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A selection of bright, fresh mezze at Sachet
Kathy Tran

11 Delectable Oak Lawn Restaurants That Define the Neighborhood

Where to eat in one of Dallas’s trendiest and most progressive neighborhoods

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A selection of bright, fresh mezze at Sachet
| Kathy Tran

Just a few minutes from downtown, Oak Lawn is easily one of Dallas’ trendiest neighborhoods. The progressive district, which was a hub of the counterculture movement in the ‘60s and ‘70s, has evolved into a vibrant food haven today where all tastes are welcome.

With traditional Tex-Mex, homestyle favorites, and dishes with a foreign flair, restaurants in Oak Lawn are sure to hit the spot. What’s also unexpectedly unique is the history behind some of these locales, making them a proud representation of what the community stands for.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Think you know Mediterranean food? Think again. The creativity in the flavors and blending of spices at Sachet will take you to a new world. Feast on the most tender rack of lamb or the remarkably flaky branzino. Not in the mood for something heavy? Sachet’s small plates may be the best part of the menu. Munch on various delectable appetizers, such as the crispy cauliflower or the burrata with figs. Then toss it all down with a specialty Spanish gin cocktail or one of their fine regional wines.

This elegant modern Mexican restaurant gives warm and welcoming coastal vibes. Experience the avocado ixchel beautifully plated with roasted ginger, endive leaves, and pumpkin seeds in this upscale take on guacamole. The lamb chops fall off the bone and into a decadent mole sauce. But for a walk on the wild side, dive into the octopus atop a black bean purée. 

Luckys Café

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This throwback diner serves good old-fashioned comfort foods, including chicken-fried steak or chicken with hot buttery cornbread. Get some southern charm with a side of rustic mashed potatoes smothered in creamy gravy. As you sit down to look at the menu, peer up to see where patrons made donations to sign the preserved wall benefiting the Resource Center, which played a crucial role in prevention and treatment during the AIDS crisis.

Eatzi’s Market & Bakery

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Indulge your tastebuds with a wide variety of options at this super popular European style market. Highlights from the menu include salmon, fried chicken, and a wide variety of pasta. Eatzi’s also has excellent ingredients for those looking to customize a quick, budget-friendly lunch or sneak a treat from their incredible bakery. Daily desserts, like the almond croissant and crème brûlée, are a must.

Italia Express Cedar Springs

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Being open late with huge affordable portions makes this the best place to grab a slice after a long night of dancing and bar hopping. Try the classic sausage and pepperoni pizza baked on the spot in their woodfire ovens or the chicken Florentine stromboli for a heartier treat.

Hunky's Old Fashioned Hamburgers

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For almost 40 years, this iconic diner has served up irresistible burgers. Their onion rings are dangerously addicting, and most of their menu might also be. The wait staff is as attentive as the food is delicious and manager Chris Everard is one of the most personable in the biz, offering drink pairings and tips about the block. Be it a Blue Bell milkshake or a boozy margarita, Hunky’s is determined to dazzle.

Street's Fine Chicken

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Ever think of all the ways to prepare chicken? Wall Street’s has mastered elevating the bird with everything from roast chicken to pot pie on the menu. Referring to themselves as “French fried” chicken for their refined take on country staples, this restaurant adds a touch of class to its food without losing its southern roots. As for a side, all chicken items pair well with their mac and brie.

Taqueria La Ventana

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Starting as a small street taco stall, La Ventana has grown into a food giant, garnering a large following into its massive outdoor patio. Find out why this taqueria is the talk of the town with their lengua tacos and churros for dessert. There’s no going wrong with anything on the menu, especially paired with a cup of elote and a pineapple margarita on the rocks.

Mattito's

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Looking for a fun casual Tex-Mex restaurant? Look no further. Mattito’s raised the bar with high-quality service and selections. They make every single item on the menu from scratch every day. Enjoy stuffed shredded chicken jalapenos and slow-roasted brisket tacos, or fall in love with their Texas cheese enchiladas topped with beef fajita and queso.

Open Sesame Lebanese Grill

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Open Sesame crept into the hearts of Oak Lawn residents with ease. This Lebanese bistro’s simple yet filling menu gives plenty of vegetarian options, including falafel, tabbouleh, and lentil soup. Check out the savory shish tawook for beautifully plated chicken kabobs with a Fattoush salad and hummus.

Campuzano Mexican Food

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Everything is bigger in Texas, especially the portions at this local favorite. Finishing their World Famous Nachos is no small feat but well worth the try. Grab a spicy jalapeno margarita and visit the patio for a charming light display. Don’t fill up on their salsa trio before trying one of their jumbo shrimp plates like the namesake Senor Campuzano with beef tenderloin and guacamole.

Sachet

Think you know Mediterranean food? Think again. The creativity in the flavors and blending of spices at Sachet will take you to a new world. Feast on the most tender rack of lamb or the remarkably flaky branzino. Not in the mood for something heavy? Sachet’s small plates may be the best part of the menu. Munch on various delectable appetizers, such as the crispy cauliflower or the burrata with figs. Then toss it all down with a specialty Spanish gin cocktail or one of their fine regional wines.

Tulum

This elegant modern Mexican restaurant gives warm and welcoming coastal vibes. Experience the avocado ixchel beautifully plated with roasted ginger, endive leaves, and pumpkin seeds in this upscale take on guacamole. The lamb chops fall off the bone and into a decadent mole sauce. But for a walk on the wild side, dive into the octopus atop a black bean purée. 

Luckys Café

This throwback diner serves good old-fashioned comfort foods, including chicken-fried steak or chicken with hot buttery cornbread. Get some southern charm with a side of rustic mashed potatoes smothered in creamy gravy. As you sit down to look at the menu, peer up to see where patrons made donations to sign the preserved wall benefiting the Resource Center, which played a crucial role in prevention and treatment during the AIDS crisis.

Eatzi’s Market & Bakery

Indulge your tastebuds with a wide variety of options at this super popular European style market. Highlights from the menu include salmon, fried chicken, and a wide variety of pasta. Eatzi’s also has excellent ingredients for those looking to customize a quick, budget-friendly lunch or sneak a treat from their incredible bakery. Daily desserts, like the almond croissant and crème brûlée, are a must.

Italia Express Cedar Springs

Being open late with huge affordable portions makes this the best place to grab a slice after a long night of dancing and bar hopping. Try the classic sausage and pepperoni pizza baked on the spot in their woodfire ovens or the chicken Florentine stromboli for a heartier treat.

Hunky's Old Fashioned Hamburgers

For almost 40 years, this iconic diner has served up irresistible burgers. Their onion rings are dangerously addicting, and most of their menu might also be. The wait staff is as attentive as the food is delicious and manager Chris Everard is one of the most personable in the biz, offering drink pairings and tips about the block. Be it a Blue Bell milkshake or a boozy margarita, Hunky’s is determined to dazzle.

Street's Fine Chicken

Ever think of all the ways to prepare chicken? Wall Street’s has mastered elevating the bird with everything from roast chicken to pot pie on the menu. Referring to themselves as “French fried” chicken for their refined take on country staples, this restaurant adds a touch of class to its food without losing its southern roots. As for a side, all chicken items pair well with their mac and brie.

Taqueria La Ventana

Starting as a small street taco stall, La Ventana has grown into a food giant, garnering a large following into its massive outdoor patio. Find out why this taqueria is the talk of the town with their lengua tacos and churros for dessert. There’s no going wrong with anything on the menu, especially paired with a cup of elote and a pineapple margarita on the rocks.

Mattito's

Looking for a fun casual Tex-Mex restaurant? Look no further. Mattito’s raised the bar with high-quality service and selections. They make every single item on the menu from scratch every day. Enjoy stuffed shredded chicken jalapenos and slow-roasted brisket tacos, or fall in love with their Texas cheese enchiladas topped with beef fajita and queso.

Open Sesame Lebanese Grill

Open Sesame crept into the hearts of Oak Lawn residents with ease. This Lebanese bistro’s simple yet filling menu gives plenty of vegetarian options, including falafel, tabbouleh, and lentil soup. Check out the savory shish tawook for beautifully plated chicken kabobs with a Fattoush salad and hummus.

Campuzano Mexican Food

Everything is bigger in Texas, especially the portions at this local favorite. Finishing their World Famous Nachos is no small feat but well worth the try. Grab a spicy jalapeno margarita and visit the patio for a charming light display. Don’t fill up on their salsa trio before trying one of their jumbo shrimp plates like the namesake Senor Campuzano with beef tenderloin and guacamole.

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