Take A Culinary Tour Around Oak Cliff's Best Foodie Haunts

Home to some of Dallas' hottest eateries, Oak Cliff, especially its northern quadrant, is rapidly becoming one of the city's best dining destinations– offering a world of flavors packed into just a three-mile radius.

For Italian cuisine, it doesn't get any better than Lucia– one of the most talked-about restaurants in the city and the place that put Oak Cliff on the foodie map. There's also newcomer– Ten, a pigeon-hole sized spot ladling out the best ramen in town. But don’t just take our word for it–ask the hordes of happy slurpers who line up for a fix of the popular Japanese noodle dish every day.

If the crowds are too thick at Ten, then hit BBBop Seoul Kitchen R&D for ramped bibimbap and killer Korean fried chicken.

Craving Mexican food? No problema. Mesa turns out the best Veracruz-style fare this side of the border, and for Northern Mexican eats and mammoth-sized margaritas to match, El Ranchito can't be missed.

In the mood for something entirely different, say pig's trotter served with fermented strawberry preserves? Then wander over to Small Brewpub, where house-made microbrews team up with an adventurous menu of decidedly high-end delicacies at refreshingly low end prices.

How about barbecue done differently too? Smoke, located adjacent to the retro-cool Belmont Hotel, fires up a slew of wood-grilled hits, ranging from coffee-cured beef brisket to fully-loaded burgers and pit-roasted cabrito.
And these don't even cover half of the good eats to be found in this foodie 'hood. But if you're going to narrow down the list, make sure to add the following restaurants to your dining itinerary.

Jonathon's Oak Cliff
Photo courtesy of Jonathon's Oak Cliff Facebook

Don't be surprised to find long lines outside of this charming 1930s bungalow because Jonathon's is something of an institution, and for good reason. The place not only serves terrific comfort food favorites, ranging from burgers and pork chops...  Read More

Spiral Diner & Bakery
Photo courtesy of Instagram User Vegamandarosedunn

Whether you're a vegetarian or not, this retro-style meatless mecca reinvents homespun American and Tex-Mex fare into seriously delicious 100% vegan dishes which will convert even the staunchest of carnivores. The extensive menu covers...  Read More

El Ranchito
Photo courtesy of Instagram user Abby Xyrina Morales

It's kitchy, boisterous, and hands down, undeniably popular. So don't be surprised to find a line snaking out the door, especially on weekends. But it's not just the strolling mariachi bands, Elvis impersonators (Wednesday nights) and eclectic...  Read More

bbbop Seoul Kitchen R&D
Photo courtesy of Mario Zie

The third offshoot of this industrial-chic bibimbop bastion offers eight different renditions of the Korean staple-- ranging from the traditional version with short rib to coconut curry with tofu and spicy chicken & dumplings. And if you...  Read More

Ten Ramen
Photo courtesy of Ten Ramen Facebook

Miniscule in size, massive in quality, this Tokyo-inspired ramen shack has taken Dallas by storm with its stellar bowls of silky smooth, slurp-able soup noodles. Located in the Sylvan Thirty complex, Ten Ramen (Ten, meaning heaven in Japanese)...  Read More

CiboDivino Marketplace
Photo courtesy of CiboDivino Marketplace

Situated in the buzzing Sylvan-Thirty development, CiboDivino (which means divine food in Italian) is a venerable foodie festa for area Italophiles. The brainchild of longtime restaurateur and Sicilian born chef Daniele Puleo, this...  Read More

Mesa Restaurant
Photo courtesy of Mesa Restaurant Facebook

For an off the beaten track Mexican restaurant, located along a sketchy shopping strip in Oak Cliff-- to attract the likes of Beyoncé, Jay Z and Conan O'Brien-- you have to figure that the place must be special. And it is-- not because it's...  Read More

Smoke Restaurant Dallas
Photo courtesy of Smoke Restaurant Dallas

At Smoke, a cozy rustic-chic restaurant adjacent to the Belmont Hotel, Dallas chef and James Beard Award winning author, Tim Byers, pays homage to campfire cuisine by cooking nearly everything on his farm-to-fork driven menu over seasoned...  Read More

Small Brewpub
Photo courtesy of Small Brewpub Instagram

Tucked away in the historic Jefferson Tower, this wood-laden hop haven, lined with picnic tables, brewing equipment and bags of barley, was the most buzzed-about beer bar to open in 2015. And it's not only the enticing lineup of house-made brews...  Read More

Lucia Dallas
Photo courtesy of Evans Caglage

If you ask any discerning foodie which is the hottest restaurant in town, they'll point you to David and Jennifer Uygur's rustically charming 36-seat Bishop Arts trattoria. But be warned, the place is so popular that you have to either book two...  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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