Megan O’Brien, Contributing Writer
Pecan Lodge. The name itself radiates warmth and comfort. Envision it lodged on the corner of a snow-covered mountain, frequented by hungry skiers. Perhaps the burst of cool air last week might help you to facilitate this image. Lucky for us, Pecan Lodge is located in Shed 2 at the Farmer’s Market in downtown Dallas.
Take heed, though, because this one-of-a-kind barbecue joint has few and slightly variable hours. Doors are only open Thursday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or until they run out of food, which is not an uncommon occurrence. Hopeful and hungry customers line up before the doors open.
Although the Farmer’s Market has suffered financially the past few years, there has been a spike in popularity and customer ratings regarding the Pecan Lodge due to a recent appearance of the restaurant on the critically acclaimed TV show “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives”.
At the bidding of University of Dallas senior Daniel Orazio’s uncle, who claimed that Pecan Lodge was the place for barbecue in Dallas, several fellow avid foodies and myself set out at 10:30 a.m. in anxious anticipation of some phenomenal barbecue.
A 45-minute line awaited us when we arrived. Take this as ample opportunity to practice patience. Don’t cave into buying tamales or gelato from other shops nearby while you wait in line. Save room for this meal.
The menu is short, but varied. We tried the pulled pork and brisket sandwiches and a two-meat plate. The tender slices of meat, pickles and onions barely fit inside the fluffy, buttery bun. Make sure to grab plastic utensils on the counter and plenty of napkins – you will need them.
Don’t forget to pour some spicy barbecue sauce over the meats to complete the dish. Sides include fried okra and their infamous mac ’n cheese, which is stuffed with slivers of bacon.
Next time, I will try the “Pitmaster” – which stuffs pork, brisket and sausage into a bun along with Carolina coleslaw and barbecue sauce. It looks dangerous and delicious.
They sell T-shirts for their fans, and even infants’ onesies that say “barbecutie” – when you go, ask them if they can start putting that slogan on adult size T-shirts. UD senior Danny Fitzpatrick wants one.
Make sure to include the Pecan Lodge on your “Must Visit” bucket list. This is definitely worth waiting for. Come early, get the best cuts of meat, enjoy your meal and then feel free to explore the fresh produce around the Farmer’s Market while you’re out and about.
Pecan Lodge is located at 1010 S. Pearl Expressway, Dallas Farmer’s Market – Shed 2.