. Hutchins BBQ & Catfish

1301 N Tennessee St, McKinney, TX 75069
Hutchins BBQ/Facebook

Recognized as one of the best barbecue joints in Texas, Hutchins is McKinney’s best option for a plate of brisket, ribs, and sausage. Looking to seriously induce a meat coma? Hit the all-you-can-eat barbecue buffet. At less than $20, it’s the city’s best smoked meat bargain.

1301 N Tennessee St
McKinney, TX 75069

2. Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen

216 W Virginia St #100, McKinney, TX 75069
Sugarbacon

The Dallas outpost of Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen didn’t last long, but it’s still going strong in McKinney. Southern cuisine is the name of the game at this casual eatery, and the restaurant’s signature dish — a plate of smoked Berkshire pork belly in a sweet glaze — is extremely popular among locals.

216 W Virginia St #100
McKinney, TX 75069

3. Butcher Board

216 W Virginia St #102, McKinney, TX 75069

Yet another stellar option for sandwiches in Downtown McKinney, Butcher Board serves up meats like whole hog and smoked roast beef that are cut to order. Salads, tacos, sides like cole slaw and potato salad are also on offer, along with a selection of freshly-baked desserts that make for a sweet finish.

216 W Virginia St #102
McKinney, TX 75069

4. Patina Green Home and Market

116 N Tennessee St #102, McKinney, TX 75069
Patina Green/Facebook

After browsing the beautifully-curated decor, head to the back of this tiny Downtown McKinney shop for one of the finest meals in DFW. During lunch, score sandwiches made with locally-grown produce (like roasted cauliflower panini and jalapeno grilled cheese) and top-quality meats. If the “B.O.B.,” or brisket on a biscuit, is on the menu, order it immediately.

116 N Tennessee St #102
McKinney, TX 75069

5. Rye

111 W Virginia St, McKinney, TX 75069
Rye/Facebook

Tucked into a historic building in the endlessly charming Downtown McKinney, Rye serves up an interesting menu of seasonal fare. Instead of boring crackers, pimento cheese dip is served with crispy, Nashville-style hot chicken skins, and plump scallops are dusted with fennel pollen before being seared to perfection. The true must on the menu, though, is the cauliflower gratin — here, the cruciferous veggie is doused in decadent mornay sauce and showered in shaved, cured duck egg yolk.

111 W Virginia St
McKinney, TX 75069

6. Eclair Bistro

216 E Virginia, McKinney, TX 75069

Outside of the classic steak and seafood on offer, Eclair Bistro offers a pretty unique dining experience thanks to its “projection mapping” tasting menu. While dinner is served, various images are projected from above onto the plates and tables, adding a fun theatrical element alongside the pretty presentation. Note, reservations at Eclair Bistro must be made 24 hours in advance.

216 E Virginia
McKinney, TX 75069

7. Snug On The Square

109 N Kentucky St, McKinney, TX 75069

This cozy cafe is the perfect stop for a cup of coffee or quick sandwich while browsing Downtown McKinney’s charming shops. Open for both breakfast and lunch, the bacon-ranch potato salad and pimento cheese melt (served with even more bacon) are the definition of comfort food.

109 N Kentucky St
McKinney, TX 75069

8. Rick's Chophouse

107 N Kentucky St, McKinney, TX 75069

Get old-school fancy at this classic steakhouse, where decadent fare like beef carpaccio, jumbo lump crab cakes, and a porterhouse for two is actually reasonably priced.

107 N Kentucky St
McKinney, TX 75069

9. Cookie's Mexican Food

330 E Louisiana St, McKinney, TX 75069

This tiny, counter-service spot is a local favorite for tacos and Tex-Mex breakfast. Score a plate of chilaquiles, or scope out the menu of daily specials (chicken fried steak is served on Wednesdays!) for a killer lunch that will cost less than $10.

330 E Louisiana St
McKinney, TX 75069

10. The Pantry Restaurant

214 E Louisiana St, McKinney, TX 75069

Open since 1982, The Pantry is a McKinney institution. The breakfast here is legendary, and it’s served for lunch in case an 8 a.m. wake-up call just isn’t in the weekend forecast. At dinner, comforting fare like giant burgers and chicken fried chicken are on offer, along with The Pantry’s famous pies.

214 E Louisiana St
McKinney, TX 75069

11. Harvest

112 E Louisiana St, McKinney, TX 75069
Harvest/Facebook

Local produce is the star of the show at this farm-obsessed eatery. Kick off dinner with crunchy fried green tomatoes served with pickled okra and chow chow, then move on to more substantial offerings, like a board of the restaurant’s freshly-made charcuterie or pork enchiladas served with seasonal succotash.

112 E Louisiana St
McKinney, TX 75069

12. Emporium Pies

107 S Tennessee St, McKinney, TX 75069
Java the Hutt Emporium Pies

There are two locations of this popular shop in Dallas proper, but the Downtown McKinney location is a great option for folks in the northerly ‘burbs. The Smooth Operator (French silk) and Drunken Nut (bourbon-pecan) are perennial favorites.

107 S Tennessee St
McKinney, TX 75069

13. Cadillac Pizza Pub

112 S Kentucky St, McKinney, TX 75069

An equally good spot to enjoy live music, beer, and a solid pie, Cadillac Pizza Pub is the definition of a neighborhood joint. The wood-fired pies, topped with everything from goat cheese and fig to a classic supreme combo, are freshly-fired and priced under $20. Looking for cocktails? Score the fruity, potent Yum Rum Punch, mixed with tequila-infused coconut rum, peach, and orange juice.

112 S Kentucky St
McKinney, TX 75069

14. Gregory's Bistro

6675 Mediterranean Dr #3120, McKinney, TX 75070

This bright and airy bistro takes plenty of inspiration from France and the Mediterranean. Enjoy fancy dishes like duck confit, escargot, and Wagyu beef served with truffled mashed potatoes. Be sure to save room for Gregory’s decadent sides, like ratatouille and lobster risotto, which are served a la carte.

6675 Mediterranean Dr #3120
McKinney, TX 75070

15. Hugs Cafe

224 E Virginia St, McKinney, TX 75069

This non-profit cafe provides job opportunities to adults with special needs, along with a solid menu of sandwiches, salads, sides, and sweets. Go for the “Blainer,” a roast beef sandwich with provolone, caramelized onion jam, and horseradish sauce, and finish with one of Hugs’s famous wedding cake cookies.

224 E Virginia St
McKinney, TX 75069

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