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Bishop Arts District Guide

February 19, 2020

Head south of Dallas just 10 minutes away to an area known as Oak Cliff and that’s where you’ll find, “The hip Bishop Arts District known for its diverse nightlife, chic independent fashion stores and colorful street art. Dining choices range from Texas-style BBQ to Vietnamese cuisine, while relaxed bars pour everything from cocktails to house-brewed cider. Cult movies are the draw at the Texas Theatre, while the art deco Kessler Theater presents live music by local and national bands.” Located at Davis and Bishop street you’ll find 12 acres of culture, art, restaurants and shops.

I took a little trip there with the kids for lunch, photo shoots and just to check out all the new shops and restaurants in the area. What a beautiful place this is turning out to be. I have to also mention that developers are ramping up construction to build apartments/condo living. The area already has a quaint single family home development surrounding Bishop Arts. To say this is a HOT location is an understandment. You’ll find young families and hip singles/newly married moving into the area at a rapid rate.

Let’s get back to a few of my longtime favorites here. Hunky, yes Hunky, an outpost retro vibe diner serving up hamburgers, hot dogs and milkshakes. Don’t forget their delicious pies oh my goodness. Love it, food is great usually busy but not overwhelming. I usually visit during the day but Im sure it’s equally a hot eating spot in the evening.

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Eno’s Pizza Tavern is another one of my favorites. You can eat outside on the sidewalk tables watching all the passerby’s. This easy going restaurant with beautiful decor is reminiscent of a charming little Cape Cod eatery. Have a glass of wine and delicious pizza or many other things on the menu. All will be delicious. Oh, but its popular so do get on the wait list grab your wine and enjoy.

Pic courtesy Sam Salem

If you want some delicious dinner how about Boulevardier, nettled just off the main street, this cozy, neighborhood bistro is a must for those seeking French-inspired fare. Head here for solid versions of classics like French onion soup, beef tartar and steak frites, as well as items such as crispy duck pappardelle, bouillabaisse and pan-seared market fish. Even the grass-fed burgers are outstanding. Desserts are also delicious and include créme brulée, dark chocolate tart and bread pudding with huckleberry jam. Convivial dining areas, a wraparound bar, plus a stellar craft cocktail program and affordable wine list contribute to Boulevardier’s trés sympa vibe.

Pic courtesy of Johnny Fortini

From Ice Cream shops to great places for picture taking Bishop Arts has everything you want in a neighborhood retail development.

Fun photo opportunity in quaint places.
Jumping off retail walls is cool fun.

One of the newest development in this 12 acre residential community shopping and restaurant section is Paradiso. The decor is described as an airy, greenhouse-inspired space. Seasonal fare inspired by Southern Europe’s coastal approach to dining. Wood-fired flatbreads, mezze, wild-caught fish and hand-made pastas all served in a lush, garden setting will surely make your visit memorable.

There’s plenty of seating inside Paradiso. Sit at the wrap around bar or there’s plenty of seating on the sides of this beautiful bar seating. The lunch crowd is enjoying their meals but I bet the evening crowd gets the full effect of this beautiful restaurant.
Lunch on the open aired courtyard at Paradiso a beautiful atmosphere for anyone wanting to chill out.
Arbor on the patio not a bad seat in the house!

Just before we left I stopped in at Marcel a cute small Parisian inspired boutique with the cutest things from snacks, jewelry, soaps, clothing. What a cute shop and there are many more on this strip. Be sure and check out Bishop Arts when you come to Dallas. Plan to stroll and enjoy, the locals are friendly.
It was a developers dream to save this little corner of Oak Cliff, boy did he do it! Welcome, Bishop Arts District you look marvelous! Thank you to all who support this fabulous historical area it does Dallas proud.

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