That’s why I was absolutely giddy when I learned that the former Backyard Beach Bar was recently completely renovated to The LOT, an entertainment oasis that just screams ideal for families.
The new Lakewood hangout offers a little for everyone with tasty comfort dishes like deviled ham and cheese sandwiches for the foodies to a deliciously nostalgic sandy playground for the kids to run around.
I dragged a couple of friends to visit The LOT over the weekend and we were shocked to learn that the restaurant was completely full a mere fifteen minutes after it opened. We quickly put ourselves on an hour and a half waiting list and headed to the children’s play area furnished with adorable repurposed farm equipment.
(HINT: Several people told me they got there before opening time and stood in line to get a table when the doors open.)
It’s obvious that the neighborhood is starved for venues like The LOT where kids can roam free given the immediate popularity of the brand new space. Our two year olds had an absolute ball digging in the sand and running around the playground with all of the kids. Us adults supervised the kids with Lakewood lemonade (Makers Mark, lemonade, ginger, and mint) cocktails in hand (what’s not to love about that??)
And once our table was ready, we enjoyed food from Dallas culinary queen Sharon Hage, also known for her former Lakewood gem York Street and the hot date night spot, Bowl and Barrel. Grilled cheeses were swiftly brought to our table for our “patient” two year olds.
Meanwhile, the adults opted for locally-influenced shared snacks like cayenne fried cauliflower (two thumbs up from the non-cauliflower lovers of the table) and yuca fries. My girlfriend and I had a hard time deciding between splitting the “dainty” burger topped with smoky ham or the grilled pimiento cheese. My husband is a kid at heart and loved his house-ground cashew butter and honey sandwich.
Managing partner John McBride, whose family previously started and owned and operated El Fenix, told me that the city has approved further development plans to open a path between the bordering Santa Fe Trail and The LOT.
Expect a graveled path between the hike and bike trail and the restaurant in the next month. Imagine the possibilities of taking the family on a bike ride around White Rock Lake and then heading down the Santa Fe Trail for snacks and drinks at The LOT.
Dallas, we have been waiting for something like this for years!
My only complaint was when it was time to go, my son threw a good ol’ “terrible twos” fit because he had to leave his new precious love, the “sand”. I heard, “I want more sand, I want more sand,” the whole way home. Lucky for him, I am certain we will be back to The LOT soon and there will be sand in his future.
NOTE: The LOT did not incentivize me for this post. I am just a super excited Lakewood neighbor who wants to spread the word to my favorite Dallas mamas.