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Where To Eat In Deep Ellum

Barbecue, doughnuts, and sushi await in Dallas' most exciting entertainment district

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Since its 1920s heyday as a haven for blues musicians, Deep Ellum has long been one of Dallas' most iconic neighborhoods. Now home to some of the city's best bars and music venues like Club Dada and The Bomb Factory, Deep Ellum is currently undergoing a dining renaissance.

Once a place for its tattooed denizens to drink and enjoy live music, Deep Ellum is now a bonafide dining destination. Long-standing stalwarts like Angry Dog and Anvil Pub stand alongside a host of exciting newcomers, and the scene doesn't show any signs of slowing down any time soon. Put simply, there's never been a better time to eat in Deep Ellum.

Whether you're seeking the city's best barbecue, solid sushi, or a killer breakfast, these 17 Deep Ellum restaurants will fit the bill. As an added bonus, many of these eateries keep the doors open late, which means that drunken revelers can find plenty of food to soak up the booze well into the wee hours of the night.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. All Good Cafe

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2934 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 742-5362
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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 chicken fried steak. The rest of the menu offers up pretty standard comfort food frequently made with local ingredients, and (bonus!) mimosas are just $2.95 all damn day.
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2. Angry Dog

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2726 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 741-4406
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Long before Deep Ellum's restaurant renaissance began, diners flocked to Angry Dog for some of the best burgers and chili dogs in town for more than 20 years. Pro-tip: if you need to sober up, the giant plate of nachos here will do the trick, and ward off looming hangovers.
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3. Anvil Pub

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2638 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 741-1271
The food, cocktails, and beer at Anvil Pub are good most of the week, but things really get epic on the weekends when the bar plays host to Fuck Brunch. Drink a bloody mary topped with an an entire slider or a cinnamon roll-topped sangria, then dig into migas or steak and eggs.

4. Big Guys Chicken & Rice

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2614 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 810-1955
For a neighborhood that is home to tons of bars and music venues, Big Guys Chicken & Rice is one of the few truly late night dining options in Deep Ellum. Chicken & rice platters and aloo gyro wraps are on offer until 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
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5. Braindead Brewing

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2625 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226
(469) 286-9005
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Suds nerds will really appreciate the lengthy list of beers brewed in-house at Braindead Brewing. Even if that's not really your thing, there's plenty of cocktails, great pub grub, and an expansive patio on which to enjoy all of the above.

6. Cane Rosso

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2612 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 741-1188
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The original home of what is now a Neapolitan-style empire, Cane Rosso is a Deep Ellum staple. Order up a Honey Bastard and drink from the pizzeria's brand new cocktail menu (maybe a frozen limoncello?) while taking advantage of the space's killer patio.
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7. Deep Sushi

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2624 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 651-1177
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There's been a ton of change in Deep Ellum in recent years, but Deep Sushi will probably stick around forever. The fish is fresh, the rolls are just the right amount of over the top, and a constantly changing board of menu specials keeps things interesting.
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8. Glazed Donut Works

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2644 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 741-2275
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After leaving a show or drinking too much at the bar, Glazed Donut Works is a must. The brioche dough here is a thousand times better than anything Krispy Kreme has to offer, the doughnut grilled cheese sandwich here is legitimately life changing.
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9. Monkey King Noodle Co.

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2933 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226
(469) 206-3658
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This now-beloved noodle shop began as a humble shack, but MKNC is better than ever in its (relatively) new home. Spicy chicken soup and xiao long bao (soup dumplings) are a must, then walk down the street to what is now the Monkey King Banana Stand for ice cream and Asian-inspired desserts.
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10. Pecan Lodge

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2702 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 748-8900
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Everyone pretty much already knows that Pecan Lodge is home to some of Dallas' best barbecue. If you find yourself in Deep Ellum and the line doesn't look too long, definitely pop in for brisket and a beef rib the size of your arm.

11. Pepe & Mito's Mexican Cafe

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2911 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 741-1901
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There's really nothing better than a big plate of old-school Tex-Mex, and Pepe's & Mito's will definitely satisfy your craving for fajitas and enchiladas.

12. Serious Pizza

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2807 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 761-9999
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It might not be the best pizza in the world, but there's no finer spot to enjoy a gigantic slice of pizza and a classy can of PBR than this Deep Ellum institution.

13. Uncle Uber's

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2713 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 653-8237
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There are few sandwich shops in Dallas that inspire the kind of loyal following that fills up Uncle Uber's dining room. 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.

14. Zåtar Lebanese Tapas & Bar

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A relative newcomer, Zatar is a refreshing addition to Deep Ellum's smorgasbord of heavy and deep-fried dining options. Bring a crowd large enough to try several of the hot & cold meze (beet hummus and watermelon caprese with halloumi are among the options) and save room for dessert — the rosewater and pineapple-cardamom sorbets are a perfect finish.
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15. The Independent Bar &  Kitchen

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2712 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226
(469) 872-6860
Hearty bar fare reigns at this Main Street eatery. Ranging from scotch eggs to a rib-sticking shepherd's pie, the menu at IBK offers enough variety (options for vegetarians abound) to satisfy everyone in the group. Dining late? Stick around for a punk show in the adjacent venue.
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1. All Good Cafe

2934 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226
All Good Cafe/Facebook
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 chicken fried steak. The rest of the menu offers up pretty standard comfort food frequently made with local ingredients, and (bonus!) mimosas are just $2.95 all damn day.
2934 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226

2. Angry Dog

2726 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75226
Angry Dog/Facebook
Long before Deep Ellum's restaurant renaissance began, diners flocked to Angry Dog for some of the best burgers and chili dogs in town for more than 20 years. Pro-tip: if you need to sober up, the giant plate of nachos here will do the trick, and ward off looming hangovers.
2726 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75226

3. Anvil Pub

2638 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226
The food, cocktails, and beer at Anvil Pub are good most of the week, but things really get epic on the weekends when the bar plays host to Fuck Brunch. Drink a bloody mary topped with an an entire slider or a cinnamon roll-topped sangria, then dig into migas or steak and eggs.
2638 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226

4. Big Guys Chicken & Rice

2614 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226
Big Guys/Facebook
For a neighborhood that is home to tons of bars and music venues, Big Guys Chicken & Rice is one of the few truly late night dining options in Deep Ellum. Chicken & rice platters and aloo gyro wraps are on offer until 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
2614 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226

5. Braindead Brewing

2625 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226
Suds nerds will really appreciate the lengthy list of beers brewed in-house at Braindead Brewing. Even if that's not really your thing, there's plenty of cocktails, great pub grub, and an expansive patio on which to enjoy all of the above.
2625 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226

6. Cane Rosso

2612 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75226
Cane Rosso/Facebook
The original home of what is now a Neapolitan-style empire, Cane Rosso is a Deep Ellum staple. Order up a Honey Bastard and drink from the pizzeria's brand new cocktail menu (maybe a frozen limoncello?) while taking advantage of the space's killer patio.
2612 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75226

7. Deep Sushi

2624 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226
Deep Sushi/Facebook
There's been a ton of change in Deep Ellum in recent years, but Deep Sushi will probably stick around forever. The fish is fresh, the rolls are just the right amount of over the top, and a constantly changing board of menu specials keeps things interesting.
2624 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226

8. Glazed Donut Works

2644 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226
Kathy Tran/EDFW
After leaving a show or drinking too much at the bar, Glazed Donut Works is a must. The brioche dough here is a thousand times better than anything Krispy Kreme has to offer, the doughnut grilled cheese sandwich here is legitimately life changing.
2644 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226

9. Monkey King Noodle Co.

2933 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226
Monkey King Noodle Company/Facebook
This now-beloved noodle shop began as a humble shack, but MKNC is better than ever in its (relatively) new home. Spicy chicken soup and xiao long bao (soup dumplings) are a must, then walk down the street to what is now the Monkey King Banana Stand for ice cream and Asian-inspired desserts.
2933 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226

10. Pecan Lodge

2702 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226
Everyone pretty much already knows that Pecan Lodge is home to some of Dallas' best barbecue. If you find yourself in Deep Ellum and the line doesn't look too long, definitely pop in for brisket and a beef rib the size of your arm.
2702 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226

11. Pepe & Mito's Mexican Cafe

2911 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226
There's really nothing better than a big plate of old-school Tex-Mex, and Pepe's & Mito's will definitely satisfy your craving for fajitas and enchiladas.
2911 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226

12. Serious Pizza

2807 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226
It might not be the best pizza in the world, but there's no finer spot to enjoy a gigantic slice of pizza and a classy can of PBR than this Deep Ellum institution.
2807 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226

13. Uncle Uber's

2713 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75226
There are few sandwich shops in Dallas that inspire the kind of loyal following that fills up Uncle Uber's dining room. 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.
2713 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75226

14. Zåtar Lebanese Tapas & Bar

Dallas, TX 75226
Zatar/Facebook
A relative newcomer, Zatar is a refreshing addition to Deep Ellum's smorgasbord of heavy and deep-fried dining options. Bring a crowd large enough to try several of the hot & cold meze (beet hummus and watermelon caprese with halloumi are among the options) and save room for dessert — the rosewater and pineapple-cardamom sorbets are a perfect finish.

15. The Independent Bar &  Kitchen

2712 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226
The Independent/Facebook
Hearty bar fare reigns at this Main Street eatery. Ranging from scotch eggs to a rib-sticking shepherd's pie, the menu at IBK offers enough variety (options for vegetarians abound) to satisfy everyone in the group. Dining late? Stick around for a punk show in the adjacent venue.
2712 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226

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