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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Shopping Centre
“Great place for branded outlet shopping. There are good deals here all year round. Weekend parking maybe scarce. If you can avoid the weekends, go during the weekdays. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Park
“Founded in 1967, the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary is located in McKinney.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“BBQ, the best in all of McKinney. Winner of several awards. A true traditional BBQ/Smokehouse for slow-smoked beef and the finest ingredients, A Texas tradition since 1978. The best brisket in North TX and the very best Jalapenos poppers (brisket and cheese stuffed, wrapped in bacon) in the world.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“Great dining inside and outside. We like the lounge for music and beverages but you can also get the full menu in the lounge. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Also, consider their new addition The Garage (the bar). Casual café with a good variety of menu items. It is housed in a converted 1920's building that was originally the Texas Power and Light company. Fun, hip and casual the cafe is designed with an open kitchen that allows you to watch our cooking crew create breakfast all-day, and other favorites such as meatloaf, mashed potatoes, fresh salads, made from scratch soups as well as a dinner menu with a full service bar. Live music on some evenings.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“McKinney’s own and original brick-walled pub with a large wood fired pizza oven, with live music five nights a week. This is a great pizza restaurant but offers many other items to select from as well. For those that like salads, the Sedona salad is a local favorite. Great beer selection. Note of caution: The live music can get loud inside at times making it hard to converse with your party - but great music. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Park
“Huge Park with Lakes, playgrounds and fields. The best thing is our neighborhood has a beautiful walking trial that goes to the park without crossing any major roads.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“You have to have the deviled eggs! Any entree is fabulous. The service is amazing. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
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Golf Driving Range
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“Top Golf is a high-tech golfing range with more fun built in than the golfing. Tie off with computers tracking your distance and competition with your friends. Great food and drinks available in this fun social outing”
  • 6 locals recommend
Irish Pub
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“a good selection of craft and regional liquors and beers; also try their freshly fried and perfectly seasoned pork rinds”
  • 10 locals recommend
City Hall
“Big stores to small unique shops, entertainment, great restaurants, outlet stores across the highway, plenty to do and see to satisfy that little voice that says, 'shouldn't I buy something?'”
  • 6 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“A funky, daytime coffeehouse featuring espresso drinks & classic cafe meals in a laid-back atmosphere. This is our go to for a great breakfast! However, the lunch offerings are just as good. Many of the dishes will serve two people as the serving sizes are on the larger side of things. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Home Service
“Quaint shops. Largest area of historical homes. Great walking tour. Love the architecture.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“British pub food, beers and a full-service bar. Known best for a late night drink – hang out (so beware). The dart boards and pool tables are a local favorite. Known for their beverages and social climate rather than their food – just being honest. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Off-Licence
“Located in the center of the downtown Square, Landon's has a great outdoor patio for enjoying a glass of wine. They offer small bites to go with it.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
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“Great burger selections, with some really good sweet potato fries. This is a little pricey for a burger, but it is a “gourmet burger place with a great draft beer selection (if that is your thing). Their meats include Genesis grass-fed beef (supplied by Local Yocal Farm to Market, also on the downtown square), lamb, salmon, turkey and tuna. Side items include onion rings, sweet potato fries (served with garlic aioli sauce), gourmet mac-and-cheese, a wide variety of salads, and all burgers are served with a tempura fried pickle spear.”
  • 11 locals recommend