Dance club

Federales is a dance club disguised as a Taqueria in Deep Ellum

If you’ve ever wanted to seduce a Texan, the promise of tacos and tequila as far as the eye can see is a decent approach. So it’s no surprise that a new restaurant promises to drown us in tequila, feed us tacos, and tell us we’re pretty. That, at least, seems to be the business model for Deep Ellum’s newest hotspot, Federales.

Federales is not a taqueria. It’s more like a swag-dripping day club that just happens to serve tacos. It’s the dream child of Chicago-based hotel group Four Corners, which has created a barrage of bars and restaurants from Chi-Town to Big D. The group opened this Dallas outpost earlier this summer , after mostly razing and then rebuilding a corner in Malcolm. Boulevard X and Rue du Commerce. If you approach it from Malcolm X, the harsh metal cage outside is shocking. Up front, once through security (yes, there are bouncers at the door even for an early dinner), the atmosphere is unmissable.

Federales stays true to its new home in Deep Ellum with industrial decor and blaring music that rolls from opening to closing. It’s open seating, so all you have to do is grab a table, which if the place is busy can feel daunting, like arriving late to a party. If you’re not one to drink a lot at happy hour or get blitzed at a weekend brunch, they serve a variety of Tex-Mex-inspired bar food that can still get you hooked. to your happy place.

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A trio of tacos at Federales

Eric Mayne

Here, the gourmet tacos are hearty and in no way reminiscent of a street taco. Think Velvet Taco with these large, showy metal accordion taco holders.

On Wednesdays and Sundays, they beef up lamb birria tacos with homemade consommé ($7) and beef brisket tacos laced with habanero barbecue sauce, which is cause not just for a yellow flag, but rather for a yellow flag. a red flag. It stinks of a misstep out of town. To our knowledge, there is no place in Dallas that would put BBQ sauce on a brisket taco.

One of the tastiest treats on the menu are the pork and pineapple tacos. Even though people often scoff at pineapple on food, in Mexico City the fruit rings are traditionally cooked on the rotating trompo al pastor, as they help marinate and keep the meat moist while slowly cooking on its own. axis.

Federales also offers vegan options like Vegan Chorizo ​​($5) and Crispy Potato with Chipotle Aioli, Cheddar Cheese, and Grilled Corn Salsa ($4.50).

One of the standouts – for better or worse – is the Gringo Taco Supreme, a slightly elevated Taco Casa-like creation with a crispy shell.

Click to enlarge Deep Ellum Spot mixes tacos, tequila and a dance club vibe

Federales has a large retractable roof that could one day come in handy in Texas. We can dream.

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Honestly, Call of Federales is more of a dance club than a restaurant. An expansive bar is perfect for those looking to create new memories or evaporate old ones. A decent tequila selection has shots ranging from $10 all the way up to $95 premiums.

Wherever you find tequila, margaritas will be nearby: iced and on the rocks, with a rainbow of flavors like mango, watermelon and raspberry. Plus, they have trendy spicy cocktails like a jalapeño tendril ($12) and a spicy cucumber ‘rita ($14) if you want your tongue to tingle while you cool off.

A central activity here is an Ice Shot Smash. You can buy a shot which is presented in a glass made of ice and once you are done throwing it you are encouraged to throw it (in a designated area) against a wall towards a large bell. If you’re lucky, you ring the bell.

It’s probably more therapeutic than cursing your boss or scratching an ex’s car. It’s understandable if you don’t want to embarrass yourself and miss the giant bell in front of a group of strangers, but again, that’s what beatings are for.

Federales, 2820 Commerce St. (Deep Ellum), 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday to Sunday.