Getting out of the car in the Bishop Arts District, I am immediately intrigued by an amazing smell encompassing the air.  I look around, trying to identify where this great smell is originating from, but there are too many restaurants to determine the source.  I tell Marty that I think I should have worn my stretch pants today, and he gives me that cute boyish grin while shaking his head.  I’m sure he thinks I’m crazy about half of the time, but he goes with it anyway.

We pause to take pictures of the buildings, their brick facades decorated with murals.  The streets are adorned with fall decorations inviting visitors to take selfies.  People are abound in this area, and all seem to be happy that they are out enjoying this great day in Dallas, Texas.  While Marty is busy taking pictures, I find myself window shopping.

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About to enter this cute little store, he reminds me that we don’t have much time.  You see, today we are here for a specific reason, our Bishop Arts Food Tour!  Realizing that he’s right, and we don’t want to be late, I bypass the shopping for now, and allow him to take some more pictures in this eclectic neighborhood.

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Veracruz Cafe

Not wanting to be late, we wander into Veracruz cafe about 10 minutes early to meet our tour group that will join us on our Bishop Arts Food Tour.  We are immediately greeted by a smiling hostess that shows us where our group will be meeting.  Veracruz Cafe is a feast for the eyes.  Surrounded by vibrant colors, gorgeous abstract artwork, incredible chandeliers, and awesome old doors, I’m instantly intrigued by the atmosphere.

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Once seated, we are given some delicious chips and salsa and a glass of water.  Do note that the price of your tour includes the food tastings you will participate in and water only.  Any alcohol or other food items you are responsible for.

After being greeted by our guide for the afternoon, we were offered the drink menu.  Guys, the margaritas at Veracruz were so yummy!  Not only did they offer traditional margaritas, but they also had a large selection of super interesting flavors.  I’m not talking just strawberry and mango, they had flavors like passion fruit, peach, and tamarind.  I could stay all day and just sip margaritas!  Well, I thought that until the food came out.

I look down and the server has placed a large platter on our table.  I thought he made a mistake since only Marty and I were sitting at this small table, but no!  Our guide goes on to tell us that there is a platter for every two people and to dig in.  We feasted on jarochitas (Mexican egg rolls), gorditas, and catemaco chicken (chicken in a wine, tomato and mushroom sauce).  Everything we ate was amazing.  I especially loved the jarochitas.  The crispy egg roll like shell had been stuffed with chicken, cheese, and spinach and then deep fried!  Give me a margarita and a jarochitas and I’m a happy girl!  You can view Veracruz’ menu here.

Side note:  The hit show Queen of the South often films in the Bishop Arts District and has filmed in Veracruz Cafe!

Be warned friends-PACE YOURSELF!  You are going to receive a lot of amazing food.  We are just getting started, so don’t pig out here.  I know it’s good, but trust me!

Eno’s Pizza

After spending the perfect amount of time at Veracruz to enjoy our food and drinks while hearing the history of the Oak Cliff area, we departed and walked the very short distance to Eno’s Pizza.  I loved all the cute fall decorations around the neighborhood, so of course, Marty took some pics for me.

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At Eno’s, we were guided upstairs to this awesome little room.  I loved the laid-back charm of Eno’s.  The old hardwood floors were incredible.  I was delighted to see that we could all sit at one large table here as well.  Our guide took a minute for us to introduce ourselves to each other and then continued to tell us about the local history.

Everyone was intrigued when she began telling stories of the infamous gangsters who used to frequent this neighborhood, including Bonnie and Clyde.  Marty and I are giggling while she is talking because we both know that I am related to Bonnie Parker.  I’m sure the other guests thought we were crazy until we let them in on our secret.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have any “cool” stories to share with them about Bonnie.  LOL!

Eno’s had an interesting drink menu as well.  They offered several selections of craft beers, and since it was fall, that included a pumpkin brew.  They also had some really interesting mixed cocktails, the old-fashioned caught my eye, but I resisted.  Follow this link to find Eno’s menu.

After a few minutes of socializing, we were greeted with three large pizzas.  All of the pizzas at Eno’s are thin crust, and looked delicious!  For this tour, we had the heirloom spinach pizza which included truffle oil, spinach, red onion and garlic mushrooms.  I can’t tell you about this pizza at all since I don’t eat onions or mushrooms.  Several of our new friends loved it, so I’ll just take their word for it.  Next was Eno’s supreme pizza.  The supreme included red onion, black olives, garlic mushrooms, sausage, and bell pepper.  Marty really liked this one, he just wished that the crust had been crispier.  Our third and final pizza was the Pig Smiley and guys it was awesome!  Topped with honey, Benton’s ham, Eno’s sausage and pepperoni, this pizza seemed to melt in your mouth.  It felt more like a dessert than a pizza to me.  Needless to say, it was a crowd favorite and was devoured instantly.

On to the next stop!

Lockhart Smokehouse

Leaving Eno’s, we had a small walk to Lockhart Smokehouse (about a block).  I loved seeing all of the murals and hearing that one of the corner shops used to be the old malt shop where Bonnie and Clyde would often grab lunch.  Marty and I were content snapping pictures and getting to know our group members along the short walk.

We were warned that Lockhart can be super crowded and since they don’t take reservations, we might not be able to find enough seat for all of us, so we were pleasantly surprised to find that was not the case today.  We immediately pushed together several tables and waited patiently for our guide to bring on the beef!

Perusing the drink menu, I loved that Lockhart carried lots of Texas liquors.  Their wine was from a Texas producer, Times Ten Cellars.  They had a rotating selection of Texas draft beers including Revolver and Rarh and Sons.  They even featured liquor from Texas distilleries like Titos, Deep Eddy, and Enchanted Rock.  Way to support local Lockhart!  The drink that took the cake was this crazy thing,  The Burnt End Bloody Mary.  I wasn’t brave enough to try this concoction, but some of our tour buddies were.  I think I saw him break a sweat while drinking this one!

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You order in the back, and then bring your paper-wrapped food out to your table.  For this stop, we were treated to brisket and macaroni and cheese.  The brisket had an amazing smokey flavor and was extremely tender, but the best part was their bar-b-que sauce.  I loved the little kick of sweet and spicy from the sauce.  While Marty wasn’t a huge fan of the macaroni and cheese, I could have eaten my weight in it.  Perfectly creamy and yummy, be sure and order some when you go!  Follow this link to view Lockhart’s menu.

After leaving Lockhart’s, we headed toward Tillman’s Roadhouse.  Of course, I had to stop and take a picture in front of Parker Barrow’s bar, I mean it is named after family.  LOL!  A special shout out to our new friends Cheryl and Douglas for taking our picture.

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Tillman’s Roadhouse

Feeling full and really wishing I had worn my stretchy pants, we are off to another stop.  Walking into Tillman’s, you’re greeted by some cool pictures of iconic stars hanging on a cool wall made of wooden circles.  The atmosphere is casual and comfortable, with a touch of class.  We are seated at a long table and informed that at Tillman’s we will be enjoying tableside s’mores!  I’m immediately intrigued.  I like a good s’more.  So I settle in to examine the drink menu while we await our campsite treat.

Tillman’s has an extensive menu of wine and spirits and some truly unique cocktails.  There were several cocktails on the menu that were piquing my interest including the Blackberry Sage Rickey, made with gin, lavender honey, gin, lemon juice and of course blackberries and sage.  Having so many choices makes it difficult to make a decision.  One of the ladies in our group ordered The Bishop’s Table that included whiskey, bourbon, brandy, cognac, and bitters.  I decided to wait and see what she thought of her drink.

We listened to some more history of the area from our guide before being greeted with our s’mores.  I have to admit, the presentation was fitting.  The tableside s’mores were served on a wooden serving board.  Being informed that everything on the board was homemade here in house blew my mind.  The chocolate, cinnamon graham crackers, and the marshmallows were all homemade.  This was such a fun experience.  We were all laughing while roasting our marshmallows and then laughing some more as we bit into them allowing the chocolate and marshmallow to ooze out and cover our face and hands.  I think at one point I even had marshmallow in my hair, but who cares!  These s’mores were incredible!

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If you are in Dallas, you have to visit the trendy Bishop Arts District, and you should really do it while taking a food tour. This eclectic neighborhood is lined with bars, cafes, restaurants, and lovely boutique stores. This post tells you all about the amazing Bishop Arts Food Tour! #dallas #bishopartsdistrict #texas #visitdallas

If you are in Dallas, you have to visit the trendy Bishop Arts District, and you should really do it while taking a food tour. This eclectic neighborhood is lined with bars, cafes, restaurants, and lovely boutique stores. This post tells you all about the amazing Bishop Arts Food Tour! #dallas #bishopartsdistrict #texas #visitdallas

Tillman’s has an eclectic and fun menu that includes “The Hangover Platter,” the “B.A.D. Burger,” “Charred Poblano Gravy,” “Four Corners Beer Can Chicken,” and “Key Lime and Cactus Pear Cheesecake.”  Tillman’s should totally be on your list of places to visit in Dallas.  View their complete menu here.

Dude, Sweet Chocolate

The final stop on our tour today was Dude, Sweet Chocolate.  Although Marty and I were not able to attend this stop with our tour group, we have been to Dude, Sweet Chocolate before.  I could see this being the perfect ending to an awesome food tour.  Dude, Sweet Chocolate offers some amazingly good chocolates although some of the pairings are a little strange, so you have to keep an open mind.

Check out their unique combinations on their website.

Wrapping Up the Day

We had an awesome day on our Bishop Arts Food Tour.  We met some interesting and fun people, learned about the history of this historic neighborhood and ate more food than I usually do in a week.  I highly recommend this tour whether you are a local like us, or a visitor to Dallas, go on the Bishop Arts Food Tour!  Just be sure to bring your appetite and some stretchy pants.

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58 Comments

  1. Yana

    I seriously got super hungry reading this. That blood mary looks insane! I will definitely pin this for next time I head to Dallas.

    Reply
    • thattexascouple

      Thanks, Yana! It was a delicious tour and so worth the money! I could not believe all of the food we received!

      Reply
  2. Kay

    Bishop Arts is awesome! What a lovely place to walk around and grab brunch on a sunny afternoon. Your post is making me miss my weekend trips to Dallas!!

    Reply
    • thattexascouple

      Then you should take one soon Kay! If you do, let us know and we can do a “meet-up”. LOL!

      Reply
  3. Emily

    That Bloody Mary seriously looks amazing!! Def going to put it on my list of places to visit!

    Reply
    • thattexascouple

      Thanks, Emily. The tour was so fun and so worth it!

      Reply
  4. Kristen Tcherneshoff

    Great food descriptions, I felt like I was eating my way through your post with you! I’m a Bloody Mary fiend and that one looks AMAZING!!

    Reply
    • thattexascouple

      Thank you, Kristen. It was my first food post, so I’m glad it worked out. LOL! You can let me know about the Bloody Mary when you try it. 🙂

      Reply
  5. Lisanne

    Wow it looks so good!! We love trying out different foods when we travel too 🙂 Will save this for when we ever visit!

    Reply
    • thattexascouple

      Thanks, Lisanne! Everything we ate was delicious!

      Reply
  6. Jet Set Steph

    YUM – this post is making me hungry! I have plans to head to Dallas soon so will definitely be referencing this guide.

    Reply
    • thattexascouple

      Great! Check out our other Dallas past as well 🙂

      Reply
  7. Mathilde

    Love your writing style and the place (and food!) looks awesome.

    Reply
    • thattexascouple

      Thanks, Mathilde! 🙂

      Reply
  8. Ana

    Food and street art.. you hit my soft spot! However that drink… way to hipster… pushing event those boundaries :))) But the marshmallow… omg. I want to have that at home!

    Reply
    • thattexascouple

      That’s why we loved this tour, and this area, Ana. There seems to be a little something for everyone. Those s’mores were beyond words!!

      Reply
  9. Cristina

    OK I love Texas so I would love Dallas as well.
    Now I totally want to go there and eat everything!!!

    Reply
    • thattexascouple

      Ha-ha! You totally should! Dallas-Ft Worth is so fun and there is so much to do here!

      Reply
  10. ThatAnxiousTraveller

    I have a friend who lives near Dallas Fort Worth, and I’ve always fancied popping over there – this definitely motivates me to do it! 😀

    Reply
    • thattexascouple

      Please do! You will have a great time. There is so much here to see and do!

      Reply
  11. krista

    I’ve only been to Dallas once and i feel like i missed a huge part not reading this first! And that bloody Mary 😍 oh my word! it is loaded! This looks like such a fun time!!

    Reply
    • thattexascouple

      that just means that you have to come back and experience it, Krista! LOL!

      Reply
  12. Jenn -- The Solivagant Soul

    It seems like you found the most original places to eat here and there… I have never seen a place with your own fire to do smores! I loved it!

    Reply
    • thattexascouple

      It was great, Jenn. We love being tourists in our own town. Without this tour, we might have never tried all of these!

      Reply
  13. Sara

    Okay, I’m super hungry now. That pizza with the honey and the meat in particular sounded amazing, although I’d happily eat everything you mentioned in this post! Food tours are such a good way of experiencing local gems that you might otherwise never find out about!

    Reply
    • thattexascouple

      Sara, that pizza was incredible. It truly was this awesome balance of sweet and savory!

      Reply
  14. Leah

    You had me at “eating!” Trying the food from different places is my favorite part of traveling. And anywhere in Texas has my vote for best food all around!

    Leah

    Reply
    • thattexascouple

      Texas is known for having some great food. Maybe that’s why I’m getting chubby ;). LOL!

      Reply
  15. Mindi Hirsch

    That food tour sounds awesome with the variety and quantity of interesting food and drinks. I’m usually more of a savory food fan, but those s’mores sound amazing. I’m a sucker for homemade marshmallows!

    Reply
  16. Helena

    Wow there are so many places on this tour that sound amazing. I’d definitely want to try that lime and cactus pear cheesecake you mentioned at Tillman’s. Going to go and have a look at all the menus now 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

    Reply
    • thattexascouple

      I’m glad we could pique your interest, Helena. I want to try that cheesecake as well.

      Reply
  17. Lia Garcia

    Omg, this made me SO hungry!! I want that Bloody Mary!!!

    Reply
  18. Vanda

    What a cool neighborhood! Love the street art, and Veracruz Cafe looks beautiful and delicious… A passion fruit margarita for me, please! 😉

    Reply
    • thattexascouple

      Vanda, I just want to go back and try all of those margaritas!

      Reply
  19. Jordan

    This is my kind of tour – eating!!! I had a friend just move to Dallas and I’m going to send this article to her 🙂

    Reply
    • thattexascouple

      I understand we are foodies too! Thank you so much for sharing!

      Reply
  20. Jenn

    Holy moly that smore looks amazing!! Adding this to the list for whenever we get to Dallas for sure

    Reply
    • thattexascouple

      Thanks, Jenn! That is awesome!

      Reply
  21. Cherene Saradar

    Woah that Bloody Mary is meal unto itself!!! I love food tours. This one looks fun:)

    Reply
    • thattexascouple

      It really was Cherene! We love food tours also. They are such a fun way to meet people, learn some history, and of course, eat great food!!

      Reply
  22. Martha

    Pure torture reading this and looking at these photos sooo close to dinner time with a rumbling tummy 😀 Do Veracruz deliver to Northern Ireland?

    Reply
    • thattexascouple

      I’ll see what I can do for you, Martha! We are planning a trip to Ireland soon. I’ll have to hit you up for some tips!!

      Reply
  23. Harmony, Momma To Go

    Ive never been to texas, or on a food tour – but this looks incredible! was it too much food? I guess you are sampling more at each stop, I would be the person who fills up too much at the first stop!

    How are you related to Bonnie?

    Reply
    • thattexascouple

      Honestly, Harmony, it was a LOT of food. We just ate a few bites at each place and we were stuffed! A lot of people ate all of it but drank several cocktails as well. I don’t see how they managed! Bonnie was a second cousin to my grandmother, so I’m not really sure what that would make her to me. That part of our family history wasn’t talked about much. LOL!

      Reply
  24. Kate

    You had me at the s’mores. Yum!! I love the street art. This looks like such a fun area. I’m definitely going to need to check it out.

    Reply
  25. Mireille

    Omg, this post makes me hungry! Love it! Especially the crackers at Tillman’s roadhouse look delicious!

    Reply
    • thattexascouple

      They were amazing Mireille! I couldn’t believe that everything on that plate was made in-house, including the chocolate! It was heavenly!

      Reply
  26. Toni

    This entire post made me hungry! Wow, who knew Dallas was such a foodie destination? I’ll have to go back and do this tour. Looks really awesome! Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
    • thattexascouple

      We have a huge foodie community around here. Yes, definitely do the tour when you’re back in town!

      Reply
  27. Cat

    Wow, this looks like an amazing tour! The food looks and sounds delicious. Curious, would this be a good tour for kids to accompany you? Always looking for interesting things to do as a family, and we think our son would love this, but not sure if there are restrictions…

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    • thattexascouple

      Hi Cat. I think it would perfectly fine for kids to come on this tour. The history that is family friendly and all of the stops were restaurants, no bars.

      Reply
  28. Savannah

    Oh man! I was in Dallas last year and wish I had done this tour! Sounds like it was a blast!

    Reply
    • thattexascouple

      It was so fun, Savannah. You will just have to come back and visit so you can experience it!

      Reply
  29. Serena

    The district takes street art to the next level. I can’t wait to tell my friend about this area (she lives in Dallas and reckons it doesn’t have much culture :P)

    Reply
  30. Serena C

    The district takes street art to the next level. I can’t wait to tell my friend about this area (she lives in Dallas and reckons it doesn’t have much culture :P)

    Reply
    • thattexascouple

      Thanks for sharing Serena. There are actually lots of places in Dallas with their own vibe and culture. Have her check out the other posts on our blog if she’s interested :).

      Reply
  31. Mae-Gene

    Your food adventures look amazing! I am yet to visit Dallas, but I’m book marking this for when I get a chance to visit! I also, can’t tell whether I want to eat/drink the bloody mary or not (so confusing, but so delicious looking!!)

    Reply
    • thattexascouple

      It was so fun Mae-Gene, definitely add it to the list for when you visit!

      Reply

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