Texas Monthly loves Oak Cliff

It’s the one with Santa Willie on the cover, page 40.

Texas Monthly’s Jordan Breal visited our humble burg for three days last month, and she says in her review, “I’m ready to change my zip code.”

Breal visited Bee Enchiladería, Oddfellows, Emporium Pies, the Belmont Hotel, Smoke, Eno’s, Hattie’s, the Kessler Theater, Dude Sweet Chocolate, We Are 1976, Neighborhood, Boulevardier, Bolsa Mercado, Lucky Dog Books, IndieGenius and M’Antiques.

At the end of her trip, she wandered over to taquería El Si Hay, “I decide that this may be my best meal yet,” she writes.

Here are a couple of Breal’s endorsements of Oak Cliff:

As I enjoy pork carnitas enchiladas aswim in a chipotle crema, I survey my fellow diners. There’s a pack of well-maintained ladies of a certain age, a young Spanish-speaking family, and a trio of tattooed dudes in skinny jeans. Already, I can’t help but be charmed by Oak Cliff’s laid-back vibe and cross-cultural appeal.

Factor in a new film festival and a new music festival, and you can see why Oak Cliff is often described as Big D’s Brooklyn.


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  • Luci

    WOW, El Si Hay one of the best meals. Love it, I started going to El Si Hay since it open its door in 1996. My favorite place to eat, next time try the elotes (corn in cup) there.

  • Kathi

    Yes, The OC is so much more than BAD area. I love the diversity and fun this “small town” has.

  • Jordan

    Hi Wendi! Would love to get your suggestions for what else I should check out the next time I visit Oak Cliff. Feel free to shoot me an email at jbreal @ texasmonthly.com. Appreciate it!

  • Luis

    Tomas

  • sunnyB

    “Big D’s Brooklyn” – love it!

  • wendi

    too bad they didn’t really experience oak cliff but rather only bishop arts…there is so much that is more interesting than that…