Last week I was invited by one of my dear friends, Ellen Johansen, to join her and her family at Badgers BBQ off Main Street in Lewisville as they held a fundraiser in honor of her belated husband, Scott. I was impressed to hear that such a new restaurant was so involved in the affairs of local residents and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to support their cause and enjoy some great barbecue.
After visiting the restaurant and speaking with owners Emilee and Erich Klein, I soon learned that Badgers BBQ is a restaurant with a great mission – to honor “the badge” – law enforcement officers, firefighters and soldiers in the community. These professions are near and dear to the Kleins’ hearts considering Erich is a full-time federal law enforcement officer.
Ellen and Badgers BBQ connected after Scott’s death when Ellen offered to donate his personal patch collection to the restaurant’s collection of shoulder and firefighter patches from around the world.
Badgers honors officers, firefighters and soldiers by posting the police officer’s prayer, the firefighter’s prayer, the soldier’s prayer and the EMT prayer in the restaurant. There are also plans in the future to commission a mural dedicated to fallen heroes with an empty formally-set table underneath. They also set aside a table in the restaurant for on-duty, uniformed officers and firefighters allowing them a full view of the restaurant, entry points and their vehicles.
We tried out one of their barbecue sandwiches and a meat plate accompanied by several of their great sides like potato salad, baked beans, coleslaw and spiced green beans. It’s the perfect local barbecue joint and all of the food was wonderfully comforting.
If you’re looking for a quick and delicious barbecue spot, I highly recommend you try out Badgers BBQ where you can enjoy great food while supporting our local and national heroes! Emilee and Erich are excited to get to know more of the local residents and look forward to laughing and celebrating with you and becoming like family.
I was so grateful for the opportunity to attend lunch with lots of my friends in honor of Scott and appreciate Badgers BBQ paying tribute to the wonderful man he was as well.
I’m so thankful for all of you, Foodies, and hope that you have a great upcoming Thanksgiving week with family and friends! And of course – eat well!