While Conan O’Brien has been in Dallas this week to tape his show, eagle-eyed fans have spotted him at the Texas Theatre, Bolsa, Nonna, and Mesa—twice.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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 […]Read More
Plenty of my friends make brunch dates just as an excuse to have a mimosa. Or three. When I heard that Bishop Arts Winery is now serving breakfast, we decided to get our morning pick-me-ups there. Owner Elias Rodriguez is only three weeks into serving breakfast, but its debut seems well-received. On Sunday, his place […]Read More
Brunching in the Bishop Arts District always sounds like a good idea, but it really isn’t. I live only two blocks away, but the spectacle can be discouraging. Sometimes it takes 45 minutes to secure a seat. Even then, you’re still sharing a bench with a couple cooing over their dogs. A family of bicyclists […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More