With how common fast food is today, many people crave the warmth and heartiness of home-cooked meals. Unfortunately, you might not have it in you to pick up ingredients and get in the kitchen after a long day at work.
The good news is that you don’t have to surrender to the drive-thru, as Plano is home to some of the best restaurants for homestyle food. You can enjoy all of your favorite comfort dishes in charming establishments that do all the work for you. Here at Huffines Chevrolet, we’re eager to share some top places to visit for your family’s next meal.
Poor Richard’s Cafe
Poor Richard’s Cafe claims to be the oldest restaurant in Plano and has been under Sonja Ryder’s ownership for almost 30 years. While it’s a great gathering place for talking about sports, politics, and everything in between, it also serves delicious homestyle food. It’s a particularly popular spot among patrons who get up early, as it opens at 6 a.m. every day and serves delicious breakfast food that you’re probably too tired in the morning to make yourself. Classic breakfast items include pork chops with eggs, pecan waffles, and chili and cheese omelets.
Poor Richard’s Cafe serves breakfast and lunch all day, with the lunch menu including everything from burgers and salads to sandwiches, steak, and seafood. Be sure to check out the daily specials, as every day of the week features a unique dish. For instance, PR’s famous fried chicken is available on Mondays while Tuesdays feature chicken and dumplings. For dessert, order the cobbler of the day, pie of the day, banana pudding, or ice cream. If you want homestyle food for your next special occasion, be sure to inquire about Poor Richard Cafe’s catering services.
Location: 2442 K Avenue, Plano, TX 75074
Hours: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday
Little Gus Cafe
Little Gus Cafe features a welcoming, colorful interior with a beautiful beach mural. You’ll feel as relaxed as you do in your own home thanks to the casual counter-seating options. Like Poor Richard’s Cafe, Little Gus Cafe serves breakfast all day so you can indulge in your favorite foods regardless of the time of day. The breakfast menu contains items ranging from chicken fried steak and eggs to huevos rancheros. As for omelets, you can order them pretty much any way you want. Unique ingredients for omelets include gyro meat, carb meat, shrimp, and crab meat.
If you’re in the mood for lunch, consider ordering a warm bowl of the soup of the day and pairing it with half of a turkey, chicken salad, or tuna salad sandwich. Entree options include chopped steak, fried jumbo shrimp, and pork chops. Little Gus Cafe’s Mediterranean influences are obvious when you notice items ranging from gyros and chicken kabobs to falafels.
Location: 6905 Coit Road, Plano, TX 75024
Hours: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday
Lockhart Smokehouse is a local chain with locations in Dallas, Arlington, and Plano. The location in Plano on East 15th Street has a happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, allowing you to enjoy cheap beverages with your homestyle meals. Mouthwatering menu items ranging from brisket and chicken to turkey, ribs, and pork chops perfectly embody signature Texas barbecue.
Customers love the signature sausage, which is available with real cheddar cheese and fresh jalapenos. You can also opt for the original flavor the restaurant makes using a 110-year-old recipe. Classic homestyle sides at Lockhart Smokehouse include macaroni and cheese, brisket deviled eggs, smoked baked beans, and potato salad.
Location: 1026 E. 15th St., Plano, TX 75074
Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Saturday
Southern Recipes Grill
Southern Recipes Grill has been in business for 25 years, with its original location being in Richardson. Locals got the luxury of the restaurant moving to Plano a few years ago, and now it’s only about a 10-minute drive from Huffines Chevrolet Plano. Appetizers include sliced hand-battered fried pickles, spicy chicken wings with homemade ranch, and a sampler platter with fried mushrooms, chicken tenders, and fried cheese sticks. Keep things light by ordering a fresh garden salad, or getting a filling entree. Popular options include pork chops, tilapia, salmon, ribeye steak, and fried catfish.
Southern Recipes Grill also features classic pasta and vegetable dishes, burgers, sandwiches, and croissant sandwiches with toppings ranging from ham and tuna salad to grilled chicken. For dessert, choose from chocolate mousse or apple, coconut meringue, or brownie bottom pie. Though you’ll want to check out the restaurant’s lovely atmosphere, Southern Recipes Grill also offers delivery for when you want to stay home.
Location: 621 W. Plano Pkwy #229, Plano, TX 75075
Hours: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday
Our final recommendation for a place to get homestyle food in Plano is Norma’s Cafe. Present owner Ed Murph grew up eating at the original cafe in Oak Woods and eventually bought the restaurant from Norma herself. Today, the restaurant has five locations throughout Texas and treats each one as the family dining room. You can taste the difference that made-from-scratch cinnamon rolls, waffles, and pancakes make for yourself. For lunch or dinner, be sure to try the southern-fried catfish and famous Texas chicken fried steak.
Location: 605 W. 15th St., Plano, TX 75075
Hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Sunday
We hope this list of restaurants in Plano helps you satisfy your craving for homestyle food. While few things are more satisfying than a good comfort meal, we think a new car comes pretty close. Be sure to come down to Huffines Chevrolet Plano when you’re ready to buy your next vehicle. Our vast inventory of the latest models is sure to help you find the car that suits your family’s needs.