Top Local Restaurants in McKinney, Texas

Photo of Veronika J Spencer
9 February 2017

McKinney, Texas is one of the nation’s fastest growing cities, and with fast growth comes exciting culinary opportunities. Located just thirty miles north of Dallas, McKinney provides an array of delicious restaurant options for any visitor, many of which revolve around the concept of serving locally grown, grass-fed meat. Here are some of the best.

Historic Downtown McKinney Square | © Rick Ray/Flickr

Bill Smith’s Café

Established in 1956, Bill Smith’s Café is McKinney’s oldest dining establishment. Nothing they serve is pre-packaged and all of the biscuits, gravy, pies and rolls are made in the cafe from scratch. Three generations of Smiths have been whipping up small town American ‘home-cooked meals’ for the residents of McKinney over the years, making it one of the city’s landmarks and a great place for a family friendly meal.

Cadillac Pizza Pub

Cadillac Pizza Pub, affectionately known as ‘The Cady’, can be found in historic downtown McKinney. It has some of the best music in the north of Texas and a friendly, neighborhood vibe. Live music can be found here on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Cadillac Pizza Pub uses fresh Texan ingredients to make their pizza sauce and dough daily, contributing to their reputation as ‘the best pizza in McKinney.’ Cadillac Pizza Pub’s wood-fired pizzas are inspired by New York pizzerias and are a delicious choice for any occasion.


Hutchins’ BBQ has been voted the best in McKinney for ten years in a row, is family run, and has been serving the McKinney community since 1978. The BBQ at Hutchins is made with fresh cuts of meat, delivered throughout the day and cooked to perfection over burning fine pecan wood. Hutchins has also perfected its own BBQ sauces in order to create a true Texas BBQ experience for its visitors.

Louisiana Street Grill

Located in the Flourmill district, Louisiana Street Grill offers an upscale, casual dining atmosphere. Louisiana Street Grill serves wood fired steaks and seafood in an old converted furniture warehouse. Emigdio Raymundo owned a furniture store at this address for over twenty years before converting it into a restaurant, and even made all of the restaurant furniture, including the hand-carved wooden bar. The restaurant furniture is not the only thing made from scratch at the Louisiana Street Grill, the bread is baked daily using Raymundo’s personal recipe.

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The One and Only Burgers and Fries

The One and Only Burger and Fries is a one-of-a-kind dining experience. The restaurant is family owned and operated, striving to provide quality service. The One and Only Burger and Fries offers basic American food such as hot dogs and hamburgers with unlimited toppings, allowing visitors to customize their meal any way that they want it. The restaurant’s signature sauce can also be added to any dish for some extra spice and kick.

Patina Green

Patina Green is not only a restaurant, but also a market. It collects vintage home decor, one-of-a-kind pieces and hand crafted products that are available to buy. The restaurant strives to provide its guests with ‘real’ food, taking pride in respecting the animals and farms they use to source their ingredients. A daily menu is created using the best local ingredients for those who get hungry while browsing the unique selection of merchandise available at Patina Green.

Interior | © Rick’s Chophouse

Rick’s Chophouse

Rick’s Chophouse is located at the Grand Hotel & Ballroom on the historic square in McKinney. The restaurant provides an elegant yet charming atmosphere, and personal visits from Rick himself help to enhance the overall dining experience by making you feel well-attended to. Patio seating is available so that guests can enjoy a delicious meal in the Texas sunshine. Rick’s Chophouse is a great spot for any special occasion and you will not leave unsatisfied.

Snug on the Square

If a warm, eclectic coffeehouse is what you’re looking for, Snug on the Square is the place. The coffeehouse specializes in breakfast favorites, such as over-sized omelettes and waffles, in addition to homemade soups, sandwich melts and salads for lunch. The coffee is locally roasted and outdoor seating is available. Snug on the Square regularly features local artists and musicians to truly perfect the overall ambiance.

Square Burger

Square Burger takes burgers to the next level by combing a modern, urban atmosphere with tasty burgers. They serve grass-fed, organic meat from McKinney’s Genesis Beef. While ribs and chicken wings are available, there are few choices on the menu other than burgers, but who needs anything else with burgers this good? Over thirty draft beers are available to accompany any of the delicious options.

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