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Best things to do in Fairview

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Shopping Mall
“Great place for branded outlet shopping. There are good deals here all year round. Weekend parking maybe scarce. If you can avoid the weekends, go during the weekdays. ”
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Park
“Founded in 1967, the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary is located in McKinney.”
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Restaurant
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“BBQ, the best in all of McKinney. Winner of several awards. A true traditional BBQ/Smokehouse for slow-smoked beef and the finest ingredients, A Texas tradition since 1978. The best brisket in North TX and the very best Jalapenos poppers (brisket and cheese stuffed, wrapped in bacon) in the world.”
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Steakhouse
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“The nicest restaurant on the square and Rick own’s a few of the restaurants in McKinney. Rick is usually present most evenings as he seems to a very hands on owner/manager – hence good quality. Service and food has always been great for us. However, we only do dinner here on special occasions – anniversary, birthday’s Mother’s Day, etc. We do frequent The Lounge, which is a wonderful bar setting with live music most evenings. We do go here for their desserts and a night cap from time to time. ”
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Bakery
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“Also, consider their new addition The Garage (the bar). Casual café with a good variety of menu items. It is housed in a converted 1920's building that was originally the Texas Power and Light company. Fun, hip and casual the cafe is designed with an open kitchen that allows you to watch our cooking crew create breakfast all-day, and other favorites such as meatloaf, mashed potatoes, fresh salads, made from scratch soups as well as a dinner menu with a full service bar. Live music on some evenings.”
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Pizza Place
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“McKinney’s own and original brick-walled pub with a large wood fired pizza oven, with live music five nights a week. This is a great pizza restaurant but offers many other items to select from as well. For those that like salads, the Sedona salad is a local favorite. Great beer selection. Note of caution: The live music can get loud inside at times making it hard to converse with your party - but great music. ”
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Irish Pub
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“a good selection of craft and regional liquors and beers; also try their freshly fried and perfectly seasoned pork rinds”
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Breakfast Spot
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“A funky, daytime coffeehouse featuring espresso drinks & classic cafe meals in a laid-back atmosphere. This is our go to for a great breakfast! However, the lunch offerings are just as good. Many of the dishes will serve two people as the serving sizes are on the larger side of things. ”
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Restaurant
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“A kitchen/restaurant that celebrates the seasonality of ingredients and food. They strive on creating a community of farms, ranches, and responsible suppliers. By working with neighbors, they really try to create a forward thinking, seasonal menu with consideration to the raising and harvesting of the food they prepare and serve.”
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Meal Takeaway
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“Great burger selections, with some really good sweet potato fries. This is a little pricey for a burger, but it is a “gourmet burger place with a great draft beer selection (if that is your thing). Their meats include Genesis grass-fed beef (supplied by Local Yocal Farm to Market, also on the downtown square), lamb, salmon, turkey and tuna. Side items include onion rings, sweet potato fries (served with garlic aioli sauce), gourmet mac-and-cheese, a wide variety of salads, and all burgers are served with a tempura fried pickle spear.”
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Home Service
“Quaint shops. Largest area of historical homes. Great walking tour. Love the architecture.”
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Brewery
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“Great local brewery housed in an old cotton mill, offering regular happy hours, weekend tours & tastings. This is a very eclectic hang out for many locals from the surrounding area. They offer great brews, live music on select evenings. Limited hours of operation, so check their web site or call ahead. There is no food offered, but they welcome you to bring in your own food. On occasion they will have food trucks available on site. ”
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Restaurant
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“British pub food, beers and a full-service bar. Known best for a late night drink – hang out (so beware). The dart boards and pool tables are a local favorite. Known for their beverages and social climate rather than their food – just being honest. ”
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Liquor Store
“Located in the center of the downtown Square, Landon's has a great outdoor patio for enjoying a glass of wine. They offer small bites to go with it.”
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Museum
“Nine of the original homesteads of McKinney on 2 acres. Walk the cobblestone sidewalks and courtyard to visit what McKinney was like 150 years ago. Home tours available ”
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Food
“"He has real pedigree, with more than 200 years of beer-making expertise in his family and has drawn on these time-honoured techniques to create Franconia. After a tour of the brew-house you’ll understand more about how malt barley, hops, water and yeast are combined and fermented to create McKinney’s favourite local beers."”
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