Dining

WITH MORE RESTAURANTS PER CAPITA THAN ANY OTHER CITY in the nation—including New York—Dallas offers a diverse blend of restaurants from French cuisine to Asian fusion, barbeque to Tex-Mex and everything in between. Of course we’re partial to our local favorites, especially in the Bishop Arts District. When visiting Hampton Hills, be sure to check out these hot spots — all within minutes of Hampton Hills:

Bocce Italian Kitchen
Bocce’s menu of southern-style Italian food includes lasagna, porchetta with sauteed vegetables, and penne pasta with spicy vodka sauce. Donna Rice, who owns Bocce with Robert Rice, says all of the recipes are family secrets and the sauces, pastas and breads are made in house. BYOB. • 244 W. Davis St. • 214-973-1714

imageBolsa
Dallas meets Austin at Bolsa, a bar and café with a shop that sells wine and local products. Housed in a hip redo of an old auto garage near the Bishop Arts District, Bolsa blends fresh ingredients with rustic flavors in an eclectic ambience. 614 W. Davis St. • 214-367-9367

Bolsa Mercado
Brought to Oak Cliff by the good folks at Bolsa, this boutique grocery store carries an array of foods, artisan beers and wines, as well as piping hot coffee, pastries, smoothies and meals-to-go. • 634 W. Davis St. • 214-942-0451

imageBoulevardíer
Acclaimed as one of Dallas’ best restaurants, Boulevardíer is a French bistro that is trés magnifique! With a mastery of classic cuisine, chefs and co-owners Nathan Tate and Randall Copeland are sure to please. Bon appétit!  • 408 N. Bishop, No. 108 • 214-942-1828

Burguesa Burger
Blending classic American foods with traditional Mexican flavors, Burguesa Burger is not your run-of-the-mill burger joint. Drop by for friendly faces, personal service and a unique take on burgers with a Mexican twist. • 710 Fort Worth Ave. • 214-748-7376

imageCafé Brazil
Billed as “not just another coffeehouse,” Café Brazil is a favorite of early risers and night crawlers, with great coffee, generous breakfasts, unique sandwiches and signature salads. Although there are several locations throughout the metroplex, we’re rather partial to Oak Cliff’s version, which is always abuzz with activity. • 611 N. Bishop Ave., Suite 101 • 214-946-7927

Chicken Scratch
If you’re into “slow fast food” that’s made from scratch, you’ll love Chicken Scratch, a nostalgic “picnic-style” eatery by by Chris Jeffers, Chris Zielke and chef Tim Byres, (owners of Smoke and Bar Belmont). They offer homestyle food, outstanding service and, as you might expect, signature pecan wood fired rotisserie and traditional cast iron skillet fried chicken. • 2303 Pittman St. • 214-749-1112

¡C. Señor!
Don’t let its unassuming appearance fool you. This simple kiosk delivers the flavors of Cuban sandwiches, yucca fries & other island classics. • 330 W. Davis • 214-941-4766

CiboDivino Restaurant and Marketplace
Italophiles will love chef Daniele Puleo’s CiboDivino, a restaurant and marketplace that includes prepared foods, made-to-order Neapolitan pizza, a wine bar, craft beer on tap, and an espresso bar. • 1868 Sylvan Ave. Suite #D-100 • 214-653-2426

Cretia’s
Is Cretia’s a tearoom? A bakery? A restaurant? Chef Cretia Drydale has brought all these—and nearly 30 years’ experience—delighting diners from Duncanville to Dallas, to the Bishop Arts District.  • 228 W. Davis St. • 972-298-9888

imageDude, Sweet Chocolate
For serious chocoholics, Dude, Sweet Chocolate offers artisanal dark chocolate creations by Katherine Clapner (who D Magazine called “the Willy Wonka of Dallas”), made with seasonal farm ingredients. Whether you’re looking for the right complement to an at-home gourmet dinner or a topper to a night out on the town, you’ll find it among Dude, Sweet Chocolate’s confectionery delights. • 408 W. 8th St. • 214-943-5943

El Jordan Café
This favorite breakfast/lunch spot for locals can be deceiving to occasional visitors, but don’t let it be a deterrent. The friendly staff serves fresh, traditional Tex-Mex fare in a colorful diner atmosphere. • 416 N. Bishop Ave. • 214-941-4451

imageEno’s Pizza Tavern
Get great tavern burgers, a huge selection of American microbrews and Oak Cliff’s best thin-crust pizza at Eno’s, a Bishop Arts saloon with plenty of Boston character, reminiscent of Cheers, where “everybody knows your name.” • 407 N. Bishop Ave. • 214-943-9200

Emporium Pies
A specialty pie shop in a quaint little renovated house, Emporium Pies offers handmade creations that are always in season and guaranteed to be love at first bite. • 314 N. Bishop St. • 469-206-6126

imageGloria’s
Nearly four decades ago, Jose and Gloria Fuentes took charge of a little Salvadoran restaurant Gloria’s sister had started in Oak Cliff. Located in a 1920’s-era firehouse, Gloria’s continues offering traditional dishes as well as Tex-Mex. • 600 N. Bishop St. • 214-948-3672

Greek Cafe and Bakery
One of the Bishop Arts District’s unique eateries, the Greek Cafe & Bakery specializes in traditional Greek fare, from spanakopita and dolmas to gyros and mousaka. Oupa! • 334 W. Davis St. • 214-943-1887

imageHattie’s
Since 2002, Hattie’s has been a destination for great food, warm hospitality and outstanding service. Billing itself as “an American bistro with a southern low-country influence,” Hattie’s definitely gets it right in an upscale environment that may leave you thinking you’ve just scored reservations to one of Manhattan’s trendiest eateries. 418 N. Bishop Ave. • 214-942-7400

Hong Kong Garden
Just a few blocks from Hampton Hills, this cozy den serves authentic Chinese made with fresh ingredients. The service is fast and the prices are right. 2649 S. Hampton Road • 214-339-1095

Hunky’s
Located in the Bishop Arts District, Hunky’s is a popular “hamburger joint” that also serves up salads, desserts and ice-cold brews. • 321 N. Bishop Ave. • 214-941-3322

imageLa Calle Doce
Situated in a 1920s converted prairie house, La Calle Doce has been run by the same family since it opened in 1981. Known for its seafood and Tex-Mex fare, this Oak Cliff favorite has been serving up the tastes of Coastal Mexico for more than 30 years. • 415 W. Twelfth St. • 214-941-4304

Little Havana
Featuring a menu of Cuban food, including dishes such as beans and rice, both red beans and black; and ropa vieja (beef stew), Little Havana boasts an essential ingredient: a patio. You’ll also enjoy Cuban sandwiches and cocktails in relaxed spot with an upstairs gift shop carrying cigars. • 607 Willomet Ave. • 469-677-249o2

The Local Oak
The Local Oak, named for the giant oak tree that stands in front of the restaurant, offers the perfect blend of bar fare and comfort food (think crispy candied bacon in a “Bucket of Love”) in a laid-back atmosphere wrapped in a mid-century modern facade. • 409 N. Zang Blvd. • 214-946-4625

Lockhart Smokehouse
If you’re a fan of authentic smokehouses—no plates, no sauce—just meat in paper, then you’ll love Lockhart Smokehouse. The smoke flavor that fills your nostrils upon approach tells you you’re about to get the real thing. Whether you’re looking for brisket, sausage or ribs, you won’t be disappointed. • 400 W. Davis • 214-944-5521

imageLucia
Don’t be fooled by this tiny trattoria. Chef David Uygur has brought all of Italy to this rustic charmer in the Bishop Arts District. The hand-made pastas, breads and meats are only a few of Lucia’s culinary delights. But be prepared to wait your turn: Reservations are usually made a month in advance! • 408 W. Eighth St., Suite 101 • 214-948-4998

imageMesa
With Mesa, chefs Olga and Raul Reyes bring to Oak Cliff the tastes of their hometown, Alvaredo, Veracruz, and its indigenous, Spanish, French and African influences. Be sure to try the house specialty, Mole Mama Cata, an old family recipe with more than 20 ingredients, served with chicken or duck. • 118 W. Jefferson Blvd. • 214-941-4246

Norma’s Café
An Oak Cliff institution, this popular diner serves down-home cooking that is the very definition of comfort food. Norma’s is guaranteed to leave you satisfied, whether you just stopping in for a quick cup of coffee or settling down to a full-on family meal. • 1123 W. Davis St. • 214-946-4711

imageNova
Housed in a former Dairy Queen, Nova is a hidden gem. Chef Ian Tate may be self-taught, but he picked up some good habits while serving as sous chef to Casey Thompson. His neighborhood gastropub features brick-oven pizza, a full bar featuring 25 different bottle beers and signature cocktails. • 1417 W. Davis St. • 214-484-7123

Oddfellows
The funky industrial/rustic vibe and bright, light-filled space make a good backdrop for the “everyday American comfort food” at Oddfellows, which also serves up single origin espressos and some of the best coffee in Dallas. • 316 W. Seventh St. • 214-944-5958

Parker and Barrow’s Drafthouse and Deli
This neighborhood joint is housed in a vintage 1930s building—just the sort of place you might expect to find the famous outlaw couple Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. Instead, devour a sandwich, guzzle a beer or knock back some hard spirits. • 338 W. Davis St. • 214-943-1269

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A Fort Worth favorite for nearly 15 years, The Pour House has come to Oak Cliff. Owner (and Dallas resident) Eric Tschetter has created the perfect sports bar, complete with great food, a wide selection of beers and, of course, plenty of screens tuned into all the action. Drop by for PhD‘s Sunday “hangover” brunch. You won’t be disappointed. • 1300 W. Davis • 214-942-0288

Pier 247
Cecilia Lopez is clearly on course to become a major foodie powerhouse. After launching 303 Bar and Grill, she set her sights on an old gas station at the edge of the Bishop Arts District. The result is Pier 247, filled with big-screen sports, a bar to match and plenty of fried fish smothered in Creole sauce. • 247 W. Davis St. • 214-948-3232

Pink Magnolia
The architecture may say “former service station,” but the current configuration serves up hearty, modern Southern fare from reality-show chef Blythe Beck, all in a genteel setting. • 642 W. Davis • 469-320-9220

imageSmoke
An homage to an old-fashioned smokehouse, Smoke features hardwood cooking from scratch and authentic Southern flavors. Chef Tim Byres’ willingness to smoke and cure almost everything on the menu has resulted in great acclaim. • 901 Fort Worth Ave. • 214-393-4141

Spiral Diner
If you’re a meat-eater, don’t let Spiral Diner‘s all-vegan cuisine deter you. This place is for anyone who loves fresh ingredients, great wraps and sandwiches, spectacular salads and the best baked goodies. • 1101 N. Beckley Ave. • 214-948-4747

Tacodeli
This Austin import serves more than 40 types of tacos, including breakfast fare, in a fun, festive environment. • 1878 Sylvan Ave. • 214-760-1930

Taqueria El Si Hay
Don’t judge this book by its cover. If you didn’t know the pleasures that await, you might not give this ramshackle taqueria a second look. But its street tacos are so authentic and so delectable that patrons willingly wait in line for 30 minutes or more. Definitely Oak Cliff’s best-kept secret when it comes to Mexican fare. • 601 W. Davis St. • 214-941-4042

Ten Bells Tavern
Touted by several local publications for having the best bar food in Dallas, Ten Bells Tavern may well be the perfect neighborhood pub. All the grub is great, but the menu’s best-kept secret is the fish and chips. The brunch menu features unexpected surprises, such as duck confit hash and smoked salmon Benedict, but also offers more traditional bangers and eggs. • 232 W. 7th • 214-943-2677

Seoul Kitchen
A Korean counter-serve spot, Seoul Kitchen features a lively patio where patrons enjoy rice bowls, fried chicken and cocktails. • 828 W. Davis • 469-248-3702

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Situated in the heart of Bishop Arts, this dog-friendly, open-concept restaurant and bar is the lifelong dream of chef Jon Stevens. Stock & Barrel‘s crisp decor, sharp cocktails and savory menu are part of its signature appeal. For a rare treat, try the Wagyu meatloaf—Japanese beef never tasted so good! • 316 Davis St. • 214-888-0150

imageTillman’s Roadhouse
Since 1992, the Tillman name has been associated with gourmet cooking and an easy-going atmosphere in the Bishop Arts District. Whether you’re wanting a quick drink, a casual dinner or a special occasion, you’ll feel right at home at Tillman’s Roadhouse. • 324 W. Seventh St. • 214-942-0988

Veracruz Café
Offering Mesoamerican, Mayan, Huasteco and Aztec cuisine, Veracruz is a taste of Latin America that also features exceptional service and a pleasing environment. • 408 N. Bishop Ave., Suite 407 • 214-948-4746

Whisk Crêpes Café
Serving sweet and savory crêpes, alongside espresso drinks in a bright, cozy space, Whisk delivers “a world of tastes.” • 1888 Sylvan Ave. • 469-407-1899

imageZen Sushi
Half-Japanese and half-Cajun chef Michelle Carpenter uses only the freshest ingredients for her culinary creations at Zen Sushi, rated as one of the top sushi restaurants in Dallas. • 380 W. 7th St. • 214-946-9699

Visit the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau for a comprehensive list of Dallas-area restaurants.

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