Dallas Travel Guide: Deep Ellum

My sister, Catherine, moved to Dallas a little over a year ago. She has been loving it and all of her IG stories and pics make me jealous of the weather and people. I finally had a long weekend with no events and decided to go visit her.

I arrived early Thursday morning. We both had to work so it really was a chill day. #adulting Thursday afternoon, I got out into Deep Ellum. DE is one of the up and coming neighborhoods with good food, bars, and little hidden gems. I had a great burger and sides at Twisted Root Burger Co. Of course, I had to wash it down with a nice Margarita. There were not too many people there, but it was early afternoon on a Thursday. The staff was nice and took care of me.

Friday morning, I signed up for the Airbnb Mural Walk Experience. It was $5 and we were blessed with amazing weather. The tour is hosted by Deep Ellums, a Shop in the heart of this historic neighborhood. The tour only costs $5 because you take pics on your phone. I ended up being the only person so my guide took mine and hit all the angles. You never know, so I suggest you go with someone. I really liked the tour because you got a big of history, details about the graffiti culture and insider tips on restaurants and bars.

The tour is how I decided to go to Dots Hophouse for lunch. They have a beautiful open patio area. We passed it on our walk and I just knew I had to double back. I had a chicken sandwich and fries. They were good. I tried a few local beers which is more of the appeal of this place.

After my sis got off work Friday, she took me to “the best happy hour” in the city. Everyone seemed to agree because Parliament was packed. It’s def a dark and intimate space so get there early. It’s all custom cocktails. You hear that and think it’s expensive right? Everything was under $10 most drinks were $5-$6. Once again, that’s why it was packed. Drinks were strong and good.

We ended our Friday night at Deep Ellum Brewing Co.

Saturday, we went to Stirr. Stirr is the turn up brunch, weekend happy hour spot you’re looking for. I made 2 stops over the weekend and really loved each time. Great decor, good summer drinks and the DJ was great. Only watch out, is the rooftop is medium size and there could be a line to get up. It was crowded, but manageable Saturday when we went.

Sunday, we had brunch at State & Allen. I got one of the pizzas. The one below is build your own. During brunch you can do a Bloody Mary or mimosa bar. We had such a large group, we just opted for bottles.

We ended at Zatar Dallas for some hookah and hummus. After that, I had to catch my flight back to Nashville. As you can see, I did and tried a lot in 4 days. But there is still so much more to do and see.

I plan to go back in July for some more fun. There is just so much to do and see. What do you recommend for my 2nd trip to Dallas?

love,

Leigh

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