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Spicy guanciale almonds from The Lot.

The new White Rock Lake spot The Lot is a restaurant by way of a beer and herb garden--albeit one with matching playgrounds for kids and adults. Located near Lakewood and also near Fair Park, it dubiously draws on all the things disparate and great about our city. But somehow it all jibes just fine.

With a menu designed by Sharon Hage, chef of the former York Street restaurant, and modern rustic wooden interiors by Tei-An and FT33 alum Hatsumi Kuzuu (think “mountain lodge” chic), the vibe is relaxed and warm--especially if you make your way to the screened-in porch, which is cozy for families and young couples alike.

Amid all the play yards and patios, you might forget there’s actually food and drink to be had, as well as some good offerings on tap besides the beer: A Rahr Ugly Pug ($5) made perusing the menu less daunting. The extensive farm-fresh fare includes fried cauliflower with a zingy buttermilk ranch dipping sauce ($6); a stellar rotisserie chicken, marinated in garlic, hot peppers and herbs ($14 for half; $21 for whole); and an Elvis-appropriate cashew-butter, banana, honey and bacon sandwich ($10).

True, The Lot promises, well, a lot. But it delivers on pretty much everything.

The Lot, 7530 E. Grand Ave.; 214-321-1990 or

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