Exploring the Bishop Arts District: 5 Must-See Shops & Restaurants

Experience the best of the Bishop Arts District in Dallas, TX with these 5 Must-See Spots.

5 Must-See Spots in the Bishop Arts District - The Dallas Mom

If you live in Dallas and you haven’t experienced the Bishop Arts District, you are definitely missing out! It’s full of fabulous restaurants, unique shopping experiences, and pie! What else could you want!? These two blocks tucked in the middle of Oak Cliff are packed with fun finds you won’t find anywhere else.

5 Must-See Spots in the Bishop Arts District

1. Lockhart Smokehouse

5 Must-See Spots in the Bishop Arts District - The Dallas Mom - Lockhart SmokehouseWe actually found Lockhart Smokehouse after watching BBQ Pitmasters on Netflix. Lockhart Smokehouse was the first thing that brought us to the Bishop Arts District and it keeps us coming back because it is all about great Texas BBQ. Unlike BBQ in other parts of the world, Lockhart Smokehouse prides itself on making meat so good that you don’t need any sauce. They feature staples that never change (like brisket, ribs, and pork loin), but the rotate meats like burnt ends (meat candy!), salmon, and beef ribs.

5 Must-See Spots in the Bishop Arts District - The Dallas Mom - Lockhart Smokehouse

It might sound odd when talking about a BBQ joint, but when we take out-of-towners to Lockhart Smokehouse, we always make sure they try the bread pudding. Whether it’s s’mores bread pudding, cinnamon roll bread pudding, or whisky bread pudding, you’ll be in for a treat! Check out their Facebook page for their daily offerings.

2. DIRT

DIRT is a flower shop with an edge! Their unique arrangements and eclectic furnishings will inspire you to rethink your garden. You might leave searching for vintage library catalogs and busted pianos to renovate your garden. Their arrangements are unique and some are one-of-a-kind. They say, “It is our mission to use what’s found, what can be saved, re-purposed, and re-imagined before anything else.” Which is exactly what makes DIRT so special.

3. We are 1976

5 Must-See Spots in the Bishop Arts District - The Dallas Mom - We are 1976

We are 1976 is one of my favorite stores in Dallas. They feature lovely cards, prints, and gifts made by local artists and designers.

5 Must-See Spots in the Bishop Arts District - The Dallas Mom - We are 1976

My favorite part of this hole-in-the-wall shop is their workshops. Every month, you can learn skills like modern calligraphy, letterpress, and printing business cards. It’s a creative person’s paradise!

4. Dallas Grilled Cheese Co.

5 Must-See Spots in the Bishop Arts District - The Dallas Mom - Dallas Grilled Cheese Co.

If your kiddos love grilled cheese, but you’d like something a little more sophisticated, the Dallas Grilled Cheese Co. is the perfect compromise.

5 Must-See Spots in the Bishop Arts District - The Dallas Mom - Dallas Grilled Cheese Co.

You must check out their specialities like The Favorite (Parmesan-crusted grilled sourdough with American, aged Cheddar and Gruyére cheeses, crumbled bacon, Dijon mustard) and their Spicy Two-Pork & Cheese (Grilled sourdough, honey compound butter, ham, bacon, Swiss, aged Cheddar, spicy jam). Their modern, industrial decor makes this restaurant a must-see spot.

5. Emporium Pies

5 Must-See Spots in the Bishop Arts District - Emporium Pies

If you need some help convincing your kids (or husband) to visit the Bishop Arts District with you, just tell them about Emporium Pies. This little bakery in what looks like an old house at the end of the Bishop Arts District is the perfect way to end an afternoon exploring. The only bad part about visiting Emporium Pies is deciding which pieces of their freshly-made pies to try. (But don’t fret over it too much, because you’ll definitely be back!)

5 Must-See Spots in the Bishop Arts District - Emporium Pies

I always love the Lord of the Pies – an indulgent deep dish apple pie with a cinnamon streusel topping, while my hubby prefers the Snowball – a creamy coconut cream pie in a decadent flaky crust. My daughter is much less picky – she will eat any piece of pie you put in front of her!

5 Must-See Spots in the Bishop Arts District - The Dallas Mom

Whether you visit the Bishop Arts District for date night, a mother-daughter day, or an afternoon with the family, you won’t be disappointed. There are so many places to explore – I didn’t even have room to mention Pier 247, Oak Cliff Bicycle Company, Tillman’s Roadhouse, Hunky’s, and Eno’s Pizza! Did I miss your favorite Bishop Arts District spot? Share it in the comments below!

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