Food Tours Show McKinney Is a Dining Destination
Tour participants (l-r) Debbie Miller, Carina Smay and Edith Pont share a toast at Landon Winery McKinney during an outing hosted by We Ate Well.
Laura Potter Photography
Dining experiences mean something special in McKinney where not one, but two food tours are on the table.
“At the heart of our community is a historic downtown square, a one-of-a-kind scene steeped in culture with plenty of stories to be told,” says Tricia Scruggs, owner of We Ate Well Food Tour. “Through the years, since its founding in the mid-1800s, many of the beautiful buildings in the city’s original business sector have been lovingly preserved and restored. They are now home to talented local chefs, artisans and business owners ready to welcome you into the best restaurants, markets and shops in Texas.”
Similarly, Food Walks of Texas offers a food tour that prioritizes pleasing the palate and enjoying a walk downtown.
“In the past decade the commercial district in downtown McKinney has exploded, offering a large variety of eateries and restaurants with creative and renowned chefs, many of whom are committed to strengthening our local economy and pushing the bounds of the farm-to-table food movement, in addition to numerous unique shops,” says Lali Miles, founder and president.
We Ate Well Food Tour
The eating outings happen every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The three-hour adventure, covering less than two miles, includes 12-plus venues, viewing of historic buildings and interesting murals, and a walk through some interesting shops. All tours begin at Food Network’s praised Patina Green Home & Market, 116 North Tennessee Street, and end at Ettiene Market, 115 West Louisiana Street, cited as one of the best kitchen shops in the region according to D Magazine.
Places to taste (subject to change) also include award-winning Cadillac Pizza Pub, Fair & Square Imports, a coffee house named Filtered, the farm-to-market focus of Harvest Seasonal Kitchen, Landon Winery, and Spoons Cafe.
Reservations are $60 per adult and $30 per child (ages 4-12). Private or customized tours are also available. Visit www.weatewellfoodtours.com or call 214.998.8828.
Food Walks of Texas
Lali and Paul Miles are co-owners of this food tour that highlights a friendly down-home approach. Its three-hour, two-mile walk focuses on good food, local history and admiration of some of McKinney’s architecture.
Six diverse eateries on the tour are The Pantry Restaurant (home of a chocolate cream pie praised by The Food Network), Cadillac Pizza Pub, Butcher Board, Bien Salsa, sweet shop Goodies Texas and Hugs Café.
The tour price is $59 for both adults and children age 12-plus. Tours start at the Old Collin County Prison, 115 South Kentucky Street (one block south of the downtown square) at 10:45 a.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and some Fridays.
Phone 972.529.2009 or visit www.foodwalksoftexas.com for more information or to book a tour.