We love a list and a Best in Dallas list is even better! Today, Johnny Lloyd Rollins, owner of the famed McKinney sweets shop Mom and Popcorn, shares his pick of the sweet spots North Dallas has to offer:
Sweets extraordinaire Johnny Lloyd Rollins lives what you’d call a double life. When he’s not spending his time working on new music with his band Lometa, he’s busy being McKinney’s very own Willy Wonka. His shop, Mom and Popcorn, is a wonderland of sweet treats, endless flavors of gourmet popcorn, novelty pops, and glass bottle sodas, complete with a specially curated music playlist played throughout the store. Featured on “Good Morning Texas” and in Food Network Magazine, his famous “McKinney Style” popcorn (jalepeño and caramel) is stealing the show. This year, Rollins’ shop celebrates 10 years of sweet memories of being a part of historic downtown McKinney. With the shop’s longtime location being in the center of a unique and fun area, it’s no wonder why he has the scoop on North Dallas’ best sweet spots.
Read on for Johnny Lloyd Rollins’ Best In Dallas list of what North Dallas has to offer:
A difficult decision to make, Johnny points out “this is just my favorite on the square.” The sweets-loving musician can’t resist Square Burger in McKinney, known for its juicy burgers and great service. “Brandon the owner is a great guy, and his place is probably one of the most popular restaurants,” Johnny told us. For those visiting the burger establishment, Johnny suggests his favorite menu item, the Blue Burger.
“Patricia is a Dallas artist whose art has really gained recognition over the past couple years,” Johnny expressed of the artist who runs Tigerbee Arts. The Oak Cliff native is a muralist, DJ and musician who’s been shaking up the scene with her work. Rodriguez’s work is a creation all its own, surreal landscapes that grow and evolve with each stroke. In collaboration with Eyecon Murals, Patricia even created the largest artwork made solely out of Mary Kay makeup products – a current Guinness World Record Breaker!
For the best bargains, Johnny heads to a retro-inspired record store that sells more than just records. “[It’s an] amazing record shop with everything from clothes, antiques, collectibles, and novelty items,” he shared of the eclectic finds at the popular shop on Tennesee St. that specializes in eclectic goods. “Think of it as Good Records with a slight female touch that’s way, way cooler.”
Among readers, it’s known that a good book is hard to find. Rare books are like buried treasure, and this bookstore holds true to its name. A gallery with shelves and tables full of unique finds for bibliophiles and the novice reader. “Really friendly owner,” adds Johnny of his fellow unique shop owner, “lots of rare items.” First and rare editions of a plethora of titles are offered up in this quaint North Dallas space.
Better than taking the car to the coffee shop that’s 15 minutes up the street is taking the bike to the coffee shop up the street; more exercise, more cardio, and better views. No stranger to a great bike ride, Johnny’s go-to spot for repairs and touch-ups is this Tennesee St. location. “Great shop. They fixed up my old Univega 10 speed,” he touted of the the three-time Star Local Media “Reader’s Choice” winner.
Image 1 courtesy of Andy’s Burger Quest, Image 2 courtesy of the artist, Image 3 courtesy of The Groovy Coop, Image 4 courtesy of UNT Eagle Strategies, Image 5 courtesy of Cadence Cyclery.