That's a waffle burger from Texas Tapas.

That's a waffle burger from Texas Tapas.

Thomas Garza Photography

Eclectic music neighborhood Deep Ellum has burgers and doughnuts and Tex-Mex and ramen and barbecue. It also has pizza -- lots of pizza. Joining that diverse lineup is a new restaurant called Texas Tapas.

This, friends, is the American Dream.

This, friends, is the American Dream.

Thomas Garza Photography

Texas Tapas is owned by Russell Hobbs, who operates Deep Ellum music venues the Door and the Prophet Bar. Concertgoers can enter Texas Tapas from the two music venues, but there's also a front entrance on Main Street.

Hobbs owned two restaurants in Deep Ellum in the '80s. He sees Texas Tapas as an opportunity to offer a diverse menu to hungry Deep Ellum-goers.

"There are a lot of great restaurants in our city. But a lot of them have the same old thing," he says. You will not find "the same old thing" at Texas Tapas. You'll find a menu of American, Asian, Mexican and more. You might say the menu is, well, all over the map.

Texas Tapas is owned by the guy behind the Door and Prophet Bar in Deep Ellum.

Texas Tapas is owned by the guy behind the Door and Prophet Bar in Deep Ellum.

Thomas Garza Photography

Items include:

Texas Tapas
  • A "waffle burger": a burger with cheese, fried egg and honey, served between two waffles
  • The American Dream Hot Dog: a hot dog inside a glazed doughnut 
  • Blackened tuna with soba noodles
  • Chicken or steak burritos
  • Calamari
  • Chicken thighs
  • Sashimi of the day called So Sue Me
  • Fried rib-eye served with gravy and an egg -- one of the restaurant's signature dishes

"There's some variety," Hobbs says. That aspect also plays into the restaurant's tagline: "Sharing is fun: Especially for people who can't make up their minds."

Deal seekers, mark your calendars for half-price domestic beers and $1 tacos on Thursdays.

2511 Main Street, Dallas. Open Wednesdays and Thursdays, 6:30 to 11 p.m.; and Fridays and Saturdays, 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. txtapas.com.

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