I’ve always wanted to love The Lot in Lakewood. I really do. It’s taken me so long to write about it because we’ve never enjoyed the food. But recently a few things have changed our minds and I call it the “All-Inclusive-Resort-mentality”. Years ago, when we didn’t have children, my husband and I vowed never go to one of those all-inclusive resorts. Why would anyone want to be trapped in one resort? Now with three active boys, our perspectives on what’s important has changed. Dramatically. When our second son was old enough to go into a kids club, we went to an all-inclusive in Cancun and our eyes were opened to the merits of the previously dreaded tourist trap. We ‘get it’ now. The Lot in Lakewood rocks.
We’ve always loved East Dallas.The vibe is laid-back, diverse and friendly and The Lot embraces all these attributes. East Dallas is one of our favorite areas with a strong sense of community. The menu supports so many local companies like Henry’s Ice Cream in Plano, Peticolas Brewery in the Design District to Esmerelda Bakery, you can’t help but give it a big thumbs up. As Dallas residents, we can’t get enough of playing outside. Once summer hits, playtime in the park gets stifling so any opportunity for more outside play is great in our books.
The Lot’s sand pits next to the patio and beer gardens are genius to allow kids to unplug and parents to relax. There are designated sand pits for the littles, big kids and fur kids (no kids allowed in the dog play area). The Lot is a place where you can bring the kids and the dog and no one bats an eyelid.
Starting off a brunch at the sand pit is a great way to make friends before the food comes. It also give the adults a full twenty to thirty minutes of mimosa time, ahem … I mean quiet adult conversation before and after the meal. We started with queso, chips and guacamole while the kids played and sporadically emerged from the sandpits to steal a chip.
We were surprised to see shisito peppers on the menu. They were smokey, spicy and just the thing to start a Sunday morning brunch.
The tortilla soup is solid.and flavorful. There were lots of chicken chunks and vegetables. As I’ve just gotten braces recently and I’ve been unable to chomp down on meat. I’ve practically become a vegetarian (see my previous post on how I’m adding a more plant-based meals to our diet) because my teeth hurt so much and the tortilla soup was comforting and filling for me.
Beefcake enjoyed his rotisserie chicken. The half chicken was tender and moist and came with two sides of your choice. Get the sweet potato tater tots! They were yummy! But I wanted to note that we never got our second side, the fried okra.
This time, our Itty Bitty Foodies decided to go with the kids menu. We’ve been talking about healthy choices and it surprised me that they didn’t choose the hot dog. Instead, they wanted grilled chicken strips.
During the meal, the children did a dance of coming to the table to eat and diving back into the sandpits. The food may not be fantastic but The Lot in Lakewood is a place for communing, enjoying conversation and letting kids play freely. It was an easy environment, almost like we were in our own backyards entertaining friends. Except there was no clean up after the meal and I call that… winning.
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Till our next Happy Meal!