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Pecan Lodge

2702 Main St.
Dallas, TX 75226
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Pecan Lodge +

Catherine Downes


  • Tues-Thurs 11am-3pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-3pm, Closed Mondays
  • Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Catering, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
The Top 100 Dallas Restaurants, No. 25: Probably the most famous barbecue restaurant in Dallas, Pecan Lodge started as a farmers market stall before finding a permanent home in Deep Ellum. Now the stall is a memory, and it feels like Pecan Lodge has been here forever; like there has always been a line snaking around the corner, back to where the smokers warm the restaurant’s side wall. The barbecued meats here are extra-heavy on smoke flavor, compared with the less interventionist offerings at Cattleack and Hutchins. It’s simply a matter of taste as to which barbecue joint you prefer (they’re all great), and this ranking reflects our taste. But be careful, because any time you rank Dallas barbecue restaurants, you’ll provoke the wrath of partisans who are all too eager to declare that your favorite place has “gone downhill.” Contrary to rumor, Pecan Lodge is as good as ever.

Top pick: Save room for dessert cobbler and a side of mac and cheese topped with bacon.

The downside: Would it surprise you to learn that there are lines?

Fun fact: You can skip the line by sitting, and ordering, at the bar.

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