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Guidebook for Dallas

Julie

Guidebook for Dallas

Food Scene
Coffee shops, casual dining, late night, brunch, tacos and more. These are all of our favorite places in the neighborhood. Most are within walking distance.
Great small plates, excellent wine list, cool atmosphere. Outdoor seating and a large bar with 19 seats.
Macellaio
287 N Bishop Ave
Great small plates, excellent wine list, cool atmosphere. Outdoor seating and a large bar with 19 seats.
Chocolatier Katherine Clapner has created an iconic brand wrapped in brown packaging. Go in and sample such chocolate treats as Tub of Love, Chubby Nuts, Fungus Amongus, Chocolate Salami or Chocolate Granola. Friendly staff will let you taste what you like. Great to take home as gifts. Ice cream specials daily.
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Dude, Sweet Chocolate
408 West Eighth Street
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Chocolatier Katherine Clapner has created an iconic brand wrapped in brown packaging. Go in and sample such chocolate treats as Tub of Love, Chubby Nuts, Fungus Amongus, Chocolate Salami or Chocolate Granola. Friendly staff will let you taste what you like. Great to take home as gifts. Ice cream specials daily.
Great selection of wines at price points from $18 to $100. Sundries like gourmet spices, honey, crackers, and a curated selection of cheeses and sausages. They offer wine and cheese tastings . Check their website for the schedule. Very friendly owners will help you select the right wine and give you a little taste of the cheese or sausage before you make your choices.
Cheese and Chutney
1318 W Davis St
Great selection of wines at price points from $18 to $100. Sundries like gourmet spices, honey, crackers, and a curated selection of cheeses and sausages. They offer wine and cheese tastings . Check their website for the schedule. Very friendly owners will help you select the right wine and give you a little taste of the cheese or sausage before you make your choices.
Fresh and new versions of vegan and vegetarian foods. Indoor and outdoor seating, and a few stools at the counter. Espresso made with almond milk. Fresh pressed juices and energy shots. Small outside patio seating. Full bar. Fun place to brunch.
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Tribal All Day Cafe
263 N Bishop Ave
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Fresh and new versions of vegan and vegetarian foods. Indoor and outdoor seating, and a few stools at the counter. Espresso made with almond milk. Fresh pressed juices and energy shots. Small outside patio seating. Full bar. Fun place to brunch.
Oak Cliff loyalists eat here weekly for Mexican breakfast specialties like migas, huevos rancheros, burritos and breakfast tacos. But they also have french toast, pancakes, and the crispiest bacon around. Vintage coffee shop vibe.
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El Jordan Cafe
416 North Bishop Avenue
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Oak Cliff loyalists eat here weekly for Mexican breakfast specialties like migas, huevos rancheros, burritos and breakfast tacos. But they also have french toast, pancakes, and the crispiest bacon around. Vintage coffee shop vibe.
Our favorite Mexican restaurant for the amazingly fluffy, slightly salty flour tortillas. Traditional Mexican food. Beer, margaritas (custom order yours the way you like it - the standard pour is a bit too sweet for my taste).
Gonzalez Restaurant
367 W Jefferson Blvd
Our favorite Mexican restaurant for the amazingly fluffy, slightly salty flour tortillas. Traditional Mexican food. Beer, margaritas (custom order yours the way you like it - the standard pour is a bit too sweet for my taste).
I love their fried chicken! It takes about 20 min to prepare, but it's totally worth it. Jamaican specialties, full bar, friendly service. They have an upstairs meeting room for groups. Great place for lunch or a quick dinner before heading to the Texas Theater to catch a show.
The Island Spot
309 W Jefferson Blvd
I love their fried chicken! It takes about 20 min to prepare, but it's totally worth it. Jamaican specialties, full bar, friendly service. They have an upstairs meeting room for groups. Great place for lunch or a quick dinner before heading to the Texas Theater to catch a show.
This is one of the only places I'll eat pizza in the neighborhood. Located at Sylvan 30, a small shopping center. Wood burning oven, wine market (take it to go or select a bottle and they'll open it for you). Deli case and some prepared foods like chicken breasts, grilled veggies and salads. Small number of pasta and soup dishes available. Order at the counter and take your number to a large table inside or outside. Full bar. Dessert case and a selection of gelati. Espresso machine, too. Big lawn for the kids to run around. Dog-friendly patio. Owners Daniele and Christina are very friendly and will assist you with a wine selection.
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CiboDivino Marketplace
1868 Sylvan Avenue
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This is one of the only places I'll eat pizza in the neighborhood. Located at Sylvan 30, a small shopping center. Wood burning oven, wine market (take it to go or select a bottle and they'll open it for you). Deli case and some prepared foods like chicken breasts, grilled veggies and salads. Small number of pasta and soup dishes available. Order at the counter and take your number to a large table inside or outside. Full bar. Dessert case and a selection of gelati. Espresso machine, too. Big lawn for the kids to run around. Dog-friendly patio. Owners Daniele and Christina are very friendly and will assist you with a wine selection.
Always changing menu offers everything from delicious soups and appetizers to a gourmet burger. Good cocktails, great place for brunch on the covered, all season patio.
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Bolsa
614 West Davis Street
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Always changing menu offers everything from delicious soups and appetizers to a gourmet burger. Good cocktails, great place for brunch on the covered, all season patio.
A really interesting concept, a "Yakitori Pub." Limited seating at the bar and just a few tables, but worth the wait. Yakitori skewers and bowl dishes change daily. Delicious cocktails made with unusual Asian fruits. Sit at the bar if you can, and watch them prepare each of your courses!
Salaryman
287 N Bishop Ave
A really interesting concept, a "Yakitori Pub." Limited seating at the bar and just a few tables, but worth the wait. Yakitori skewers and bowl dishes change daily. Delicious cocktails made with unusual Asian fruits. Sit at the bar if you can, and watch them prepare each of your courses!
Walkably close, great pizzas and salads. Eno's Side Dough offers takeout pizza and beer.
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Eno's Pizza Tavern
407 North Bishop Avenue
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Walkably close, great pizzas and salads. Eno's Side Dough offers takeout pizza and beer.
Open only at lunch and dinner (closed in between services), you have to time it just right to order and find a place to stand at the bar and eat your amazingly authentic and delicious ramen dish. Orders are taken on the wall-mounted iPads. Place your order, pay with a swipe, and wait for them to call your name. There's a chalkboard with menu of the day, and another board to school you in the etiquette of eating at Ten.
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TEN Ramen
1888 Sylvan Avenue
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Open only at lunch and dinner (closed in between services), you have to time it just right to order and find a place to stand at the bar and eat your amazingly authentic and delicious ramen dish. Orders are taken on the wall-mounted iPads. Place your order, pay with a swipe, and wait for them to call your name. There's a chalkboard with menu of the day, and another board to school you in the etiquette of eating at Ten.
Several thriving Dallas locations make this a go-to favorite. Great Latin cuisine, margaritas, outdoor patio seating. An easy walk from Searcy House.
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Gloria's Latin Cuisine
600 North Bishop Avenue
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Several thriving Dallas locations make this a go-to favorite. Great Latin cuisine, margaritas, outdoor patio seating. An easy walk from Searcy House.
You'll love Miriam, not just for her giant smile (it's her face on the large mural over the bar, and her name on the marquee). The food is Latin with a Caribbean angle. We love the queso verde and the ceviche. It's a good option for brunch, lunch or dinner if you're headed to the Arts District. Free valet parking. Located across the street from Klyde Warren Park and the Dallas Museum of Art.
Miriam Cocina Latina
2015 Woodall Rodgers Fwy
You'll love Miriam, not just for her giant smile (it's her face on the large mural over the bar, and her name on the marquee). The food is Latin with a Caribbean angle. We love the queso verde and the ceviche. It's a good option for brunch, lunch or dinner if you're headed to the Arts District. Free valet parking. Located across the street from Klyde Warren Park and the Dallas Museum of Art.
Winner, winner, chicken dinner! But mostly burgers. Fun, relaxed Texas-style burgers with creative options. Many craft beers on tap; good margaritas, crunchy fries. Large outdoor seating area. Close to the Design District and the World Trade Center.
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Rodeo Goat
1926 Market Center Boulevard
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Winner, winner, chicken dinner! But mostly burgers. Fun, relaxed Texas-style burgers with creative options. Many craft beers on tap; good margaritas, crunchy fries. Large outdoor seating area. Close to the Design District and the World Trade Center.
Drinks & Nightlife
Lively happy hour and evening drinks scene. Large specialty cocktail menu in a charming brick interior. Small outdoor patio, and you can generally find parking in the gravel lot behind Davis Street. Warning, it's LOUD in there. Two tvs playing vintage movies, friendly service.
This is our neighborhood equivalent of "Cheers." Friendly service, great food, patio seating (enclosed). Open late nights. Go alone and sit at the bar; you'll come away with a bunch of new friends. Flat breads, appetizers, delicious specials. They make a great margarita. Beers on tap. Try the Smoked Salmon Potato Skins. Weekend scene is great for brunch, with live music.
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Nova
1417 West Davis Street
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This is our neighborhood equivalent of "Cheers." Friendly service, great food, patio seating (enclosed). Open late nights. Go alone and sit at the bar; you'll come away with a bunch of new friends. Flat breads, appetizers, delicious specials. They make a great margarita. Beers on tap. Try the Smoked Salmon Potato Skins. Weekend scene is great for brunch, with live music.
The most dive-ey of Dallas Dive Bars. Outdoor picnic table seating, gravel "dance floor," outdoor and indoor bars, one cramped pool table and a surprisingly good menu of sandwiches, burgers, fish tacos on Tuesday, buffalo wings and "Dallas' Best Onion Rings." You be the judge of that. This is not a mixologist's bar. It's a bottled beer, whiskey, tequila or vodka tonic kind of place. Live tribute/cover bands on Fridays and Saturdays. Dog Days on Sunday afternoons. There's a fence around the property, so dogs are always welcome if they play well with others. Before the university crowd discovered it, Lee Harvey's was the hang out for the art director-artist-photographer crowd. Still kinda is.
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Lee Harvey's
1807 Gould Street
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The most dive-ey of Dallas Dive Bars. Outdoor picnic table seating, gravel "dance floor," outdoor and indoor bars, one cramped pool table and a surprisingly good menu of sandwiches, burgers, fish tacos on Tuesday, buffalo wings and "Dallas' Best Onion Rings." You be the judge of that. This is not a mixologist's bar. It's a bottled beer, whiskey, tequila or vodka tonic kind of place. Live tribute/cover bands on Fridays and Saturdays. Dog Days on Sunday afternoons. There's a fence around the property, so dogs are always welcome if they play well with others. Before the university crowd discovered it, Lee Harvey's was the hang out for the art director-artist-photographer crowd. Still kinda is.
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Tiny Victories
604 N Tyler St
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Fried chicken by the bucket or tacos? Either way, be sure to wash your hands before you head to the vintage bowling alley. Hip vibe, great music. Whether you're there to bowl or not, you can still enjoy a great plate of fried chicken with friends.
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Bowlounge
167 Turtle Creek Boulevard
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Fried chicken by the bucket or tacos? Either way, be sure to wash your hands before you head to the vintage bowling alley. Hip vibe, great music. Whether you're there to bowl or not, you can still enjoy a great plate of fried chicken with friends.
Shopping
This is my go-to place to buy gifts. Great greeting cards, house decor, leather handbags and wallets, soaps, men's personal care products, some jewelry and a little section of baby gifts. Great place to pick up a gift for your house sitter, pet sitter - or yourself!
Bishop Street Market
419 North Bishop Avenue
This is my go-to place to buy gifts. Great greeting cards, house decor, leather handbags and wallets, soaps, men's personal care products, some jewelry and a little section of baby gifts. Great place to pick up a gift for your house sitter, pet sitter - or yourself!
Love the flowers here - they have staff on hand to design custom arrangements, but also sell a variety of decorative flower-related holders and decor. Fresh flower case holds a unique variety.
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DIRT Flowers
417 North Bishop Avenue
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Love the flowers here - they have staff on hand to design custom arrangements, but also sell a variety of decorative flower-related holders and decor. Fresh flower case holds a unique variety.
This place is huge inside! Housewares, gifts, candles, a huge vintage candy section, rugs, light fixtures, furniture - you name it!
Davis Street Mercantile
710 W Davis St
This place is huge inside! Housewares, gifts, candles, a huge vintage candy section, rugs, light fixtures, furniture - you name it!
Large but lovely, this Dallas classic indoor mall is THE place to go for every retail store you can imagine. (No discount stores). The Apple Store, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy's, Cartier, Tiffany, Williams Sonoma, Lucky Jeans, movie theater, and more. The highlight for me is the astounding contemporary art collection owned by the Nasher Family, which is displayed in the mall for visitors to enjoy. At Christmas the displays are wonderful, and Santa makes an appearance. There's a puppet show and gingerbread house. Plenty of food choices for every taste.
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NorthPark Center
8687 N Central Expy
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Large but lovely, this Dallas classic indoor mall is THE place to go for every retail store you can imagine. (No discount stores). The Apple Store, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy's, Cartier, Tiffany, Williams Sonoma, Lucky Jeans, movie theater, and more. The highlight for me is the astounding contemporary art collection owned by the Nasher Family, which is displayed in the mall for visitors to enjoy. At Christmas the displays are wonderful, and Santa makes an appearance. There's a puppet show and gingerbread house. Plenty of food choices for every taste.
Essentials
Good selection of fresh produce, organic foods and a very small deli section of cheeses and prepared salsas. Feels like a small, independent version of Whole Foods. Closes at 7 weeknights, earlier on Sundays. Check the hours.
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Cox Farms Market - Dallas
778 Fort Worth Avenue
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Good selection of fresh produce, organic foods and a very small deli section of cheeses and prepared salsas. Feels like a small, independent version of Whole Foods. Closes at 7 weeknights, earlier on Sundays. Check the hours.
Good for inexpensive staples. Shallow in the fresh produce and meat/seafood department, but inexpensive for cereal, canned goods, dairy basics, imported candies and chocolate. Bring a quarter if you wish to liberate a shopping cart. Bring your own shopping bag.
ALDI
2505 Fort Worth Ave
Good for inexpensive staples. Shallow in the fresh produce and meat/seafood department, but inexpensive for cereal, canned goods, dairy basics, imported candies and chocolate. Bring a quarter if you wish to liberate a shopping cart. Bring your own shopping bag.
Large grocery chain with great fresh flower dept. Beer and wine, large produce section, deli, meats, everything you need. Gas station on the premises.
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Tom Thumb
315 South Hampton Road
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Large grocery chain with great fresh flower dept. Beer and wine, large produce section, deli, meats, everything you need. Gas station on the premises.
Arts & Culture
A poignant glimpse into the life and tragic history of the Kennedy assassination. Each time I take visitors there, I'm stunned by what a profound effect this event had on the world. Worth a visit. May have to reserve tickets in advance during busy holidays.
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The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
411 Elm Street
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A poignant glimpse into the life and tragic history of the Kennedy assassination. Each time I take visitors there, I'm stunned by what a profound effect this event had on the world. Worth a visit. May have to reserve tickets in advance during busy holidays.
One of the best 20th Century sculpture collections in the world is housed in this jewel of a building, designed by Renzo Piano. Indoor and outdoor installations of the permanent collection and special exhibits. Small enough for an hour-long visit. Cafe serves lunch. Special lectures and events like Midnight at the Nasher featuring outdoor movies and live music. Fantastic selection in the gift shop!
The Nasher Sculpture Center Store
2001 Flora St
One of the best 20th Century sculpture collections in the world is housed in this jewel of a building, designed by Renzo Piano. Indoor and outdoor installations of the permanent collection and special exhibits. Small enough for an hour-long visit. Cafe serves lunch. Special lectures and events like Midnight at the Nasher featuring outdoor movies and live music. Fantastic selection in the gift shop!
Special events, live performances and art exhibits.
Latino Cultural Center
2600 Live Oak St
Special events, live performances and art exhibits.
Located on 8th Street in an old bungalow, this book store/coffee shop/wine bar has a large outdoor seating area with picnic tables. Wooden ramp for strollers and wheelchair accessibility. Occasional poetry readings and book club meetings.
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The Wild Detectives
314 West Eighth Street
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Located on 8th Street in an old bungalow, this book store/coffee shop/wine bar has a large outdoor seating area with picnic tables. Wooden ramp for strollers and wheelchair accessibility. Occasional poetry readings and book club meetings.
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Dallas Museum Of Art
1717 North Harwood Street
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Crow Museum of Asian Art
2010 Flora Street
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Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum
300 North Houston Street
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Design District
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Everything Else
This hotel on Main Street in Dallas is not just a hip and trendy scene with good restaurants. (Americano and CBD, both great for breakfast and lunch. I love it for the Millard Sheets mosaic collection rescued from a Dallas bank about to be demolished. They're installed in the hotel lobby and ballroom levels. Nice small lobby bar and an Illy coffee shop in the lobby. Fantastic Taschen bookstore, too.
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The Joule
1530 Main Street
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This hotel on Main Street in Dallas is not just a hip and trendy scene with good restaurants. (Americano and CBD, both great for breakfast and lunch. I love it for the Millard Sheets mosaic collection rescued from a Dallas bank about to be demolished. They're installed in the hotel lobby and ballroom levels. Nice small lobby bar and an Illy coffee shop in the lobby. Fantastic Taschen bookstore, too.
Parks & Nature
Beautiful gardens on the grounds of a Dallas lakeside estate.
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The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
8525 Garland Road
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Beautiful gardens on the grounds of a Dallas lakeside estate.