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Dallas/Oak Cliff

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Oak Cliff is a neighborhood in Dallas, Texas, United States. The area has retained a distinct neighborhood identity as one of "Dallas' older, established neighborhoods", and is often called "The Cliff." It was a separate town up until 1903, when it was annexed by Dallas.

Oak Cliff has turn of the century and mid-20th century housing, many parks and remarkably close proximity to the central business district of downtown Dallas without the heavy vehicular traffic or higher cost of housing commonly associated with Dallas' northern neighborhoods.

The current boundaries of Oak Cliff are roughly Interstate 30 and the Trinity River on the north, Interstate 35E on the east, Camp Wisdom Road on the south, and Cockrell Hill Road on the west. In practice nearly every neighborhood south of the Trinity River (excluding west Dallas) is called Oak Cliff, though much of it was never part of the original town. For example, the South Oak Cliff neighborhood which generally includes neighborhoods south of Illinois Avenue, was never part of the original town of Oak Cliff, just as the Arcadia Park area was once its own municipality.

Get in[edit]

From Downtown Dallas -- Take either 45 or 35E South and cross the Trinity River. (Both freeways actual cross the River automatically.)

See[edit][add listing]

  • The Texas Theatre, 231 W Jefferson Blvd Dallas, Texas 75208, 214-948-1546, [1]. A movie theater and Dallas Landmark located in Oak Cliff, the Texas Theatre gained historical fame for being the place Lee Harvey Oswald, the assassin of President John F. Kennedy and Dallas police officer J. D. Tippit, was arrested after a brief fight. Open daily, today it hosts a mix of repertory cinema and special events.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Dallas Zoo, 650 South R.L. Thornton Freeway (I-35E), (214) 670-8443, [2]. Over 8,000 animals can be seen at this 97-acre zoo in south Dallas.  edit
  • Stevens Park Golf Course [6]
  • Kessler Theater, [3]. Movie theater turned into intimate concert venue  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Bishop Arts District, 315 N. Bishop Ave, Dallas TX 75208

Go to the historic Bishop Arts District and see for yourself what all of the buzz is about. Enjoy dining from fine to funky, take in an art gallery, get a massage or satisfy your shopping hunger at some of Dallas most unique, and interesting shops. Including: Addie's Off The Wall, Bishop Street Market, Eagerly Sought, Epiphany, Flip, Indigo 1745, Make, The Soda Gallery, Xpressions Boutique.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Cafe Madrid, 408 North Bishop Ave, 214-942-8272, Celebrating 18 Years as Dallas’ first Spanish restaurant and tapas bar, Café Madrid offers patrons a cozy, intimate dining setting reminiscent of the little cafes found on the streets of Madrid. Honored as one of D magazine’s “Best,” Café Madrid features such Spanish classics as paella, fried calamari, shrimp in garlic, and grilled quail. Wine Spectator magazine honored Café Madrid for their unique wine list, which includes many varieties of Spanish wines and sherries.
  • Cliff Cafe 901 Fort Worth Ave, Dallas, TX 75208, 214-393-4141. Modern comfort food from Executive Chef Jesse Gentile and his team. Updated classic entrees, a selection of salads, sandwiches, hamburgers and "all day breakfast". Also an eclectic selection of affordable and unique "New World" wines.
  • Hunky's, 321 N. Bishop Ave, Dallas TX, 75208. Hunky's features "Hot Off The Grill" 50's style burgers made with hand-formed fresh ground beef. Fifteen varieties of beef burgers. They also serve fresh ground turkey burgers, veggie burgers, all beef hot dogs, grilled chicken sandwiches, salads and many other styles of sandwiches. Side orders include French fries, crispy tater tots, and our famous hand-battered onion rings.
  • Metro Diner, 2316 W Davis St, +1 214-943-7473, [7]. Diner that is also open 24 hours.
  • Norma's Café,1123 W. Davis St.,Dallas, TX, 214-946-4711, [8]. Has been open since 1956, has everything you'd hope for in a diner: bar stools and booths upholstered in cherry red, breakfast served all day and a waitstaff that greets you like family. That's the thing at Norma's: It pretty much is family. It's the sort of place where customers come every single day, where the waitress doesn't even have to ask some of the regulars what they want. You really can't go wrong at Norma's (if you like 1950s-era diner food), but try the lemon meringue pie. It's not fancy, but chances are, it's just the way mom made it. And that's the whole idea at Norma's—it's like going home.
  • Pitt Grill, 2316 W. Davis Street, Dallas, TX 75208, 214-946-0220. Just a real nice laid back diner, open 24 hours. It's great for a good cheap breakfast!
  • Spiral Diner & Bakery, 1101 N. Beckley, +1 214-948-4747, [9]. Amazing vegan dishes, soups, salads, and sandwiches. You must try their desserts! Great funky atmosphere.
  • Tillman's Roadhouse, 324 W 7th Street, 214-942-0988, []. Tillman’s is an update on the classic Texas roadhouse. Regional menu favorites, familiar tunes, no one is a stranger hospitality—all energized with a modern take. A combination of both rustic and lush in everything from the menu to the décor. Tillman’s is a good-time destination, whether it’s for a quick drink, a casual dinner, or a special occasion.
  • Zen Shushi, 380 W 7th Street, []. Bishop Arts' newest restaurant and Oak Cliff's only sushi bar, ZEN Sushi! Experience chef Michelle Carpenter's traditional Japanese sushi and Asian-fusion sharing plates. Full bar, wine, beer, sake, and premium liquors. Call 214-946-9699 for reservations or take-out.
  • El Ranchito, 610 W. Jefferson Blvd., 214-946-4238, [4]. Mexican restaurant known for their ginormous portions.  edit
  • La Michoacana Ice Cream, 415 W Davis St, 214-948-3308. Mexican ice cream parlor known for their Michoacan style helado.  edit
  • Tienda La Campina Salvadorena, 1408 W Davis St, (214) 948-3030. Salvadorean restaurant known for their soups and pupusas. *<eat name="Zaguan Bakery & Cafe" alt="" address="2604 Oak Lawn Ave" directions="" phone="214-219-8393" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Venezuelan restaurant known for their arepas.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Beckley Brewhouse, 1111 N. Beckley Ave, Dallas, TX 75203, 214-943-8977

Opened in July 2006 & named one of the top 10 bars in Dallas by It attacts a lively and eclectic crowd but boasts a cozy interior that is comfortable and stylish.

  • Alley Oops, 1115 Beckley Ave, Dallas, TX 75203, 214-944-4309
  • BarBelmont, 901 Fort Worth Ave; Dallas, TX 75208, 214-476-3378

Perfect place to rejuvenate with friends, associates, and neighbors after a long day. Sit on the terrace and watch the sunset reflected in the shimmering towers of the skyline. Live music is featured every Thrusday night.

  • Quinn, 202 W. Davis Street, Dallas, Tx

The Quinn is many things to many people. Some say it’s a neighborhood bar and restaurant with a plethora of tasty appetizers, sandwiches, and salads (including many vegetarian options). Others love our beautiful, spacious patio with seating under the stars or under one of our huge, ancient oak trees. We’ve been described as an inspired European pub with a stellar jukebox.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Dallas Texas West, 4321 Communication Drive, 214-331-0505, [5].  edit


  • Old Oak Cliff Conservation League, P.O. Box 4027, Dallas, Texas 75208,Phone 214-989-3916 (voicemail)

General Information E-mail [email protected] [10]