This list from BuzzFeed, “30 ways you know you live in Dallas” has been making the social media rounds this week. While I agree with most of them, Oak Cliff isn’t really mentioned except at No. 24, which is “You love the Bishop Arts District because it’s not too … ‘Dallas.'”
We need our own list. So here it is. The BuzzFeed-style 30 ways you know you live in Oak Cliff:
1. You will wait for elotes at El Si Hay unless the line is more than five deep.
In which case, you drive to your second-best elotes stand.
2. You know exactly where this is.
And it fills you with hometown pride every time you see it.
3. You can walk or ride your bike to the best live-music venue in Dallas.
But you’re really there for the great programming.
5. You are frustrated when you crave Aunt Stelle’s on Monday (or anytime between Labor Day and Memorial Day).
6. But thankfully, there’s always this.
7. Sunset vs. Adamson: You have a dog in that fight.
You might even wear the corresponding mum.
9. Speaking of Eno’s, you rarely go there (or any place else in Bishop Arts) on the weekends because that’s when it’s overrun with tourists from Dallas.
Unless you are entertaining a guest from out of state, in which case, Tillman’s or Hattie’s.
10. Your Instagram feed includes at least one amazing photo of a sunset, shot from Jefferson Boulevard or the Jefferson Street Viaduct.
11. You upgraded to a bike-shop bike with skinny tires because your big-box store cruiser couldn’t get you over the viaduct.
12. You have emailed your city council representative with ideas for bike lanes or other urban-planning issues, or at least, you have attended a public meeting on those matters.
13. You know how to identify a Charles S. Dilbeck house.
14. The Oak Cliff Mirror and Glass sign is comforting because you know you’re almost home when you see it.
15. This guy.
16. You walk or otherwise exercise at Kidd Springs, Lake Cliff or Kiest Park.
You either feed or fear the ducks and geese.
17. You prefer to stay within a 2-mile radius of your house. Uptown? Lakewood? Preston flippin’ Hollow? Too. Far. Away, man. And the suburbs might as well be Siberia.
19. You know at least one person who has a business that involves baking or remaking vintage clothing or furniture.
But there’s only one Smooth Operator.
And any number of confections from the fruiteria, like the mangonada slushie from Fruiteria Cano, above.
21. You know which restaurant has the cheapest, best margaritas depending on the day of the week.
22. You are a taco snob.
23. You’re pretty much OK with the city giving Rudy’s an outrageous economic development grant of $890,000 because, dang. That chicken is good.
24. You follow the Real Housewives of Oak Cliff on Facebook.
And you’d like to take “Shay” out to Red Lobster for a cocktail sometime.
25. You have taken in a stray cat or dog from your street.
Now your house is at pet capacity, and you have begun pushing your friends and family into taking strays.
26. You curse every time you forget and turn right onto Interstate 30 from Sylvan instead of heading to the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge to Dallas.
27. At first you are jealous of your friends across the river because they have so many more options for Thai and Vietnamese food.
But then you’re all, “Whatever. They don’t have chef Justin Holt’s ramen.”
28. You daydream about uses for the “condemned motel” next to Chicken Scratch.
29. You have a very strong opinion about the Alamo Plaza Hotel Courts sign.
30. Most of all, you live here because you love your neighbors, there’s always something interesting going on, and you know Oak Cliff is the best neighborhood in Dallas.