Deep Ellum Neighborhood Guide: Where to Eat and Drink

By Farah Fleurima  |  February 18, 2014
Credit: Farah Fleurima

Once the city’s blues-music mecca, Deep Ellum has seen its fortunes and popularity rise and fall over the last few decades. Now, restaurants are helping fuel its resurgence as a funky place to eat and drink. Here, we scope out not only the dining hot spots that make the neighborhood a buzzy go-to, but also some beloved but lesser-hyped veterans.

  • Glazed Donut Works

    Because bacon on donuts. We’re not just talking about the maple bacon long john but also the Elvis Killer, featuring bacon, peanut butter, banana and honey.

    2644 Elm St.; 214-741-2275

  • Tanoshii Ramen + Bar

    Joey and Chi Le’s noodle restaurant represents Dallas proper’s first proper ramen joint. The clamor for tonkatsu and shoyu continues, as a spot at a table is still a tough seat to snag, months after its opening.

    2724 Commerce St.; 214-651-6800

  • AllGood Café

    One of Dallas’ perennial favorite brunches is housed in this Main Street cafe with a laid-back Austin feel. Pancakes, fluffy eggs and a phenomenal chicken-fried steak are among the standouts on the served-daily breakfast menu.

    2934 Main St.; 214-742-5362

  • Serious Pizza

    Why so serious, pizza? You’d be, too, with a hot and saucy 30-inch pie right under your nose. The XL-sized variety and the 3 AM closing on Fridays and Saturdays make this haunt a favorite among groups of nightclub closers looking to share a snack fix.

    2807 Elm St.; 214-761-9999

  • Local

    Right in the heart of Deep Ellum but a world away from the enclave’s earthy grit, Local is the neighborhood fine-dining destination. Tucked away into a former hotel, Tracy Miller’s gem is a hidden treasure boasting cuisine as sleek and modern as the interior decor. Although it’s not as buzzy as other places, the incredible experience still holds up.

    2936 Elm St.; 214-752-7500

  • Stackhouse Burgers

    The concept here is simple: made-to-order burgers are served piping hot with your choice of add-ons, like roasted poblanos, pickled or grilled jalapenos, chili and fried eggs. If you’re feeling sandwich-y but not quite like a burger, plates like hot dogs, chicken clubs and grilled cheese can sate cravings.

    2917 Gaston Ave.; 214-828-1330

  • The Green Room

    The elegantly casual eatery with the chef-crafted menu was dormant for years after closing in 2006 but has found new life as a bar and grill since opening last year. In this iteration, find fun fare such as short rib poutine, huckleberry corndogs and even steak frites and approachable prices, as well as classic cocktails you can sip on the rooftop while enjoying a view of downtown.

    2715 Elm St.; 214-748-7666

  • Murray Street Coffee Shop

    On a tiny road off Main Street sits an adorable, cozy cafe, perfect for cracking open your laptop or just sitting and sipping a latte. The music’s always eclectic, the pastries fresh, and the sandwiches abundantly crave worthy; the Blinker, with egg, cheese and prosciutto is one of the tastiest ways to start your day.

    103 Murray St.; 214-655-2808

  • Black Swan Saloon

    What’s a roundup of Deep Ellum without mention of a bar? Gabe Sanchez’s clever artisanal concoctions at this old-fashioned dive have won him and the bar a boatload of raves. His wheelhouse is making delicious use of offbeat spirits like ginger-infused Mount Gay Rum and citrusy Mandarine Napoleon.

    2708 Elm St.; 214-749-4848

  • Monkey King Noodle Co.

    Hand-pulled noodles are the attraction at this instant street-eats hit with a sunny rooftop. Don’t do dan dan noodles or hot spicy beef soup alone, however, as appetizers like soup dumplings, won tons and garlic baby bok choy demand to accompany the mains.

    3014 Main St.; 469-206-3658