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Mesa’s Owner is Building a Seafood Restaurant in the Bishop Arts District

Mesa’s owner Raul Reyes is making waves in Oak Cliff again.

This time, he’s bringing his flair for seafood to the Bishop Arts District with a new restaurant located at the intersection of Davis Street and Woodlawn Avenue, which used to be an auto shop called El Carrizal until a few months ago. He’s going to call his new place, at 451 West Davis Street, Ceviche: Shark on Davis.

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Fried and True: Pier 247 Brings Seafood to Bishop Arts District

When the oil is hot at Pier 247 Seafood Grill & Bar, you want to be around.

The secret to this old gas station building at Davis and Madison—which opens for its first dinner tonight—is Pier 247’s two chefs, John Fleming and Ty Frazier, and a deep fryer. They love Cajun food, and they love to feed people.

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El Corazon de Tejas Revises its Name

Either El Corazon de Tejas is having an identity crisis, or it’s finally getting in touch with its feminine side.

This week, the restaurant rechristened itself as El Corazon Vintage Tex Mex, its second name since a top-to-bottom rebranding was unveiled in February to showcase the Cuellar family’s “progressive” vision of Tex-Mex.

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Oak Cliff’s Former Taco Stand Will Be Serving Takeout in the Next Few Months

This morning I bring you good news from Oak Cliff. The former red-roofed taqueria at the corner of Bishop Avenue and Davis Street—once home to El Padrino until last winter—won’t be bulldozed like we expected. Previously, observers speculated the taco shop would disappear after the Lombardi group withdrew its interest in the site. In May, we found out that Sarah Lombardi decided not to go forward with her plans to open a frozen custard and hot dog place with the land she leased.

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The Local Oak Makes Spam Sliders a Signature Comfort Food

At The Local Oak, a new neighborhood hangout, you can get Texas Surfers—these sliders made with grilled Spam, house-made pineapple relish, and slaw. It’s gutsy for a chef to bring Spam into Oak Cliff, but The Local Oak has some pros in the house. Chef Aaron Courtney just came from Nick and Sam’s Steakhouse, and […]

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El Corazon’s Tex-Mex Fare Captures the Hearts of Oak Cliff Residents

Someone’s been tinkering with classic Tex-Mex. No need to panic, though; it’s the Cuellars. After all, their role in defining the cuisine began when a young couple named Macario and Adelaida Cuellar emigrated to the cotton farms of North Texas from Nuevo Leon, Mexico in 1893. The couple had 12 children and—after opening a few cafes […]

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Waldron Lodge Opens in Bishop Arts, Serves Wild Game

A sign announcing the opening of Waldron Lodge appeared overnight at 408 W. Seventh St., just around the corner from Bishop Street Market. Over the past few weeks, workers have been making quite a transformation to the 1930’s-era converted residence, restoring the porch to a rustic beauty fit for summertime people-watching. But it wasn’t my […]

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Old Gas Station at Davis and Madison to Open as Pier 247 Seafood Restaurant

Ever since developers cleaned up the lot with a boarded-up gas station at Davis Street and Madison Avenue — just right across from 303 Bar and Grill — a few of my friends have put the tiny structure at the top of their wish list. “I wish I could turn it into a cottage.” “Wouldn’t […]

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Bishop Arts Winery Opens Quietly in Oak Cliff

Bishop Arts Winery can only accommodate 30 guests, but owners Elias and Dolores Rodriguez have big plans for the tiny tasting room at the corner of Davis and Tyler Streets, which opened to the public immediately after securing its final license on May 17. There hasn’t been much advertising or social media announcing the winery’s […]

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