Dallas has long been known for its arts scene and for the family friendly environment. The Bishop Arts District is making its mark on Dallas as a food lover’s paradise. This small area, approximately three square blocks, is packed with restaurants for every palate and budget. From high end Italian cuisine to street side Cuban food, Bishop Arts is the place to go in Dallas for a great meal.
Located in a renovated 1930’s Victorian home, Emporium Pies serves some of the most delicious pies in Dallas. Pies here are sold by the slice or whole and they even offer shipping on any pies ordered. Upon entering the shop, the aroma of freshly baked pies fills the small area and the hospitality of the staff is immediately captivating. Popular choices here are the Smooth Operator, a French silk chocolate pie with pretzel crust, and the Drunken Nut, a bourbon pecan pie with shortbread crust. This is a must for any pie lover exploring the Bishop Arts District.
This small restaurant and bar is a staple in the Bishop Arts District. Many locals consider themselves to be regulars at Eno’s because of their delicious flatbread pizzas made with fresh ingredients and the extensive drink menu. Many people enjoy this location for its relaxed atmosphere and budget friendly prices. After a meal or drinks at Eno’s, located on the main strip of Bishop Arts, customer’s find themselves central to multiple boutiques and specialty shops.
In Dallas, there are countless Mexican food restaurants, but the Veracruz Café devotes itself to the colorful and traditional foods from the coastal Mexican state of Veracruz. The menu here boasts a variety of seafood, meat and vegetarian options that any Mexican food lover will surely enjoy. The atmosphere is more upscale than the typical Mexican food restaurant, though the prices are reasonable. The Veracruz Café considered by many locals to be the best Mexican food in the area, not just within the Bishop Arts District.
This hip diner is a hot spot in the area for American food and is open every day for breakfast at 7am. Oddfellows is popular among the locals as a great spot to eat lunch, grab coffee or a cocktail, but many others visit for their breakfast options as well. The vibe of the space is very laid back and the service is excellent. The most recommended dishes are the fried green tomato sandwich, with comes with an amazing sherry vinaigrette on the salad, or the buffalo mac sandwich.
A food stand may not typically make a list of top restaurants for most, but this Cuban stand more than earned its spot. For an average of $2 per taco, the budget friendly stand serves some of the best tacos in Dallas. C. Señor has a small menu of six flavor combinations and the choice between sandwich or taco. The “Mahi a la Minuta” is a must-try, though any option here will leave you wanting more, and for only $2, ordering another is guilt-free!
This small Italian restaurant is run by a husband and wife duo and together they serve what could easily be called the best Italian food in Dallas. Lucia only seats 36 people so a reservation is nearly always necessary. There are occasionally spots at the bar for those customers who drop in, but reservations are typically made a month in advance or more. The dishes here vary in price, but a meal can easily cost over $50 per person. The food, environment and service are worth every cent.
This elegant restaurant serves old-fashioned southern food with a modern twist. A favorite of the locals and foodies alike, Hattie’s is renowned for their shrimp and grits and their crab cake is an incredible appetizer to start. A meal here can quickly become expensive, but the food is incredibly unique, the service is close to perfection, and the environment is perfect for a relaxing meal. Many locals will suggest Hattie’s as one of their first recommendations for a good dinner spot.
The Dallas Grilled Cheese Co is a must try new addition to the Bishop Arts District. With fresh ingredients and a variety of grilled cheese combinations, there is something for everyone is this quirky hot spot. Grilled cheeses are not only comfort food to many, here they are served as delicacies and can be enjoyed with one of the many local beers on tap, or a hot bowl of fresh soup. Whether for lunch or dinner, this restaurant should be on your list of places to eat in the Bishop Arts District.
This little gem of a restaurant is often overlooked, but the locals know that some of the best Mediterranean food is served inside. With a Greek chef, the food at the Greek Café & Bakery is traditional and delicious. The most highly recommended menu item is the traditional gyro, served with delicious lamb in just the right proportion to the pita. The prices at this small diner are very reasonable for those looking for great food on a budget. Customers located nearby can even have their food delivered!
This upscale French restaurant is considered by many who know it as one of the best, if the not best, restaurants in Dallas. The prices range from moderate to high, but the stellar quality of the food and dining experience make any visit here worth it. Boulevardier is known for their fresh oysters, well prepared meat dishes, and innovative cocktails. For lunch goers, make sure to try the Boulevardier burger. For the budget-conscious, Sunday brunch is incredible with very affordable prices.