Inspired by the Rocky Mountains and the rustic lodge-surrounded, outdoorsy lifestyle that comes along with it, founder Chris Simms envisioned his restaurant to be a very different type of place. More than a restaurant. More than a place to just eat and go home. He created it as an oasis from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. And Lord knows, in a place as busy as Dallas, we can all use a little oasis now and again. Insert Lazy Dog Restaurant, new-to-Texas brand with location in Addison, Plano, and now Euless.
|The Dirty Dog|
When I first heard about Lazy Dog Restaurant, I thought, "Oh cool! A dog friendly patio!" Which it is. But what I didn't know at the time was Lazy Dog's attention to quality when it came to their food menu. And their dedication to hospitality. They truly want you to feel like part of the family. I've been pleasantly surprised to learn more and more over the last few months, and even was pleased to meet aforementioned founder and CEO Chris Simms at a media preview event. (Read my detailed write-up for Plano Magazine here.)
They recently welcomed me in to their Addison location to sample a few new happy hour menu items, plus a whole lot more. Let's just say I've had a wide sampling of the menu at this restaurant, and am so excited to share it with you.
Let's talk new HH menu items. First up, (as seen above)The Dirty Dog. This is NOT your average ballpark hotdog, people. This Nathan's Hot Dog is wrapped in bacon and served in a King's Hawaiian Bun, then topped with their house-made potato chips, blue cheese dressing, buffalo sauce, and slaw.
|BBQ Smoked Chicken Crisp|
Next up, the BBQ Smoked Chicken Crisp. This one had a nice crispy cracker-like crust, with a tangy barbecue sauce. This is where I started noticing how much I absolutely adore all the sauces made at Lazy Dog.
|Garlic Parmesan Waffle Chips|
All of the happy hour menu items are available in the bar and patio areas(there's a HUGE variety), and the prices range from $3-$8. Make a dinner of it? Absolutely.
|Mango Chile Margarita|
Altos Reposado Tequila, Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur, Mango Puree, fresh lime and Tajin rim
The craft cocktails here are also not to be missed. Fans of spicy will love the Mango Chile Margarita, while the Cucumber and Mint Martini tastes like a day of pampering at the spa.
|Cucumber & Mint Martini|
Rain Cucumber Vodka, Fresh cucumbers, mint, housemade sweet & sour
Looking for an after work meet-up spot to avoid sitting in traffic? Look no further. Lazy Dog has a plethora of small plates for sharing that won't ruin your appetite for dinner when you arrive home.
|Hatch Chile & Bacon Mac and Cheese|
|Just a portion of the HH Menu|
|Hop Head Sampler|
|Scenes from the Media Preview|
|Fireplace area - Plano|
Feeling like a full meal? There is plenty for every taste bud to love. Check out the BBQ (bacon wrapped!) bison meatloaf. That sauce, too, is life.
|BBQ Bison Meatloaf|
|Sangria Sampler: Raspberry Moscato, White Peach, & Pomegranate Red|
After all the other things I've told you, I know the last thing on your mind is dessert, but let me assure you, dessert at Lazy Dog isn't to be forgotten. The Butter Cake plus pretty much everything I've tasted are indulgent and well executed. Win-win for sweet tooth.
|Outside of the new Plano location|
Ok. So. I know we were originally talking about happy hour but I just needed to take a moment (in light of the New Year and many people's healthy eating resolutions) to point out the Nutritious & Delicious section of their menu. I'm not even going to lie, I in depth studied their large menu in prep for article writing, and I somehow skipped over this section...until our tasting in Addison, when our server insisted we had to try the Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna. I'll admit my skepticism, as healthy eating is not normally something I enjoy. First off, the presentation of this dish was gorgeous. Second, THE FLAVOR. Holy Moly, y'all. This dish is packed with flavor. I'm not normally one to believe in cauliflower mash, but they've mastered it. The ahi is served atop the mash medium-rare, with roasted vegetables and a spicy coconut curry cream sauce, topped with micro cilantro. 490 calories! That's it! This is one healthy dish I can feel excited about.
Nutritious and Delicious Menu Section
|Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna|
Happy Hour at Lazy Dog is Monday-Friday 3-6pm & Sunday-Thursday 9pm-close (bar & patio only).
Lazy Dog Addison
5100 Belt Line Rd Suite 500
Addison TX 75254
Lazy Dog Plano
8401 Preston Rd.
Plano TX 75024
(Now open) Lazy Dog Euless
2521 State Highway 121
Euless TX 76039