No matter what kind of cuisine you like, Plano, Texas, has a restaurant you’ll enjoy. Lots of great local restaurants are spread throughout the area, but some of them stand out as exceptional. Here are five of the best restaurants around Plano that you should head to for your next meal out.
Hub Streat, located on East 14th Street, is a favorite spot for locals to enjoy drinks and great food. Come by Wednesday through Friday from 4 p.m. until 11 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m., or on Sunday from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. On the weekends, guests can enjoy happy hour specials from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. until 10 p.m. Don’t miss out on their daily specials with deals like $1 wings on Wednesdays, free kids meals on Saturdays, and bottomless mimosas on Sundays.
There’s indoor and outdoor seating, and Hub Streat is a dog-friendly place, so guests are encouraged to bring their furry buddies and enjoy a meal outside. The outdoor eating areas feature yard games like corn hole for a super fun time. Start out with a charcuterie board to whet your appetite before diving into some menu favorites like their hand-crafted burgers, wood-fired pizzas, and tacos.
Try the Bacon Cheese Royale burger for something different that’ll leave you full for hours. This beast of a burger comes topped with bacon, fries, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, mayonnaise, and your choice of cheese with options like cranberry goat cheese, smoked gouda, or pimento. Other menu items worth trying include the super hot Nashville chicken sandwich and the Texas Country Skillet that’s available during weekend brunch.
With two locations in the area, Fish Shack is the perfect spot for a casual meal. Stop by any day from 10:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. or until 11 p.m. on the weekend. Sit out on the patio or in the comfy oyster-bar style shack. The covered patio area will make you feel like you’re enjoying fish at the beach. The Fish Shack menu features lots of classic dishes like po’boy sandwiches, boiled crab legs, and fried catfish filets. Kids are welcome and will enjoy options like fried shrimp, chicken fingers, and fries.
Order from their take-out menu of family-size meals if you need to feed a crowd. Choose from options like 10-piece catfish filets, fried shrimp, and chicken wings. You can even grab a few quarts of gumbo or clam chowder. If you come by between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, you can enjoy happy hour specials like discounted tacos, shrimp, and drinks.
Head to Lockhart Smokehouse for some traditional Texas barbecue that will have you coming back for more. All the meat is smoked to perfection, and they even offer cooking classes with their pitmasters. The Plano location is on East 15th street, but there are also locations in Dallas and Arlington. Lockhart Smokehouse is open every day from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m., so you can always stop by for lunch or dinner. Grab a couple of pounds of meat and sides to enjoy at home or the office, or sit down for a relaxing meal.
Try the brisket, ribs, and Kreuz Jalapeno Cheese sausage by ordering a half-pound or so of each for the table and a few sides. Their traditional smokehouse sides include baked beans, deviled eggs, and mac and cheese. Take a look at their catering menu if you’ve got a big celebration coming up. Check out the Lockhart Smokehouse online store to order apparel, sauces, and meats.
Also on East 15th Street, Urban Crust is one of the best pizza places in the area. Enjoy a meal in the dining room area, or head up to the rooftop bar for a cold drink. The kitchen serves lunch and dinner every day of the week and brunch on Sundays, and the rooftop bar is open until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays with happy hour specials from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. throughout the week. If you’re looking for a place to enjoy a small celebration, Urban Crust offers areas for private parties with reservations.
Urban Crust’s wood-fired pies are unique and delicious. You can create your own pizza by simply choosing the size and toppings you want. They offer almost everything you can imagine putting on a pizza, so let your creativity lead you. A few signature pies worth trying include the Black & Blue, topped with wood-fired sirloin steak, baby portobello mushrooms, bleu cheese, and caramelized onions, and the Urban Amore made with fig preserves, goat cheese, prosciutto di Parma, baby arugula, and aged balsamic vinegar. Don’t forget to order a drink from their impressive list of house cocktails, wine, and beer.
EBESU, a modern Japanese bistro, is the best local spot for sushi, sashimi, robata, and more. Guests are welcome for dinner Tuesday through Sunday from 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. during the week and until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Lunch is available for takeout on the weekends, as well, and it’s made easy with online ordering.
Start off your meal with some garlic oyster edamame, spicy fried prawns, and a good drink. EBESU offers a long list of different types of Japanese beer, sake, shochu, and whiskey. If you’ve never tried Japanese spirits, opt for a Japanese cocktail to start. Entrees range from noodle dishes to robata grilled items and much more. Try their matcha tiramisu for dessert for a totally Japanese-inspired meal from start to finish.
EBESU is located right across the street from Haggard Park on the corner of J Avenue and East 15th Street.
Next time you’re looking for a place to grab good food, head to one of these local spots for dine-in or takeout. These are some of the best restaurants in Plano, and the team at Huffines CJDR Plano wouldn’t steer you wrong. Drop us a line to let us know which is your favorite or whether we missed a place that should’ve made the cut.
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