We couldn't get enough pies !: There was a long line to the door while we were entering this old building. Even though they seemed really busy, the line was moving very quickly. The counter staff were fun and helpful. We ordered their daily specials on the black board. The food was sooo tasty. On top of the good food, we thought the atmosphere of the restaurant is also unique. We really enjoyed our visit. A big thank you to the store who recommended The Pantry.
The Pantry has the best and unique grill cheese. It is made of mozzarella cheese, tomato and pesto on sourdough bread. The mozzarella tasted like buffalo mozzarella which was great. The sourdough bread didn't taste much like sourdough. The restaurant is in a very large two story building with dining and a gift store on the second floor. It has old wood floors and brick indoor walls, a very antique and nice look. The tables are covered with tables clothes of newspaper print. There is also table seating in the window, which is elevated.
The ice tea (including flavored ice tea) is with the coffee which is self served. The flavored tea tasted fresh and was great. However, if you need ice or refills (for sodas) you have to get them from the counter. You order from the counter and they call you when your food is ready. Their desserts are located near the cashier/ordering location. They are famous for their chocolate chip pie (the recipe is in their cookbook that is for sale). The chocolate chip pie is an interesting concept (like a chocolate chip cookie baked into a pie shell) but was very dry.
If you want a free dessert, see if they still offer their frequent dining card (located at the cashier/order stand). If you sign up you get a free dessert and earn points on your purchases.
Admittedly, I haven't been back to The Pantry in a while, but my first (and only) experience was memorable only because of it's mediocrity. My husband and I still joke about the vegetable soup we both ordered. I actually think it was just water that they threw some veggies in and maybe a little food coloring too (so it would look like broth of some sort). Horrible-- no taste whatsoever. I hear good things about the place, but I evidently ordered the WRONG thing! Maybe I'll build up enough courage to go back someday...
WORST restaurant in the historical downtown square. Had lunch there and the chili tastes like it's out of a can, quiche is overloaded with cheese and the crust is doughy. And to top it all off, the service was terrible. Atmosphere is drab and bleak as well.
Had lunch there. Ham & cheddar quiche with half Cesar Salad. The salad was crispy and had a sprinkling of grated Parmesan cheese and about 5 croutons. The croutons were nothing special, tasted like the ones you buy in the box. I do like the fact that you can add your own dressing from the condiment bar. The quiche crust was very flaky and there was ample ham (although it was basically the sandwich ham that had been chopped and chunks would have been better)and cheese baked to a golden brown. I would have preferred my quiche to be warm rather at room temperature. Total with peach tea was about $8. Not a bad meal, but nothing to rave about. I've eaten there a few times at the request of friends but I guess I don't see appeal of the place. Since it's known for it's desserts and I don't eat desserts, maybe that's what I'm missing.
The quiche is wonderful! I especially like the ham and cheese quiche. The desserts are also delicious, my favorite is the 4 layer delight! Definitely a great place to eat in McKinney, whether you are a local or visitor.
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