Eat like a Local along Knox-Henderson's Culinary Corridor

Nestled between Uptown, Lower Greenville Avenue and the town of Highland Park, lies the trendy Knox-Henderson neighborhood, a pedestrian-friendly area teeming with restaurants options that span the globe. Whether it’s brunch, lunch– or any type of dinner you can think of, the Knox-Henderson corridor dishes up deliciousness at every turn.

A good place to start sampling the street's eats is at the Highland Park Soda Fountain, a Dallas institution that's been serving griddled sandwiches and malted milks since 1912.

For those who want to experience the French cafe culture without leaving the country, Toulouse Cafe offers street-side table service and a fabulous menu of Gallic treats. Area Hispanophiles like Cafe Madrid for its authentic Spanish tapas and live flamenco music. Craving homemade pastas and pizza? Then stake a claim on the patio at Villa-O.
If fine dining is more up your alley, wander over to Abacus, where James Beard Award-nominated chef Kent Rathbun showcases everything from sushi to wild game and wood-fired specialties.

More culinary gems can be found on Henderson Avenue. First up is Tei Tei Robata Bar, a popular Japanese restaurant that serves robata specialties and meticulously prepared sushi.

If you're in the mood for something more casual, check out Velvet Taco, a gourmet taquería that cranks out killer tacos filled with everything from crispy tikka chicken to shrimp and grits.

Across the street you'll find Victor Tangos, a lively neighborhood haunt that turns out innovative sharing plates and craft cocktails. Next door is Hibiscus, a charming restaurant offering some of the most inventive farm-to-table fare in the metroplex. And further down is Gemma, a Napa inspired restaurant showcasing sensational seasonal cuisine. Gemma also offers a terrific late-night menu for those wanting to dine after a concert or show.

Highland Park Soda Fountain
Photo courtesy of Highland Park Soda Fountain

A visit to Knox Street isn't complete without a stop at this neighborhood institution, which has been serving griddled sandwiches and malted milks to generations of Dallasites since 1912. It's even a favorite lunchtime spot for former first lady...  Read More

Velvet Taco
Photo courtesy of Velvet Taco

This pocket-sized taco joint, perched at the corner of Henderson Avenue and Central Expressway, has a cult following that even includes several of Dallas' most renown chefs. The reason for the place's overwhelming popularity lies in the details:...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Villa-O

At this enduringly popular nautical-themed hangout, the buzz is as important as the food. Which means seats are always at a premium. But don't let that deter you from coming. The restaurant serves terrific Italian cuisine and offers great...  Read More

Café Madrid
Photo courtesy of Cafe Madrid

For over twenty-five years, this endlessly buzzing tapas joint has been the destination of choice for area Hispanophiles. However, the downside of its unceasing popularity means there's usually a wait. The upside is that the atmosphere is always...  Read More

Toulouse Cafe and Bar
Photo courtesy of Toulouse Cafe and Bar Instagram

With its fin-de-siècle decor and all the de rigueur trappings of a proper bistro--Café Toulouse would sit just as comfortably on the Left Bank of Paris (or perhaps in the center of Toulouse) as it does in Dallas. From weekend brunch to all-day...  Read More

Even after fifteen years, this neighborhood haunt of haute cuisine is still considered one of the hottest tables in Dallas. And it's easy to see why. Its sleek, contemporary interior is pleasing to the eye; the service is seamless, and the food...  Read More

Tei Tei Robata Bar
Photo courtesy of Tei Tei Robata Bar

This Henderson Avenue Japanese joint, tucked in behind a zen garden, has a reputation larger than its compact-sized digs. And understandably so. Tei Tei has been serving some of the best Japanese fare in Dallas since 1998. Which makes scoring a...  Read More

Victor Tangos
Photo courtesy of Victor Tangos

It's no wonder that after five years Victor Tangos continues to be one of Dallas' most popular drinking and dining haunts. The attraction? The atmosphere is lively, the service is friendly, the libations are cleverly crafted and the food is...  Read More

Gemma Restaurant
Photo courtesy of Kevin Marple

Since opening in late 2013, Allison Yoder and Stephen Rogers' charming Napa inspired restaurant has continued to be one the most sought-after reservations in town--and for good reason. The restaurant is comfortably chic and the food is nothing...  Read More


Meet Ilene Jacobs

As a perpetual wanderer, foodie freak and wannabe chef, Ilene is always on the lookout for the best places to see, eat, drink and sleep. Ilene got hooked on this wanderlust lifestyle after...  More About Ilene

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