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Rachel Renea, NewsCastic
Who says you have to brave downtown Dallas traffic to have a killer meal? The DFW metro has tons of to-die-for restaurants, many of which are located right in the northern suburbs of Collin County.
If you haven’t taken in the best gastronomic delights this area of DFW has to offer, you’re in for a treat. Those already familiar with the food splendors of this part of town are likely to find both old and new favorites on our list.
We scoured the county over and out of thousands of restaurants and eateries to choose from, we’ve narrowed it down to the top 10 go-to places for Collin County based on quality of food, ambiance, and types of offerings provided. Here’s where to dine:
Rick’s Chophouse – McKinney
Every restaurant list needs a great steakhouse, and you might have guessed by the name of this place that this is it. But don’t judge a book by its cover. Rick’s Steakhouse is more than just a high-end steakhouse with an impressive wine list. Aside from the delicious non-steak dinner options, this place serves hands down the best Sunday brunch you will find anywhere in the country (yes, country, not just county).
For $25 (half that for kids 12 and under), you get unfettered access to a brunch buffet that includes everything from traditional fare to shrimp cocktail that could rival NOLA cuisine, to prime rib sliced to serve. Add to that fruits from basically the entire produce section, an assortment of pastries and breads, dessert options, a chocolate fountain for your strawberries, and, oh, they throw a mimosa in with the deal, too.
Tip: Make reservations, even for brunch. This place is locally renowned.
Babe’s Chicken Dinner House – Frisco
Forget about chicken for a minute, if you want home cooking, is your place. Like, for real grandma-style home cooking. We’re talking green beans made with pan grease, cream style corn, mashed potatoes, biscuits and gravy, and sweet tea (the real stuff). And, no, you don’t get to pick your sides; they come standard and are served family style (and bottomless!). The only choice you make is your meat, and while fried chicken seems to be the run of the lot, we cannot emphatically recommend the smoked chicken enough (we think they may actually put crack in it… just kidding, but not really…). The best thing to do is have each person in your party order a different kind of meat and share. Just don’t say we didn’t warn you there would be fork fights over the smoked chicken in the end.
Tip: Don’t forget to bring your own beer or wine.
Double Tip: This place does not take reservations and it is not a hidden treasure,
so be prepared to wait… a while (we promise it’s worth it). But on
Sundays, hang it up; the crowds are double for family dinner.
Tasty Tails – Plano
Well, you could actually say the name says it all on this one. Tasty Tails is best known for, you guessed it, crawfish. The suckers are brought in live from Louisiana and are served with traditional Cajun fare (potatoes, corn and sausage). The restaurant location itself is inside a strip mall food court, but looks can be deceiving. They also fly in fresh crab from Alaska and serve up a mean po’boy, as well.
Tip: Another BYOB establishment.
Eddie’s Napoli’s Italian Restaurant – Frisco
We’re talking Italian. Bada bing, bada boom. Not only do you get the real deal authentic style food at Eddie’s, but the prices won’t leave you anything to complain about. The average entree is about $15, so you can splurge on some of their signature calamari or bruschetta to start. Picking a meal will be your hardest battle with multiple tasty options to choose from. You should probably just plan on coming back again to work your way through the menu. But be sure you save room for cannoli at the end…mamma mia!
Artin’s Grill – Plano
Artin’s Grill has it all — a romantic atmosphere, a wide selection of gourmet American fare, and great weekday happy hour specials. But plan ahead so the prices don’t give you indigestion. When you’re ready to splurge, the super lump crab cake is a must do.
Tip: This restaurant offers complimentary valet parking.
The Blue Fish – Allen
This sushi restaurant has been winning awards for nearly two decades, and it’s Ahi Tower is renowned. Of course, we’re talking about Blue Fish in Allen. Sushi is the main course, but they also serve a small selection of Asian-style entrees.
Tip: To enjoy this place on a budget, go for the daily happy hour from 5-7 PM.
The Latin Pig – Plano
The Latin Pig is a Cuban restaurant serving up traditional Cuban cuisine in a suburban strip mall. Offerings include fried plantains, black beans, yucca, chicharrones, and goat dishes (yes, it’s authentic, and consistently receives great reviews). The restaurant also serves a small selection of Puerto Rican dishes. Be sure to save room for a guava turnover for dessert!
Cavalli Pizza – McKinney
The big draw here is wood-fired grill pizza. also offers a cozy ambiance both indoors and out the back patio overlooking a Mediterranean themed development and pond. The wine selection is decent, and tasty appetizer options at decent prices mean you can have a nice meal out without breaking the bank.
Savour Tasting Room – Allen
This place has a nice selection of American cuisine and seafood dishes. You could make a meal out of small plates, or hold out for a larger entree with prices that average $15 to $20. The best part about Savour’s (not be confused with Savers) is the lively ambiance and the people watching opportunities facing a pedestrian shopping center with a little green space. Even better are the daily happy hour specials. Cut back after work and be sure to enjoy the mussels!
TruFire Kitchen & Bar – Frisco
I napped a bit and dreamt of my next cheat meal: applewood bacon, smoked meatballs, linguine and herb-infused olive oil and a sunny side up egg on top. I'll have to plan my macros accordingly once I'm able to hoist myself back into my car! A Moscow Mule would also do nicely to wash it down lol! 🍷 For now, it's water, yogurt, crackers and dry toast. Yeesh! #trufirekitchenandbar #southlake #macros #indulge #foodie #bacon #hoardingmacrosforlater #stircrazy #idreamoffood #moscowmule #betterwithaneggontop #isitonlytuesday #flexibledieting #IIFYM
Know someone picky? Someone who can never make up their mind where
or what to eat? We’ve got you. in Frisco has
everything from falafels to chicken marsala. The signature dish
featured is smoked meatball pasta (with a fried egg on top). Seriously, who could resist?
What are your favorite Colin County restaurants? Let us know in the comments below and we may feature your suggestions in our next food story.