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Duroc Pork Belly Lollipops rest on a board and each meat pop is held up on a stick. Char and a charred orange decorate the bottom. At Rye in McKinney.
The famous Duroc Pork Belly Lollipops at Rye in McKinney.
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11 Essential McKinney Restaurants

Where to find schnitzel, farm to table goodness, and Tex Mex in McKinney

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The famous Duroc Pork Belly Lollipops at Rye in McKinney.
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McKinney, the heartbeat of Collin County, has maintained its small-town charm while quietly evolving into a dynamic culinary community. This suburb of Dallas boasts a thriving, eclectic selection of restaurants to choose from and is a draw for diners looking to experience something different, such as traditional favorites creatively remixed with new worldly flavors.

From the historic downtown square to off the beaten path spots, down-home Southern favorites to elevated small plates, these must-try restaurants in McKinney should be on your dining wish list.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

This place has down home, scratch-made comfort food in a relaxed environment here. Locals enjoy dining on fried green tomatoes, meatloaf, and slow-cooked pot roast. But the pimento cheese burger featuring house-made pimento cheese and bacon and the fried Oreos are a must-try. 

LAYERED

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Using family recipes sets Layered, which is known for its exceptional pastries and coffee, apart. Try the fan-favorite Belgium waffles or sweet potato hash for brunch, along with the Not So Bottomless Mimosas. Night owls, travel back in time through the vintage coke machine on the patio to the speakeasy, Room One Eleven, for cocktails and elevated bar snacks.

The rotating offerings of small plates here offer a unique culinary adventure in downtown McKinney. Dishes to try include Amuse Me, a foie gras s’more featuring molé spiced ganache and kimchi marshmallow fluff, stinging nettle congee, and So-fish-ticated, with half branzino and pork belly sisig. The old-world charm of the building adds to this hidden gem dining experience.

Cookie's Mexican Food

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This small but mighty establishment offers delicious breakfast and lunch items, including tacos and chilaquiles, at affordable prices. Eat like a local; stop here for an array of Tex-Mex favorites.

CT Provisions Cocktail Parlor & Kitchen

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The menu here is a culinary passport, reflective of the many places around the globe the staff visited for inspiration. Start with the tuna tar tar or sticky pork belly, then move on to more substantial offerings such as pesto pasta with egg yoke pappardelle or the duroc pork chop. Looking for something a little bit different? Ask about the locally sourced, daily seasonal specials.

Local Yocal BBQ & Grill

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Responsibly sourced beef and seasonal fare are center stage at this farm-to-table barbecue spot. Elevated menu items such as the Smoked Chicken Fried Steak featuring buttermilk marinated and hand-battered wagyu sirloin take dining on smoked meats to a new level.

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Southern-style recipes bring this restaurant’s seasonal menu to life. They may be rustic, but they’re carefully crafted. Each dish highlights local growers, farmers, and ranchers while offering guests new takes on old favorites. Start with shareables such as pimento and cheese with burrata or fried ribs and pickles before moving on to crispy catfish with fennel sausage and chow chow tartar or the farm egg and sweet potato griddle cake. 

Urban Grill and Wine Bar McKinney

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Drawing inspiration from American, Italian, and Asian cuisines, the menu caters to a broad swath of tastes with dishes ranging from salads to sandwiches to seafood, plus plates of pasta and steaks. Ask for assistance complimenting a dish with a wine from its extensive list of curated bottles.

The Guava Tree Cuban Cafe & Cantina

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This food truck turned brick-and-mortar eatery offers Cuban-inspired fare and cocktails in a festive environment. Must-try items on the menu include Lechon Asado (slow-roasted pork), the Vaca Frita (pan-fried shredded flank steak), and loaded yuca fries. The portions are shareable, so bring friends to share this culinary experience with.

Harry's at the Harbor

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Tucked away in the beautiful European-style Village of Adriatica is this local favorite that serves a selection of dishes, from traditional American to Mediterranean. The Rusty Nuts – a combination of potatoes, bacon, jalapenos, onions, and jack cheese rolled in seasoned breadcrumbs and fried golden brown and the beer-battered haddock fish and chips — are among the many favorites on the menu.

Ogi's European Bakery and Deli - Healthy Homemade Sandwiches, Cakes, Meals

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Freshly baked bread, homemade sausages, and other classic European-inspired fare make Ogi’s an institution in McKinney. The sandwiches are made to order with meat prepared and cured in-house, and the beautifully decorated cakes and pastries are top choices for diners.

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This place has down home, scratch-made comfort food in a relaxed environment here. Locals enjoy dining on fried green tomatoes, meatloaf, and slow-cooked pot roast. But the pimento cheese burger featuring house-made pimento cheese and bacon and the fried Oreos are a must-try. 

LAYERED

Using family recipes sets Layered, which is known for its exceptional pastries and coffee, apart. Try the fan-favorite Belgium waffles or sweet potato hash for brunch, along with the Not So Bottomless Mimosas. Night owls, travel back in time through the vintage coke machine on the patio to the speakeasy, Room One Eleven, for cocktails and elevated bar snacks.

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The rotating offerings of small plates here offer a unique culinary adventure in downtown McKinney. Dishes to try include Amuse Me, a foie gras s’more featuring molé spiced ganache and kimchi marshmallow fluff, stinging nettle congee, and So-fish-ticated, with half branzino and pork belly sisig. The old-world charm of the building adds to this hidden gem dining experience.

Cookie's Mexican Food

This small but mighty establishment offers delicious breakfast and lunch items, including tacos and chilaquiles, at affordable prices. Eat like a local; stop here for an array of Tex-Mex favorites.

CT Provisions Cocktail Parlor & Kitchen

The menu here is a culinary passport, reflective of the many places around the globe the staff visited for inspiration. Start with the tuna tar tar or sticky pork belly, then move on to more substantial offerings such as pesto pasta with egg yoke pappardelle or the duroc pork chop. Looking for something a little bit different? Ask about the locally sourced, daily seasonal specials.

Local Yocal BBQ & Grill

Responsibly sourced beef and seasonal fare are center stage at this farm-to-table barbecue spot. Elevated menu items such as the Smoked Chicken Fried Steak featuring buttermilk marinated and hand-battered wagyu sirloin take dining on smoked meats to a new level.

Harvest

Southern-style recipes bring this restaurant’s seasonal menu to life. They may be rustic, but they’re carefully crafted. Each dish highlights local growers, farmers, and ranchers while offering guests new takes on old favorites. Start with shareables such as pimento and cheese with burrata or fried ribs and pickles before moving on to crispy catfish with fennel sausage and chow chow tartar or the farm egg and sweet potato griddle cake. 

Urban Grill and Wine Bar McKinney

Drawing inspiration from American, Italian, and Asian cuisines, the menu caters to a broad swath of tastes with dishes ranging from salads to sandwiches to seafood, plus plates of pasta and steaks. Ask for assistance complimenting a dish with a wine from its extensive list of curated bottles.

The Guava Tree Cuban Cafe & Cantina

This food truck turned brick-and-mortar eatery offers Cuban-inspired fare and cocktails in a festive environment. Must-try items on the menu include Lechon Asado (slow-roasted pork), the Vaca Frita (pan-fried shredded flank steak), and loaded yuca fries. The portions are shareable, so bring friends to share this culinary experience with.

Harry's at the Harbor

Tucked away in the beautiful European-style Village of Adriatica is this local favorite that serves a selection of dishes, from traditional American to Mediterranean. The Rusty Nuts – a combination of potatoes, bacon, jalapenos, onions, and jack cheese rolled in seasoned breadcrumbs and fried golden brown and the beer-battered haddock fish and chips — are among the many favorites on the menu.

Ogi's European Bakery and Deli - Healthy Homemade Sandwiches, Cakes, Meals

Freshly baked bread, homemade sausages, and other classic European-inspired fare make Ogi’s an institution in McKinney. The sandwiches are made to order with meat prepared and cured in-house, and the beautifully decorated cakes and pastries are top choices for diners.

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