We’ve ventured over to Dallas’ Bishop Arts District, located in Oak Cliff, more than a few times now since moving here. As much as we enjoy living in Uptown, sometimes we need a break from the pre-manufactured “cool” of the neighborhood and just crave a more laid-back vibe that’s still vibrant. We’ve found this in Bishop Arts. Sure, it’s bordered by some pretty sketchy areas, but this gem of an neighborhood is definitely worth visiting. It kind of has a Sixth Street/Austin feel, where the stores and restaurants are all independently owned and the offerings are equal parts eclectic and charming.
While I can honestly say I haven’t done much shopping in the area yet, I’ve definitely checked out the foodie scene! And it’s a little slice of heaven, with something for everyone. We had authentic Texas BBQ at Lockart’s Smokehouse, super thin crust pizza (and great beer selection) at Eno’s Pizza, and more. Our favorite find to date is Hattie’s (www.hatties.com), which they describe as an American bistro with southern low-country influence. We’ve been there twice — once for dinner and once for lunch (on Labor Day). Our preference was definitely the lunch scene and menu (not posted on their website, but linked here: http://www.zagat.com/r/hatties-dallas/menu.
The food is phenomenal, and the rare place where I literally want to try everything on the menu. But what I really love is the space itself. Its bright, airy Charleston-esque atmosphere is perfect for a date, brunch with friends, dinner with the parents or ladies who lunch. Gorgeous fresh flowers and charming furniture and place settings would make Ina Garten proud. The drinks are also excellent!
Next stop on the list will hopefully be Bolsa for a nice night out, or Oddfellows for a boozy Sunday Funday brunch!
So next time you’re looking for something a bit different, get out of Uptown, Highland Park, Galleria and the burbs, etc and venture down to Bishop Arts.