Dillas Primo Quesadillas in McKinney finds strength in ‘niche’ market, community connection

The Lone Star is a bestseller at Dillas, according to founder and owner Kyle Gordon. The quesadilla comes with smoked brisket, red onion, cilantro, barbecue sauce, a cheese blend and jalapeño ranch. (Photo courtesy Dillas Primo Quesadillas; Design by Chelsea Peters/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Lone Star is a bestseller at Dillas, according to founder and owner Kyle Gordon. The quesadilla comes with smoked brisket, red onion, cilantro, barbecue sauce, a cheese blend and jalapeño ranch. (Photo courtesy Dillas Primo Quesadillas; Design by Chelsea Peters/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Lone Star is a bestseller at Dillas, according to founder and owner Kyle Gordon. The quesadilla comes with smoked brisket, red onion, cilantro, barbecue sauce, a cheese blend and jalapeño ranch. (Photo courtesy Dillas Primo Quesadillas; Design by Chelsea Peters/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Gorilla fries come with Hatch chile queso. Bacon and jalapeño toppings can also be added. (Courtesy Dillas Primo Quesadillas)
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Founder and owner Kyle Gordon came up with the idea for Dillas Primo Quesadillas while attending college in Austin. (Courtesy Dillas Primo Quesadillas)
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The McKinney restaurant opened in 2018. (Courtesy Dillas Primo Quesadillas)
The name for Dillas Primo Quesadillas first came to owner and founder Kyle Gordon while he was watching the movie Napoleon Dynamite in 2004.

“There’s a scene where [Napoleon’s] grandma is leaving to go out of town and he asks, ‘Well, what’s there to eat?’ And she’s like, ‘Fix yourself a dang quesadilla!’" Gordon said, highlighting the character’s pronunciation: “quesa-dill-uh.”

Gordon said "Dillas"—pronounced "Dill-uhs"—was the perfect name for a quesadilla-only restaurant.

16 years later, Gordon and his wife, Maggie, have opened three Dillas restaurants in the Dallas Fort-Worth area. The “quality convenience” restaurant, which Gordon said is the border of fast casual and fast food, specializes in quesadilla meals.

Gordon said the idea for Dillas came while he attended college in Austin and saw fast casual concepts, such as Chipotle, Freebirds and Pei Wei, succeed on elevated cuisine and good service, but with easy access.


After opening over 100 restaurants with Raising Cane’s, Gordon began pursuing his college dream full-time in 2013— the same year the first Dillas opened in Plano.

The Frisco location came along in 2017 and the McKinney one in 2018. Gordon said location selection was based on community connection.

“We don’t have a sophisticated real estate selection algorithm. We just want to be in good communities that we feel like we can support and that will support us,” he said.

Gordon said the goal of each Dillas restaurant is to help its community, whether through program advertisement or assisting local schools with football and spirit nights.

Customers have turned out for Dillas during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gordon said.

“I’m very proud and happy that we are well-positioned for the pandemic,” he said. “80% of our business is catering, takeout, online order, delivery, online order takeout and drive-thru.”

Dillas’ focus on quesadillas and various customization options helps the restaurant stand out for customers, Gordon said.

“You have this unique fusion of french fries and quesadillas. We bring in all these flavors. Like, the Buffalo Bacon is chicken, blue cheese, bacon and Frank’s hot sauce,” he said. “We really try to go deep on that niche and not get distracted. You’re never going to find burritos or tacos or anything else at Dillas. We sell Dillas."

Dillas Primo Quesadillas

3510 W. University Drive, Ste. 102, McKinney

214-491-4144 | www.dillas.com

Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily
By Elizabeth Ucles
Elizabeth is the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's Frisco edition. She graduated from St. Edward's University with a degree in Writing and Rhetoric with a journalism concentration and a minor in Spanish in May 2019. Elizabeth covers public and higher education, development and transportation.


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