The LOT burger. Photo by Mark Davis

The LOT burger. Photo by Mark Davis

The Lot
7530 E. Grand

Ambiance: Casual dining, family

Price: $4–$21

Hours: 11 a.m.-midnight Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday

Ever since The Lot, the new casual dining restaurant on Grand where the old Backyard Beach Bar used to be, opened at the end of February, it’s been turning out hamburgers faster than you can say, “Can I get some ketchup please?” People are — quite literally — eating it up. To managing partner John McBride, this tells him there’s a huge need in East Dallas for a family-friendly restaurant where folks can kick back with a quality burger, chase it with a beer, and watch their youngsters throw sand at each other in the kidscape. If things get really wild, maybe they can even toss a round or two of cornhole. “It’s really turned into a really big family destination spot,” McBride says. The space itself begs for a kick-your-shoes-off kind of time, which is contrasted by the high-quality hamburgers and other menu items. For example, its bestselling appetizers are the Yuca fries and the cayenne fried cauliflower. “We wanted to create a menu that was more than just a burger place. Even though the burgers are the No. 1 seller, it has a little more of a twist to it. We wanted to offer some healthier options without it being a health-food place.”

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