Devouring Deep Ellum: The Best Places to Indulge Your Taste Buds

Deep Ellum has been going through a revival that has not only rebooted its nightlife scene, but has also turned the area into a flourishing foodie haven– where the ever evolving dining options are as eclectic as the neighborhood itself.

Two restaurants responsible for catapulting Deep Ellum into the national spotlight, thanks to a visit from Food Network’s Guy Fieri– are Pecan Lodge, famous for its epic barbecue, and Il Cane Rosso, serving up what's arguably some of the best pizza in the country.

Guy also raved about Twisted Root Burger Co., where you can even find burgers made out of exotic meats. There's also Angry Dog, a cool dive bar that's been cranking out some of the city's best burgers and bar grub since 1990. Speaking of burgers, people crowd into Uncle Uber’s Sammich Shop for its phenomenal burgers and gourmet sammies.

Crowds also line up for Andrew Chen's hand-pulled noodles and other Northern Chinese street food specialties at Monkey King Noodle Co.  

Perhaps no restaurant captures the area’s unique vibe quite as well as St. Pete’s Dancing Marlin, a beloved neighborhood watering hole dishing up stellar pub grub.

Or if you're looking for an upscale dining experience, there's Local, a chic modern American restaurant by executive chef Tracy Miller–and Deep Ellum's newest gastronomic gem, Twenty-Seven, an uber-cool restaurant run by Dallas' underground dining king, David Anthony Temple.

And finally, a visit to Dallas isn't complete without eating Mexican cuisine, especially the Mex-Tex at Pepe’s & Mito’s Mexican Café.


Angry Dog
Photo courtesy of Angry Dog Facebook

This Deep Ellum mainstay has been cranking out some of the city's best burgers and bar grub since 1990, and it's got a lengthy pedigree to prove it. Boasting a run-down kind of charm, the place is a haven for those who don't feel the need to eat...  Read More

Pepe's & Mito's Mexican Cafe
Photo courtesy of Pepe's & Mito's Mexican Café Facebook

This colorful, rustic cantina is famous for its muy delicioso Mex-Tex classics, like tacos al pastor, fajitas and chicken mole enchiladas. But you'll be missing out if you don't try the cafe's specialty that had Guy Fieri slurping with delight--...  Read More

Uncle Uber's Sammich Shop
Photo courtesy of Uncle Uber's Sammich Shop Facebook

The sandwich artists at this funky mom and pop shop crank out some of the finest things between sliced bread, or in this case-- grilled sourdough, baguettes and buns. The rotating menu of sammiches includes everything from sinfully delicious...  Read More

Monkey King Noodle Co.
Photo courtesy of Monkey King Noodle Co. Facebook

Monkey King may be a tiny hole-in-the-wall joint with a select choice of offerings, but that clearly doesn't deter people from lining up around the block for Andrew Chen's hand-pulled noodles. The menu consists of authentic Northern Chinese...  Read More

St. Pete's Dancing Marlin
Photo courtesy of St. Pete's Dancing Marlin Facebook

This jovial neighborhood watering hole is not only the perfect place to wet your whistle with a selection of more than 65 varieties of bottled and tapped brews, it's also the place to tuck into some excellent pub grub. The reasonably priced menu...  Read More

Twisted Root Burger Co.
Photo courtesy of Twisted Root Burger Co. Facebook

If you're looking for patties with personality and a funky ambiance to boot, then twist your way over to this epic burger mecca where you can order burgers made with everything from black Angus beef, poultry and black beans to exotic wild game...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Local Facebook

There's always something pleasing to look at and spectacular to devour at this upscale modern American cafe tucked away in the historic Boyd Hotel building. Inside the sleek environs-- replete with several cozy dining areas, you'll find a...  Read More

Il Cane Rosso
Photo courtesy of Il Cane Rosso Facebook

We agree with Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, Il Cane Rosso's deliciously addictive pizzas, with wood-fired crusts and top-notch artisanal ingredients, are arguably among the best in the country. And according to the Associazione Verace Pizza...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Thomas Mosley

Before heating up Deep Ellum's dining scene with his elegant gastronomic studio, Twenty-Seven, David Anthony Temple (also known as Chef DAT) was cooking up the best underground dining experiences in Dallas and beyond. The restaurant's name comes...  Read More

Pecan Lodge
Photo courtesy of Instagram User Dan Nesson

Dallas is filled with barbecue joints, but none can compare with the smoky goodness coming out of this rustic barbecue haven. Pecan Lodge's cue is so good that Texas Monthly named it one of the top BBQ joints in the state, and Food Network's Guy...  Read More


Meet Ilene Jacobs

As a perpetual wanderer, foodie freak and wannabe chef, Ilene is always on the lookout for the best places to see, eat, drink and sleep. Ilene got hooked on this wanderlust lifestyle after...  More About Ilene