While McKinney, TX., has been lucky enough to keep its small town feel, there are definitely benefits to the economic growth that it has seen. One of those benefits is an explosion of options when it comes to food. McKinney is home to pretty much any kind of restaurant you can think of – from fine French cuisine, classic Southern barbecue and everything in between.
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The Pantry Restaurant is a gem for all of you that love a good home-cooked meal. Established in 1982, The Pantry is located in a charming building that was originally Hope Hardware. Built in 1898, the building is the quintessential look and feel that one would expect from Historic Downtown McKinney. Exposed brick walls, original wood floors and a wrap around indoor balcony greet patrons as they come in. The restaurant was also featured on Food Network’s “Outrageous Foods” where they made a 5-foot chocolate cream pie.
Be sure to try the BLT on toasted sourdough next time you’re looking for lunch – the pepper bacon is incredible.
Bien Salsa is located in a fantastic space downtown with an industrial feel. Specializing in authentic Mexican cuisine, Executive Chef and Owner Mirella Velazquez clearly puts her heart and soul into each dish served. Some might leave Bien Salsa confused when they don’t get free chips and salsa – well, this is not Tex Mex people. Cough up less money than what you spend daily on coffee and you can get a medley of three incredible salsas paired with homemade tortilla chips that come out hot and fresh.
If you’re one of those people that like a little excitement then definitely order the Brocheta. They actually set it on fire.
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Cozy, quaint and delicious are how some would describe the eclectic cafe typically referred to as ‘SNUG’. This is the perfect place for breakfast or lunch. They serve up massive omelettes, hot sandwiches and delicious locally roasted coffees. This place was so popular that it was almost impossible to get a seat until owner, Sandra Nichols expanded SNUG to include the building next door and solved the problem. Curl up on a couch, choose a table or lean back in the sunshine on the patio while you sip on your favorite latte.
Try out one of the quick, fresh yogurt parfaits and a smoothie next time you’re looking for breakfast on the run.
Patina Green is as unique as it is beautiful. Functioning as a home decor store and a fresh, locally sourced market means that this is one of the prettiest places to grab some groceries and a snack in McKinney. Timeless vintage finds meet robust flavors as you enter to the smell of toasted bread and melting cheese coming from the sandwich bar. This is one of those places that sticks in your head once you leave. Like it says on Patina Green’s website, their food is REAL.
Best pure raw honey in town and now they have dinners on Friday and Saturday nights.
Serving up an American classic, Square Burger tosses a modern spin on the original hamburger. From the salmon burger with yogurt-dill cream to the lamb burger on grilled pita there’s something to excite anyone’s tastebuds. Located in the center of downtown, Square Burger has walls of windows looking to the courthouse and soaring ceilings that make for a light atmosphere – not to mention a massive bar with a huge collection of beer on tap.
Possibly the best sweet potato fries in the entire world.
Whether it’s early morning or late night there’s something for everyone when it comes to McKinney’s food scene. Let us know what some of your favorites are.
By Sawyer Erickson