Oak Cliff

About Oak Cliff

Much as its name might suggest, Oak Cliff delivers a feeling of living on the edge, as the area continues to define what cool means in Dallas. Once the home of blues rock legends like T-Bone Walker and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and current host to twin historic theaters Kessler and Texas, this refuge for communities that seem different but coexist together is as much a representation of Dallas as anywhere.

Spend an afternoon on Jefferson Boulevard sampling the drinks at Small Brewpub, grabbing a snoball, or biting into a well-outfitted torta, or amble through Bishop Arts, which boasts everything from barbecue to boutique to bespoke grilled cheese. If you’re into noteworthy bites, check out Lucia, Bolsa, and Mesa—or head across 35 to watch the creatures at the Dallas Zoo have lunch instead.

On a weekend morning, craft coffee doesn’t get much better than from Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters, and if you want to amble up to Trinity Groves you can catch a standing bowl of ramen at TEN, and chill at Lake Cliff Park. The Cedars, Downtown, and the rest of Dallas opens up just across the river—but really, you’ve got what you need right here.