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McKinney's Cafe Malaga serves up respectable Spanish tapas.
McKinney's Cafe Malaga serves up respectable Spanish tapas.
Photo credit: Cafe Malaga/Facebook

Where to Eat in the 'Burbs: McKinney

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McKinney's Cafe Malaga serves up respectable Spanish tapas.
| Photo credit: Cafe Malaga/Facebook

Continuing our series on where to eat in the suburbs, here's a map of 12 places to dine in McKinney, whether you're movin' on up (north) to take advantage of the superior schools or just making the trek to hunt for vintage road signs or creepy old dolls at their excellent selection of antique stores. From Texas Monthly-recognized barbecue to a locally-sourced burger joint, this northern 'burb has got a little something for everyone. (Don't forget to check out the rest of the Where to Eat in the 'Burbs series: Addison, Carrollton, Richardson, Plano, Denton, and Frisco.)


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cadillac Pizza Pub

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112 S Kentucky St
McKinney, TX 75069
(972) 547-3833
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This pint-sized pizza joint is typically packed to the gills with families and single folks alike who flock here for wood-fired pies, live music, and cold beer (including selections from nearby Franconia Brewery).

2. Café Málaga

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107 S Church St
McKinney, TX 75069
(972) 542-9996
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Spanish tapas in the suburbs? Believe it. Small plates like pan con tomate, croquettes and chicken piri piri paired with sangria make for a fun meal on the massive outdoor patio that overlooks the historic downtown square.

3. Cookie's Mexican Food

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330 E Louisiana St
McKinney, TX 75069
(972) 542-3021
For a truly authentic Mexican food experience, head to this unassuming hole-in-the-wall for homestyle dishes like tortas, menudo, tacos, gorditas, and migas. [Photo: Esgar F./Yelp]

4. Gregory's Bistro

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111 W. Virginia St
McKinney, TX
(972) 548-1920
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This charming European-style bistro offers the major bonus of being BYOB, so pick out a nice bottle to pair with your grilled Caesar, escargots in Thai curry broth, duck confit or steamed mussels. (Owner Gregory Moreaux hails from France and used to cook at Cacharel in Arlington.)

5. Hutchins BBQ & Grill

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1301 N Tennessee St
McKinney, TX 75069
(972) 548-2629
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Hutchins made Texas Monthly's coveted top 50 list for its outstanding brisket and ribs, and the atmosphere is exactly what a barbecue joint should be. For the truly hungry, there's a bargain $16.59 all-you-can-eat option.

6. The Pantry

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214 E Louisiana St
McKinney, TX 75069
(972) 542-2411
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This quaint, old time-y lunch spot features sandwiches, salads and quiche and makes an ideal break from combing the downtown antique stores. Don't miss the housemade chocolate chip pie.

7. Patina Green Home & Market

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(972) 548-9141
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Another of those charming gift shop-slash-restaurants that McKinney seems to do so well, Patina Green dishes up an ever-evolving menu of locally-sourced sandwiches, tacos, house-cured pastrami, smoked meatloaf and more from their lunch counter.

8. Rick's Chophouse

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107 N Kentucky St
McKinney, TX 75069
(214) 726-9251
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If you're looking to impress someone for dinner, it's hard to do better than Rick's Chophouse inside the historic Grand Hotel. Though Craft Dallas alum Tim Bevins recently flew the coop, upscale steakhouse fare like sea bass, filet, crabcakes and wedge salads (and a killer burger) are always well-executed.

9. Sauce On The Square

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112 E Louisiana St
McKinney, TX 75069
(214) 726-0251
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Skip the Olive Garden and instead indulge your pasta craving at this cute downtown spot from the same folks as Rick's Chophouse, where the menu offers handmade pastas and pizzas topped with everything from brisket to prosciutto (plus better-than-expected cocktails).

10. Snug On The Square

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109 North Kentucky Street
McKinney, TX 75069
(972) 548-7684
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This cute little restaurant/gift shop/coffeehouse on the downtown square has an extensive menu of breakfast and lunch fare from egg sandwiches to taco soup. Try the bacon and pimento melt with candied jalapenos and peach preserves.

11. Square Burger

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115 N Kentucky St
McKinney, TX 75069
(972) 542-0185
The eclectic selection of burgers at this quaint downtown spot ranges from Colorado lamb to locally raised beef, but the best part is arguably the tempura-fried pickle spear that comes with each one. Great craft beer selection, too.

12. Taste of India

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1925 N Central Expy, Ste 430
McKinney, TX 75070
(972) 548-0200
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The Indian food here ranges from white people favorites like chicken tikka masala to spicier fare like lamb vindaloo. Mega-bargain alert: The lunch and dinner buffets are a mere $6.95 on Tuesdays.

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1. Cadillac Pizza Pub

112 S Kentucky St, McKinney, TX 75069
This pint-sized pizza joint is typically packed to the gills with families and single folks alike who flock here for wood-fired pies, live music, and cold beer (including selections from nearby Franconia Brewery).
112 S Kentucky St
McKinney, TX 75069

2. Café Málaga

107 S Church St, McKinney, TX 75069
Spanish tapas in the suburbs? Believe it. Small plates like pan con tomate, croquettes and chicken piri piri paired with sangria make for a fun meal on the massive outdoor patio that overlooks the historic downtown square.
107 S Church St
McKinney, TX 75069

3. Cookie's Mexican Food

330 E Louisiana St, McKinney, TX 75069
For a truly authentic Mexican food experience, head to this unassuming hole-in-the-wall for homestyle dishes like tortas, menudo, tacos, gorditas, and migas. [Photo: Esgar F./Yelp]
330 E Louisiana St
McKinney, TX 75069

4. Gregory's Bistro

111 W. Virginia St, McKinney, TX
This charming European-style bistro offers the major bonus of being BYOB, so pick out a nice bottle to pair with your grilled Caesar, escargots in Thai curry broth, duck confit or steamed mussels. (Owner Gregory Moreaux hails from France and used to cook at Cacharel in Arlington.)
111 W. Virginia St
McKinney, TX

5. Hutchins BBQ & Grill

1301 N Tennessee St, McKinney, TX 75069
Hutchins made Texas Monthly's coveted top 50 list for its outstanding brisket and ribs, and the atmosphere is exactly what a barbecue joint should be. For the truly hungry, there's a bargain $16.59 all-you-can-eat option.
1301 N Tennessee St
McKinney, TX 75069

6. The Pantry

214 E Louisiana St, McKinney, TX 75069
This quaint, old time-y lunch spot features sandwiches, salads and quiche and makes an ideal break from combing the downtown antique stores. Don't miss the housemade chocolate chip pie.
214 E Louisiana St
McKinney, TX 75069

7. Patina Green Home & Market

McKinney, TX
Another of those charming gift shop-slash-restaurants that McKinney seems to do so well, Patina Green dishes up an ever-evolving menu of locally-sourced sandwiches, tacos, house-cured pastrami, smoked meatloaf and more from their lunch counter.

8. Rick's Chophouse

107 N Kentucky St, McKinney, TX 75069
If you're looking to impress someone for dinner, it's hard to do better than Rick's Chophouse inside the historic Grand Hotel. Though Craft Dallas alum Tim Bevins recently flew the coop, upscale steakhouse fare like sea bass, filet, crabcakes and wedge salads (and a killer burger) are always well-executed.
107 N Kentucky St
McKinney, TX 75069

9. Sauce On The Square

112 E Louisiana St, McKinney, TX 75069
Skip the Olive Garden and instead indulge your pasta craving at this cute downtown spot from the same folks as Rick's Chophouse, where the menu offers handmade pastas and pizzas topped with everything from brisket to prosciutto (plus better-than-expected cocktails).
112 E Louisiana St
McKinney, TX 75069

10. Snug On The Square

109 North Kentucky Street, McKinney, TX 75069
This cute little restaurant/gift shop/coffeehouse on the downtown square has an extensive menu of breakfast and lunch fare from egg sandwiches to taco soup. Try the bacon and pimento melt with candied jalapenos and peach preserves.
109 North Kentucky Street
McKinney, TX 75069

11. Square Burger

115 N Kentucky St, McKinney, TX 75069
The eclectic selection of burgers at this quaint downtown spot ranges from Colorado lamb to locally raised beef, but the best part is arguably the tempura-fried pickle spear that comes with each one. Great craft beer selection, too.
115 N Kentucky St
McKinney, TX 75069

12. Taste of India

1925 N Central Expy, Ste 430, McKinney, TX 75070
The Indian food here ranges from white people favorites like chicken tikka masala to spicier fare like lamb vindaloo. Mega-bargain alert: The lunch and dinner buffets are a mere $6.95 on Tuesdays.
1925 N Central Expy, Ste 430
McKinney, TX 75070

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