1. Find Your Favorite Barbecue Pit At Kenny’s Smoke House

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Kenny’s Smoke House
5760 Legacy Dr
(972) 473-7478
Yelp: 4 stars, 196 reviews It’s not Texas without some good old-fashioned barbecue. And in case you didn’t already know what old-fashioned barbecue is, Kenny’s Smoke House will show you. Tender brisket and deliciously sloppy ribs are just two menu items off of the most finger-licking good menu in the city. But make sure not to pass over the sides. The jalapeno cornbread or the blue cheese potato salad will make that pretty clear. Plus, happy hour runs all day on Sunday!

2. Densetsu Is How Plano Rolls

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Densetsu
4152 W Spring Creek Pkwy
(972) 964-7874
Yelp: 4 stars, 438 reviews Sushi in Texas? Near a strip mall? Sounds kinda sketchy, but if it’s at Desetsu, then absolutely! This place is the sushi mecca of Plano, with authentic Japanese chefs who will make your roll at the bar right in front of you. With traditionally simple Japanese décor with a modern flare, everything at Desetsu is clean and crisp. Try the Dynamite Roll with crawfish, shrimp and lobster sauce, which is more like a meal than just a roll. But you’ll think that about everything here, as the portions are incredibly generous and filling.

3. Crawfish The NOLA Way At Tasty Tails

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Tasty Tails
240 Legacy Dr
(972) 517-7868
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 114 reviews Boasting what they call “authentic New Orleans seafood,” Tasty Tails offers their signature crawfish both NOLA style and smothered in a Cajun garlic-butter for anyone looking for something a little different. They get their crawfish straight from Louisiana during the on-season and never serve anything frozen. Putting great care into all of their seafood that is plated, but especially the crawfish, you’ll never be unhappy with your selection here at Tasty Tails. And don’t forget to order yours with the Cajun fries, which are full of the perfect blend of salty and spicy.

4. A Steampunk Burger With A Heart At Whiskey Cake

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Whiskey Cake
3601 Dallas Pkwy
(972) 993-2253
Yelp: 4 stars, 710 reviews Whiskey Cake offers dining in the new trend of nouveau-rustic dining without ever feeling forced. It’s one of the coolest places to go in Plano, with kitschy signs and art vamping up the steampunk vibe and servers in understated costumes who are as friendly as can be. The food is just as trendy-rustic as the ambiance, with a mac and cheese to die for and hamburgers that look almost too good to eat and taste even better. Order an OMG Burger or a turkey burger packed with a punch and the freshest ingredients.

5. Tacos As Polished As They Come At The Rusty Taco

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The Rusty Taco
8000 Coit Rd, Ste 300A
(972) 244-4047
Yelp: 4 stars, 120 reviews Tex-Mex is the quintessential cuisine in Texas. At the Rusty Taco, you’ll get authentic Tex-Mex for everyone, including beef and fish lovers, at jaw-droppingly affordable prices. For under five dollars, you can order a taco and a beer out on the patio overlooking the foot traffic of Greenville Avenue. Order yourself the barbecue brisket taco to go super Tex-Mex, or stay lighter with one of the fish tacos, grilled or fried.

6. Get Cuban Happy At The Latin Pig

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The Latin Pig
3131 Custer Rd
(972) 985-9760
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 113 reviews Latin food is definitely underrepresented in the area. But The Latin Pig more than makes up for that. You’ll find food full of Latin flavor amidst the vibrant Cuban décor, and any of the dishes will meet your expectations including lechon, pork roasted for six hours, and the congri. But the Cuban sandwiches are what you really want to come here for. The sliced ham and shredded lechon blended with mounds of cheese and pickles, held together with buttery bread, melts in your mouth and will fill all your Cuban culinary needs for miles.

7. Marinara’s Knows A New York Slice

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Marinara Pizza
1915 N Central Expy
(972) 881-8884
Yelp: 4 stars, 42 reviews If you’re a fan of New York style pizza, then you’re not going to need any place other than Marinara’s. You can order your pizza to go or dine-in and watch as the owner spins his dough and makes the pizza right in front of you like a pro in this open setting. And don’t forget the garlic knots, which are little, heavily balls of handmade dough loaded in butter with just the right amount of garlic and salt, making them a local favorite.

8. Yu’s Asian Diner Delivers… Literally

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Yu’s Asian Diner
1820 Coit Rd
(972) 985-5512
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 26 reviews Dine-in, take-out, or call for delivery. The only way to make a Chinese restaurant better is if the food is great. And that’s exactly what Yu’s Asian Diner provides. It’s easy to carried away on with a Chinese menu, but if you do, don’t worry because none of it will go to waste. Start off with the steamed dumplings before moving onto the orange or sesame chicken. Everything is perfectly cooked and seasoned, never coming across too oily or salty. Order the fried rice to go along with it for a perfect Chinese take-out meal.

9. Get The Best Of Both Spice Worlds At Kor-BQ

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(214) 390-2850
Kor-BQ
6505 W Park Blvd, Ste 314
Yelp: 4 stars, 238 reviews Besides being fun to say, Kor-BQ is also a great place to eat. Korean staples fused with barbecue favorites packs a mouthful of flavor into each bite of everything you order here. The innovation of combinations is a fantastic way to mix up your dining experience, too, with everything from bulgolgi burgers to Korean tacos. Order one of the rice bowls to your preference, notably the chicken and pork bowl. And whatever you do, don’t miss out on the Kor-BQ Fries, loaded with bacon, kimchi, fried egg and the most delicious fry sauce in the heart of Texas.

10. Get A Porterhouse The Size Of Your Head At Bob’s Steak & Chop House

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Bob’s Steak & Chop House
5760 Legacy Dr
(972) 608-2627
Yelp: 4 stars, 122 reviews Steak lovers, look no further. With some of the best cuts of meat in the city, you’ll be in heaven from the first bite. Bob’s Steak & Chop House provides a warm, family-friendly environment, and you definitely get what you pay for. But it’s worth every penny. The Porterhouse is gigantic and gives the filet a run for its cut, but both are melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Whichever steak you decide on, pair it up with the skillet potatoes topped with a delicious peppercorn sauce, providing a spicy-smoked flavor that compliments the meat well. Wash it down with a bottle of cabernet and finish off your meal with the Banana Nut Rum Bread Pudding.

11. Italian The Way Italians Do It At Nicola’s Ristorante

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Nicola’s Ristorante Italiano
5800 Legacy Dr
(972) 608-4455
Yelp: 3.5 stars, 106 reviews Offering the best Italian food in the city, Nicola’s is a Plano gem. The free valet parking they provide in itself could be enough to make the trip here, but somehow the food is even better than the hospitality. Try something off of the specials menu, like the pumpkin ravioli, or stay safe with the traditional Caesar salad, which is terrifically tangy. The rigatoni with vodka sauce and spinach is a traditional selection, but there’s nothing safe about it. Finish off with the zeopple, Italian donuts filled with Nutella because, Nutella.

12. A Bruncher’s Paradise At Jasper’s

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Jasper’s Plano
7161 Bishop Rd
(469) 229-9111
Yelp: 4 stars, 249 reviews You don’t have to be a regular bruncher to love Jasper’s, but if you love brunch, you’ll be a regular at Jasper’s. Hidden away in the Shops of Legacy, Jasper’s is a casual-gourmet barbecue restaurant that never disappoints. With an elegant Jazz Brunch featured every Sunday until 3pm, you don’t have to worry about not waking up in time to make it to your favorite meal. The chicken and waffles are some of the best in town. Paired with their signature mimosas, you’ll find yourself back at Jasper’s weekend after weekend.

13. Hard To Find Greek Goodness At Zorba

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Zorba Greek Diner Southpark Meadows
1501 Preston Rd
(972) 250-0002
Yelp: 4 stars, 183 reviews Good Mediterranean is another cuisine hard to come by in the area, but Zorba’s delivers. You could come here if for no other reason than the gyros, but you’ll want to try everything because it’s really that good. The lamb kabobs are light yet savory and will be gone before you know it. Definitely ask your server for extra tzatziki sauce because you’ll be licking your serving bowl clean. If you get the gyro plate, also ask for an extra pita because the dish serves enough for more.

14. Plano’s Best Kept BYOB Secret At Covino’s

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Covino’s
3265 Independence Pkwy
(972) 519-0345
Yelp: 4 stars, 62 reviews Go to Covino’s for quaint dining with good food and an enjoyable night out. The owner will personally introduce himself and make sure that you’re enjoying yourself and the rest of the staff is just as accommodating at this small but lovely restaurant. Check the specials, which change often and are superbly fresh like the corned beef, cabbage and potatoes around St. Patrick’s Day. Otherwise, order the local favorite, Chicken Agnolotti. Finish the night off by indulging in the cheesecake for dessert, which is the best in Plano.

15. A Lobster Roll To Die For At Sea Breeze Fish Market & Grill

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Sea Breeze Fish Market
4017 Preston Rd, Ste 530
(972) 473-2722
Yelp: 4 stars, 191 reviews Part seafood restaurant, part seafood market, Sea Breeze is where you go for a big meal fished from the ocean. Even though the food is high-end, the environment is casual. So, come as you are to indulge in the menu. Namely, the lobster roll which, garlicky and toasted, is the best in Plano. It’s so good, you’ll be craving it for weeks to come and nowhere other than Sea Breeze will do. They also serve one of the best key lime pie desserts for miles, too, to give your meal the perfect dose of sweetness. Feature Image: Whiskey Cake Plano Facebook What's your go-to for grub in Plano? Tell us in the comments below!