Plenty of people will feel sad that Dixie House, a restaurant in Lakewood for nearly 40 years, has closed. Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen is going to give the neighborhood a try in its place.

Plenty of people will feel sad that Dixie House, a restaurant in Lakewood for nearly 40 years, has closed. Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen is going to give the neighborhood a try in its place.

Kathy Tran

Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen. That's a good name for a restaurant, isn't it?

Bye, Dixie House in Lakewood; hello, Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen

Sugarbacon is also the name of a dish at the restaurant: It's a smoked pork belly appetizer served with ancho barbecue sauce atop bread and butter pickles and a crostini. At the original Sugarbacon up in McKinney, restaurant critic Leslie Brenner said these little bites are "luscious."

This new restaurant in Lakewood opened Oct. 3 in place of Dixie House, the comfort food restaurant that served fried chicken for nearly 40 years. All those memories have been replaced by the shiny, new Sugarbacon, which serves "a New American menu with Texas undertones." Some of the menu items include a salmon BLT, a burger with pork belly, and Wagyu brisket-cheddar enchiladas.

This cocktail, made in part with gin and grapefruit juice, is called the Poodle Skirt.

This cocktail, made in part with gin and grapefruit juice, is called the Poodle Skirt.

Kathy Tran

The 'hood at Gaston Avenue and Abrams Road in Lakewood is seriously neighborhoody. It's a good match for the Sugarbacon owners, as the original McKinney restaurant was designed to feed its neighbors. Corporate Chef/Partner Jason Ferraro (former chef at the Dallas Museum of Art and at the now-shuttered Hibiscus) oversees the menu at both Sugarbacons as well as at Butcher Board, a more casual sandwich shop near the original Sugarbacon in McKinney. Andrea Maricich (formerly of the Second Floor at the Westin Galleria Dallas) is the executive chef at the Lakewood restaurant.

6400 Gaston Ave., Dallas. Open for lunch, dinner and brunch.

In style and in menu, Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen in Lakewood resembles the original in McKinney.

In style and in menu, Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen in Lakewood resembles the original in McKinney.

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