**EEK!! I accidentally posted this yesterday, then headed to Kinder Splash Day, and didn't realize until it had been up for hours. So sorry, if you saw it yesterday!**
One of the questions I get asked/e-mailed a lot is
"What are your favorite things to see/do in Dallas?".
I'm doing my best to answer part of that question today. I've lived in the metroplex (that's what we call the whole Dallas/Ft. Worth area) since 2005 and while I definitely haven't seen it all, I've had my fair share of fun.
I sat down to write this about the entire Dallas/Ft. Worth area and got stuck on my own town, so today I'm sharing McKinney and next week I'm sharing the rest of the DFW area.
Local girls, I'd LOVE for you to add to this list. Please comment away with your faves. :)
I HAD to start the list off with my favorite town in the area, right? McKinney!
Our downtown area has the cutest shops, stores, and restaurants. I'd definitely recommend eating a meal and enjoying a stroll around the square.
Some favorites with kids...
Spoon's has delicious breakfast that is served all day!
Delicious pizza!! I recommend the "Smoky Pie"....brisket, bacon, barbeque sauce, onions, and cheese? Yes, please! It's my fave!
This spot has the most delicious pies EVER!!
Square Burger (apparently doesn't have a website?)
This restaurant makes boutique style burgers and all the fixin's. Think fried pickles, sweet potato fries, etc. My kids love a burger so they're fans of Square Burger, for sure!
I haven't made it to this spot either, but I've heard great things. This lunch location has an awesome mission...to provide special needs adults with training and employment opportunities all the while serving up lunch.
Favorites without kids...
I'm not even sure what "sugarbacon" is. But I know when you add some of that deliciousness to a burger the end result is YUMMY!
This is one of my favorite places for Girl's Night. I'm a big fan of the crunchy crab tacos and the deviled eggs. Because that combo always goes together. ha! It doesn't sound like it should, but trust me-it totally does.
This spot is perfect for date night! Delicious steaks are on the menu.
You can totally take your kiddos to this spot. If the weather is nice, you can eat outside. They have great sandwiches. Bowen's fave is the grilled cheese. My favorite is when he doesn't eat it all and then I can "help" him.
Snug has my very favorite sandwiches. I'm talking pimento cheese, jalapenos, AND bacon. Yes, ma'am!
I haven't had a chance to check out this spot on my own, but Tab went with a couple neighborhood guys. He thought it was a cool spot. It's a brewery that has live music most nights, games for all ages, and they have special food brought in every weekend (might be open only on weekends). When I checked the calendar this is all coming up...Tennessee style hot chicken, bbq, and burgers.
Another favorite area in town is Adriatica. This spot has homes, a wedding chapel, office buildings, restaurants, and a Starbuck's. :)
And it happens to be gorgeous. :)
Cavalli's Pizzeria is our favorite place in Adriatica. Wood-fire pizza and delicious salads!
Mesa's Mexican Grill is our favorite Mexican food in McKinney. It's a bonus that it's SO close to our house!
If you have small kids, there's a new Playstreet Museum in McKinney that is really fun for littles. It's super clean and has a "town" set up including a farm with a cow you can pretend to milk. (Bowen talks about that cow STILL.)
For older kids (we haven't tried this out yet but I've heard great things) there's a new Ninja Warrior Kids. I think it's obstacle courses-kind of like the show American Ninja Warrior but for kids.
We also have the Heard Museum in McKinney. It's a cool (mostly) outdoor natural science museum. They have special exhibits throughout the year. We went last year to check out the dinosaurs with the grandparents.
Throw in some fun parks, pools, our church, and friends and you have one of my most favorite places on earth. :)
Seriously, if you come to the Dallas area, you should set aside a day to check out the fun (and food) in McKinney.
And please local girls....add your faves!