Deep Ellum is alive with a Latin Flare
Everyone knows Deep Ellum is a hot area of Dallas that is being rejuvenated as the place to be, but what you might not know is what Salsera is bringing to the scene. A coffee shop and lunch spot during the day transformed to a full-fledged, salsa nightclub that also offers a Latin inspired menu with the only second floor patio in the area!
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I got there but as I was greeted by the hospitable staff and escorted to my balcony table, I was instantly impressed. Then I was handed a cocktail menu and my mind was considerably blown away. With such a selection I had no idea what to order until I came across the Coco Loco. Rumchata, rum, crème de cacao, coconut cream, coconut water and a splash of club soda instantly transported me to a beach vacation. I don’t know if it was the warm breeze, coconut smell in the air, or the perfect Texas day but I loved every sip of this tropical concoction.
To make my pretend vacation day that much better came an Ahi Tuna Ceviche with a mango strawberry pico de gallo tossed in citrus juice. Some of the freshest tuna and easily one of the best ceviche’s around! Just look how gorgeous it is!
Something that I absolutely love and rarely see on menus is an authentic Cuban sandwich and to my surprise, Salsera has one of the best ones! A buttered torta with mayo, mustard aioli, seared ham, pickle covered in shredded chihuahua cheese then topped with espresso rubbed pork. To say this is the real deal is an understatement! Served with a side of house made fries (and house made ranch which is optional but I did tell them they should bottle and sell it) you’ve just got to try it!
To make the most of my Latin inspired meal I just had to go for the Elm Street Taco Platter. Your choice of al pastor, wagyu flank, or chicken accompanied with a side of rice, beans, and pico. I opted for one of each mainly because I like variety but all three were dynamite! Perfect for sharing as a light meal or keep them all to yourself!
Another tropical dish that had me yearning for another Coco Loco and the sound of crashing waves was the Rum Glazed Pork Skewers. Three generous pork servings with fresh pineapple, bell peppers, covered in an apricot rum glaze and a ying yang chimichurri sauce. Seriously, the sauces are so amazing and to top it all off the dish is served with fried plantains! If that doesn’t make you feel like you’re on an island, I don’t know what does!
Ahhhh dessert, my long lost amigo. There you are and looking as sexy as ever! These are made fresh daily and served with a whipped cream (I asked for extra because I’m a genius) and cajeta dipping sauce go perfectly with your cappuccino.
Make sure to check out the events section of their website as they offer a wide variety of entertainment from open mic comedy to salsa lessons with a live salsa band. Happy hour is every day from 3-7pm!
***Full Disclosure: I received lunch in exchange for my review. All opinions in this post are mine.
Location: 2610 Elm Street, 75226
Hours: Sun-Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-2am