Pecan Lodge, Dallas

For Father’s Day, we headed to Dallas, and to one of our very favorite BBQ restaurants in the state, Pecan Lodge in Deep Ellum!  We’ve loved Pecan Lodge since they were back at the Dallas Farmers Market, when the lines would stretch so far that people would stop and ask what was at the end of the line!  Now located in Deep Ellum, they have plenty of room for their lines to stretch around the building, and it does daily, and the food is still just as amazing!


Seriously, if Pecan Lodge is open, or even close to being open, there is a line!  They know it’s hot, and offer water while you stand in line from a cooler!  We arrived early on Father’s Day, when we knew the crowd would be insane, and waited about an hour, but it was definitely worth it!


A couple of slices of pie from Emporium Pies next door also made our wait in line a little easier…..

Across the street, Drugstore Cowboy was selling iced coffee as fast as they could make it to the Pecan Grove line-goers, too!


Once inside, the line continues to the counter where you order!

Express Lane

If you’re purchasing 5 lbs or more of meat, then jump in the Express Line.  You can still dine in or plenty of people in this line are getting their food to go!  If 5 lbs. sounds like a lot, check out The Trough, $75 for 5 lbs of brisket, ribs, and sausage, enough for 4-5 hungry people!



They ask that you NOT go sit at a table until you have your food.  There is a lot of seating inside and outside.


Many, but not all, of the tables on the outside patio have shade.   A lively announcer calls your name when your food is ready.


The Beef Rib

My husband ordered the Beef Rib, which he describes as part rib and park steak.  It’s seriously amazing, and the smoked meat almost melts in your mouth!


My son ordered the $9 Pit Master,  “Brisket+Pulled pork+ Sausage, topped
with slaw, bbq sauce & fresh sliced jalapeños”.   He said it was torture eating it with braces, but he loved it!


I ordered the $15 2-meat combo plate, with brisket and sausage.  Both were amazing, and I was surprised that I enjoyed the brisket over their homemade smoked sausage.

On a previous visit, I’ve ordered The Hot Mess, a sweet potato filled with chopped brisket and chipotle cream!  It’s truly incredible, and really made ordering hard!


I’ll be upfront about this, I’m a lousy BBQ critic, because I don’t like sauce.  When I eat brisket, I want to taste the smoke and the meat.  They didn’t bring us sauce, I don’t even know if they have sauce.  The meat doesn’t need it.  It’s just perfect.


Deep Ellum has some amazing street art and murals.  This one is located on the building, facing the parking lot.  The art in Deep Ellum is ever-changing, and makes a nice walk after such a big meal!

Know Before You Go

Closed on Mondays.

They take credit cards.

The parking lot is located behind the restaurant, and there is a fee to park.  We paid $5 via credit card on a Sunday.

More Things To Do in Deep Ellum with kids 


A Room with a Clue is an escape room just across the street from Pecan Lodge!  Click HERE to visit their website.

Also just across the street from Pecan Lodge is Rocket Fizz, a fun retro candy shop!  Click HERE to visit their website.

B4 is a toy collectible shop, with vinyl records and local art, also.  It’s a fun place to look around!  Click HERE to visit their facebook page.

Kids Disco happens “every other” Friday Night in Deep Ellum, and is a GREAT time for kiddos!  Lots of Glo-Sticks, music and even kid drinks!  Click HERE to read more!

Also a restaurant, Sandbar Cantina has fun sand volleyball courts, and is very family friendly, at least until the sun goes down.  Click HERE to visit their website.

The Campfire Jams every Thursday nights at the Sons of Herman Hall are open to ages and offer acoustic jams sessions.  Click HERE to read more.

Once a real-life bomb manufacturing plant, the Bomb Factory host concerts, many with no age limits!  Click HERE to visit their website for upcoming shows.

Trees is another Deep Ellum concert venue which doesn’t have an age restriction.  Click HERE to visit their website for upcoming shoes.

Pecan Lodge  

2702 Main Street, Dallas

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