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Dallas/Deep Ellum

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Deep Ellum is the neighborhood just east of downtown Dallas. Deep Ellum is one of Dallas' oldest districts, founded as an area for freed slaves in the late 1800's. The area quickly became a hub of entertainment and nightlife and is considered the birthplace of the Texas Blues, producing blues legends such as Arthur Leadbelly and Blind Lemon Jefferson. After a decline following WWII, Deep Ellum experienced a rebirth in the 80's and 90's as it again became a hub for live music of all types. Now Deep Ellum hosts a variety of music venues, restaurants, bars, art galleries, and shops.

Deep Ellum

Get in[edit]

Deep Ellum consists of a 5 to 10-block-long stretch along Elm, Main, and Commerce streets east of Central Expressway from downtown. It can be reached easily from Downtown via Commerce or Main Streets, northern parts of Dallas via Central Expressway to Good-Latimer, or eastern parts of Dallas via I-30 to First Ave/Exposition Ave. Deep Ellum may also be reached by DART's Deep Ellum and Baylor light rail stations.

Street parking is free from midnight until 6:00 PM seven days a week. The meters are active between 6:00 PM and midnight. There are also several pay lots in the area.

See[edit][add listing]

Traveling Man Deep Ellum
  • Deep Ellum Arts Festival [4], in early April.
  • Live music from national and international acts.
  • Gallery 2910, 2910 Commerce Street, 214-744-2910, [1]. Fine art gallery in the heart of Deep Ellum representing stylized career artists  edit
  • Loco Gringo Studio, 2910 Commerce Street, 214-744-2910, [2]. Artist studio for Rick Timmons, oil portrait artist focusing on portrait commissions, equine, southwest, surrealism, motorcycle and biker artwork  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Undermain Theatre, 3200 Main St, 214-747-5515, [3]. Located under Main St in Historic Deep Ellum, the Undermain Theatre completed its 25th season in May 2010. Undermain produces exciting, original plays and acclaimed international works. Undermain stirs emotions and inspires the imagination. For Tickets and more informations call 214-747-5515 or visit  edit
  • Get a tattoo.


  • Mozzerella Company, 2944 Elm St., 1-800-798-2954, [5]. Offers short hands-on courses in cheese-making and cheese pairing.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Deep Ellum - Elm Street - Serious Pizza
  • All Good Cafe 2934 Main St. All Good serves breakfast all day long and hosts live music on the weekend. Be on the lookout for Texas music legends who love playing at this classic Deep Ellum diner.
  • Alligator Cafe 2912 Elm St. All around great cajun food with a nice patio and full bar.
  • Angry Dog 2726 Commerce St. Angry Dog is known for both their hot dogs and their burgers, both of which are can't miss.
  • Baker's Ribs 3033 Main St. Baker's Ribs has classic Texas BBQ with plenty of tasty sides and a dedicated counter for both hot and frozen fried pies.
  • Buzzbrews 2801 Commerce St. Open 24 hours, Buzzbrews has a wide selection of fresh coffee and never stops serving breakfast food. The menu is full of unique offerings like the griddle toast and lots of healthy options to boot.
  • Café Brazil, 2815 Elm St. The Deep Ellum location of the Dallas favorite.
  • Cane Rosso, 2612 Commerce St., 214 741-1188. Italian restaurant known for their neapolitan style pizzas.
  • Deep Sushi, 2624 Elm St. A neighborhood staple , they have great sushi at a very reasonable price.
  • Glazed Donut Works 2644 Elm St. A morning and late night donut shop featuring eclectic donuts alongside classics. They've been known to incorporate fruit, bacon, and even grilled cheese.
  • Maracas, 2914 Main St., 214 748 7140. A unique Deep Ellum Mexican eatery with many original creations.
  • Local 2936 Elm St. Fine dining restaurant located in the historic Baker Hotel building. Expect a retro-chic decor and tasty new-American dishes.
  • Luscher's Hots, 2653 Commerce St. Founded by popular Dallas Chef Brian Luscher, Luscher's focus is on the hot dogs, which blend Chicago and Texas flavors. The rest of the menu features great sandwiches and sides, including the can't-miss onion rings.
  • Monkey King Noodle Co. 3014 Main St. A stand alone walk up restaurant featuring handmade Chinese noodles. There's little seating and it's BYOB but the lines at lunch demonstrate the popularity of this small eatery.
  • Pecan Lodge, 2702 Main St. Dallas' best BBQ joint and tied for 2nd in the entire state, Pecan Lodge is open Tuesday - Sunday for lunch and Friday - Saturday for lunch and dinner. They have live music on the weekends and a selection of local beers. Expect long lines, but it is always worth the wait.
  • Pepe and Mito's, 2935 Elm St, +1 214-741-1901. This Deep Ellum Tex-Mex restaurant truly has some of the best Tex-Mex in Dallas. Try the tacos norteños, the fried taquitos, or the shrimp enchiladas verdes. You can't go wrong; there's not a bad choice on the menu. Everything is homemade, even the chips & sauce.
  • Pepe's Ranch, 2712 Main St. An offshoot of Pepe's and Mito's, Pepe's Ranch features more home cooking with a Mexican twist. The menu has everything from enchiladas to pot roast, and try the chicken tacos if they're available.
  • Rudolph's Meat Market 2924 Elm St. This butcher shop has been open since 1895 and for good reason. They carry some of the finest meats in all of Dallas and the beef jerky is out of this world.
  • Serious Pizza, 2807 Elm St., 214 761-9999. Open late on the weekends.
  • St. Pete's Dancing Marlin, 2730 Commerce St. This eclectic spot has a broad menu featuring seafood, pastas, and salads as well as a full bar.
  • Stonedeck Pizza Pub, 2613 Elm St. Stonedeck has a unique and simple character which puts the focus on their unique pizzas which range from the simple to the creative. They've got a vast array of moonshine and a large patio in the back, which is perfect for their late hours.
  • Twenty Seven 2901 Elm St. This fine dining establishment features a pre-set menu. Reservation only.
  • Twisted Root Burger, 2615 Commerce St., 214 741-7668. Local burger joint known for their unique burgers. They also make their own root beer.
  • Uncle Uber's Sammich Shop 2713 Commerce St. Uber's features delectable sandwiches and a full bar. The shaved rib-eye is a must get for first time visitors.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Deep Ellum - Reno's Chop Shop Bar & Grill
  • Anvil Pub - 2638 Elm St. Anvil is a large Irish style pub with a variety of beers and mixed drinks.
  • Black Swan Saloon [6] - 2708 Elm St. - This semi-hidden mixology bar will have something for everyone, just give the veteran bartenders a flavor or preference and let them do their magic.
  • Braindead Brewing [7] 2625 Main St. - Deep Ellum's only brewpub with great beers from their own brewery and a constantly rotating parade of over 30 taps from around the country. Full kitchen and a great front patio.
  • Club Dada [8] - 2720 Elm St. Shows W-Su. One of the oldest live music venues in Deep Ellum. They have a nice patio in back.
  • Cold Beer Company [9] - 3600 Main St. - Cold Beer is mostly an outdoor bar with a huge patio and a full kitchen. You can even buy a full jar of pickles to take home with you.
  • Curtain Club [10] - 2800 Main St. Live music venue which hosts both local and national acts.
  • Free Man Cajun Cafe [11] - 2626 Commerce St. - Divey Cajun bar with great food and live blues and jazz nearly every night of the week. Get the sweet potato fries.
  • The Green Room [12] - 2715 Elm St. - Deep Ellum veterans will remember the Green Room as a fine dining establishment. The re-opened space of the same name has a more laid back vibe with a bar, tacos, and a rooftop patio.
  • Lizard Lounge [13] - 2424 Swiss. Venture north of Elm to find this spacious 2-story dance club. On Thursday and Sunday nights they have popular gothic/industrial events known as The Church. [14]
  • Reno's Chop Shop Bar & Grill [15]., 210 N Crowdus St. Bar which also has frequent live music acts.
  • Sons of Hermann Hall [16] - 3414 Elm St. On the far east edge of Deep Ellum. This venue hosts live music of all types from both local and national acts.
  • Truth and Alibi [17] - 2618 Elm St. - Look on their Facebook page for the password to get into this hidden bar which usually hosts a dance vibe and a DJ. Occupies the former Sambuca building.
  • Twilite Lounge [18] - 2640 Elm St. Small bar with a New Orleans vibe and a great back patio. They have no-cover shows most weekend nights and a fantastic jukebox when there's no live bands.
  • Wit's End [19] - 2726 Elm St. - Offering a huge draft list, this low-key hangout hosts live weekend shows & has a rooftop patio.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Deep Ellum offers no accommodation itself but is within close shot of hotels Downtown and on east I-30 near Fair Park.


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