From the hand-painted signs to the wooden crates and bushel baskets, Star Produce is an old-fashioned farm stand so picture-perfect it could serve as a postcard designed to lure visitors to North Texas. The owners collect fresh fruits and veggies from farmers throughout the area. Though the offerings change depending on the season, customers might stumble upon baskets of juicy grape tomatoes and strawberries and boxes of whole watermelons, yellow squash, and green beans. Occasionally, there are also prepared foods and sweet spreads such as peach butter and honey—also sourced locally after negotiating treaties with local bear populations.
Sunrise Asian Cuisine takes taste buds on a tour of Vietnam, Thailand, China, and Korea without having to stamp your tongue's at the border. Fresh ingredients abound in bowls of pho, nestle into piquant banh mi sandwiches, top noodles, and shine in colorful curries. The only thing every single dish has in common is the chefs' commitment to bold flavors and classic recipes.
At Scotty P's we believe in old-fashioned quality. Our thick and juicy hamburgers are fresh ground chuck. Our chicken is always fresh, never frozen. Our soups, salads, onion rings, chili, dressings, and marinates are prepared fresh daily using family recipes.
Young Chefs Academy instills budding bakers with kitchen-corralling skills in a safe and motivating environment. Each 90-minute FunShop focuses on a different festive theme, with half-pint chefs divided into groups based on age and psychic flambé skills. On Potato Chip Day (March 14) participants will learn to tame the tuber, and Earth Day (April 22) enrollees will wield power over mudpie cookies and strawberry sparkles. Youngsters who can never sit still at the dinner table can put their energy to good use in a Mardis Gras Funshop (March 4 and 5), shimmying their way through Cajun classics such as jumbalaya and étouffée. Parents hoping to glean spatula skills can watch sessions unfurl through a large viewing window, talking among themselves about which kid zests the best lemon and which kid is most likely to invent the next lemon.
Mom & Popcorn is the number one rated attraction in McKinney by TripAdvisors who give it an average of 4.5 Owl Eyes. Both Yelpers and Insiderpagers give it a perfect five star average rating, and has a glowing review in the Dallas Observer.
On the Gather McKinney website, mother-daughter pair Jennifer Klassen and Crystal Bryant claim to "know no strangers." That's because everyone who steps into Gather McKinney—the pair's event venue—becomes part of the celebration. The space has hosted weddings, receptions, and showers, all with the help of a trained staff that plans as many or as few details as the client needs. They can handle everything from the ceremony to the seating arrangements, or simply find the right flowers to suit a color scheme. Outside of matrimony, Gather McKinney uses almost any excuse to throw a party, including corporate networking meetings, bar mitzvahs, and festivities for traditional and obscure holidays alike.
Though the space's decor can be customized, Gather most often features a mix of rustic and Victorian aesthetics. Inside, an exposed brick wall meets an embossed tin ceiling, which glitters with Swarovski crystal chandeliers. Plants sprout from Roman-style urns or sport Christmas lights. Even the smallest touches demand hands-on attention, such as the twine wrapped around the silverware sets.
The silverware is far more than a decoration, however. Guests make good use of their forks for each meal, when Mexican, Italian, or down-home dinner entrees grace the tables. Gather also serves homemade lunch every Thursday through Saturday, where the sandwich selection includes a pastrami reuben and the Monte Crispo—turkey breast and gouda cheese between jalapeño cornbread, dipped in egg batter and flash-fried. On Sundays, there's a BYOB brunch buffet with a scrambled-egg bar and pecan french-toast casserole.