Deep Ellum from the inside out
Posted on: May 12, 2009 at 5:30AM
Once considered the ďother side of the tracksĒ Deep Ellum was at one time the Red Light District of Dallas. Even into the early 90ís it was the main focal point of the Dallas music scene filled with every type of club and character imaginable. Within walking distance of downtown, this area is now home to only a hand full of die-hard bars, restaurants, tattoo shops, and merchants. As mentioned, Club Dada still holds the torch from Deep Ellumís better days with live music Thursdays through Saturday nights. Itís just OK though. There are better places. The main gem of Deep Ellum, and one of the only reasons to really visit the area after dark these days, is the whole-in-the-wall called Adairís Saloon which offers local flavor and authentic Texas Country. Located on Commerce Street, almost nightly singer songwriter artists ply their trade the old fashion way, just inside the front door, no stage, and singing to a diverse crowd often for just tips. The walls in Adair's are cover in black marks-a-lot graffiti from head to toe, documenting the thousands of people who cram their way in this small joint weekly. The beer is cold and often in cans; the hamburgers and homemade grill cheeses hit the spot after you have had your fill of Lone Star and Shiner. Speaking of food, if you are looking for food in Deep Ellum there are a couple of spots to mention. In the afternoons the Angry Dog is a staple of downtown Dallas casual dining, serving bar food, hamburgers, hot dogs and such. For a good Mexican Breakfast on the weekends you will find next door to Adairís, Solís Taco Lounge. If you find yourself looking for late night fare in downtown Big-D, look to Zini's Pizza or Cafť Brazil, both on Elm Street. Of course if you really want late night food that will blow your skirt up then make your way over to Baylor Hospital and on Gaston Avenue you can take a dive into my favorite restaurant in Dallas called the Metro Diner (open 24/7). Nothing beats the Metroís greasy spoon food after the bars close at 2 a.m. I love the Metro special of chicken fried steak, scrambled eggs, and homemade biscuit and gravy.