Lee Harvey's is filled with wood paneling, neon beer signs, and all the lived-in feel you'd expect from a building that's served as a bar for 50 years. It's also, as D Magazine once put it, "perhaps the greatest bar in Dallas and, really, the personification of the Cedars." Southern Living placed it on its list of Dallas's "hidden gems." As the weekend crowds demonstrate, it's getting less and less hidden every day.
The current owners have transformed the humble building into something of a local celebrity not by remodeling or placing a giant wig on the roof, but through sheer force of personality and camaraderie. Out back, fire pits blaze around picnic tables as friends drink and feast on fish tacos, half-pound burgers, and award-winning onion rings with an addictive chipotle aioli. (Plenty of the snacks are fried and meaty, but the kitchen also makes sure vegetarians have interesting options in the form of panini topped with basil aioli or grilled pears.) Live music cranks up the energy most weekends, and in quieter moments you might even spot Bacon the cat slinking around a corner.