10 Tastiest Places to Chow Down in the Bishop Arts District

The Bishop Arts District is one of Dallas' hottest neighborhoods– for art, music, shopping and, most notably for food, where there are plenty of options for every palette and budget.

In the past 10 years, the area has welcomed in some of the most notable restaurants in the city, including Lucia, a tiny chef-driven trattoria that draws Italian food-lovers from all over Dallas and beyond. Another culinary gem is Bolsa, a cozy restaurant known for its stellar wine list and delectable farm-to-table cuisine.

If you're looking for a taste of the south, you'll find it at Hattie's, a charming American restaurant serving sophisticated Lowcountry cooking. Here's where to find the best shrimp and grits this side of the Carolinas. Or perhaps the eclectic comfort food menu at Oddfellows will tempt your tummy. How about deviled eggs with candied bacon or banana cream pie French toast? And we'd be remiss not to mention the epic barbecue at Lockhart Smokehouse. Locals are pretty obsessed with the way they do brisket there. 

Pizza is always something you can count finding, but not many places make it as thin and flavorful as Eno's Pizza Tavern.  Then there's Boulevardier, a laid back bistro serving some of the best Gallic fare in the city. Dishes like steak and frites, bouillabaisse and charcuterie have area Francophiles saying, oui oui.

If that's not enough to tantalize your taste buds, keep reading. There's plenty of options on this list to satisfy every type of gourmand.


Dallas Grilled Cheese Co.
Photo courtesy of Dallas Grilled Cheese Co.

As you can guess, grilled cheese sandwiches are the main attraction at this cozy Bishop arts eatery. But, these aren't your usual cheddar slices on white bread variety (though they make those too). We're talking grilled sammies filled with everything from smoked gouda, cheddar and mac-n-cheese to brie, bacon and caramelized onions. There's even a grilled cheese sandwich (brioche with peanut butter, cream cheese, honey bananas, Nutella and marshmallows) on offer for dessert. And that's just the tip of what you'll find here. The rest of the menu features soups, salads and appetizers like bacon-pineapple lollipops and pretzel-coated mozzarella bites. To wash it all down, there's beers on tap, wine, specialty cocktails and decadent milkshakes.

C. Señor
Photo courtesy of Hal Dantzler

This red and white walk-up shack may not scream dining destination, but don't let that deter you from stopping by— this spot slings out what is arguably the most authentic Cuban sandwiches this side of Havana. Find Cubanos made with roasted mojo marinated pork shoulder; chorizo-beef burgers with spicy adobe ketchup as well as a few more sandwich surprises, plus tacos, frijoles, yucca fries, real cane sodas and café con leche. The kicker? Everything on the menu is priced under $10. Don't fancy eating on the run? No worries, there's seating available on the patio.

Photo courtesy of Oddfellows Facebook

Sure, this hipster hangout cranks out killer burgers and sandwiches, but it's the all-day breakfast and brunch items that really draw a crowd. But be warned, you'll have a tough time deciding what to order. Go sweet and you'll be confronted with a choice between banana cream pie French toast with candied pecans or red velvet pancakes with whipped butter and maple syrup. Go savory-- and the choices get even harder. Will it be the duck chilaquiles with tortilla strips and fried eggs? Or perhaps the Angry Frito Pie (the crowd fave) with wild boar chorizo chili and all the fixings? Weekends can get busy, but a cup of Oddfellows' premium coffee (or a mint frosé) will make the wait more pleasurable.

Photo courtesy of Hattie's

This Bishop Arts mainstay woos diners with its upscale ambiance, polished service and fancified Lowcountry cuisine showcasing the unique tastes of the Carolinas. Specialties include cornmeal wrapped fried oysters with smoked bacon, mac & cheese crusted filet of beef and a shrimp and grits dish with goat cheese that's pure southern glory. And it's all served in a lovely Lowcountry style setting where the high tin ceilings, black and white tiled floors and linen draped tables will make you feel as if you're dining in someone's elegant home. Pro tip: The banana almond bread pudding is pure nirvana.

ZEN Sushi
Photo courtesy of Manny Rodriguez

For those looking for something beyond a standard spicy salmon roll, this sleek sushi den will maki your day. Founded by longtime sushi chef Michelle Carpenter, the menu features a large selection of standard nigiri and sashimi, as well as slew of Michelle's original creations, ranging from inari sushi with fried eel and shiso to panko crusted eggplant medallions topped with tuna and avocado. There's also vegetarian sushi as well as non-raw dishes such as soy, brandy and honey glazed duck breast and miso-marinated chilean sea bass. And if you can swing it, the 10-course omakase is well worth the $120 per person price tag. Just be sure to reserve it at least 24 hours in advance. Don't skip the sake-seaweed steamed lobster app and don't leave before you've had the chocolate souffle.

ENO's Pizza Tavern
Photo courtesy of ENO's Pizza Tavern Facebook

There's never a dull mouthful at this popular Bishop Arts pizza joint--where über-thin gourmet pizzas are served in a charming two-story historic building. Here pizza patrons can build their own or go with one of the combo pies loaded up with everything from heirloom spinach, mushroom and truffle oil to house-made sausage, calabrese salami, ham and local honey. Pizza isn't the only thing Eno's has going, there's a terrific lineup of appetizers, salads, pastas, sandwiches and craft beer too. Did we mention that there's also live music on Thursdays as well as the first Tuesdays of the month?

Lockhart Smokehouse
Photo courtesy of Lockhart Smokehouse

Named after the official barbecue capital of Texas, this popular Bishop Arts smokehouse serves what many locals consider is the closest thing you can get to authentic Central Texas-style barbecue. Which is no surprise since the co-owner, Jill Bergus, happens to be a member of the family who owns the legendary Kreuz Market in Lockhart. As with most Central Texas barbecue, the emphasis is on the meat rather than the sauce, and it's suffice to say that Lockhart's meats are flavorful enough to stand out on their own. The chicken is tender and moist, the ribs are smokey and sweet, and the same goes for the brisket, which is slow-smoked over post oak to perfection. And don't skip the sausages, they're brought in fresh from Kreuz Market. Not sure about what to get? No problem, just ask for a sample. Make sure to call before you come, the place shuts down as soon as it sells out.

Photo courtesy of Bolsa

This farmhouse-chic restaurant and bar is still as frenetically popular with local foodies as it was when it first opened in 2008. Of course, with its delicious, farm-to-table fare and laid-back atmosphere, it's easy to see why. The seasonal menu includes everything from top-notch starters like fried olives with whipped labneh, beer-steamed mussels with house-made chorizo and bleu cheese stuffed, bacon wrapped dates to artisanal flatbreads, burgers, steak, seafood and quail. The best deal can be had Monday through Thursday, where diners can opt for a four-course, prix-fixe menu for only $40. Cocktails here are a must and don't miss weekend brunch here either.

Photo courtesy of Boulevardier

Solid French-inspired fare can be found at this rustic bistro which is located off the beaten path from the main Bishop Arts dining area. Beyond onion soup, beef tartar and steak frites, the menu also includes dishes such as crawfish beignets drizzled with smoked pimentón aioli, crisp lamb neck with saffron couscous and phenomenal burgers. You'll also want to save room for desserts like créme brulée, dark chocolate tart and bread pudding with huckleberry jam. Convivial dining areas, a wraparound bar, plus a stellar craft cocktail program and affordable wine list contribute to Boulevardier's "trés sympa" vibe.

Lucia Dallas
Photo courtesy of Evans Caglage

If you ask any discerning foodie where the hottest restaurant in town is, they'll point you to this rustic, 36-seat trattoria. But be warned, the place is so popular that you must either book two months in advance or try your luck at scoring one of the counter seats saved for walk-ins. The focus is on Italian home cooking, with a rotating menu full of regional must-haves, ranging from house-cured meats and fresh crudo to handmade pastas, wild game and seafood. Expect to find selections like spaghetti with sea urchin butter and Wagyu beef with celery root and truffles. Be sure to order a few of the foie-gras-stuffed prunes to start and most definitely save room for dessert.


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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. When she's not writing about the latest happenings in...  More About Ilene