Historic Downtown McKinney

Snap up vintage finds, fancy footwear, and sweet treats as you stroll around this tree-lined square.
Historic Downtown McKinney
Ambrosia Vintage Vogue
Photograph by Darren Braun

1. Café Málaga

Don’t let the small plates fool you: One can still overdo it at this Mediterranean tapas cafe. Sidle up to the eleven-item $12.50 lunch buffet (spicy chicken kebabs, potato croquettes, artichoke fritters, bacon-wrapped dates) or pick and choose from the expansive menu (lemony hummus, pork tenderloin with a warm date chutney, and lamb lollipop chops with a brown-sugar-and-mustard glaze). The red-walled dining room is intimate, but the backyard patio is even cozier. 107 S. Church, 972-542-9996, cafemalaga.com

2. Rick’s Chophouse

This restaurant is fancy enough that you’ll want to remember your manners but not so fancy that you’ll feel self-conscious wearing jeans. By the time chef Paul Petersen’s dishes are served, though, you won’t give a hoot about either. The chile-glazed-quail appetizer (served with honeyed pears, smoked-red-onion vinaigrette, and a fried quail egg) and barbecued baby back ribs will have you nibbling bone for the last bit of meat. Be sure to order the pecan pie, slices of which tend to disappear faster than fireworks on the Fourth of July. 107 N. Kentucky, 214-726-9251, rickschophouse.com

3. Sharla’s Cosmetics and Bath

I don’t want anyone buying products and letting them just sit in a drawer,” says Sharla Bush, who is as endearingly diminutive as her mini-apothecary. Each of the international lines she stocks—T. LeClerc (Paris), Nouba (Italy), Hissyfit (Australia)—is known for its high-quality ingredients. Bush steers women toward the eco-conscious Clear Mind Jaw Clenching Remedy, by H. Gillerman Organics, and her eponymous filler-free skin-care line, concocted with the help of plastic surgeons and their chemists. 103 E. Virginia, 214-544-2200, sharlas.com

4. Cotton Hearts

Your hunt for the perfect tee (some would call it a never-ending quest) will reach a thrilling zenith in this unassuming boutique. The square footage may be modest, but the inventory is extensive: Wall-to-wall shelves teem with tissue-soft T-shirts by Splendid, Velvet, and Michael Stars, as well as not-so-basics like embroidered Johnny Was V-necks and

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