Savoring a meal at an upscale restaurant is the perfect setting for a date night or celebrating a special occasion. You might not know McKinney as one of America’s food capitals, but it punches above its weight with some excellent restaurants catering to all tastes. When it’s time to treat yourself and the ones you love, consider these incredible upscale restaurants in McKinney.
Located inside the historic Grand Hotel, Rick’s Chophouse is a classic steakhouse conveniently located downtown. You can order Rick’s iconic steaks with standard sides and gourmet accompaniments, such as grilled shrimp and lobster tail. But don’t worry if you’re not a steak lover — other meats, such as elk and pork, seafood dishes, soups, and salads ensure there’s something to tempt even the fussiest eaters. An extensive wine and cocktail list complements the meals. And with delicious, sweet treats, such as Texas pecan pie, salted caramel ice cream buñuelos, and amaretto crème brûlée, you’ll want to save room for dessert.
Location: Grand Hotel, 107 N. Kentucky St., Suite 200.
Hours: 11 .a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
Harvest Seasonal Kitchen
Harvest Seasonal Kitchen is a short walk from Grand Hotel. It doesn’t look quite as sophisticated, but don’t underestimate this farm-to-table restaurant. While it’s got a casual, rustic-chic vibe, its menu celebrates the finest produce. Enjoy such dishes as black garlic-rubbed Wagyu bavette steak, pork tenderloin with sweet potato and parsnip hash, or pan-roasted red fish with potato puree and tomatillos. Almost everything on the menu comes from a 150-mile radius of the restaurant, and you can taste the freshness in every dish. A beverage list featuring a great range of Texas wines, beers, and whiskeys complements the farm-fresh meals.
Location: 112 E. Louisiana St.
Hours: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Urban Grill & Wine Bar
Urban Grill & Wine Bar is another excellent option in McKinney Historic Square. This upscale eatery believes that offering a simple menu of well-constructed dishes is the best way to let the quality of the produce shine through. Mouth-watering options include the surf and turf, served with your choice of grilled shrimp, seared scallops, or Alaskan red king crab legs; prime ribeye with fingerling potatoes; and chicken artichoke pasta. Partnerships with boutique wineries help Urban Grill & Wine Bar offer many wines you won’t find in many other local restaurants.
Location: 219 E. Louisiana St.
Hours: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen
Once a service station, the team behind Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen has transformed the space into a modern restaurant that treats diners to amazing dishes. The menu is full of American favorites with a gourmet twist, such as the Wagyu steaks, Proper burger made with a brisket patty, mac and cheese with bacon lardons, and truffle fries. Try the signature dish that lends its name to the restaurant, a crispy pork belly starter with cilantro, watermelon, chutney, serrano peppers, and BBQ sauce. Wash your meal down with a specialty cocktail, bottled and draft beers, or fine wine.
Location: 216 W. Virginia St., Suite 101.
Hours: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.
CT Provisions Cocktail Parlor & Kitchen
Fantastic cocktails and meals come together at CT Provisions Cocktail Parlor & Kitchen. The restaurant sources local ingredients, delivered daily to ensure diners always enjoy the freshest meals. Cooking local allows CT Provisions Cocktail Parlor & Kitchen to offer daily specials inspired by seasonal produce. Since the menu is always changing according to what’s in season, it’s worth visiting often. The bar staff can help you find the perfect cocktail or wine for your meal. Its aperitif and oyster menu, available Tuesday to Saturday afternoons, is perfect for long lunches.
Location: 205 W. Louisiana St., Suite 102.
Hours: 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
If you prefer a glass of vino to a cocktail, Zin Zen could be your upscale restaurant of choice. The extensive beverage list features more than 80 different wines from around the world, ensuring you’ll always find the perfect match for your meal. The antipasto platter, grilled flatbreads, and bruschetta are perfect for sharing. Zin Zen also has soups and salads, and you can add grilled shrimp or chicken, New York strip steak, or smoked salmon to make yours more special. You can also build your own meat and cheese board using the restaurant’s gourmet options.
Location: 6841 Virginia Parkway, Suite 104.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.
For fine Italian food, forget about your local pizzeria and head to Ciccio Trattoria. Start with a classic Italian appetizer, such as beef carpaccio, polpette, or crispy fried calamari. The pasta menu is innovative, with such dishes as beef ragu and bone marrow tagliatelle and lobster stuffed ravioli with shrimp. If you’d rather skip the carbs, opt for one of the fresh entrees, such as grilled Mediterranean sea bass, chicken Caprese, or the crispy eggplant melanzane. An excellent range of wines, beers, spirits, and digestifs complements the exciting menu.
Location: 7901 Eldorado Parkway, Suite 155.
Hours: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
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