A visit to the Lone Star State would feel incomplete without at least one barbecue meal. After a day full of educational opportunities, we were ready to explore more of the Deep Ellum neighborhood. Being so near to our downtown hotel, this area was convenient and interesting. An earlier visit allowed us to scout out our dinner in Dallas, which looked to be filled with pork and pie.
After our delectable lunch at Hawker’s, we spent some time exploring Deep Ellum. The eclectic vibe reminded us of some other neighborhoods we have seen around the country. When we spotted Pecan Lodge, I remembered seeing other reviews of this BBQ joint. All seemed to point to a good experience, so I made a mental note of its location. Our dinnertime arrival was well-timed, as the crowd was not winding out the door.
Once we entered, we found that there was still a wait to order. It was clear that this place was favored by the locals. We had time to scan nearby tables to see what others had ordered. One thing that we like about good barbecue spots is that the menus are much easier to navigate. Too many restaurants have page after page of dishes, which can make deciding difficult. This dinner in Dallas would be filled with our favorites and not a bunch of unwanted add-ons.
Dinner in Dallas
The menu at Pecan Lodge filled with plenty of meaty choices. After all, isn’t that what BBQ is all about? We selected a Three Meat Plate, which includes one side. Our choices were brisket, pork ribs, and pulled pork with a side of Cole slaw. After finding a table, we set to work devouring this Texas barbecue. Their dry rub was spot-on for flavor and the meats had retained a good moistness level. It didn’t take long for the piles to shrink and soon we were fighting over the scraps. This ended up being the perfect amount for the two of us to split.
Getting Our Pie On
With the flavor of barbecue still on our mind, we headed back out on the street for an evening stroll. As we made our way through the crowd, we spotted Emporium Pies. Although our bellies were still full, we knew that there is always room for a slice of pie. It looks like dinner in Dallas comes with dessert. We popped inside to check out the scene. Delicate crusts filled with fruity delights tempted us at each turn. It was quickly decided that we just had to check them out.
Emporium Takes the Cake, errr... Pie
I had a suspicion that Crystal would gravitate to the pecan pie. This one is named The Drunken Nut and comes with the 3 “B”s of baking; butter, brown sugar, and bourbon. You should have seen the smile on her face after the first bite. I went with a seasonal offering of Key Lime Pie. This southern classic had the sweet tartness that only comes with real Key limes. What a fantastic way to top off a wonderful dinner in Dallas.