Pecan Lodge is Well Worth the Wait

07.15.2014 by: Becca Kouser
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Dallas' holy grail of barbeque recently moved from the Dallas Farmers Market to its new and larger location in Deep Ellum, offering patrons more seating, longer hours, and the addition of beer to the menu. Justin and Diane Fourton started Pecan Lodge as a catering company just over four years ago, and their smoked meats and delectable sides quickly made them the darling of the barbeque circuit. With the new location, they can accomodate more fans and give new customers an opportunity to see what all the fuss is about.

Lakewood Lager while waiting in line

After arriving at the time they open - 11am sharp - we waited almost 30 minutes outside before entering and joining the even longer line inside, making it almost an hour before we were able to place our order. Having a beer (or two) will help the time go by quickly and it's fun to chat with fellow Pecan Lodge devotees.

They offer a large amount of seating both indoors, and outdoors on their patio that has several picnic tables with lights strung from above. 

The "Hot Mess" and Collard Greens

The menu offers up Texas BBQ, Southern Comforts, Sides and Desserts. Southern Comforts include Fried Chicken and a Pecan Lodge specialty, The Hot Mess. The Hot Mess is a massive, sea salt-crusted sweet potato stuffed with South Texas barbacoa, cheese, butter, green onions and delicious chipotle cream and is a great option if you want to try something new. As our side we chose something "healthy" - the Collard Greens - which were nothing short of spectacular with a hint of brown sugar and bacon.

The Two Meat Plate- Brisket and Pulled Pork with a side of Macaroni and Cheese

For your classic barbeque fix, choose from smoked meats by the pound, sandwiches or plates. The Two Meat Plate is perfect for sampling a few meats. We chose the Sliced Brisket and Pulled Pork. These meats weren't like some barbeque joints where you feel the need to soak them in sauce. The meat was tender, moist and full of flavor. One word describes the Mac 'n Cheese - unforgettable! It's complimented with green chilies, and bacon. 

Texas Tumbleweed Cookie

Skipping out on dessert is not an option. There are the tried and true southern traditions like Aunt Polly's Banana Pudding and Homemade Peach Cobbler but we went with the Texas Tumbleweed Cookie, a chocolate chip cookie with coconut, peanut butter, and pretzels. To say the least, we could eat an entire dozen! 

A tip for those wanting to skip the line is to head straight indoors to the express line where you can order to-go, and enjoy at home or take to a picnic. Pecan Lodge continues to be rated one of the best barbeque spots in the nation and if you haven't tried it yet, grab your calendars and make a date because this place is well worth the wait. 

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