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.