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Neighborhood Guide: Oak Cliff

By Farah Fleurima
February 11, 2014
Photo by: Brian Hilson

In this West Dallas neighborhood, you can hardly throw a stone without hitting a delicious destination. The resurgence of the restaurant- and boutique-filled Bishop Arts District put Oak Cliff on the dining map, and the neighborhood’s not giving up its prominence any time soon, even as burgeoning Trinity Groves grows not far away. The variety in the O.C. makes it easy to see why it continues to be a popular spot for foodies; here are 11 of our must-visit eateries.

  • Photo by: Brian Hilson

    Bolsa

    When Bolsa opened, it was a farm-to-table pioneer in the O.C., and years later, its charm has yet to diminish. It’s still hard to find a seat on Friday and Saturday nights without a reservation, and the bar staff continues to churn out super-balanced, beautifully crafted cocktails that keep fans and regulars coming back.

    614 W. Davis St.; 214-367-9367

  • Photo by: Brian Hilson

    Boulevardier

    Bishop Arts’ first French bistro has wowed francophile palates not just with delicious classics like French onion soup, cassoulet and steak frites, but a tasty assortment of raw oysters and some of the best drinks in town, courtesy of bar wizard Eddie Eakin.

    408 N. Bishop Ave.; 214-942-1828

  • Cool & Hot

    This taqueria’s name seems bizarre at first, till you realize that in addition to sublime street tacos of many varieties, it serves snow cones and ice cream. Kind of a genius way to cool the fire ignited by salsa added to delights like picadillo, pastor and lengua folded in corn tortillas ands griddled to a slight crisp.

    930 E. 8th St.; 214-944-5330

  • Driftwood

    The seafood institution near the main Bishop Arts drag crafted one of the best oysters we’ve ever tasted. But Omar Flores’ magic in the kitchen extends to octopus, scallops and shrimp, all showing his signature flair for expert flavor combinations. Bar Smyth vet Michael Martensen mans the bar program here, so a cocktail is a must.

    642 W. Davis St.; 214-942-2530

  • Eno’s Pizza Tavern

    The pies come cracker thin and endlessly addictive at this two-story Bishop Arts wine and pizza joint. We love starting with the meatball appetizer, followed by the Perfect Picnic cheese and charcuterie plate and moving onto the shroom-and-salumi-sporting Eno’s Original pizza.

    407 N. Bishop Ave.; 214-943-9200

  • Hattie’s

    Low country goes high-brow at this haven of Southern cookery. Shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes and pecan-crusted catfish are standouts here, but on a rainy, chilly day, nothing beats the tomato bisque with a mini grilled cheese.

    418 N. Bishop Ave.; 214-942-7400

  • Lockhart Smokehouse

    Embracing the smoky style of ’cue found in the Hill Country, Lockhart pit-smokes the usual suspects like brisket, ribs and chicken, but mixes things up with beef ribs, pork chops and the ever-popular burnt ends - candy to the carnivore. Don’t land here expecting to douse your meats in sauce; it’s all about the rub.

    400 W. Davis St.; 214-944-5521

  • Ten Bells Tavern

    The chef-crafted fare here has drawn raves and many a foodie for elevated pub fare with a smart beer selection. Brunch, with favorites like Orange Creamsicle Pancakes and eggs Benedict with shredded duck, is a continual weekend favorite. Ten Bells likes to bust out late-night Saturday one-offs on the down-low, with past specials like ramen and empanadas attracting those in the know in the wee hours.

    232 W. 7th St.; 214-943-2677

  • Tillman’s Roadhouse

    This Bishop Arts restaurant revels in its Western-ness, but takes the cuisine and lifts it up a few notches with gourmet touches. That means tamales of lobster, tater tots with truffle goat cheese and chicken and dumplings starring gnocchi as the dumplings. The tableside s’mores are a can’t-miss dessert.

    324 W. 7th St.; 214-942-0988

  • Bishop Arts Winery

    This cute Davis Street shop stocks shelf after shelf of Texas wine, but space isn’t just for sipping. Enjoy cheese plates and chocolate by the fireplace or on the patio, raise a $2 sangria during happy hour and, starting February 22, take a winery tour to BAW’s own vineyard about 90 minutes away.

    838 W. Davis St.; 214-941-9463

  • Photo by: Amanda Spurlock

    Lucia

    Chef David Uygur’s Italian-cuisine haven is one of the toughest reservations in town, not just because the cozy space is tiny. Care is given to the creation of each plate, from the house-cured salumi to the housemade pasta, and it shows in every bite.

    408 W. Eighth St.; 214-948-4998

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Places Mentioned

Bolsa

American • Bishop Arts District

Food25 Decor23 Service23 Cost$30
 
 
 
Boulevardier

French • Bishop Arts District

Food26 Decor24 Service24 Cost$49
 
 
 
Eno's Pizza Tavern

Italian • Bishop Arts District

Food26 Decor25 Service23 Cost$19
 
 
 
Hattie's

American • Bishop Arts District

Food26 Decor24 Service24 Cost$32
 
 
 
Lockhart Smokehouse BBQ

Barbecue • Bishop Arts District

Food25 Decor20 Service21 Cost$18
 
 
 
Tillman's Roadhouse

Bishop Arts District

Food22 Decor24 Service22 Cost$30
 
 
 
 
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