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Plano Restaurants: The Ultimate Guide for Local Families

While we are always on a cycle of planning meals, cooking at home running around after school with our kids’ activities, and sometimes eating on the go, it doesn’t always have to be that way.

When you have a bit more time, choose from a ton of different choices for great Plano restaurant options for varying tastes: Pizza, Sushi, Tex-Mex, BBQ, and those with a sweet tooth who love ice cream and desserts!

And to make sure everyone has a great time, we have ideas for Kid-friendly restaurants, places with patios, happy hours Kids Eat Free options and so much more.

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32 of our favorite Kid Friendly Restaurants in Collin County

If you’ve got kids in tow, be sure to choose and try as many of these 32 Plano restaurants in the area and check out those that are further away: Frisco, Allen, McKinney, and surrounding cities.

Restaurants where Kids Eat Free or Cheap

On select days of the week, restaurants will offer a free or discounted meal for each child you have with you when you purchase an adult entree.

So be sure to keep this list on hand so you can head to one of these great Plano restaurants on the right day of the week for Kids Eat Free.

19 of our favorite Local Restaurants with Play areas for Kids

If the kids won’t sit still and you need somewhere for them to blow off some steam while you eat, any of these great choices will work well.

Kid friendly restaurants in North Texas

Which are the Best Restaurants with Patios?

When we get those short bursts of weather here in North Texas and it’s ideal for eating outside, we need to run, not walk, to these great restaurants that have nice outdoor patios.

Many are covered with ceiling fans and outdoor heaters for cooler evenings.

20 of the Best Burgers around Plano

We all have our favorites, but we asked local Moms which ones they liked and what they’re known for. Satisfying your burger craving is crucial, but a bad burger experience is absolutely not the thing.

So these places, are known for the Best Burgers!

Shhh! Here’s our secret: 37 (+1) Donut Shops near me

Early morning breakfasts for kids and beautifully decorated donuts are very satisfying for our sweet tooth. We have tons of great donut places and these are the best, previously hidden secrets!

The best donuts in Plano TX

Where is the Best Happy Hour near me?

Early evenings and late afternoons are best for midweek happy hours, which many of our local Plano restaurants and bars offer.

They also have unique cocktail choices and some have drinks of the day choices too! Be sure to try some of these places for your next Happy Hour.

12 of the Best Pizza Places near me in Plano (non-chain)

Depending on the state and city you may have moved from, you’ll have a preference for a type of Pizza, especially if you love Chicago style or a Boston specialty. For many kids though, a four cheese or margarita is a favorite and not all pizzas are made the same.

These are the 12 Best Pizza places that are mom-and-pop owned with their own homemade family traditions for pizza making.

Where are the best Vegetarian Restaurants and Vegan Places to try?

If you prefer a vegetarian or vegan diet or have a religious need to avoid meat and/or fish be sure to check out this ultimate guide to some of the best local restaurants with entrees and starters without any meat at all.

Texas Best BBQ: most ones are the most mouthwatering?

The choice of BBQ is always a big debate in our home, as we tend to have our favorite places. It’s so serious that it’s usually worth a longer drive to eat there.

50 great Shops with Ice Cream nearby and Fro-yo places

For all those sweet-toothed family members, we have some great choices for ice cream, fro-yo, and dessert places, dotted all around the City of Plano.

Ice Cream nearby

45+ of the Best Sushi Restaurants near me in Dallas

Whether you love simple rolls like Alaskan or California Rolls, or you love Sashimi and elaborate options and tastes, there are more than 45 great Sushi restaurants around the Dallas area.

12 Must-Try Local Coffee Shops that are not Starbucks!

No, Starbucks is not the one and only, and thank goodness! Many mom-and-pop coffee places have opened, which are more artisan with unique coffee options and really cute and comfortable interiors.

Local Coffee Shops Plano

17+ of the best Legacy Hall, Legacy West Restaurants & Stores

Head North West to the Legacy West area, where you can choose from some of the best eateries, Plano restaurants, and stores – just be sure to allow extra time to find parking.

It can get very busy in the evenings and weekends.

Tex-Mex near me: 14+ of our Best Picks and Best Restaurants

Burritos, tacos, and fajitas – there are some great chain and mom-and-pop places and Plano restaurants all around town for Tex-Mex. Combined with a great margarita, and you’re all set.

No need to ask: Where are the Best Breakfast and Brunch Places near me?

With great places like First Watch, Maple Bacon and so many other new places that are open, eating out for breakfast and brunch is a no-brainer. We have a great selection of places to try.

Brunch near by

Cheer on your team at these Sports Bars in Plano on Game Day!

For our sports fans, we share some great local sports bars around Plano and Collin County, so you an catch the game, eat some wings, and drink some adult beverages while you support your team.

25 of the best Dessert Places near by

Dessert is a serious matter – especially when it’s worth skipping the main meal for! These places have the ultimate desserts for you to try.

15 of our favorite Dog-friendly restaurants around Plano

And for our furry friends and family members, bring them out with you to eat. These restaurants are totally dog friendly!

Dog Friendly Restaurants

100 Unique Date Night Ideas to try!

In addition to tons of cute and romantic restaurants, there are some other great activities you and your loved one can try and combine with a great meal and drinks too.

Our friends at Visit Plano also have a great dining list too!


  • Abbie

    Hi, I’m Abbie, super mom, and busy-bee who moved to Plano from London, England with my husband and 2 kids, Jesse and Lucy, in the Summer of 2013. Plano Moms was my lifeline when I arrived as I didn’t know anyone or anything about my new city that I now called home. When I’m not being a Plano Mom or being a taxi service to my kids, working out, cooking and reading (when I find the time!)

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