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Nov 19, 2009 04:14 PM

Eats in Bishop Arts (Dal)

My wife wants me to take her to explore the Bishop Arts district next week. (She's never been.)
Opinions, please: Where to eat??

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    1. re: the_sneeb

      You won't go wrong with Hatties. Be sure to build in time to walk around the galleries and funky shops before or after.

      Lots of great places mentioned, but to complete the list: (i) Zen Sushi is one the best sushi spots in Dallas with great fish and creative presentations (I am saving up to do the Omikase there's really special), (ii) Cafe Madrid also has outpost in Bishop Arts (it's never as crowded as the Knox location, but they do put out some very good food).

      You might want to stop by Tillman's or Enos for a before or after dinner drink. They each have lively bars. Hatties has a bar, but it's more of quiet, graceful place.

      Hula Hotties has terrific pastries, but it not really a destination dining spot. Bolsa (D Magazine's restaurant of the year) and Kavala are both great, but don't offer the walk around Bishop Arts experience.

      1. re: dfwtexex

        WHile I enjoy the food at Hattie's, I really have to disagree that it is "quiet and elegant" - at least in the dining area. It certainly has potential for both as they've really paid a lot of attention to visual detail; but as is, their acoustics just don't allow for "quiet". At full occupancy, it's really quite noisy.

        1. re: CocoaNut

          I agree with you. My post wasn't exactly clear. The dining room at Hatties can be quite lively and loud. But, the tiny reception area isn't really a bar scene. Most people are usually just sitting with a drink while they wait for the rest of their party or a table. I was comparing it to Tillmans' and Eno's which have more of bar scene. That is what I was trying to say.

    2. Tei An is not in Bishop Arts but rather the Dallas Arts District a difference of about 5 miles, give or take. Tei An would be the best choice though. I am not sure if you are including the area just to the east outside the acutal district. In that case there is also Gloria's (the orginal), Kavala, and Bolsa.

      Hatties and Tillman's Roadhouseare the standouts.

      Eno's Pizza, Cafe Veracruz and Cafe Madrid are probably the second tier.

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      1. re: LewisvilleHounder

        Actually Bolsa and Glorias are to the west....sorry for that mistake. Davis @ Lewellyn

      2. We eat often in BA's. That's my favorite place to go these days as it is very "unDallas". Everyone doesn't look the same as where we live. We particularly like Hatties and Bolsa. We ate a Bolsa last Friday and it was terrific. Lot's of small plates to share. driven produce and meats. Great, reasonable wine list. Hattie's is suped-up southern/low country food with a great decor and great service. We also like the bar at teh Belmont Hotel for a pre-dinner cocktail. Good vibes in the BA.

        1. I love Hattie's, shrimp and grits and Eno's, ultra thin pizzas and DogFish head ales.

          1. Eno's Pizza is spectacular, especially when they have live music, Friday and Saturday nights, I believe, but verify. Veracruz and Vitto's Italian are both good but not great.