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Delicious Dining in Deep Ellum

Yummy barbecue, iconic Tex-Mex, and more in one of Dallas’s finest dining neighborhoods

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Since its 1920s heyday as a haven for blues musicians, Deep Ellum has long been home to some of the city’s best bars and music venues. Since undergoing a cultural revitalization, the iconic Dallas neighborhood has become a dining destination as well as the seat of the city’s musical history.

Whether in search of top-notch barbecue, a rich bowl of ramen, or a burger worth devouring, these Deep Ellum restaurants fit the bill. As an added bonus, many of them are neighborhood favorites that keep the doors open late, which means that after a show or a night in the bars, anyone can find plenty of food well into the wee hours of the night.

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Pepe's & Mito's

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There’s nothing better than a big plate of old-school Tex-Mex. Pepe’s & Mito’s will satisfy a craving for fajitas or enchiladas. Plus, the margaritas cannot be beaten. 

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You might walk right past it if you’re not careful, but Local has been a part of the Deep Ellum dining scene for more than two decades. Describing itself as “modern American,” Local keeps things simple, quiet, and consistently excellent. Go for the chef’s tasting for a date night that will impress.

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Terry Black's Barbecue

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With plenty of seating (indoor, outdoor, and rooftop patio), a full bar, and even a parking lot, Austin’s own Terry Black’s BBQ has all that and a rack of ribs. Speaking of, don’t skip the beef ribs —or the chopped brisket or its seriously good sides, including mac and cheese and creamed corn.

Serious Pizza

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If you like your pizza with a thin crust and in absolutely giant sizes, this is the spot. They do not play— a slice is bigger than your head. Slinging pies until 3 a.m. on weekends means this spot caters to that late-night crowd, but the staff is tossing the dough around from lunchtime through dinner. 

Brick & Bones

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Home to what many consider the best fried chicken in DFW, Brick & Bones serves super crispy yardbird that does not disappoint. Don’t want chicken? Go for the wedge salad or an order of the restaurant’s excellent habanero-bacon mac and cheese.

Monkey King Noodle Company

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What began as a humble noodle shack is now a Deep Ellum institution with multiple locations in DFW. Cure a cold (or hangover) with a bowl of MKNC’s stellar chicken noodle soup, and definitely order a steaming order of juicy, brothy soup dumplings.

Niwa Japanese BBQ

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Diners can fill the grill at this DIY spot with pork jowl in a sweet marinade, short ribs, and top-notch Wagyu beef imported from Japan. Don’t sleep on the non-meat options, either — Niwa’s broccolini and king trumpet mushrooms with tofu feta for the grill are also excellent choices.

Nori Handroll Bar

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Elevate your sushi game with a premium weekends-only Omakase experience at Nori Handroll Bar. On weeknights, the long and lean bar offers perfectly toasted seaweed sheets (nori) wrapped expertly around chef-crafted combinations of rice and fish, then handed to each lucky customer as part of the restaurant’s set menus.

AllGood Cafe

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A favorite of local musicians and creatives, it’s not rare to see the folks who frequent Deep Ellum’s hottest venues chowing down on AllGood’s chicken fried steak. The rest of the menu offers up pretty standard comfort food frequently made with local ingredients.

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Harlowe MXM

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The wine list here is top-notch, and their brunch sparkle bar with fresh juices is a treat, as are the childhood throwback favorites on the brunch menu, from pigs in a blanket to cinnamon sugar doughnuts. For dinner, it’s also one of the only spots to get an oyster plate to go with a rooftop view. 

Elm & Good

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The Pittman Hotel on Elm Street’s in-house restaurant, Elm & Good, offers creative twists on “farm to table” cuisine crafted by chef Graham Dodds. The menu changes often, but don’t miss out on Dodds’ signature Triple Cooked Fries.

Revolver Taco Lounge

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James Beard Award nominee Regino Rojas’s Revolver Taco Lounge has earned significant attention thanks to its much-beloved tacos, stuffed with everything from seared duck breast to ridiculously tender octopus carnitas. 

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Postino Deep Ellum

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A great stop for wine lovers, Postino has a carefully curated collection, and you can pick up a bottle there as well as uncork for a glass. The bruschetta is heavenly; go for the prosciutto, fig, and mascarpone option. So are the myriad options for a cheese and meat (or straight vegetables) board.

Pecan Lodge

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This vaunted barbecue destination continues to attract crowds more than a decade after its debut at the Dallas Farmers Market. Queue up for massive beef ribs, perfectly creamy mac and cheese, and the real sleeper hit: crunchy, juicy fried chicken.

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Zatar Lebanese Tapas & Bar

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Zatar is a refreshing break from Deep Ellum’s heavy and deep-fried dining options. Bring a couple of friends and plan to share several of the hot and cold mezze options, ranging from hummus to tabouli to falafel, or swing by alone for a solid shawarma wrap.

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Vidorra Dallas

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Do not miss the flaming fundito to go with your margarita — and they offer so many unique variations, from the fruit- and sangria-filled to the El Chapo, which combines cucumber, habanero and Topo Chico. The Mexican watermelon salad is an excellent cool-down dish on a hot day, and the bucket of nachos is how you get a party started.

Uncle Uber's Sammich Shop

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There are few sandwich shops in Dallas that inspire the kind of loyal following that Uncle Uber’s has. Pretty much everything on the sandwich menu is a home run (especially the shaved ribeye and the Cuban), but don’t sleep on the burger, which is consistently ranked as one of the best in the city. 

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Hibiki Sushi

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At Hibiki, Deep Ellum diners will find happy hour specials, friendly staff, and over 70 varieties of creatively named sushi rolls, as well as small plates like spicy edamame and the “screaming orgasm” sashimi special. A small patio out front allows a few tables to enjoy outdoor dining.

Twisted Root Burger Co.

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The original Twisted Root still has fantastic hamburgers and captures the ambiance of a Deep Ellum era gone by, with its naked brick walls and neon signs. Defeating The Millionaire burger, topped to overflowing with cheddar, garlic mushrooms, bacon, dark beer sauce, and crispy tobacco onions remains a challenge worth taking up. There are options for vegans and vegetarians, which isn’t the case at every Texas burger spot. 

Ichigoh Ramen Lounge

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A serious ramen destination with perfect noodles and decadent broths, Ichigoh Ramen Lounge has proven itself a strong contender in the city’s dining scene over the past year. Order the creamy tonkotsu for a classic option, or try the slurp-worthy chicken shoyu broth.

Adair's Saloon

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If you know, you know: the burger at Adair’s is a local legend. Pop in for some local music, most likely with a country or Americana flare, and order yours up. It’s a great way to start or end the night in Deep Ellum.

Cane Rosso

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The original home of what is now a Neapolitan-style empire, the Deep Ellum location is getting a face lift at the moment. We can’t wait to see the patio when they’re done. But the dining room is open to order up a Honey Bastard pizza and a drink from the pizzeria’s cocktail menu — maybe a limoncello margarita?

Cane Rosso's pizza game is real.
Cane Rosso's pizza game is real.
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Pepe's & Mito's

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There’s nothing better than a big plate of old-school Tex-Mex. Pepe’s & Mito’s will satisfy a craving for fajitas or enchiladas. Plus, the margaritas cannot be beaten. 

Pepe's & Mito's/Facebook

Local

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You might walk right past it if you’re not careful, but Local has been a part of the Deep Ellum dining scene for more than two decades. Describing itself as “modern American,” Local keeps things simple, quiet, and consistently excellent. Go for the chef’s tasting for a date night that will impress.

Local/Facebook

Terry Black's Barbecue

With plenty of seating (indoor, outdoor, and rooftop patio), a full bar, and even a parking lot, Austin’s own Terry Black’s BBQ has all that and a rack of ribs. Speaking of, don’t skip the beef ribs —or the chopped brisket or its seriously good sides, including mac and cheese and creamed corn.

Serious Pizza

If you like your pizza with a thin crust and in absolutely giant sizes, this is the spot. They do not play— a slice is bigger than your head. Slinging pies until 3 a.m. on weekends means this spot caters to that late-night crowd, but the staff is tossing the dough around from lunchtime through dinner. 

Brick & Bones

Home to what many consider the best fried chicken in DFW, Brick & Bones serves super crispy yardbird that does not disappoint. Don’t want chicken? Go for the wedge salad or an order of the restaurant’s excellent habanero-bacon mac and cheese.

Monkey King Noodle Company

What began as a humble noodle shack is now a Deep Ellum institution with multiple locations in DFW. Cure a cold (or hangover) with a bowl of MKNC’s stellar chicken noodle soup, and definitely order a steaming order of juicy, brothy soup dumplings.

Niwa Japanese BBQ

Diners can fill the grill at this DIY spot with pork jowl in a sweet marinade, short ribs, and top-notch Wagyu beef imported from Japan. Don’t sleep on the non-meat options, either — Niwa’s broccolini and king trumpet mushrooms with tofu feta for the grill are also excellent choices.

Nori Handroll Bar

Elevate your sushi game with a premium weekends-only Omakase experience at Nori Handroll Bar. On weeknights, the long and lean bar offers perfectly toasted seaweed sheets (nori) wrapped expertly around chef-crafted combinations of rice and fish, then handed to each lucky customer as part of the restaurant’s set menus.

AllGood Cafe

All Good Cafe

A favorite of local musicians and creatives, it’s not rare to see the folks who frequent Deep Ellum’s hottest venues chowing down on AllGood’s chicken fried steak. The rest of the menu offers up pretty standard comfort food frequently made with local ingredients.

All Good Cafe

Harlowe MXM

The wine list here is top-notch, and their brunch sparkle bar with fresh juices is a treat, as are the childhood throwback favorites on the brunch menu, from pigs in a blanket to cinnamon sugar doughnuts. For dinner, it’s also one of the only spots to get an oyster plate to go with a rooftop view. 

Elm & Good

The Pittman Hotel on Elm Street’s in-house restaurant, Elm & Good, offers creative twists on “farm to table” cuisine crafted by chef Graham Dodds. The menu changes often, but don’t miss out on Dodds’ signature Triple Cooked Fries.

Revolver Taco Lounge

Revolver Taco Lounge [Official Photo]

James Beard Award nominee Regino Rojas’s Revolver Taco Lounge has earned significant attention thanks to its much-beloved tacos, stuffed with everything from seared duck breast to ridiculously tender octopus carnitas. 

Revolver Taco Lounge [Official Photo]

Postino Deep Ellum

A great stop for wine lovers, Postino has a carefully curated collection, and you can pick up a bottle there as well as uncork for a glass. The bruschetta is heavenly; go for the prosciutto, fig, and mascarpone option. So are the myriad options for a cheese and meat (or straight vegetables) board.

Pecan Lodge

Pecan Lodge Beef Rib Robert Strickland

This vaunted barbecue destination continues to attract crowds more than a decade after its debut at the Dallas Farmers Market. Queue up for massive beef ribs, perfectly creamy mac and cheese, and the real sleeper hit: crunchy, juicy fried chicken.

Pecan Lodge Beef Rib Robert Strickland

Zatar Lebanese Tapas & Bar

Zatar/Facebook

Zatar is a refreshing break from Deep Ellum’s heavy and deep-fried dining options. Bring a couple of friends and plan to share several of the hot and cold mezze options, ranging from hummus to tabouli to falafel, or swing by alone for a solid shawarma wrap.

Zatar/Facebook

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Vidorra Dallas

Do not miss the flaming fundito to go with your margarita — and they offer so many unique variations, from the fruit- and sangria-filled to the El Chapo, which combines cucumber, habanero and Topo Chico. The Mexican watermelon salad is an excellent cool-down dish on a hot day, and the bucket of nachos is how you get a party started.

Uncle Uber's Sammich Shop

Uncle Uber's

There are few sandwich shops in Dallas that inspire the kind of loyal following that Uncle Uber’s has. Pretty much everything on the sandwich menu is a home run (especially the shaved ribeye and the Cuban), but don’t sleep on the burger, which is consistently ranked as one of the best in the city. 

Uncle Uber's

Hibiki Sushi

At Hibiki, Deep Ellum diners will find happy hour specials, friendly staff, and over 70 varieties of creatively named sushi rolls, as well as small plates like spicy edamame and the “screaming orgasm” sashimi special. A small patio out front allows a few tables to enjoy outdoor dining.

Twisted Root Burger Co.

The original Twisted Root still has fantastic hamburgers and captures the ambiance of a Deep Ellum era gone by, with its naked brick walls and neon signs. Defeating The Millionaire burger, topped to overflowing with cheddar, garlic mushrooms, bacon, dark beer sauce, and crispy tobacco onions remains a challenge worth taking up. There are options for vegans and vegetarians, which isn’t the case at every Texas burger spot. 

Ichigoh Ramen Lounge

A serious ramen destination with perfect noodles and decadent broths, Ichigoh Ramen Lounge has proven itself a strong contender in the city’s dining scene over the past year. Order the creamy tonkotsu for a classic option, or try the slurp-worthy chicken shoyu broth.

Adair's Saloon

If you know, you know: the burger at Adair’s is a local legend. Pop in for some local music, most likely with a country or Americana flare, and order yours up. It’s a great way to start or end the night in Deep Ellum.

Cane Rosso