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Fearless Critic restaurant review
Dallas
Food
Feel
Price
5.0
7.5
$25
British, Burgers
Bar

Hours
Mon–Fri 11:00am–midnight
Sat–Sun 9:00am–midnight

Features Outdoor dining, Wi-Fi
Bar Beer, wine, liquor
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx
Reservations Not accepted

Website

Plano
2301 N. Central Expy, Ste. 195
Plano, TX
(972) 424-2300
The Allen Wickers Pub
A very British feel, with food for a very American palate

There’s something immediately refreshing about The Allen Wickers Pub. Despite their assumption of British ways, you’ll find no tin borough signs, no surplus red phone booths, nor images of Old Winnie on oversized mirrors. The only nods to cliché they make involve framed football—that’s soccer to you—jerseys and black and whites from pre-Brian Clough days. And they display these honestly: Allen Wickers describes itself as a soccer-focused pub, opening by 9am on weekends during the long Premier League season.

If there’s anything cloyingly quaint about the plates, it appears in a smattering of soccer-themed menu listings. For example, a massive club sandwich involving piled turkey goes by the name of “The Fenerbache,” referring to a Turkish squad. The “Hot Spur Basket”—chicken strips with fries—draws on the Tottenham club’s name. Their basic hamburger becomes “The Middles Burger,” a play on Middlesbrough Football Club. It’s fine as far as burgers go—husky Angus beef under a reasonably robust char. Overhearing a guy tick off a “no lettuce, tomato, and onion, on a Kaiser bun” Middles Burger order does make us wonder about the clientele, though. Traditional pub fish and chips earns the dubious name of “Scousers Delight”—Scouser being another name for a Liverpool fan. As often happens, cleverness ends with the menu.

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