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Deriving its name from its topography, Plano in Texas is a rapidly growing city with an international population and a wide variety of cuisines. We explore the top places to eat in Plano.
Located where Trader Joe’s once was, this is the second rendition of the successful restaurant Smoke. A very recent addition to Plano’s culinary scene, Smoke was brought to this charming city by Chef Tim Byres. He aims to recreate the spirit and character of their Dallas restaurant. Their space in Plano is bigger than Dallas, meaning Plano has its own charisma and eccentricities rather than mirroring its Dallas counterpart. The menu at Smoke in Plano is also a little different, with a focus on what customers want to eat. There is also a patio area, so diners can enjoy their meal both indoors and al fresco. Visitors to Smoke can look forward to dishes such as small plates of raw oysters, chicken tamale and blistered shishito peppers, as well as larger plates of grilled quail and pulled whole hog. These are all accompanied by carefully selected wines and cocktails.
Smoke Restaurant, 2408 Preston Road, Plano, TX, USA. +1 214 393 4141
Founded in 2012, East Hampton Sandwich Co is the realization of Hunter Pond’s dream. Together with his team of sandwich enthusiasts, the East Hampton strives to create a sandwich to suit every taste. Favorites from the menu include their authentic lobster roll, bacon and avocado, fried chicken and jack, as well as their vegetarian options of asparagus and gruyere, or goat’s cheese and avocado. There are also beers and wines available, perfect for those on a business lunch or looking for a memorable dining occasion. The East Hampton places an emphasis on handcrafting every sandwich and serving their produce with impeccable service. Whether you’re passing through Plano, or planning a longer stay, the East Hampton is a must try.
Infused with the spirit and flavors of Latin America, Mexican Sugar brings the rich culinary history and techniques of the south to Texas. Serving food with flair and high standards, the kitchen at Mexican Sugar is run by Eric Justice. He strives to bring the very best of South American cuisine to Plano. Using only local ingredients and fresh fish, the menu features dishes such as grilled fiery padron peppers, tortas and tacos of ahogada and pork carnitas. There is also their hamburguesa of house ground chuck with Chile bacon and roasted poblano. These are all cooked to perfection on the parrilla, which seals in their sumptuous flavors. These tantalizing dishes are accompanied by their range of Latin spirits and cocktails, each carefully selected and created to add to Mexican Sugar’s Latin American vibes. Located in the trendy Shops at Legacy, Mexican Sugar is one of the must-visit places in Plano.
Mexican Sugar, 7501 Lone Star Drive, B150, Plano, TX, USA. +1 972 943 0984
Pizza and beer are a classic combination. Taverna Rossa on Preston Road aims to bring this pairing to the next level. Bringing their passion for good food and a friendly atmosphere to Plano, Taverna Rossa uses only locally sourced ingredients to create hometown dishes and flavors. Each pizza is packed with mouthwatering ingredients such as smoked Texas brisket, apple wood smoked bacon, Luscher’s Italian sausage as well as the freshest vegetables. The menu was created with the help of Brian Luscher from The Grape in Dallas. Each mouthful of Taverna Rossa food is a piece of pizza heaven. These are complemented by the ice-cold beers that are available either on tap or by the bottle. For a fancier occasion, try their cocktails or selection of wines.