An Open (and Helpful!) Letter to Sad People Wandering Bishop Arts on Monday Nights

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Bolsa's burger never fails -- not even on Mondays.
Dear People Wandering Sadly Around the Bishop Arts District on a Monday Night,

I see you. It's Monday night, and you are at the Bishop Arts District. I can tell you don't live around here because of that confused and disappointed look on your face.

I feel sorry for you, because I know you drove all the way down here from your alternate version of Dallas to eat dinner. First, you thought the parking lot seemed a little empty. Then the door to Eno's didn't open when you pulled on it. By the time the tumbleweed blew past you started to panic because you realized there isn't going to be any pie at the end of your evening.

And you are very right, there isn't going to be pie, because Emporium Pies is closed on Mondays. So are a lot of other places in this part of Oak Cliff. Because people that own and work in restaurants have lives to lead, with errands to run, family to text message, Netflix to watch.

At this point it looks like you are moving through the five stages of grief, which is totally normal and appropriate for a person in your situation. But you need to move through your feelings of anger and depression and understand that this has happened to many people many times before. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. You might even spot other displaced persons peering into a window by Hattie's or crying quietly as they slide down the door in front of Dude, Sweet Chocolate.

But all is not lost. There are many restaurants that have decided to neglect their families and Netflix accounts in order to put food in your mouth seven days a week. Are you going to have the full-blown shopping/eating/walking Bishop Arts experience? No. But you can still save your girls night out/date night/dinner with your parents and leave with food in your stomach, which is the most critical part, biologically speaking anyway.

This is not an exhaustive list. There are places on Jefferson Boulevard like El Ranchito that are open, but I know a lot of you are already outside your comfort zone so I won't push you any further south. Maybe next time. Also you won't find Zen Sushi on this list, though it is open on Mondays and the reason I'm in the Bishop Arts District at this very moment. You and your SUVs get the entire Bishop Arts District and surrounding area Wednesday through Sunday, so if you could let us have this one restaurant this one day a week I would appreciate it. Thank you.

Ten Bells Tavern
This bar and restaurant is east of the Bishop Arts District, just past that one house that has somehow not been sold to a developer yet. It's got a rustic patio with picnic tables, not to mention local beer on tap, fish and chips, great sandwiches and rotating seasonal specials. If you aren't wearing high heels, this place should have been your first choice all along.

Lockhart Smokehouse
Everyone loves BBQ right? Except vegetarians and I am one of those so I have zero insight into this place. But this guy seems to like it and that is good enough for me.

Gloria's
Even though there are lots of Gloria's around Dallas, this one is worth your time because it is the original. In this case original means they moved to a bigger, different building a while back and have since torn down the old one because no one wanted to move into it. But there is a patio and margaritas, which will turn your botched night out around in two drinks flat.

Location Info

Ten Bells Tavern

232 W. 7th St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Lockhart Smokehouse

400 W. Davis St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Gloria's

600 N. Bishop Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Hunky's Old Fashioned Hamburgers

321 N. Bishop Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Bolsa

614 W. Davis St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Nova

1417 W. Davis St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music


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13 comments
julie.clemens
julie.clemens

Thanks for this! We live 2 blocks North of the Bishop Arts District, and even we are aghast - aghast, I tell you! - at the Monday evening closures around here. But everything you listed is well worth a visit, and of course those folks need a day off!  We usually hit Ten Bells or (outside the BA) El Ranchito on Mondays. 

lcappon
lcappon

I most definitely have done this before, haha. Great article.

klassiter3
klassiter3

Skip all these places and go get tacos at El Si Hay.  Eno's is really overrated anyway.

AreaMan
AreaMan

Dear Jerkwads, Yuppies, and Uptowners Walking Around the Bishop Arts District Any Night of the Week,

Get the fuck out. You're slowly killing the things that make our neighborhood cool.

Sincerely,

6-Year Bishop Arts Resident

angelaradams
angelaradams

Great article, Liz!  The hubby and I actually ended up in Bishop Arts on a Monday once and were totally lost and confused - this article would have come in handy!  Also, I'm reminded that we haven't been to Ten Bells in ages.  Need to go back there soon. :)  Thanks!

doofUSA
doofUSA

@klassiter3 that's funny, eno's is my favorite pizza in dallas and i think el si hay is overrated

T_S_
T_S_

@AreaMan 

Note to the TABC:  establishments in the BA district appear to be serving six year olds.

J_A_
J_A_

You sir are a pretentious douchebag. Maybe Uptown would be more fitting for you.

The_triplefake_Brandon_Eley
The_triplefake_Brandon_Eley

@AreaMan Don't blame me.  The last time I was in B.A., I showed your secret police agent my identity papers and they waved me through the checkpoint. 

Mike1676
Mike1676

@AreaMan Dear hipster douchebag, the neighborbood was great until you moved in 6 years ago.  You get the fuck out and go back to mommy and daddy's.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@AreaMan Dickheads like you make your area seem uncool, asshat.  your businesses cant survive on BA residents alone

julie.clemens
julie.clemens

@angelaradams Ten Bells is wonderful. And if you haven't been there in as little as a month, then that counts as "ages", as far as I'm concerned. ; )

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@angelaradams you havent been in ages but its only been open a little over a year. this is a very confusing point

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