The LOT is Now Open in East Dallas

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Catherine Downes
The LOT (7530 E. Grand Ave.), located off the Santa Fe Trail in the enormous space that once housed the Backyard Beach Bar, opens its doors to the public today.

The East Dallas restaurant and beer garden is the product of some serious teamwork; restauranteur John McBride (El Fenix), food consultant Sharon Hage and designer Hatsumi Kuzuu (Tei An, FT33 and Sissy's Southern Kitchen & Bar) have joined forces on the culinary project. The LOT boasts a spacious dining room and bar and an equally large outdoor patio; the pool that once occupied the Backyard Beach Bar's has been filled in with gravel and lined with wooden picnic tables and canopies. The backyard is home to two sand-filled playgrounds; one for kids and another for adults (who are young at heart and/or have taken serious advantage of the beer garden).

The menu spans a wide variety of fare, most of which falls in the $7-$10 range and includes everything from cayenne fried cauliflower with buttermilk dip ($6), catfish tacos ($8), a turkey meatloaf sandwich served on sourdough with white cheddar, peppered bacon and mayo ($9) and a pulled chicken sandwich ($12). There is also a juice bar serving seasonal juices for $6 each (spirits can be added for an additional $2). Other libations include the Lakewood lemonade (Maker's Mark, lemonade, ginger and mint for $7), East Dallas iced tea (Captain Morgan spiced rum, peach schnapps and house-brewed iced tea for $7) and the White Rock martini (Pinnacle berry vodka, triple sec and cranberry juice).

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Catherine Downes
House-ground cashew butter sandwich drizzled with local honey and served on nine grain toast (banana and/or bacon can be added) alongside a Manny's margarita topped with fresh carrot juice

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Catherine Downes
Kid's playground and gluten-free biscuits with sweet butter

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Catherine Downes
Santa Fe sangria is red wine, brandy, triple sec and fruit juice.

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Catherine Downes
Crispy baked kale and crispy papadum served with green chili chutney

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Catherine Downes
Green chili chutney

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Catherine Downes
The shrimp Greek salad comprises Gulf white shrimp, feta, gold beets, black olives, tomatoes, wild oregano, romaine lettuce and tzatziki.

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Catherine Downes
Buffalo style buffalo: bison blue cheese meatballs rolled in red hot sauce with carrots and celery.

Location Info

The Lot

7530 E. Grand Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant


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casiepierce
casiepierce

A pox! A pox of 10,000 feral East Dallas felines descending upon this giant litterbox...

opinionatedguest
opinionatedguest

Need to get to this place…hope it’s a good place to hang out.

BeeryDad
BeeryDad

Also... people are worried about D-bags?   The place is on East Grand Avenue.   Do the D-bags even know where East Grand Avenue is?   Do the D-bags ever go east of Greenville Avenue, or even east of Henderson or US-75?      Do Goodfriends or Good 2 Go Taco, just up on Peavy, ever get D-bags?  

Mi Cocina in Lakewood notwithstanding, I am cautiously optimistic that the answer to these questions is "no," but I hope I'm not proven wrong.

BeeryDad
BeeryDad

On Google Maps satellite view, it looks like if you're coming up the Santa Fe trail from downtown, there's kind of a rough ramp where you can get off the trail, go down to Grand Ave., then turn left into the bar...

Is that true?  I.e., is it accessible from the trail, even before they build the promised bridge?

rick_kreher
rick_kreher

restauranteur John McBride....   Restauranteur is not a word.   Are you sure you guys are gay?

Dustin Merritt
Dustin Merritt

they should not have done away w the pools... i think it will hurt more than help

LakeWWWooder
LakeWWWooder

Lakewood has a lot of kids because of the great schools (which are bursting at the seams with students trying to get in) - so it has to be kid-friendly.  I'm sure there will be sections that are more adult.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Hope its nothing like foundry/scratch with drunk parents letting their kids run amuck. Points for no valet!

splatt22
splatt22

Was really hoping for a less-douche version of Katy Trail Ice House…Instead, we get a daycare with overreaching food and drinks.

notallofeastdallasislakewood
notallofeastdallasislakewood

The food looks great!  This will be an easy sell on my vegetarian better half.  Did you try Manny's margarita topped with fresh carrot juice?

mikeduman
mikeduman

@BeeryDad Apparently you've never been to goodfriends. It's chock full o' douchebags!

foodbiatch
foodbiatch

@splatt22 That's exactly how I'd describe it, actually. Overreaching? Everything we tried the other night was approachable, but different enough to be far from boring.

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