“We’ve seen a lot of places come and go,” McNeely said. “Why we’ve stayed around, I think, is that we’ve been here for so long. Some of the people have grown up eating here. And even if they do move away, when they come back, they say, ‘If I’m going to Plano, I’ve got to get a Country Burger.’”
McNeely and other family members now run Country Burger, which was started by his parents, Sam and Judy McNeely, in 1973. The restaurant has since grown to a total of three locations. They are at 3115 W. Parker Road and 1700 E. 14th St., both in Plano, as well as the Murphy restaurant at 104 N. Murphy Road, Ste. 210, Murphy.
Using the freshest ingredients—from the meat to the toppings, such as lettuce and tomato—has led to a following of loyal customers, McNeely said.
“We use the freshest meat we can, fresh produce, and we just try to be the friendly neighborhood restaurant,” McNeely said. “We cater to the local people, and we try to do a lot with schools.”
The restaurant’s burgers are well-known to students; staff members; and groups such as football, choir and theater, for example, McNeely said.
Over the years, McNeely has watched generations of families come through the doors of Country Burger.
“I’ve seen families where they’ve brought their kids in, and their kids go through high school,” McNeely said. “I’ve seen them get married and have children. We have a lot of repeat customers, and you get to know them.”
Country Burgers offers a variety of cheeseburgers and fries along with other items such as grilled or fried chicken sandwiches, pulled pork sandwiches, and chicken fried steak and chicken tenders platters.
Aside from burgers, other popular items are salads made with romaine lettuce, cheddar jack cheese, bacon bits and tomato, McNeely said.
Editor's note: The original post has been edited to correct an error. Country Burger has been in business for a half-century.