Plano, Texas is truly the land of plenty.
Blending historic charm with modern luxury, the city brims with attractions and amenities that make it perfect for a day trip, leisurely weekend getaway, or meeting of any size. Plano’s location just north of Dallas offers easy access to the area’s professional sports, performing arts, museums and the world famous Southfork Ranch. But Plano is also a destination in its own right, with over 55 hotels, more than 1,000 restaurants, world class shopping, a lively arts and nightlife scene, and abundant natural beauty.
With over 1,000 restaurant options inside city limits, there are more restaurants per capita than in San Francisco and New York. Plano also ranked Yelp’s #4 Foodie City in its 2019 list of top 10.
Plano is known for its diversity in cuisine options, thanks to the city’s diverse culture. From farm-to-table, sustainable seafood, and even a European-style food hall, Plano has everything from Texas-style BBQ and Mexican to authentic Chinese and Japanese fare.
Plano has long been a walkable destination thanks to the Shops at Legacy and its anchor hotel, the Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center, which is within walking distance to over 80 restaurants and various shops.
Now, even more options are available in Plano as Legacy West sits just across the highway from The Shops at Legacy. This “city within a city” is the largest mixed use destination in North Texas and is a great place to meet, play, shop, dine, and stay. The 255-acre development boasts plenty of open-air high-end retail, restaurants, and an anchor hotel, Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West. Here, visitors can satisfy every craving, whether for dry-aged steak or modern Asian cuisine, French bistro fare, or a perfect plate of pasta.
Across from the Hilton Dallas/Plano Granite Park hotel sits a new 30,000 square foot restaurant park called The Boardwalk where visitors can enjoy eateries featuring a French tea room, Texas-style BBQ, gourmet biscuits, mouth-watering burgers, and even a local brewery and restaurant.
Not to be missed is the Downtown Plano Arts District, which was named one of the Top 10 Best Downtowns in America by Livability.com, offering a charming setting for a simple stroll, a unique dining experience, rooftop bars, an afternoon of shopping, or an evening’s entertainment at McCall Plaza.
For those who can’t decide on where to dine, Legacy Food Hall has it all. In this one-of-a-kind artisanal food hall at Legacy West, visitors can wander around over 20 stalls to meet local purveyors and sample everything from lobster rolls and sushi to Philly cheesesteaks and duck fat fried chicken. Talk about cuisine diversity and variety, Legacy Hall covers all the bases with Japanese, Indian, German, Italian, Mediterranean, Mexican, French, and American staples.
This rotating stall concept allows restaurateurs to develop and perfect their concepts before investing in a full restaurant. There is also an on-site brewery and an outdoor live music and entertainment stage onsite. Legacy Hall was even named the #2 best new food hall in the nation by USA Today in 2019.
Restaurants across the nation were among the first businesses to be shut down to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus, but the resilient Plano restaurant community did not skip a beat. From closing one day to offering curbside family meals and sought-after grocery kits the next, many restaurants were able to keep staff employed to assist our community during this time of need. Plano restaurants are taking all safety precautions to make sure visitors are safe while maintaining positive experiences.
Find more culinary and travel inspiration at visitplano.com.