A Deep Ellum Guide for Families, Dallas

East of Downtown Dallas is the historic neighborhood of Deep Ellum, which is renown for its bars and live music venues which draw crowds at night on weekends, but it also has a thriving foundation of shops and restaurants open during the day, and makes a fun destination for both locals and families visiting Dallas!

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Deep Ellum is comprised of the area East of Hwy 75 down to Exposition (which takes you to Fair Park), with the main streets being Elm, Main and Commerce.


Maracas Cocina Mexicana in Deep Ellum
Maracas Cocina Mexicana, Deep Ellum

Maracas Cocina Mexicana, 2914 Main Street    Mexico City cuisine with a fusion of Tex-Mex favorites all handmade.  The taco salad is one of the best I’ve ever had!

Monkey King Noodle Company, Deep Ellum
Monkey King Noodle Company, Deep Ellum

Monkey King Noodle Company, 2933 Main Street   We would drive to Carrollton just for their Spicy Garlic Peanut Noodles, but now they have relocated to Deep Ellum with a better location and hours!


Twisted Root Burger Company, 2615 Commerce St.

While now a local chain restaurant in suburbs of Dallas, this is the original and by far the best!  Grab a burger, or choose one of their daily exotic meats, such as elk, bison, or ostrich, just to name a few.  My son, a root-beer connoisseur, says it’s actually a root beer restaurant which serves burgers, and they do make their own root beer, with unique flavors such as banana and vanilla.  They also have a great selection of pickles and custard shakes! Click HERE to visit their website.

pecan lodge.jpgPecan Lodge BBQ, 2702 Main St.

The biggest draw to Deep Ellum for families is Pecan Lodge!  We love their BBQ, which many say is one of the best in the state!  Like any good BBQ restaurant, they open about 11am, with a line already formed, and close then they run out!  Try the Beef Rib, it’s incredible!  Click HERE to read more.

Uncle Uber’s Sammich Shop, 2713 Commerce

This is your place for the best sandwich in Dallas! I love the Cuban.  Click HERE to visit their website.

Allgood Café, 2934 Main St.,

Come for breakfast or brunch on the weekends and try some of their fluffy pancakes, chicken fried steak or borracho biscuit.  Click HERE to read their menu.

Things To Do

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Murals and Art! 

We love the murals and one of our favorite thing is to just walk around in Deep Ellum looking for them!  There are over 20 murals, and tons of public art in the area, including the Deep Ellum Art Park.

Head over to Braindead Brewing to see the robot-y guy out front!

You’ll also want to get a selfie with the Deep Ellum BIG sign, at Main St. and Malcolm X Blvd.!


The truth of it is that you just never know what you might find in Deep Ellum on any given day, which is half the fun!

A Room with a View, 2715 Main St.

For anyone 12 and older, this is a fun game room for the family!  Click HERE to visit their website.

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Kid’s Disco at It’ll Do Club, 4322 Elm St.

This is such an amazing idea, happening every other Friday night, this nightclub comes alive just for kids, with lights, dance music, lots of glow sticks, and even fun kid drinks!  Click HERE for more information.

Volleyball at Sandbar Cantina, 317 S. 2nd Ave.

A hoppin’ bar scene at night, you can almost always find an empty sand volleyball court during the day for kid and family play!  Click HERE to visit their website.

The Mozzarella Company, 2944 Elm St.

Sign up for one of their hands-on cheese making classes!  Click HERE to visit their website.

Music Venues

While I wouldn’t take a toddler to any of these, but if you have an older children, there is no age limit on some events at these venues, making for a fun concert experience.

Sons of Herman Hall, 3414 Elm St.

Every Thursday Night at 7pm,  join in for Electric Campfire Jams for all ages and levels. Click HERE for more information.

The Bomb Factory, 2713 Canton St.

Once a real-life bomb manufacturing plant, the Bomb Factory host concerts, many with no age limits! Click HERE for their upcoming events.

Trees, 2709 Elm St

An intimate, standing-room only venue, they have great concerts, many with no age limits.  Click HERE for upcoming events.



Flea Style in Deep Ellum

Flea Style, 3009 Commerce Street

Such a great store in Deep Ellum with amazing one-of-a-kind items!  They also have a cute special event area for baby showers, etc.

Rocket Fizz, 2701 Main St.

This fun candy store chain offers unique and hard to find candy and sodas! Click HERE to visit their website.

Jade and Clover, 2633 Main St.

Fun and unique home décor, accessories and plants with a healthy living vibe!  Click HERE for more information.



The Deep Ellum Art Festival takes place early April.  Click HERE for more information.

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