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Don’t bother putting on cologne tomorrow because if you know what’s good for you, you’re going to end the day smelling like meat.

Prepare your mind, stomach and soul for the debut of Pecan Lodge’s new location in Deep Ellum. After becoming a BBQ phenomenon at the Dallas Farmers Market, the restaurant has moved to a 4,500-square-foot space with indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a bar stocked with local beer and great-but-affordable wine.

Like at the old location, expect long lines of meat-seekers, but anyone who went to the original spot knows that few things in life have ever been more worth the wait. Whether it’s the gigantic one-pound beef ribs or the Hot Mess (jumbo sea salt-crusted sweet potato, shredded brisket with southwestern seasoning, chipotle cream, cheese, butter and green onions), every bite is pure barbecue perfection.

And if you’re not in the mood for a big plate of smoked beef or pork, the fried chicken here is among the very best in the city. Ultra-crispy, never-greasy, always-generous pieces of hand-battered chicken provide the ideal showcase for our bone-licking prowess.

Sides of collard greens and fried okra both make nice traymates for any of the entrees, but it’s the mac ’n cheese that’ll have us back for seconds, possibly thirds.

The new Pecan Lodge opens for dinner and live music Fridays and Saturdays, with lunch service Tuesday to Sunday until 3:00 p.m. or until they sell out (which happens often, so get there early).

Many people have declared this to be the best barbecue in Dallas, if not the entire state of Texas.

And we wholeheartedly concur.

Pecan Lodge
Grand opening Friday, May 23, 7:00 p.m.
2702 Main Street, Dallas
www.pecanlodge.com

Photo Credit: Robert Strickland