Moving somewhere new can be extremely daunting. And showcasing your town to visitors in a way that does it justice can be a ton of pressure. Lucky for you, Collin County Moms has you covered! Here’s a list of our favorite areas in Collin County, each with limitless potential for fun, entertainment, and unforgettable dining experiences.
BBQ and Grill or Farm to Market, Local Yocal has you covered with quintessential Texas dining experiences. This favorite among natives serves up locally-sourced, fresh, grass-fed beef, cooked to order in their restaurant or packaged in their butcher shop for you to prepare at home.
Enjoy a Steak 101 class with Local Yocal’s owner, Matt Hamilton. Courses include educational information on the meat industry, beef and steak cuts, and grilling (with samples, too!).
This local craft beer hotspot will be moving to the 120-year-old grain mill in the heart of McKinney later this year (2022). Enjoy live music, events, and fun for the whole family on this new four-acre, 40,000-sq.-ft., state-of-the-art brewery, complete with retail and dining areas. In the meantime, you can still visit the original location—always a great time!
Another super family-friendly option, this casual, outdoor dining space feels more like a backyard get-together than a restaurant. Enjoy tacos, burgers, and drinks while the kids play corn hole or giant Connect Four.
This local favorite serves Texas classics such as tender, moist, slow-smoked brisket with an outrageously flavorful bark. Dine in for an authentic, Texas atmosphere or cater your backyard pool party, and you’re sure to have full bellies and smiling faces all around.
Are you or someone you know a history fanatic? Schedule your tour inside this historic post office today! You’ll leave feeling like a Collin County history scholar. Or tour the entire downtown square!
2. Legacy West | Plano
Contemporary Mexican food for the traveling (or new-in-town) foodie.
Texas comfort food with a modern flair!
Satisfy the diverse cravings of the whole family with 20+ options of restaurants and bars, all while enjoying live music and frequent special events.
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3. The Boardwalk at Granite Park | Plano
This trendy take on a microbrewery feels more like a West Coast getaway than a suburban Dallas watering hole. Indoor or outdoor, the casual yet elegant ambiance is sure to please any out-of-towner’s taste.
Get your Southern cookin’ fix at this casual Collin County eatery. Indulge in classic biscuits and sausage gravy or sweeten things up with a decadent Hot Chocolate Biscuit (which is more like a s’more than hot chocolate).
Local vendors sell their handmade items and fresh produce at this waterfront farmer’s market. Come for the shopping, stay for the food!
4. Grandscape | The Colony
Take fun to a new level at this indoor, high-speed playground for big kids.
State-of-the-art, fully-immersive virtual reality gaming for groups of kids (and kids-at-heart).
Technically just outside county lines, the air-conditioned view of Collin County from the top of the Grandscape Ferris wheel will wow any out-of-towner.
Get your Texas BBQ fix at this local favorite.
Imagine the charm and intrigue of vintage, rusted cars and trailers, minus the junky feel. That’s Truck Yard—the most casual, laid-back food truck bar in town. Big enough for the whole family, there’s always something to do at this fun, country dive.
Lockhart is another local BBQ hot spot. And everything from their tender brisket to their 110-year-old-recipe sausage can be shipped to you when you’re craving it weeks after eating at their Plano location.
You can’t go wrong at any of these three delicious and diverse restaurants, all part of the Urban Family.
This frequently-overlooked storefront has been in the family for generations. Locally-sourced, fresh produce and great customer service are what makes this colorful, fragrant, vintage spot so unique.
Enjoy live music and other family-friendly events in the heart of downtown Plano. Conveniently located by the DART Station, you can take a train down to CityLine or further down to Dallas for even more dining, shopping and entertainment!
Another historical landmark, this free museum tells the story of the Texas Electric Railway and City of Plano. And they do free story time on Friday mornings at 10:30am for preschoolers.
These are only a few of the many bustling areas of our ever-growing Collin County. Be sure to follow Collin County Moms on Facebook and Instagram for more kid-friendly restaurants and upcoming events for the whole family!