Ebb & Flow brings lots of flowers and light to Deep Ellum.
The Garden Marg. Photo by Megan Ziots
Velvet Butterfly. Photo by Megan Ziots
The Cubano Egg Rolls are a must try at Ebb & Flow. Courtesy of Ebb & Flow
Shrimp Alfredo Crostini's. Courtesy of Ebb & Flow
One of the prettiest bars in Deep Ellum has officially opened on Commerce Street. Ebb & Flow is located in the former Parlor spot, which has been completely renovated into a 3,000 square foot space filled with chandeliers, and a glassed-in patio with ivy and flowers.
The new bar and restaurant comes from Crafted Bar Concepts, led by brothers Dallas Hale and Eric Bradford, and his wife Laura. The Bomb Factory’s Whitney Barlow is also involved.
“I come from an entertainment background,” Eric Bradford tells PaperCity. “And my brother has a lot of restaurant experience.” It was finally time for the brothers to team up and open their own bar.
What’s unique about this Deep Ellum bar is that its kitchen is open as late as the bar — until 2 am. That means you can order any dish from the full menu of sandwiches, salads, appetizers and full plates until as late as you want.
I went to visit Ebb & Flow for an early lunch, excited to see the inside of the new space I’ve seen so many Instagram photos of. My friend and I sat in a plush orange booth next to a dark green wall with snake sconces.
First off, we ordered a couple of drinks to try. I mainly wanted to see the beautiful concoctions the bartender was making up close. The Garden Marg was my favorite, with Herradura Silver, cointreau, cucumber, cilantro, jalapeno, agave, and lemon and lime. My companion preferred the Velvet Butterfly, a bright purple drink with Deep Ellum Vodka, velvet falernum, butterfly pea flower, lemon and bubbles.
We decided on a few appetizers since the menu does have a lot to choose from. The plan was to order some apps and entrees, but the appetizers were such surprisingly hefty portions that the entrees would have to wait for another day.
The menu comes from consulting chef Rodman Shields and features appetizers such as meatballs, sausage queso and stuffed jalapenos. We chose the toasted ravioli, Cubano egg rolls and shrimp Alfredo crostinis. All were great, but the five slices of French bread topped with shrimp, parmesan cheese and Alfredo were something I’d come back for over and over again.
The Cubano egg rolls came in a close second. They are pork and ham wrapped in rice paper and fried. Served with spicy mustard and chipotle BBQ sauce, this dish could be eaten as a meal if you don’t want to share.
For another day, I’m saving the Stuffed Chicken Breast with spinach, mushroom, parmesan cheese and Alfredo sauce. Or the grilled cheese with gruyere, smoked cheddar, Swiss and ham on Sourdough with Dijon mustard. Oh, or the Buddha salad with kale, sweet potatoes, quinoa, broccoli, almonds, sprouts, avocado and lemon vinaigrette.
Good thing the kitchen is open until 2 am every day for further exploration of Ebb & Flow’s intriguing menu.
Ebb & Flow is open at 2651 Commerce Street, Suite 100 on Mondays through Sundays from 11 am to 2 am.