Nova is our neighborhood’s version of the “Cheers” bar. Where everybody knows your name.
Except instead of chintzy pitchers of beer and sass from Carla, our version has craft beer, decent wine and sass from J.D.
It’s appropriate that neighbors voted Nova their favorite bar in Oak Cliff, considering the restaurant and neighborhood hangout marks its fifth year in business on West Davis at Windomere this month.
While nearby Bolsa does killer business from bridge crossers as well as neighbors, Nova feels more like a locals only place.
The menu changes about four times a year. Their new burger has pimento cheese, bacon and pickled green tomatoes. New entrees include a grilled Mishima strip steak and Texas wild boar chops. But favorites including the brick-oven pizzas and roasted cauliflower are always on the menu.
And by the way, we were just kidding about J.D. being sassy. He’s more likely to give a hug or a pat on the back, but if you’re a Nova regular, he probably does know your name.
Runner-up: Oak Cliff Social Club
Third place: Tradewinds