This week I am back in Dallas for work and Tareen, one of my coworkers, is a fellow foodie and is always taking me on a tour of the latest and greatest in Deep Ellum. Deep Ellum is the hub of trendiness in Dallas featuring great venues for music, the coolest new restaurants, and quirky, fun art galleries. She has told me many times about Pecan Lodge, a Dallas-famous barbecue spot that was notorious for long lines at the Dallas Farmers Market. One of our other coworkers enticed us with pictures of their food last week so we put it on the slate to try. In our client's auditorium they just so happened to be serving barbecue today, so after being hit with the enticing smells and hearing our stomach growls we knew exactly where we were going to go.

Upon arrival, we were giddy with excitement about this place's potential after seeing the Texan and rustic outside patio area with twinkle lights and picnic tables. I am a total sucker for twinkle lights, there is just something about them that completely sets a specific type of ambiance for me. See twinkly perfection below:

Pecan Lodge Patio

We were caught off guard when we entered the restaurant at 12:45 pm and noticed the 40-50 person long line to order! The bartender then walked up to us and asked if we wanted to sit at the bar and order food from up there. Score - he just earned himself a big tip for that one! 

Upon reading the menu - I decided on The Hot Mess and a side of mac & cheese. I won't waste my breath trying to describe this for you, I will just let you see for yourself:

The Hot Mess
The Hot Mess & Mac and Cheese

This place was definitely delicious and lived up to the hype. The atmosphere was great, everyone was so nice, the food was unique and fresh, and after hearing their story I love it even more! If you are curious about the inspiring story behind the couple that quit their day jobs and risked everything to pursue their passion of mesquite grilling, read this article by D magazine. They hit it big time when they were seen all over the Texas lists of best barbecue and were even featured on the popular show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. When they were faced with the closure of Shed 2, part of the Dallas Farmers Market, they were in tears over what their future held for them, but in true fashion they had no idea what lay ahead for them. D Magazine always does a fabulous job capturing the true essence behind the story and shares very real and even emotional sides that most people don't know. It is also so wonderful to see two people share their hearts and struggles so publicly.  You will fall in love with Justin & Diane's story just like I did!

If you want to visit the Pecan Lodge yourself, here is their website.

Hope you dream of Deep Ellum and The Hot Mess tonight -