10 tastiest places to chow down in the Bishop Arts District

The Dallas dining scene is having a moment, and nowhere is this more evident than in the Bishop Arts District. Over the past decade, the neighborhood has welcomed in some of the most notable restaurants in the city, one of which includes the tiny chef-driven trattoria, Lucia. Another rising culinary gem is Lucia’s charcuterie-centric sibling, Macellaio, and next door to that is Salaryman, a recently opened izakaya that features yakitori and ramen.

The neighborhood has also become the new home for Trompo, a cozy taqueria that garnered national attention when Bon Appetit named it one of America's 50 best new restaurants for 2016.

If you're craving steak frites or bouillabaisse, head to Boulevardier, a laid-back bistro that serves some of the best Gallic fare in the city. There’s also Bolsa, a rustically chic eatery known for stellar cocktails and delectable farm-to-table cuisine.

Fact is, you could dine out here for weeks without repeating the same restaurant, but the following ten spots are a good place to start.


ENO's Pizza Tavern
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A fixture in Bishop Arts since 2008, this über popular pizza joint not only churns out killer, wafer-thin pies garnished with locally sourced ingredients, it also boasts a spectacular rotating selection of craft beers on draught and by the can. Standouts include the Pig Smiley topped with honey, ham, sausage and pepperoni as well as a spinach pie loaded up with ricotta, garlic mushrooms and truffle oil. The non-pizza items on the menu aren't too shabby, either. Expect to find everything from beef & boar meatballs to prime rib hoagies, farfalle alfredo and chicken cacciatore. It can get packed, so prepare to wait in line.

Recommended for Bishop Arts District's Best Restaurants because: Eno's is an ideal place to gather with friends and family.

Ilene's expert tip: Find $5 glasses of house wine; $2 off Texas drafts and signature cocktails plus $5 mini truffle cheese bread and full-size bruschetta with meatballs on offer during Happy Hour, from 4-6:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Late-night drink specials are also on tap from 10 p.m.-midnight, Friday and Saturday. Note that there is free parking available in Eno's private lot.

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Lockhart Smokehouse
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Named after the official barbecue capital of Texas, this popular Bishop Arts smokehouse serves the most authentic Central Texas-style barbecue in town. Which is no surprise since co-owner Jill Bergus is a member of the family who owns the legendary Kreuz Market in Lockhart. All the meat is smoked over Texas post oak and served with a variety of upscale southern sides. Oh, and did we mention they also carry Kreuz Market's legendary sausages? Not sure about what to order? No worries they'll let you sample the goods before you decide.

Recommended for Bishop Arts District's Best Restaurants because: Lockhart is the only place in Dallas where you can get Kreuz Market's legendary sausage.

Ilene's expert tip: Score $3 domestic bottles, $4 import bottles plus $1 off wells and wine during Happy hour from 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Taco Y Vino
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Beer and margaritas may be most people's go-to drinks when it comes to tacos, but the owners behind this taqueria-slash-wine bar and bottle shop are proving that wine and tacos make an even better match. Doled out in threes, diners can choose from around eight gourmet taco options, ranging from barbacoa to blackened catfish to fried avocado. The menu also branches out with ceviche, seafood stuffed jalapenos, tamale bites, quesadillas and more. As for wine, find around fifteen globally sourced selections on offer in bottles as well as by the glass. If wine is not your thing, there's craft beer available, too.

Recommended for Bishop Arts District's Best Restaurants because: Taco Y Vino is a haven for wine lovers and taco heads alike.

Ilene's expert tip: Find $5 house wine, wine cocktails and Oak Cliff Brew Co lager during Happy Hour, from 3-6 p.m., Monday-Friday.

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One of the city's early pioneers of the locavore movement, this farmhouse-chic restaurant and bar hasn't skipped a beat since it opened in Bishop Arts in 2008. The seasonal menu includes everything from beer-steamed mussels to artisanal flatbreads, burgers, seafood and NY strips. Artisanal cocktails are a must-try, especially the Passion Whiskey Fiss with bourbon, passion fruit, habanero lemon, simple syrup and ginger beer. The best deal can be had Monday through Thursday, where diners can opt for a four-course, prix-fixe menu for only $40. The weekend brunch is also worth a visit.

Recommended for Bishop Arts District's Best Restaurants because: Bolsa is a great spot for affordable dining and drinking in a trendy location

Ilene's expert tip: Score $5 specialty cocktails and select wine as well as $3 domestic beer during Happy Hour, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday-Friday.

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Located off the beaten path from the main Bishop Arts dining area, this cozy, neighborhood bistro is a must for those seeking French-inspired fare. Head here for solid versions of classics like French onion soup, beef tartar and steak frites, as well as items such as crispy duck pappardelle, bouillabaisse and pan-seared market fish. Even the grass-fed burgers are outstanding. Desserts are also delicious and include 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.

Recommended for Bishop Arts District's Best Restaurants because: Boulevardier is an ideal option for a casual date or a friendly get-together.

Ilene's expert tip: Score half-price prime steaks and steak frites on Tuesday nights. Also find discounted libations from 4:30-6:30 p.m., Tuesday-Friday.

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Sporting one of the lushest alfresco spaces in Bishop Arts is Paradiso, a stunning Mediterranean-chic eatery that features a seasonal menu inspired by the southern coast of Europe. This translates to dishes such as lightly fried baby artichoke hearts, house-made pasta and grilled steaks as well as wood-fired fish and pizzas. What makes this place even more unique is that while diners wait for their main courses, they can choose from an array of appetizers that circulate through the restaurant on a roving cart. Sunday brunch brings items like shrimp Benedict and Dutch cakes with berries alongside live entertainment in the garden. Desserts are worth saving space for.

Recommended for Bishop Arts District's Best Restaurants because: Paradiso is where to go for reasonably priced Italian food in a gorgeous setting.

Ilene's expert tip: Customers can sit in the courtyard and order drinks and coffees from sibling venues, The Botanist and Companions. There's a valet as well as free parking in a nearby garage.

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Trompo-Bishop Arts
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Bishop Arts is the new home for Luis Olvera's no-frills taqueria, which garnered national attention when Bon Appetit named it one of the 50 best new restaurants in the country in 2016. Monterrey-style street tacos are the specialty of the house, so expect to find around five options ranging from chicken tinga to poblano-paneer, and of course, the eatery's namesake taco made with marinated pork shaved from a trompo rotisserie. Also find quesadillas, elotes, plus burger sliders garnished with trompo pork, salami and mozzarella on a charcoal-infused bun. As an added plus, this location not only features a take-out window but also plenty of seating in a shared courtyard.

Recommended for Bishop Arts District's Best Restaurants because: Trompo is where to go when you're after some of the best tacos in the Dallas area.

Ilene's expert tip: For places to park: Find two lots just west of Bishop on Melba and there's also a lot at the corner of Madison and 7th Street.

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Creating a stir among local foodies is this Bishop Arts izakaya by Dallas pop-up ramen chef Justin Holt. The menu features ramen, of course, but what you really want to come here for is the yakitori. Offerings range from grilled sweetbreads, quail and Japanese sausages to almost every part of the chicken (from crispy skin to the cartilage). All meats and vegetables are cooked over binchotan charcoal, and everything from the noodles (using hand-ground grains) to the miso, soy sauces, togarashi and ketchup is made in-house. Don't sleep on the Japanese whiskey or shochu cocktails.

Recommended for Bishop Arts District's Best Restaurants because: Salaryman is a terrific place to go for shochu cocktails and legit Japanese bites.

Ilene's expert tip: No reservations are taken, but diners can wait in the bar at Macellaio next door until their table is ready. There's valet parking as well as several free parking lots around the corner.

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Meaning butcher in Italian, Macellaio was conceived by David and Jennifer Uygur as a casual counterpart to their nearby restaurant, Lucia. The focus here is on David Uygur's signature house-butchered and cured salumi, which covers everything from 'nduja to finocchiona and wagyu beef shank terrine. But the offerings go beyond cured meat, also expect to find Mediterranean-inspired small plates like grilled snails and king salmon crudo alongside dishes like grilled whole vermilion snapper with fennel and seaweed butter. Excellent cocktails, a thoughtful selection of wine and beer plus top-notch desserts like Basque cheesecake complete the picture. This place is perpetually busy, so try to reserve ahead.

Recommended for Bishop Arts District's Best Restaurants because: Macellaio is great for date night as well as meetups with friends.

Ilene's expert tip: Macellaio keeps 19 seats available for walk-in diners at the bar.

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Lucia Dallas
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Homey, romantic and arguably one of the best Italian restaurants in the city, this tiny 36-seat trattoria has never skipped a beat since it opened in 2012. It's also one of the most difficult places to snag a reservation, which can only be had by either booking two months in advance or by scoring one of the spots at a counter by the kitchen that they keep available for walk-ins. The menu is always changing, but recent dishes have included risotto with shaved black truffles, tagliatelle with Red Wattle pork ragu and duck leg confit with Otto File polenta. Not-to-be-missed are the foie gras stuffed prunes.

Recommended for Bishop Arts District's Best Restaurants because: Lucia serves some of the most creative Italian food in the city.

Ilene's expert tip: Be sure to check the Facebook page for last-minute cancellations. Also note, that there are 4 seats at the bar as well as a few tables outdoors that are available for walk-ins.

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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