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Where to Eat in the 'Burbs: Plano (Updated)

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Dallas restaurants are expanding to the northern suburb of Plano en masse these days (see: Smoke, Dee Lincoln's Steak and Burger Bar, DaLat, Lockhart Smokehouse) so what better time than now to update our map of where to eat in Plano?

See this map's previous incarnation for more suggestions on where to dine, and scope out the other Where to Eat in the 'Burbs maps: Addison, Arlington, Carrollton, Richardson, Denton, Frisco, McKinney and Irving.
Got a favorite Plano spot we missed? Let us know in the comments below or via the tipline.)

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. East Hampton Sandwich Co.

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7300 Lone Star Dr Ste C128
Plano, TX 75024
(469) 467-1810
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The Snider Plaza sandwich sensation opened a second Shops at Legacy location back in November with the same tried-and-true menu including a fantastic lobster roll. Don't miss the freshly fried doughnut holes for dessert.

2. Lockhart Smokehouse

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1026 East 15th Street
Plano, TX
(972) 516-8900
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Downtown Plano got a whole lot meatier when this Oak Cliff barbecue staple opened its second location in February. Crowds are piling in for Lockhart's signature shoulder clod, luscious brisket, burnt ends and sides like mac and cheese and smoky baked beans.

3. The Latin Pig

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3131 Custer Rd #165
Plano, TX 75075
(972) 985-9760
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Authentic Cuban fare isn't exactly plentiful in DFW, making this strip mall spot even more of a gem. Don't expect fancy presentation (more like plastic plates and forks) but the Cuban sandwich, ropa vieja, fried plantains and cafe con leche will satisfy.

4. Cajun Tailgators

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1112 E 15th St
Plano, TX 75074
(214) 783-2385
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The Cajun food truck by the same name expanded to a brick-and-mortar location in downtown Plano, making it much easier to track down those killer crawfish pistolettes, fried gator po'boys and crawfish etouffee. Bonus: It's BYOB.

5. Urban Crust

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1006 E 15th St
Plano, TX 75074
(972) 509-1400
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The rooftop bar here is guaranteed to be packed when the weather's nice. Every meal starts with free wood-fired bread with a variety of dipping sauces, and should end with the housemade hazelnut gelato; pizza-wise, the Urban Amore (prosciutto, figs, goat cheese) is a good bet.

6. Taverna Rossa

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4005 Preston Rd
Plano, TX 75093
(972) 403-3321
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The Grape chef Brian Luscher consulted on the menu at this charmingly rustic, family-friendly spot that serves up thin-crust pizzas like the Kona Fire (roasted pork, pineapple, jalapenos and cashews), sandwiches and pasta dishes (hello, brisket lasagna). Great cocktails too.

7. Mexican Sugar

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7501 Lone Star Dr #B150
Plano, TX 75024
(214) 732-5132
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The folks behind Whiskey Cake found a smash hit with this upscale pan-Latin spot at the Shops at Legacy -- just try getting a table on a Saturday night. Best bets include the queso, arepa, carnitas torta and any of the top-notch cocktails.

8. Fourteen Eighteen Coffeehouse

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1418 K Avenue
Plano, TX 75074
(214) 738-5664
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This cozy, laid-back coffeehouse is just what downtown Plano needed: a Starbucks alternative brewing beans by Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters, plus pastries, sandwiches and pie.

9. Yao Fuzi

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4757 W Park Blvd
Plano, TX 75093
(214) 473-9267
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Yao Fuzi offers Chinese food in an upscale, elegant setting--five-spice spare ribs, xiao long bao (soup dumplings), and steamed pork buns are delicious, but there's also more standard Americanized fare like beef with broccoli, if that's your (or your date's) thing.

10. Whiskey Cake

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3601 Dallas Pkwy.
Plano, TX 75093
(972) 993-2253
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Whiskey Cake serves Plano's best cocktails and damn good food in a fun atmosphere reminiscent of a backwoods moonshine still, but not in a theme park sort of way. Pair a craft beer or whiskey cocktail with a steak and duck fat frites or the OMG burger (that's onion, mushroom and "goodness").

11. Sea Breeze Fish Market & Grill

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4017 Preston Road #530
Plano, TX 75093
(972) 473-2722
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Sea Breeze has a kaleidoscope of fresh flown-in seafood for purchase in their fish market, but you can also sit down for a proper meal; the lobster roll garners raves from all over the metroplex. There's also sesame-crusted tuna nachos, plenty of fried stuff, cioppino or just simple fresh fish prepared to your liking.

12. Densetsu

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4152 W. Spring Creek Pkwy.
Plano, TX 75093
(972) 964-7874
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Reliably fresh classic sushi rolls, plus crazy abominations like the Superman Burrito and Pinky Promise roll, and hot dishes like tonkatsu and rice bowls served by a friendly staff at this always-buzzing neighborhood spot. [Photo credit: Suk R/Facebook]

13. The Holy Grail Pub

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8240 Preston Rd, Ste 150
Plano, TX 75024
(972) 377-6633
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If you're in the mood for beer and better-than-usual bar food, consider Holy Grail. Housemade soft pretzels with truffle cheese sauce, ghost pepper chili (less scary than it sounds), tasty burgers and shepherd's pie all pair well with a local craft beer, of which Holy Grail has many on tap. [Photo credit: Chris H./Yelp]

14. Jörg's Cafe Vienna

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1037 E. 15th St.
Plano, TX 75074
(972) 509-5966
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When's the last time you had schnitzel? Go to Jorg's (named "Best Schnitzel in the Metroplex" by D Mag) where you can get it no less than 8 different ways--pork, chicken or veal, smothered in mushrooms or maybe a paprika sauce. (Also, BEER.)

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1. East Hampton Sandwich Co.

7300 Lone Star Dr Ste C128, Plano, TX 75024
The Snider Plaza sandwich sensation opened a second Shops at Legacy location back in November with the same tried-and-true menu including a fantastic lobster roll. Don't miss the freshly fried doughnut holes for dessert.
7300 Lone Star Dr Ste C128
Plano, TX 75024

2. Lockhart Smokehouse

1026 East 15th Street, Plano, TX
Downtown Plano got a whole lot meatier when this Oak Cliff barbecue staple opened its second location in February. Crowds are piling in for Lockhart's signature shoulder clod, luscious brisket, burnt ends and sides like mac and cheese and smoky baked beans.
1026 East 15th Street
Plano, TX

3. The Latin Pig

3131 Custer Rd #165, Plano, TX 75075
Authentic Cuban fare isn't exactly plentiful in DFW, making this strip mall spot even more of a gem. Don't expect fancy presentation (more like plastic plates and forks) but the Cuban sandwich, ropa vieja, fried plantains and cafe con leche will satisfy.
3131 Custer Rd #165
Plano, TX 75075

4. Cajun Tailgators

1112 E 15th St, Plano, TX 75074
The Cajun food truck by the same name expanded to a brick-and-mortar location in downtown Plano, making it much easier to track down those killer crawfish pistolettes, fried gator po'boys and crawfish etouffee. Bonus: It's BYOB.
1112 E 15th St
Plano, TX 75074

5. Urban Crust

1006 E 15th St, Plano, TX 75074
The rooftop bar here is guaranteed to be packed when the weather's nice. Every meal starts with free wood-fired bread with a variety of dipping sauces, and should end with the housemade hazelnut gelato; pizza-wise, the Urban Amore (prosciutto, figs, goat cheese) is a good bet.
1006 E 15th St
Plano, TX 75074

6. Taverna Rossa

4005 Preston Rd, Plano, TX 75093
The Grape chef Brian Luscher consulted on the menu at this charmingly rustic, family-friendly spot that serves up thin-crust pizzas like the Kona Fire (roasted pork, pineapple, jalapenos and cashews), sandwiches and pasta dishes (hello, brisket lasagna). Great cocktails too.
4005 Preston Rd
Plano, TX 75093

7. Mexican Sugar

7501 Lone Star Dr #B150, Plano, TX 75024
The folks behind Whiskey Cake found a smash hit with this upscale pan-Latin spot at the Shops at Legacy -- just try getting a table on a Saturday night. Best bets include the queso, arepa, carnitas torta and any of the top-notch cocktails.
7501 Lone Star Dr #B150
Plano, TX 75024

8. Fourteen Eighteen Coffeehouse

1418 K Avenue, Plano, TX 75074
This cozy, laid-back coffeehouse is just what downtown Plano needed: a Starbucks alternative brewing beans by Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters, plus pastries, sandwiches and pie.
1418 K Avenue
Plano, TX 75074

9. Yao Fuzi

4757 W Park Blvd, Plano, TX 75093
Yao Fuzi offers Chinese food in an upscale, elegant setting--five-spice spare ribs, xiao long bao (soup dumplings), and steamed pork buns are delicious, but there's also more standard Americanized fare like beef with broccoli, if that's your (or your date's) thing.
4757 W Park Blvd
Plano, TX 75093

10. Whiskey Cake

3601 Dallas Pkwy., Plano, TX 75093
Whiskey Cake serves Plano's best cocktails and damn good food in a fun atmosphere reminiscent of a backwoods moonshine still, but not in a theme park sort of way. Pair a craft beer or whiskey cocktail with a steak and duck fat frites or the OMG burger (that's onion, mushroom and "goodness").
3601 Dallas Pkwy.
Plano, TX 75093

11. Sea Breeze Fish Market & Grill

4017 Preston Road #530, Plano, TX 75093
Sea Breeze has a kaleidoscope of fresh flown-in seafood for purchase in their fish market, but you can also sit down for a proper meal; the lobster roll garners raves from all over the metroplex. There's also sesame-crusted tuna nachos, plenty of fried stuff, cioppino or just simple fresh fish prepared to your liking.
4017 Preston Road #530
Plano, TX 75093

12. Densetsu

4152 W. Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano, TX 75093
Reliably fresh classic sushi rolls, plus crazy abominations like the Superman Burrito and Pinky Promise roll, and hot dishes like tonkatsu and rice bowls served by a friendly staff at this always-buzzing neighborhood spot. [Photo credit: Suk R/Facebook]
4152 W. Spring Creek Pkwy.
Plano, TX 75093

13. The Holy Grail Pub

8240 Preston Rd, Ste 150, Plano, TX 75024
If you're in the mood for beer and better-than-usual bar food, consider Holy Grail. Housemade soft pretzels with truffle cheese sauce, ghost pepper chili (less scary than it sounds), tasty burgers and shepherd's pie all pair well with a local craft beer, of which Holy Grail has many on tap. [Photo credit: Chris H./Yelp]
8240 Preston Rd, Ste 150
Plano, TX 75024

14. Jörg's Cafe Vienna

1037 E. 15th St., Plano, TX 75074
When's the last time you had schnitzel? Go to Jorg's (named "Best Schnitzel in the Metroplex" by D Mag) where you can get it no less than 8 different ways--pork, chicken or veal, smothered in mushrooms or maybe a paprika sauce. (Also, BEER.)
1037 E. 15th St.
Plano, TX 75074

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