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11 Places to Splurge for your Plano Graduation Dinner

Once in a lifetime, your high school graduation rolls around.  Its major.

And, after you have walked the stage, you and your family deserve a fantastic meal out.  Especially if the ‘rents are paying.  And you’ll want to cash in on those awesome meals before college serves up ramen, cafeteria food and massive amounts of fast food.

Attending college in Tallahassee, FL, choices were limited at the time and Chili’s was THE place to go when your parents were in town.  Dallas has so much to offer and since your ceremony is at the convention center in downtown Dallas, I think a dinner in downtown Dallas is totally appropriate.

Your graduation dinner could most certainly be your last (really good) supper.


(don’t forget to scroll to the bottom for this week’s free printable!)



11 Places to Splurge for your Plano Graduation Dinner

  1. The Cedars Social

An extensive menu of awesome cocktails (to make your parents happy – they deserve it) plus modern American comfort fare on small plates “for sharing” and full‑size entrees combine to draw a hipster crowd to this retro

the cedars social




2. CBD Provisions

This restaurant located in the Joule Hotel Downtown is an upscale all‑day American brasserie is known for its “innovative” farm‑to‑table cuisine

CBD Provisions Dallas




3. Texas Spice

Farm-to-table regional fare in a stylish setting at the Omni with repurposed woods & skyline views. The menu is super delish!


texas spice dallas



4. Cook Hall at the W

Depending on where you are going for college, there is a good chance that your college town will not have a W hotel.  Get your massive dose of W’esque loveliness at this high-end comfort fare meets custom sips at this stylish dark-wood den at Victory Park’s W Hotel.

cook hall dallas




5. The Capital Grille

Yes, you can find this steakhouse in Plano but the location in Turtle Creek is the best place to experience this lavish steakhouse.

the capital grille dallas



6. Meddlesome Moth

Bustling New American gastropub with 140+ types of beer, plus craft brew tastings & dinners. I know you can’t drink, but your Dad can.  And since he’s paying the bill, make him happy with this impressive place (plus its on the way home, it just makes sense

meddlesome moth dallas



7. The Palm

Its easy to forget that this classic steakhouse is located in the West End, easily walkable after you walk the stage.

the palm dallas



8. Stampede 66

Modern Texas cuisine via the chef Stephan Pyles. Think honey fried chicken with a side of Shiner Bock beer bread. Yummmm!

stampede 66




9. Oak

This Design District posh restaurant is wordly wet approachable from the decor to the menu.

oak dallas





10. FT33

Rustic-chic cafe with an open kitchen run by Chef McCallister, thefirst prestigious Dallas chef to earn his celebrity status with food blogs and social media prior to opening this restaurant. (seriously, screw college, build a tribe then sell a product, its that simple y’all)

ft33 dallas





11. R+D

New American cuisine & sushi rolls served in a buzzy, low-lit space with a busy bar, booths & patio. Order the hot fudge sundae. I don’t even like ice cream and this dessert is to die for!

This is, hands down, my fave restaurant in Dallas.  Simple yet delish food menu, service is far superior and it originates from California.  If you go here, tweet me your food pics @ConvoCounts  =)

R+D Kitchen Dallas


If you are on the news list, then you’ll know that every Thursday I send out a freebie printable. All you need to do is, click the picture and the pdf will automatically download.  Then print and frame.  Perfect for your grads celebration!


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