Where to Eat During the State of Search Conference

How to eat like a real Texan

Pecan Lodge BBQ
Sink your teeth into the world famous, mouthwatering ribs by Pecan Lodge BBQ in Deep Ellum

Hosting the State of Search conference in Dallas’ Deep Ellum arts district has many advantages. One of which is convenient access to several fantastic dining choices. You are just a short walk, eFrog, or Uber ride away from some of Dallas’ most popular restaurants.

Your State of Search admission includes a full breakfast and lunch, so you can enjoy your evening with the new friends you met at the conference. Whether you consider yourself a foody or just someone with eclectic tastes, we provided a few suggestions to help you eat like a real Texan.

Pancakes and other comfort food

AllGood Cafe is a small, cozy cafe with a down home atmosphere, where locals come for comfort food prepared with locally sourced ingredients. Get a real taste of Texas with their Biscuits and Gravy (sounds crazy, but it is so yummy) or Chicken Fried Steak and Eggs.

As a recovering pancake addict, I can personally recommend their fluffy buttermilk pancakes. And I’m not the only one who is a fan. D Magazine voted the AllGood Cafe as one of the 20 Best Place to Eat Breakfast. It even won one of the 10 Great Places for Comfort Food by USA Today.

If you feel the need for a late night snack, head over to Cafe Brazil or Buzzbrews for all night breakfast and a bottomless cup of coffee. The 24 hour menu at Buzzbrews also includes a variety of salads and other vegetarian options.

Texas style barbecue

When you talk about barbecue in Texas, you are talking about brisket. According to barbecue aficionados, Pecan Lodge serves the best brisket in town.

We recommend you start with a few slices of brisket. Then add the Hot Mess which includes a gigantic sea salt-crusted sweet potato, South Texas shredded brisket with southwestern seasoning, chipotle cream, cheese, butter & green onion, a piece of fried chicken, West Texas pinto beans, and some fried okra. Feeling hungry yet?

If you still have room left after all that smoked goodness, finish the meal off with homemade banana pudding or peach cobbler.

Traditional Texas cuisine: steaks and Mexican food

Texans love a big, juicy steak. Uptown and Downtown Dallas are just a short ride away, making it convenient for you to expand your dining choices. In addition to The Capital Grille  and Morton’s in Uptown Dallas, try Dakota’s Steakhouse or Dallas Chop House in Downtown Dallas.

Meso Maya
A foody’s paradise, Meso Maya proudly serves homemade adobos and salsas, hand-ground tortillas, and entrees made from scratch

You cannot leave town without indulging in at least one margarita and some authentic Mexican food. The Yucatán- style cuisine at Meso Maya features handmade tortillas from house-ground corn, brisket tacos, and a delicious Chuleta de Puerco (pork chop with spicy mole sauce). Be sure to order one of their top shelf margaritas or a tequila flight, you won’t be disappointed.

If authentic Tex-Mex strikes your fancy, you’ll find other culinary flair influenced from south of the border. Try the street tacos and churros at Taqueria La Ventana or the Tex-Mex classic, El Fenix.

Still hungry? Give these local eateries a try

Beyond steak, BBQ, and Tex-Mex, Deep Ellum offers a ton of other eating establishments that are popular among locals and tourists alike (and they don’t disappoint). We’ve listed a few of our nearby favorites:


Angry Dog

Twisted Root Burgers

Luscher’s Red Hots

If you are visiting  from out of town, Far North Dallas, or the ‘burbs, don’t miss out on the opportunity to dine at a few of these eateries in and around the Deep Ellum area. Your taste buds will thank you for it.

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