Grits Rule

Grits Rule.

That’s what you’ll read along the banner of Ellen’s Restaurant here in Dallas. If that doesn’t say welcome to the south, then I don’t know what does!

Being from New England, things like “grits” aren’t really in my vocabulary so it was quite the interesting and exciting experience to work with Ellen’s Restaurant and all its southern flair last week. The Ellen’s team sources and combines their ingredients in incredibly thoughtful ways to make absolutely delicious dishes with a southern twist. It’s unlike anywhere I’ve eaten before.

I had the privilege of working with them to photograph a few of their specialty drinks and most popular dishes, just before the big OU vs Texas weekend. (For you non-Texas folks, there is some kind of ongoing rivalry between the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns college football teams, and it’s a BIG DEAL. I’m talking Red Sox versus Yankees kind of big deal. You can check out the recap of the game here).

Depsite the impending excitement and chaos of the OU/Texas weekend, the Ellen’s team worked patiently with me to prepare all of the beautiful drinks and dishes you’ll see in the gallery below. If you are visiting the Dallas area and are looking for an exceptional meal in a family-oriented atmosphere, Ellen’s is a must-try.

Hope “y’all” love the gallery! You can check out their full menu and story at

The Restaurant

Specialty  Drinks

Featured Below

Texas vs. OU Mimosas  |  Pink Velvet  |  O.V.Ation  |  Blue Margarita

Smoky Maria  |  Cafe Mocha  |  Caramel Apple Spice


Signature Dishes

Featured Below

Ellen’s Prime Meatloaf with Fried Okra & Mashed Potatoes Sides

Fried Shrimp with Coleslaw & Swiss Chard Sides

Barbeque Chicken with Sweet Potatoes & Grilled Asparagus Sides

Drink Pairings- 16ox. Farmhouse Ale (Oak Cliff Brewing Co.) & Angula Malbec