Visitors Guide - Bishop Arts District

With dance halls and fancy PB&Js, Bishop Arts is one of the contenders for Dallas’ most up-and-coming neighborhoods. These quaint little streets are filled with gorgeous murals, cute little shops, and fun nightlife scenes, but there are a few places that just stand out among the rest. 

Texas Theatre

The Texas Theatre was making history from the moment it opened its doors. Its state-of-the-art cooling system made it the first theater in Dallas with air conditioning, and with the way Texas heat is known to behave, it’s no wonder why “The Texas” became so popular so quickly. The developers of the theatre wanted to make sure their investment would never been destroyed, so the entire structure was built from concrete, and the crew liked to boat that the expense was worth it to have a “fireproof” establishment.

The Texas Theatre is a movie theater and Dallas landmark located in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas, Texas. It gained historical significance on November 22, 1963, as the location of Lee Harvey Oswald's arrest for the killing of Dallas police officer J. D. Tippit.

Many people walk into the theatre each year without knowing that they’re entering the very same theatre Lee Harvey Oswald once did. On the day of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the alleged killer supposedly took a cab to Oak Cliff, picked up a few things from his rooming house (now a museum), and then walked a few blocks over where he was confronted by Officer J.D. Tippit. It was proposed by authorities that Oswald shot Tippit, and while the Police were on the search for him, he slipped into the Texas Theatre unaware that a nearby storeowner was following him. Oswald was later apprehended in his seat, leaving the theatre with a shiner no one wanted to explain.

Dallas Grilled Cheese Co.

Dallas Grilled Cheese Company is dedicated to re-imagining the perfect comfort food, grilled cheese sandwiches, in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Two locations in Dallas: in Dallas' Historic Bishop Arts District, and in Mockingbird Station across from SMU.

This restaurant is every cheese lover’s paradise. Be prepared to play with your food, because these sandwiches come loaded to the brim with bottomless goodies. The building is a lovely little stop for lunch, with a chic, modern industrial design that you won’t be scared to get in the background of your monumental sandwich (you know, if there’s any room on screen after that). 

Choose from delicious options like a “The Dude”, a different take on the original Manwich, a Brie and Bacon grilled cheese, or even a grilled PB&J with cream cheese! Trust us, whatever you choose, you’re not going to want to stop eating. They also have tons of options for any picky eaters on your hands, so if someone just wants a regular un-grilled PB&J? They’ve got you.

Dallas Zoo

Dallas Zoo is a 106-acre zoo located 3 miles south of downtown Dallas, Texas, in Marsalis Park. Established in 1888, it is the oldest and largest zoological park in Texas and is managed by the non-profit Dallas Zoological Society. It is home to over 2,000 animals representing 406 species.

This could arguably be just right outside Bishop Arts, but it’s close enough that if you’re already in the area, you need to go. The zoo began as an exhibit of two deer and two mountain lions from Colorado bought for only $60 and placed in enclosures in City Park. Fast forward to today, and the Dallas Zoo still holds the title of the oldest and largest zoological park in Texas.

Be sure to take notice of the giant statue of a giraffe near the entrance, because it’s the tallest statue in Texas! The tongue sticking up towards the sky wasn’t in the original plans, but after the zoo got news that they were close to beating the Sam Houston statue in Huntsville, they added the tongue as a way to increase the height just enough to make themselves the new holder of that title. With over 2,000 animals, the Dallas Zoo never does anything small.

Oddfellows

Oddfellows is a step up from your everyday neighborhood diner. A greasy spoon has its place, but for those times when you want to step up your homestyle food game, Oddfellows has just the thing for you. This place mean quality, and they’re serious about getting it, which is why the restaurant is home to an espresso machine that cost them $15,000. It’s name is La Marzocco, and it’s one of only 11 of its kind in the entire world. So essentially, if you’re a coffee lover, this is the place for you.

Oddfellows offers options like a fried green tomato BLT, Buffalo Mac n Cheese, and a brisket hash that’s to die for. It’s BYOB, so you can bring your favorite beverage and pair it with whatever looks good on the menu… which is a lot of things. While it’s not your typical diner, it is an awesome place to bring a first date or some friends. The diner has a down to Earth atmosphere that’s dressed up enough to impress, so keep it in your back pocket for the next time you have a special occasion.

Lockhart Smokehouse BBQ

Have you ever stood at the front of a candy shop and wondered which of the fancy chocolates you should get because they all just look so good? That’s what going to Lockhart Smokehouse feels like, but better, because the cheerful man behind the counter will slice you off a free sample if you’re having trouble choosing. 

Pick your meat at the counter, and that same cheerful man will cut you off as much or as little meat as you want. Just remember that they’ll have to weigh it by the end, so don’t go too crazy. It may look like a buffet, but you’d be sorely mistaken. Pick your sides and slide down the counter to receive your freshly-made goodness. It may not be a fancy steakhouse, but the barbecue is sublime enough to trick you into thinking you’ve stepped into a Michelin 5-star renowned joint.

Revelers Hall

Don’t have the money to travel to New Orleans? Or back in time? That’s fine, Revelers Hall has no problem bringing the taste, sights, and sounds of 1920s Louisiana to you. The small space seats 50, but has been known to pack in more for some fantastic shows. So if you’re fine with standing, you can catch some lovely live jazz and swing music. 

The bar is known for keeping the Bishop Arts District up just a little later than its usual bedtime of 10 o’clock. Revelers Hall is dedicated to that “just a little while longer” feeling of a Friday night, and their shows are big and loud enough to prove it. Try a swing dance lesson or just nibble on a charcuterie board, however you choose to enjoy the hall, you’re sure to be transported to a wonderful time.

Emporium Pies

Who doesn’t love a good slice of pie? We’ll remain short and sweet with our description of this little joint. In fact, we could sum up the entire Emporium Pies experience in two words:

Just go.

Really, do yourself the favor. Even if you’re not a pie person, this place might make you change your mind on that stance. If you already have a Dean Winchester-like passion for the flaky desert? Surprise! You’re going to love pie even more now. As they say, “We make good pies, really good pies,” and that’s all you really need to know, honestly.

DFW M’antiques

Have you ever had that frustrating experience where you want to get a guy in your life something special for Christmas or his birthday… but he just buys everything he wants anyway? Buying gifts for the men in your life can be one of the most challenging things on your to-do list, but fear no more, because M’antiques is here to save the day!

This up-and-coming little shop has prices that make sense. If the word “antique” has been known to make your wallet cower and hide in your pocket, this little store is here to change that. They’ve got any cool little vintage do-dad you, or any person you’d like to give a present to, could ever want or need. Specializing in industrial antiques, they’ve got everything from vintage cameras to a 40-year-old Playboy collection. We’re sure you’ll find something for all the guys on your list and still have some left over for yourself.