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 Taverna.
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.

And for when the night calls for something special, there's Gemma, a Napa inspired restaurant showcasing sensational seasonal cuisine and a terrific late-night menu to boot.

Need more inspiration? Keep reading, you're sure to find the perfect restaurant to suit both your taste-buds and budget.

Highland Park Soda Fountain
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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
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Have a hankering for tacos? Then you can't go wrong with this cult taco joint whose following even includes several of Dallas' most renown chefs. Here, you can dig into around twenty different taco options, ranging from spicy chicken tikka and...  Read More

Ziziki's at Travis Walk
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If you're looking for lively atmosphere, great food and friendly service, then look no further than this Mediterranean-inspired bistro which has been churning out some of the city's best Greek specialties since 1994. The menu includes mainstays...  Read More

La Duni Latin Cafe-McKinney Avenue
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The folks behind this popular brasserie have created a mini-empire off their take on Pan-Latin specialties, operating several locations throughout the metroplex. The menu offers up everything from Argentinean empanadas and unique sandwiches...  Read More

Toulouse Cafe and Bar
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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

Taverna By Lombardi
Photo courtesy of Taverna Pizzeria and Rissoteria


This rustic Italian gem is massively popular, and for good reason: the prices are reasonable and there's something on the menu for just about everyone, including gluten-adverse diners (yes, they do gluten-free pizza and pasta too). The...  Read More

Café Madrid
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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

Up On Knox
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One of the most recent arrivals to the neighborhood is this causally-chic brasserie by the owners of neighboring restaurant, Le Bilboquet. The offerings cover California-inspired French hits (think: steak frites, salmon rillettes, beef tartar)...  Read More

Tei Tei Robata Bar
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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

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