Food & Drink

Your guide to eating and drinking in Oak Cliff and Bishop Arts

Published On 04/02/2014 Published On 04/02/2014
David Maez
Jonathan’s Oak Cliff
David Maez
David Maez
David Maez
David Maez
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Ten Bells Tavern
Chicken Scratch
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1. Bar Belmont 901 Ft Worth Ave, Dallas, TX 75208 (Oak Cliff)

Located in the Belmont Hotel, Bar Belmont's got an outdoor terrace with incredible views of the Downtown skyline (as does the hotel's pool!), an EB&D Loaded Up & Truckin Burger (bacon, cheddar, and frittered farm egg), and a Beer (!) Can Farm Chicken with tomatillo chili sauce and pickled green beans.

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2. Davis Street Espresso 819 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208 (Oak Cliff)

This shop is an extension of family-owned Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters (next door), who have been roasting in Oak Cliff since 2008. There are no takeaway cups and no Wi-Fi here -- only amazing coffee and chill, relaxing vibes. The coffee's really that good (pro tip: get the Van Buren aka Davis St's take on a Cortado) that you won't mind unplugging for a while. Take a seat at one of the unique wood tables, order a double espresso, and have an actual conversation with someone, instead of your phone.

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3. Jonathon's Oak Cliff 1111 N Beckley Ave, Dallas, TX 75203 (Oak Cliff)

With not one but two daily happy hours, a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar, and breakfast served all afternoon, Jonathon's Oak Cliff is pretty easy to love. The popular soul food spot, housed in a charming green clapboard building, serves classic Southern fare all day. While the (literally) award-winning chicken and waffles are the crowd-favorite on the brunch menu, the kitchen serves everything from breakfast tacos to pancake-battered sausages. For dinner, the burgers are the house specialty, ranging from the fresh veggie burger to the famous "Nooner Burger," stacked with bacon, ham, Swiss, and a fried egg. Whether searching for some hearty Southern fare, or a serious hair of the dog, Jonathon's will certainly deliver.

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4. The Wild Detectives 314 W 8th St, Dallas, TX 75208 (Bishop Arts Dist)

Part indie bookstore, part bar, and part cafe, The Wild Detectives in the Bishop Arts District invites you to stop by for an afternoon or evening of curling up with fiction, poetry, and untranslated Spanish literature, while you sip local craft beverages and brews, and snack on Mediterranean-inspired bites. Coffee comes from a roastery in the neighborhood, beer comes from a brewery around the corner, and food includes toasts and cheese boards. You’re encouraged to pair your Spanish novel of choice with a glass of Spanish wine, or your classic literary tome with a craft cocktail, like the Shakespeare Sister.

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5. Boulevardier 408 N Bishop Ave, Ste 108, Dallas, TX 75208 (Bishop Arts Dist)

This French-inspired Bistro uses its wood-fired grill to reinvent some classic dishes from across the pond. In addition to the grub, there's an expansive wine selection that includes more than 120 American and French varietals, as well as a large array of liquors including Whiskeys, Armagnacs and Cognacs.

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6. Dude, Sweet Chocolate 408 W Eighth St, Dallas, TX 75208 (Bishop Arts Dist)

Coming from an ex-Stephen Pyles pastry chef, this stoner-ifically named storefront sells sophisticated, local ingredient-driven bars (Kampot w/ Cambodian black pepper & cocoa nibs), chocolates (Marley: olive oil/butter/hemp seed), and truffles (the T: yerba mate tea/lemon/powdered sugar).

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7. Bishop Arts Winery 838 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208 (Bishop Arts Dist)

Not just a winery, walk into this Bishop Arts institution and find yourself surrounded by arcade games and vintage jukeboxes. Grab a glass of local wine from the bar, then walk out to the patio, where you'll find yourself surrounded by a cozy fireplace and ANOTHER vintage jukebox, hooray!

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8. Taqueria El Si Hay 601 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208 (Oak Cliff)

Taqueria El Si Hay is so good you'll want to eat it standing up... also, you'll have to eat it standing up because there are no seats -- but you won't mind because it really is that good. Get yourself two fajita steak tacos with pico de gallo and a Jarritos and enjoy.

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9. Ten Bells Tavern 232 W 7th St, Dallas, TX 75208 (Bishop Arts Dist)

A small, casual space with dark wood accents, low-key lighting, and the walls covered with eclectic framed images, Ten Bells has all the charm of a traditional English pub with all the southern goodness of a comfort food-centric menu. The locals favor Ten Bells for their hearty brunch menu, but honestly those short rib cheese fries taste exceptional at any meal—especially late night. Try the Duck Confit Hash or the Smoked Salmon Benedict, but don’t worry they have your traditional country breakfast options like sausage and eggs. They keep you guessing with an ever-changing list of craft cocktails, and host pub trivia on Wednesdays.

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10. Chicken Scratch 2303 Pittman St., Dallas, TX

Chrises Jeffers & Zielke tapped Smoke's Tim Byers to build the menu for this rustic-modern, quick-service shack, where you can dine in, or get a to-go plate, then grab beer from the next-door Foundry and sit at one of their picnic tables while listening to live music. Either way, you'll gorge on fried or rotisserie chicken, mac 'n cheese, and from-scratch, daily changing frozen paletas.