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16 Essential Restaurants in the Bishop Arts District

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After years of explosive growth, the Bishop Arts District has now settled into one of Dallas’ most distinct dining neighborhoods. This neighborhood has a small-town vibe despite being just 10 minutes away from Downtown, and boasts a ton of culinary goodness.

Home to what is arguably the city’s most revered eatery and authentic Hill Country barbecue, this tiny area near West Davis and Bishop Avenue is packed with incredibly diverse options. Let this map of the Bishop Arts District’s best restaurants be your guide to the area’s best spots for lunch, brunch, dinner, and cocktails.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. BBBop Seoul Kitchen

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828 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208

Offering an expanded menu of what’s available at BBBop’s Upper Greenville Ave locations, the Oak Cliff outpost also has an excellent patio on which to eat Korean fried chicken, bibimbap bowls, and kimchi-kale fried rice.

BBBop Seoul Kitchen

2. Bolsa

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614 W Davis St
Dallas, TX
(214) 943-1883
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An OG of the Bishop Arts dining scene, Bolsa is one of Dallas’ longest standing farm-to-table eateries. Simple dishes, like the beloved Twig & Branch flatbread, show off the area’s finest local ingredients.

3. Lucia

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408 W 8th St
Dallas, TX
(214) 948-4998
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Reservations at Lucia go quickly — sometimes months in advance, and for good reason. Chef David Uygur’s pasta, charcuterie, and inventive Italian dishes have been praised by every critic and diner in the city. Pro-tip: Go alone and score a spot at Lucia’s counter, which offers open seating. Or swing by Lucia’s new sister concept Macellaio for a charcuterie-focused meal.

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4. Eno's Pizza Tavern

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407 N Bishop Ave
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 943-9200
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Eno’s created such a loyal following for its cracker-thin-crust pizzas over its 10 years in Bishop Arts, it opened its second location in Forney early this year. Diners of the original will find a sizable selection of beers on tap plus a smaller but well-curated wine list. Pro tip: go lighter on the toppings to ensure the pizza crust stays ultra crisp.

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5. Lockhart Smokehouse

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400 W Davis St
Dallas, TX
(214) 944-5521
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Home to some of the city’s best barbecue, Lockhart Smokehouse brings a Hill Country pedigree. Owner Jill Grobowsky Bergus’ grandfather helmed the iconic Kreuz Market in until the 1980s, and it’s still in the family. With no need to improve on a classic, this spot has its sausages shipped in fresh from Lockhart.

6. Emporium Pies

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314 N Bishop Ave
Dallas, TX
(469) 206-6126
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While not technically a restaurant, the pies at Emporium are hearty enough to consider a meal. Order up a slice of Smooth Operator (French silk) or Drunken Operator (bourbon-pecan) and pair with a cup of coffee for an ideal afternoon snack.

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7. Hattie's

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418 N Bishop Ave
Dallas, TX
(214) 942-7400
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This Bishop Arts stalwart has been serving up Low Country-style Southern fare for years, and it’s not going anywhere soon. The fried green tomatoes (served with buttermilk dressing, of course) are a favorite, and the homey bacon-wrapped meatloaf might actually be better than Mom’s.

8. Veracruz Cafe

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408 N Bishop Ave
Dallas, TX
(214) 948-4746
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It’s been designated as one of the best Mexican restaurants in Texas, but Veracruz is also a beloved local spot with fiercely loyal regulars. The menu is inspired by the rich culinary history of Veracruz with a little bit of Texas thrown in, and features dishes like pipian (grilled chicken topped with a spicy pumpkin seed sauce) and excellent blue corn enchiladas. If you’re feeling ridiculous, try the Peace Pipe, a foot-long tortilla that is stuffed with chicken or beef, onions, and peppers before being smothered in red sauce and queso fundido.

9. Boulevardier

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408 N Bishop Ave Ste 108
Dallas, TX
(214) 942-1828
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Dallas doesn’t feel much like Paris, unless you happen to be on the patio at Boulevardier. Pair the locally-inspired bistro fare (think chicken paillard and crawfish beignets) with a bottle of something fancy, yet affordable, from the restaurant’s expertly-curated wine list.

Boulevardier Boulevardier

10. Oddfellows

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316 W 7th St
Dallas, TX
(214) 944-5958
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Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Oddfellows is an all-day fave. Chef Anastacia Quinones’ menu of comfort food (like migas omelettes, shrimp with pimento cheese grits, and pork belly sliders) features an interesting mix of diverse influences. During brunch, frosé is on offer, along with carafes of bloody marys and mimosas.

11. Stock & Barrel

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316 W Davis St
Dallas, TX
(214) 888-0150
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Chef Jon Stevens’ modern American spot centers around the restaurant’s wood-fired grill, which chars up entrees like Wagyu meatloaf and free-range chicken spiced with harissa. The menu changes frequently, so pay attention to Stevens’ specials for the most interesting dishes on offer.

12. Dallas Grilled Cheese Co.

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310 W 7th St
Dallas, TX
(214) 944-5515
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Dedicated almost exclusively to the humble cheesy sandwich, this spot definitely offers plenty of spins on the classic. Try a buffalo chicken grilled cheese with housemade wing sauce, or perhaps a chicken caprese sandwich with fresh mozzarella. Lactose intolerant? Don’t worry, there’s also a griddled PB&J and bacon-pineapple lollipops on the menu.

13. The Wild Detectives

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314 W 8th St
Dallas, TX
(214) 942-0108
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This hip Bishop Arts coffee bar and bookstore is an excellent place to curl up with a cup of coffee or cocktail while enjoying a read from the shop’s well-curated selection of books or working. Should hunger strike during a book marathon, The Wild Detectives serves up a menu of fancy tostas (aka Spanish-influenced toasts) and breakfast tacos in the AM to keep diners satisfied while turning pages.

14. Ten Bells Tavern

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232 W 7th St
Dallas, TX
(214) 943-2677
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It doesn’t get much better than comforting bar fare, and Ten Bells gets it right. Mac & cheese, sandwiches, and an extensive list of eggs Benedict options during brunch makes this spot always a timely choice.

15. Cretia's Eatery & Bake Shoppe

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228 W Davis St
Dallas, TX
(214) 942-9887
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A favorite for brunch, dinner, or dessert, Cretia’s offers consistently solid Cajun-inspired fare that is a good option for satisfying a crowd or picky eaters. Plus, the bounty of baked goods including pies, breads, and other treats is always on point.

1. BBBop Seoul Kitchen

828 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208
BBBop Seoul Kitchen

Offering an expanded menu of what’s available at BBBop’s Upper Greenville Ave locations, the Oak Cliff outpost also has an excellent patio on which to eat Korean fried chicken, bibimbap bowls, and kimchi-kale fried rice.

828 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208

2. Bolsa

614 W Davis St, Dallas, TX

An OG of the Bishop Arts dining scene, Bolsa is one of Dallas’ longest standing farm-to-table eateries. Simple dishes, like the beloved Twig & Branch flatbread, show off the area’s finest local ingredients.

614 W Davis St
Dallas, TX

3. Lucia

408 W 8th St, Dallas, TX
Lucia

Reservations at Lucia go quickly — sometimes months in advance, and for good reason. Chef David Uygur’s pasta, charcuterie, and inventive Italian dishes have been praised by every critic and diner in the city. Pro-tip: Go alone and score a spot at Lucia’s counter, which offers open seating. Or swing by Lucia’s new sister concept Macellaio for a charcuterie-focused meal.

408 W 8th St
Dallas, TX

4. Eno's Pizza Tavern

407 N Bishop Ave, Dallas, TX 75208
Eno’s Pizza Tavern/Facebook

Eno’s created such a loyal following for its cracker-thin-crust pizzas over its 10 years in Bishop Arts, it opened its second location in Forney early this year. Diners of the original will find a sizable selection of beers on tap plus a smaller but well-curated wine list. Pro tip: go lighter on the toppings to ensure the pizza crust stays ultra crisp.

407 N Bishop Ave
Dallas, TX 75208

5. Lockhart Smokehouse

400 W Davis St, Dallas, TX

Home to some of the city’s best barbecue, Lockhart Smokehouse brings a Hill Country pedigree. Owner Jill Grobowsky Bergus’ grandfather helmed the iconic Kreuz Market in until the 1980s, and it’s still in the family. With no need to improve on a classic, this spot has its sausages shipped in fresh from Lockhart.

400 W Davis St
Dallas, TX

6. Emporium Pies

314 N Bishop Ave, Dallas, TX
Java the Hutt Emporium Pies

While not technically a restaurant, the pies at Emporium are hearty enough to consider a meal. Order up a slice of Smooth Operator (French silk) or Drunken Operator (bourbon-pecan) and pair with a cup of coffee for an ideal afternoon snack.

314 N Bishop Ave
Dallas, TX

7. Hattie's

418 N Bishop Ave, Dallas, TX

This Bishop Arts stalwart has been serving up Low Country-style Southern fare for years, and it’s not going anywhere soon. The fried green tomatoes (served with buttermilk dressing, of course) are a favorite, and the homey bacon-wrapped meatloaf might actually be better than Mom’s.

418 N Bishop Ave
Dallas, TX

8. Veracruz Cafe

408 N Bishop Ave, Dallas, TX

It’s been designated as one of the best Mexican restaurants in Texas, but Veracruz is also a beloved local spot with fiercely loyal regulars. The menu is inspired by the rich culinary history of Veracruz with a little bit of Texas thrown in, and features dishes like pipian (grilled chicken topped with a spicy pumpkin seed sauce) and excellent blue corn enchiladas. If you’re feeling ridiculous, try the Peace Pipe, a foot-long tortilla that is stuffed with chicken or beef, onions, and peppers before being smothered in red sauce and queso fundido.

408 N Bishop Ave
Dallas, TX

9. Boulevardier

408 N Bishop Ave Ste 108, Dallas, TX
Boulevardier Boulevardier

Dallas doesn’t feel much like Paris, unless you happen to be on the patio at Boulevardier. Pair the locally-inspired bistro fare (think chicken paillard and crawfish beignets) with a bottle of something fancy, yet affordable, from the restaurant’s expertly-curated wine list.

408 N Bishop Ave Ste 108
Dallas, TX

10. Oddfellows

316 W 7th St, Dallas, TX

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Oddfellows is an all-day fave. Chef Anastacia Quinones’ menu of comfort food (like migas omelettes, shrimp with pimento cheese grits, and pork belly sliders) features an interesting mix of diverse influences. During brunch, frosé is on offer, along with carafes of bloody marys and mimosas.

316 W 7th St
Dallas, TX

11. Stock & Barrel

316 W Davis St, Dallas, TX

Chef Jon Stevens’ modern American spot centers around the restaurant’s wood-fired grill, which chars up entrees like Wagyu meatloaf and free-range chicken spiced with harissa. The menu changes frequently, so pay attention to Stevens’ specials for the most interesting dishes on offer.

316 W Davis St
Dallas, TX

12. Dallas Grilled Cheese Co.

310 W 7th St, Dallas, TX

Dedicated almost exclusively to the humble cheesy sandwich, this spot definitely offers plenty of spins on the classic. Try a buffalo chicken grilled cheese with housemade wing sauce, or perhaps a chicken caprese sandwich with fresh mozzarella. Lactose intolerant? Don’t worry, there’s also a griddled PB&J and bacon-pineapple lollipops on the menu.

310 W 7th St
Dallas, TX

13. The Wild Detectives

314 W 8th St, Dallas, TX

This hip Bishop Arts coffee bar and bookstore is an excellent place to curl up with a cup of coffee or cocktail while enjoying a read from the shop’s well-curated selection of books or working. Should hunger strike during a book marathon, The Wild Detectives serves up a menu of fancy tostas (aka Spanish-influenced toasts) and breakfast tacos in the AM to keep diners satisfied while turning pages.

314 W 8th St
Dallas, TX

14. Ten Bells Tavern

232 W 7th St, Dallas, TX

It doesn’t get much better than comforting bar fare, and Ten Bells gets it right. Mac & cheese, sandwiches, and an extensive list of eggs Benedict options during brunch makes this spot always a timely choice.

232 W 7th St
Dallas, TX

15. Cretia's Eatery & Bake Shoppe

228 W Davis St, Dallas, TX

A favorite for brunch, dinner, or dessert, Cretia’s offers consistently solid Cajun-inspired fare that is a good option for satisfying a crowd or picky eaters. Plus, the bounty of baked goods including pies, breads, and other treats is always on point.

228 W Davis St
Dallas, TX

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