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Deep Ellum brewery adds new destination for downtown lunch crowd

Deep Ellum brewery adds new destination for downtown lunch crowd

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Deep Ellum Brewing Co. is now serving lunch. Photo courtesy of DEBC

As the latest step in its ongoing diversification, Deep Ellum Brewing Co. is expanding the hours of its on-site restaurant to include lunch, beginning pronto on August 8.

Today, you can start ordering options ranging from a buttoned-down grilled-chicken sandwich with lettuce, tomato, and Swiss cheese to a novelty dish called elote tots. In fact, there is an entire section on the menu dedicated to tots that also includes loaded tots and tots topped with chili, crumbled Fritos, and a 3-cheese blend — like a mash-up of tots and Frito pie.

DEBC opened its in-house restaurant, Taproom + Kitchen, in May, after having executed a major renovation of its taproom with the addition of a kitchen and a redesign of the outdoor beer garden.

The brewery had always had visiting food trucks and had talked about adding one of its own before deciding to just go ahead and build a kitchen. Manager Ethan Minshew says it's an extension of what they've already been doing.

"We just want to offer a menu that allows you to sit and snack, while keeping the focus on showcasing our beers," he says.

Categories on the menu include small bites, boards, salads, sandwiches, pizzas, and tacos. Sandwiches include grilled cheese, Reuben, and a vegetarian wrap with hummus and avocado. There are three salads, including a wedge, a chopped salad, and a mango-avocado salad with raspberry vinaigrette.

There are four burgers, starting with a basic quarter-pound Angust patty topped with PLOT (pickles, lettuce, onion, and tomato) climbing all the way to the "Rollin Stoned" burger topped with mashed potatoes and mac and cheese, served on Texas toast.

Starters range from chips and queso to pretzels, nachos, and spinach-artichoke dip. Sides include tater tots, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, and sweet potato fries. Aside from the $16 meat and cheese board and a $13 all-meat pizza, nearly everything is priced below $10, with sandwiches ranging from $6 to $8.

Hours will be 11 am to 2 pm Monday-Saturday.