2014 Downtown Challenge


We picked a joint challenge this year for a New Year's resolution, we're eating at all the restaurants in our new town. Tough choice right? We've been to many of these spots before, but we're starting over and visiting them all that we've moved to the historic district. Great idea Matt, time to get to work....

Challenge 2014 :: Exploring Downtown McKinney

Bayou Jack's Cajun Grill
[December/March/April/September - a favorite for oysters, beers served in mason jars, and killer shrimp & grits]
220 E Louisiana - A Taste of Bourbon Street

Bien Salsa
[January/August - upscale Mexican food]
119 W Virginia - Authentic Mexican Food

Brother's Pizza
[April - quick and easy Italian]
224 E Virginia - Fresh, Fast Pizza and Pasta

Cadillac Pizza Pub
[January with my parents/August - love this place]
112 S Kentucky - Wood-Fired Pizza, Live Music & Cold Beer

Cafe Malaga
[December 2013/October with the girls - tapas aren't my fave but their patio is perfect]
107 S Church - Spanish Style Tapas Restaurant

Chestnut Square Farmers Market
[Often - fresh, local fun]
315 S Chestnut - Where History Comes to Life

100 N Tennessee - The Authentic British Pub

El Juarez Restaurant
[October - old-school tacos and enchiladas]
311 E Louisiana - Authentic Tex-Mex Cuisine

Emporium Pies
[April/August/October - loved the deep dish apple (lord of the pies a la mode), can't wait to try the rest]
107 S Tennessee - Fine Pies for Fine Folks

Filtered
[December - hipster central]
218 E Louisiana - Craft Coffee, Water, Culture

Gather
[January - best brunch ever]
207 E Virginia - Restaurant by Day, Event Venue by Night

Gregory's Bistro - the only spot we didn't get to, but will soon...
111 W Virginia - Casual French Bistro

Grotto Out of Business, converted to Harvest
[June - tiny but fun for live music]
112 E Louisiana - Live Music, Eats & Designer Drinks

Harvest
[October with the Motts - trendy and delicious with a hipster vibe]
112 E Louisiana - Farm-to-Table Seasonal Kitchen

Hutchins BBQ
[June/July for papa's birthday - great meats, definitely lives up to the hype]
1301 N Tennessee - Real Texas BBQ

La Misha European Bistro Out of Business
113 N Kentucky - Modern Dining in the Heart of McKinney

Landon Winery
[January/July/August/October - lovely wine, tasting room and patio]
101 N Kentucky - Award Winning Wines to Taste and Take Home

Local Yocal
[November - wagyu brisket sandwiches]
213 N Tennessee - Farm to Market Meats

Louisiana St. Grill
[December 2013/November - gumbo!]
350 E Louisiana - Rustic Wood Fired Steaks & Seafood & More

McKinney Sweet Spot
[November for anniversary cupcakes - cozy & delicious]
120 W Louisiana - Custom Cakes & Desserts

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers
[January for Matt's birthday - giant pizzas + craft beer]
218 E Louisiana - Eclectic Pizza

[June to celebrate the start of summer break - pretty tasty]
107 N Kentucky - Italian Ice Cream & Espresso
[March/September - great home cooking, watch out for the breakfast burger]
214 E Louisiana - A One-Of-A-Kind Experience

Patina Green Home & Market
[Often - weekly jalapeño bread + artisan pickle run]
116 N Tennessee - Market Lunches, Vintage Home, Gifts

The Pub
[Often - Matt is definitely a regular here, good food and nice beer selection]
204 W Virginia - Good Food & Fabulous Libations

Rick's Chophouse
[June for Andy's birthday - great bar, food, and atmosphere]
107 N Kentucky - Texas Cuisine with the Comfort of the South

Sauce Out of Business, converted to Harvest
[January with Betsy - a favorite, love the atmosphere and casual Italian]
112 E Louisiana - An Italian Home Kitchen in the Heart of Downtown

Snug on the Square
[July/November/December - super cute, the bacon pimento cheese sandwich with jalapeño jelly is my fave!]
109 N Kentucky - Cozy Coffeehouse Featuring Homemade Breakfast & Lunch

Spoon's Cafe
[January/May/July/August - classic diner food]
100 E Louisiana - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Live Music

Square Burger
[February/November for our anniversary - onion rings, fried pickles, great beer, Matt loves the salmon burger]
115 N Kentucky - Award Winning Burgers & Craft Beers

Success - and best NYE resolution so far!


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