By now you should know that Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar is one of my fav Dallas eateries so when asked to attend a private lunch at the new location in Plano with founder and CEO Chris Simms plus the opportunity to attack the award winning Butter Cake?!?! I mean like DUH- I wouldn’t pass that up!
The Southern California-based, family-run scratch kitchen opened its second Texas location in Plano at Village 121 on Preston Road making it the company’s 21st location. With over 9,000 square feet, the creatively decorative space tranports you into a Rocky Mountain Wyoming escape with grand lodge-inspired fireplaces, Cowboy artworks and chandelier crafted from Aspen logs. Lazy Dog also offers a dog friendly patio + menu for your four legged pal.
Once seated next to the cozy fireplace the food and drinks started rolling in! Jake set plates in front of me and it was like a huge feast as we shared, chewed and expressed our fondness of the dishes. I’m sure you’re wondering, what was on the menu? Well here goes: (You’ll see my highlights/favorites in red)
Hatch Chile & Bacon Mac N’ Cheese
Cast Iron Turkey Meatballs
Hand-formed meatballs made using Chef Gabe’s family recipe, including pine nuts, housemade marinara sauce, mozzarella, romano & basil (These meatballs were a true tongue pleaser. Light and airy, the addition of pine nuts were a delightful spin.)
The Dirty Dog (NEW HAPPY HOUR MENU)
Bacon-wrapped Nathan’s Hot Dog in a King’s Hawaiian Bun, topped with potato chips, bleu cheese dressing, Buffalo sauce and slaw. (OMGosh this baby blew me into the river! The combination of sweet, sour and spicy produced an oral explosion- A MUST HAVE!)
BBQ Smoked Chicken Crisp (NEW HAPPY HOUR MENU)
After dabbing it up and hitting the mannequin challenge with Chris Simms, he shared that "one thing that makes Lazy Dog so unique it its menu has three parts: Comfort Foods, approachable innovation and bold invasion, lastly edgy and fun." Lazy Dog also does business with local breweries like Deep Ellum Brewing Co. and Revolver Brewing to ensure a selection of craft beers which is impressive.
Grab a friend a take a go at this vibrant menu! Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar is open daily for lunch and dinner, as well as for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.