The Best Restaurants in Dallas’ Deep Ellum

Pecan Lodge offers some of the best barbecue in Dallas
Pecan Lodge offers some of the best barbecue in Dallas | © Pecan Lodge
Alex Temblador

Deep Ellum is one of the hottest spots to visit in Dallas. While there, you might get hungry, so we’ve compiled a list of the best restaurants to visit. Whether you’re craving American food, Japanese, barbecue or Lebanese, there’s something to satisfy every palate in Deep Ellum.

1. Pecan Lodge


Pecan Lodge offers some of the best barbecue in Dallas
© Pecan Lodge
This Dallas smokehouse serves up all of the Texas classics and comfort you could want. The smoked meats include brisket, beef ribs, pork ribs, pulled pork and hand-made sausage. Enjoy these a la carte, in a sandwich or with a side of mac ’n’ cheese, pinto beans, collard greens, fried okra or coleslaw. There is also a deliciously crispy southern fried chicken on the menu. After you fill up on BBQ, try the banana pudding, cookies or peach cobbler for dessert. There are daily specials and plates for group sharing in addition to frequent live musical performances to create a great ambiance.

2. Cane Rosso

Restaurant, Italian

Cane Rosso serves Neopolitan pizza
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Many pizza-lovers dream of going to Chicago or New York, but some head to Dallas’ Cane Rosso for an authentic Neapolitan pizza with a Dallas twist. Chef Jay Jerrier was inspired over 10 years ago by the authentic Italian pizzas of Italy and spearheaded the effort to create a fine pizza experience in the heart of Dallas. Cane Rosso began as a mobile catering company in 2009, but has expanded into a full sit-down shop in 2011. The pride and joy of Cane Rosso is a handmade Stefano Ferrara wood-fired brick oven that creates all the pizzas enjoyed at this Dallas favorite.

3. Zatar Lebanese Tapas & Bar

Restaurant, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean

Zatar Lebanese Tapas & Bar is a chic eatery in Deep Ellum, serving up tasty delicacies of Lebanon. There’s a modern interpretation to some of the dishes, as well as classics that any Mediterranean food lover will enjoy. Try the muhammara, a roasted red bell pepper dip with pureed walnuts and pomegranate molasses, or the deep fried balls of mashed lentils and caramelized onions, known as moujadara. Pair a Lebanese wine with cheese cigars and moussaka, or be adventurous and try one of its cocktails with Greek liqueur and order a hookah. Deep Ellum’s Zatar is a welcoming place that helps all visitors to explore new tastes and flavors.

4. Monkey King Noodle Company

Restaurant, Chinese

While much of the Chinese food around Dallas may seem Americanized or mainstream, Monkey King Noodle Co. does it right with traditional entrées to satisfy your Chinese cravings. The flavors and aromas make for the perfect ambiance in which to chow down. Start off with the freshly prepared soup dumplings, then prepare to have your taste buds jump for joy with the beef noodle soup.

5. Deep Sushi

Restaurant, Sushi, Japanese

Deep Sushi has been the main staple of Japanese food in Deep Ellum since 1996. As the name implies, its specialty is sushi, but it also serves Japanese favorites like teppan yaki such as grilled scallops or beef tenderloin, fire-grilled snapper and tempura shrimp. The sushi is fresh and the atmosphere is relaxed, making for a great Japanese foodie experience in Deep Ellum.

6. IdleRye

Restaurant, American

IdleRyes modern American eats are perfect to fill up on when visiting Deep Ellum
Courtesy of IdleRye

For modern American eats in Deep Ellum, IdleRye is the place to visit. It serves shareable plates, like tater tots and crab cakes. Its pastas – corn dumplings and pierogi – are delightful, but not outmatched by plates of schnitzel, New York strip, pork chops or steak frites. Even if you just stop by for a drink, IdleRye’s cool atmosphere and specialty cocktails with fresh ingredients are sure to make for a special evening in Deep Ellum.

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