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The Best Restaurants are Now in Plano?

Buzzy New Food & Shopping Mecca Changes Dallas Life

BY Samantha Klaassen // 03.30.17

With a grand opening fête slated for Friday, June 2, through Sunday, June 4, Plano’s new Legacy West is the largest mixed-use development in North Texas. Whether you’re a fanatical foodie or an avid shopper, the complex anchored at Legacy Drive and the Dallas North Tollway offers dozens of stores and restaurants.

Some have already opened their doors (West Elm, Shake Shack), with the rest opening over the next several months.

“The experience that our environment offers is second to none, anywhere in Texas,” says Legacy West developer Fehmi Karahan. “We have the best dining choices for all budgets and tastes, and a broad selection of marquis retailers.” Here, the latest food and shopping buzz you need to know from the new center …

Relax, read a book, and have a glass of vino at the new Barnes & Noble concept store. The Legacy West location of the nation’s largest retail book store will be the first in the Southwest to have a full restaurant with an expanded menu, including beer and wine.

Menswear store Bonobos, which also has a shop in Knox-Henderson, offers face-to-face style assistance, making shopping easy and fun.

Coach has helped shape what we know as modern luxury today. The American brand, which recently tapped Dallas-born Selena Gomez as its ambassador, prides itself on quality and craftsmanship and continues to be an innovator in fashion.

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Kate Hudson’s affordable athleisure brand Fabletics makes athletic wear for beyond the workout. Designed for the active woman, Fabletics focuses on fit, function, and style. This is a Texas exclusive.

Explorers, adventurers, ranchers, hunters, anglers, and engineers come together at Filson. With a legacy for honesty and a focus on quality and durability, the sister store to Shinola (which is headquartered in Plano) offers clothing, luggage, and accessories for anyone who loves the outdoors.

Hosting and entertaining will be infinitely easier thanks to luxury lifestyle retailer Frontgate. The store carries unique and stylish home furnishings and enhancements built to create extraordinary spaces. This is a Texas exclusive.

The bohemian spirit of Johnny Was is timeless, defying trends and crossing cultures. The brand offers embroidery, plush fabrics, and a modern take on vintage styles that creates an effortless look.

North Carolina-based brand Peter Millar is opening its first Dallas store at Legacy West. Whether it’s a day at the golf course or a night on the town, men can find an outfit for any occasion.

Electric auto manufacturer Tesla will open a showroom at Legacy West. The California-headquartered company also has a store at NorthPark Center.

Legacy West’s new Planet Blue, which also has a Knox-Henderson boutique, was founded 20 years ago as a small organic cotton clothing store in Southern California. Today, it’s an international specialty designer and retailer known for its boho-chic threads.

Pockets Menswear is opening its second location at Legacy West. (Its flagship store is at The Plaza at Preston Center.) The shop carries Italian lines and offers a made-to-measure service that tailors suits unique to each client.

Discover endless makeup products, including exclusive brands, at Sephora. Ask an expert for beauty advice, get a makeover, or take a complimentary class in the Beauty Studio.

Upscale menswear emporium Suitsupply combines craftsmanship with flair in every one of its suits, jackets, ties, shirting, and trousers, all made with the finest Italian fabrics. Special attention is paid to structure and detail.

Tommy Bahama offers its classic printed silk shirts, plus full apparel lines for both men and women, and everything from furniture and rugs to candles and electric bikes.

The fusion of functionality and ingenuity is what makes Tumi a pioneer in the luggage market. Sold in more than 75 countries, the brand is committed to empowering travelers everywhere.

Therapies, treatments, products, and nail services abound at Venetian Nail Spa. A comfortable spa experience with impeccable service delivers nurture to the body, mind, and spirit.

Named after characters in an early Jack Kerouac journal, Warby Parker offers designer eyewear at a reasonable price. The business is also socially conscious: For every pair of glasses purchased, a pair is given to someone in need.

Headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, West Elm’s mission is to help people express their personal style at home. The furniture brand creates unique, affordable designs for modern living.

Lombardi Family Concepts’ Taverna offers the true Italian experience. With dishes like creamy Parmigiano risotto and its award-winning brunch, Taverna is an inviting place where customers become friends and family.

With its intimate atmosphere, Toulouse is reminiscent of a Parisian cafe. Offering a seasonal menu and French specialties, the restaurant — also part of the Lombardi Family Concepts group — makes you feel as if you’re already in the romantic European city.

What started as a hot dog cart in New York City’s Madison Square Park is now a national phenomenon. Shake Shack, which recently opened its first Dallas location in Uptown, is a modern-day burger stand that also offers hot dogs, frozen custard, shakes, beer, and wine.

Dallas restauranteur Mico Rodriguez’s fifth eatery is coming to Legacy West. Between black bean and brisket tacos, delicious ceviche, and inventive margaritas, Mesero is the perfect place for every Tex Mex-loving Dallasite.

Haywire restaurant specializes in Texas cuisine with heritage recipes, locally sourced ingredients, and gracious hospitality. The restaurant comes from Front Burner management company, which also owns and operates Sixty Vines and Whiskey Cake.

Hot on the heels of its Uptown Dallas opening, Brazilian restaurant Fogo de Chao has a new home at Legacy West. The restaurant specializes in the traditional churrasco grilling style — don’t leave without trying the bacon-wrapped filet mignon.

Beloved bakery Sprinkles is getting its second Dallas location. The Legacy West store has cupcakes, cookies, ice cream, and a 24/7 Cupcake ATM so you can satisfy your sweet tooth at any hour.

Canadian-based Earls Kitchen + Bar is upscale casual, offering burgers, sandwiches, steaks, tacos, Cajun-flavored dishes, and more. This is a Texas exclusive.

With a healthy selection of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, there something for everyone at True Food Kitchen.

Take a break from shopping at the Tommy Bahama Restaurant. With a relaxed vibe, the restaurant offers regional seasonal cuisine and sustainable fish.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House is a traditional American steakhouse with chef-driven cuisine and a superb wine list. This will be the second Dallas location for the Texas-based restaurant, serving up USDA Prime steaks, chops, and fresh seafood.

Known for its handmade pasta and pizza, North Italia is a culinary gem. Described as a “love letter to Italy,” the food is made from scratch every day.

Dean & Deluca is a mecca for epicurean treats. From eating to entertaining, the grocer has revolutionized the food scene since 1977 when the iconic brand opened its first store in New York. This is a Texas exclusive.

And, perhaps the biggest dining news of all, a 55,000-square-foot, three-story food hall will open later this year. Dubbed Legacy Hall, it will offer more than 20 food stalls, a beer garden, craft brewery, and an outdoor stage for live music and other performances.

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