Transplants Survival Guide: Deep Ellum

Where it is: Located between Downtown and Old East Dallas. Elm, Commerce and Main are its key streets.

Love it: It’s one of Dallas’ most artsy neighborhoods with murals galore, trendy breweries and hipster barber shops. In its earliest days, it was a blues haven for the likes of Blind Lemon Jefferson and Robert Johnson. The 1990s ushered in an alternative scene, and it still boasts music venues like The Bomb Factory and Trees.

Hate it: Parking is nearly impossible on weekends, and good luck making it to your car without being accosted by panhandlers. Deep Ellum once prided itself on its grit, but now it’s turning into Uptown Lite, with homogenous apartments, overpriced cocktails and tourists everywhere. (Unless you’re into that kind of thing.)

 A day in the neighborhood: Eat breakfast at Café Brazil, which is open 24 hours, by the way. Rent bikes at Local Hub Bicycle Company. Grab lunch at Pecan Lodge, known for its burnt ends and brisket. Grab a beer (or two or three) at Deep Ellum Brewing Company or BrainDead Brewing. That night, see a show, bar hop and grab late-night pizza at Serious Pizza.

 Did you know: Grateful Dead and Jerry Lee Lewis both recorded “Deep Elem Blues,” written in 1935 by the Lone Star Cowboys.

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