A Whole Lot to Love

The Lot

Matt Alexander. Photography Kevin Marple.
April 15, 2013

Our fair city lords over its metropolitan rivals when it comes to the venerable patio. Restaurateur John McBride reinforces our supremacy with the opening of The Lot, a neighborhood beer garden in East Dallas. This laidback destination takes outdoor utopias up a notch with an arsenal of crowd pleasers: a separate kid-friendly play area with repurposed farm equipment and an herb garden; a menu by none other than chef Sharon Hage that stars “The Chicken,” a whole or half rotisserie fowl marinated in roasted garlic, hot peppers and fresh herbs (also available to go); an interior by Hatsumi Kuzuu (of Sissy’s Southern Kitchen, Tei-An and FT 33 fame) with an 180-seat dining room; an outdoor stage; and a soon-to-come bridge onto the Santa Fe trail. Wet your whistle with one of 16 drafts rotated seasonally or a Lakewood Lemonade, then join in a game of washers in the adults’ playground. 7530 East Grand Ave., 214.321.1990; thelotdallas.com.