A neon sign beckons as you drive down Good Latimer Expressway, glowing bright with Deep Ellum Texas and an arrow pointing to a former warehouse district. There you'll find the perfect mix of history and contemporary cool.
This expansive area is home to a mix of urban and diverse neighborhoods with tree-lined streets, trendy galleries and boutiques, moving cocktail spots and savory restaurants.
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Whether you're looking to grab a bite before a live show or it's the morning after a night out, there are several casual options, including AllGood Cafe (great for breakfast), Angry Dog (popular for burgers and hot dogs), Glazed Donut Works (handcrafted, small-batch doughnuts) and St. Pete's Dancing Marlin (known for its tuna steak sandwich).
There's often a line to get into the popular BBQ spot. Taste the ribs, macaroni and cheese and coleslaw and you'll quickly realize why and agree!
The permanent pop-up restaurant, once a staple of Trinity Groves, has moved to the Deep Ellum neighborhood. Twice a year, the space transforms with a new look and a new menu courtesy a winning chef and artist selected by a group of Dallas culinary tastemakers.
Take a bite of street Asian plates as you explore the art-filled district. The popular spot is currently a food stand but will soon open a sit-down restaurant to enjoy your noodles.
Come with an appetite – the individual slices are big enough to satisfy even the hungriest visitor.
Take your pick of a bowl, sandwich or double-fried fries before digging into the toppings bar to help yourself to everything and anything. Vegans, vegetarians and gluten-free foodies, this is your spot!
With happy hour specials four nights a week, Anvil Pub will quickly become one of your Deep Ellum favorites. And the weekend brunch is a see-it-to-believe it – think 32 oz. brunch cocktails complete with your pick of mini-sized brunch favorites as your toppings.
Upscale dining inside a landmarked building that once housed the oldest standing hotel in Dallas. Go for the chef's seven-course meal with complimenting wine.
Start with the langos, a traditional Hungarian flat bread, before digging into the No Reggie, a chipotle and citrus brined chicken sandwich topped with avocado and baby spinach. Live music lovers will delight in their weekly band line up.
The no-frills bowls, filled to the brim with rice, salad and your choice of a lamb/beef combo, chicken or a mix of all three, will leave you happily full. Come by after a late night in Deep Ellum – the Elm Street staple is open until 4 am Thursday-Sunday.
Fried chicken and cocktails in one place? Count us in. Brick & Bones is only open for dinner, so head in after exploring the numerous art murals throughout the neighborhood.
A newer addition to the area, Filament brings a refined Southern-style cuisine thanks to James Beard Foundation Award semifinalist Chef Matt McAllister.
This trailer park-themed watering hole pours strong drinks for their live music sessions and karaoke nights.
Dating back to 1884, Deep Ellum became widely known as a mecca for blues and jazz with Blind Lemon Jefferson, Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter and Bessie Smith among the best-known acts to grace its storied stages. You can still catch some great blues riffs, but the vibe now is much more rock 'n roll and many of the artfully graffitied buildings house live music venues, bars, a craft brewery, restaurants, small theaters, tattoo studios and loft-style residences.
The newest venue in Deep Ellum, The Bomb Factory is attracting musical acts from all over the world thanks to its intimate-yet-generous set up and trendy location.
Far from ordinary, the performing arts scene relishes in the experimental and underground, whether it's comedy at Dallas Comedy House, improv at Ad Libs or plays at Undermain Theatre. The Quixotic World Theatre House & Magikal Event Space frequently feature burlesque and unusual events.
Deep Ellum is home to art and street festivals every year, but there's always a sense of creativity throughout, whether it's the colorful murals, the Traveling Man sculptures or vibrant graffiti. Take in an art show opening at one of the area's many art galleries, including Barry Whistler Gallery, Kettle Art, CentralTrak and more. Fashion and lifestyle photographers frequently use Deep Ellum as a backdrop. Take a cue from the pros and snap some artsy pics yourself.