Eat There or Be Square City Tour

Duration: Sat am/pm & Sun am (3hrs)

Location: Historic downtown McKinney Square



Discover the tastes and sights of historic downtown McKinney on this guided walking food tour while enjoying tastings at 6 diverse eateries.

  • Indulge in some delicious bites as you stroll the Square.
  • Acquire knowledge about McKinney's fascinating history and architecture.
  • Enjoy a one-of-a-kind culinary adventure.
  • Support local and family-owned businesses.
  • All tours end with a Hug!

Tours last 3 hours Sat 10:45am & 3pm Sun 10:45am

Photography encouraged

All food/drink included with ticket (2 alcoholic tastings provided)

Restrooms available during the tour

Easy 1.5 walk

All ages and fitness levels welcome

What to Expect

Food Walks of Texas offers visitors as well as natives a unique and tasty way to explore historic downtown McKinney.

Our 3 hour “Eat There or Be Square” walking tour includes tasting stops at 6 diverse locally owned eateries.  Guests will enjoy learning about the art, architectural and historic landmarks from a knowledgeable and enthusiastic local guide. We’ll leisurely cover 1.5 miles strolling around the downtown Square area walking at a very easy pace. Wear comfy shoes, bring your appetite and a camera, and get ready to have a fun-filled day! We serve Texas-sized tastings, so for most guests, you won’t be hungry for a while.

Look for  your tour guide – “Tall Paul” – in front of the Old Collin County Prison,  pictured above.


We'll taste our way around the Square stopping at 6 eateries (tastings vary by tour time):

Cadillac Pizza Pub

You'll find out why Caddy's is named "Best Pizza in McKinney." Caddy's dough and sauce are made fresh daily in-house and feature Texas-grown vegetables and herbs. Yum!

The Pantry Restaurant

We'll taste the amazing chocolate cream pie as featured on the Food Network. The Pantry is a local favorite for homemade comfort classics and delectable desserts.

Butcher Board

This "carvery" serves up meats like tender whole hog and smoked roast beef. You'll enjoy a stellar club sandwich and a beer tasting from one of McKinney's local breweries, Tupps.

The Donut Kitchen

Your taste buds will thank you after you devour one of the Donut Kitchen's gourmet donuts, like Texas Sheet Cake, Blueberry Key Lime, Nutella Crunch, or Fruity Pebbles!

Goodies Texas

This family owned and operated treat shop offers chocolates, fudge, truffles, pralines and other goodies - all made fresh in their kitchen on a daily basis. 

Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen

As noted by the 2 gas pumps outside, Sugarbacon resides in a former service station. Fast forward to today: it's an acclaimed eatery serving New American food with Southern flair.

Frios Gourmet Pops

These are not the popsicles we grew up with! Frios uses the freshest natural ingredients, creating the best gourmet pops possible, sure to bring a smile as we wander the Square.

Hugs Cafe

Our tour ends with a sweet hug! You'll be inspired by this one-of-a-kind cafe whose mission is to "change the world, one hug at a time."

Where to Meet

Your Tour Guide will greet you at the Old Collin County Prison located at 115 S. Kentucky St, just 1 block south of the Square. There is a parking lot across the street from the Prison. There are several FREE parking lots around the downtown McKinney Square, so be on the lookout for the "Parking Lot" signs posted around the area.  Individual street parking is also available (but limited) around the Square. (You'll be provided with a map and clear parking guidance with your ticket confirmation.)

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Have questions? Here's the most frequently asked.

Our tours includes ample tastings from 5-6 (or more) local eateries — depending on the tour — and collectively provide enough food for a satisfying lunch/brunch for most people.

We have a reputation for providing Texas sized portions:  so come hungry and leave happy!

It depends on the tour — the length of each tour is included on the tour description page. In ALL cases for ALL tours, we walk at a very relaxed pace and are seated at all of the restaurant tasting locations. In the summer months, we take good care to keep you in the shade as best possible when outside, as well as providing water at all stops to keep you cool and hydrated.

The tours are held rain or shine because the food tastes great in any weather. Texas weather is usually good year round, but we suggest you check the weather conditions for the day of your tour and dress appropriately. We also provide rain ponchos in case of sudden weather changes or if you do not have your own umbrella.

Bring your appetite! But seriously, having a camera/smartphone is a good idea so you can capture all your foodie and sightseeing pics, as well as wearing comfortable shoes and clothing appropriate for Texas’ (typically warm) climate.  During the summer, we also recommend sunscreen and sunglasses. We’ll have water at every tasting stop but feel free to bring a bottle of water along for the walking periods.  If it looks like rain, we’ll provide plastic rain ponchos.

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"A great mix of history, architecture, and fun stories with stops for delicious bites from some of the best local restaurants that downtown McKinney has to offer, all provided by caring and hospitable guides, made for a phenomenal tour!"

Jared and Andi Phares, McKinney, TX

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