33 Ways to Tell You're Spending Too Much Time in Oak Cliff

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In many ways Oak Cliff is the soul of Dallas -- home to several of its best restaurants and most vital residents. Its finest music venue, The Kessler, is the great counter-argument to all those who would accuse Dallas of worshipping only the new and shiny. The theater is an architectural marvel, victim of a tornado and a fire and years of neglect and now a careful, beautiful listening room. It's right where it belongs.

You love Oak Cliff, but have you ever wondered if you've been living there for too long? If any of the following indicators hit close to home, the question has probably crossed your mind before.

See also: 25 Ways to Tell You Spend Too Much Time in Deep Ellum

33. Everyone you know is self-employed.

32. Your car reeks of al pastor tacos.

31. Your favorite rapper goes to the same salon as you.

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30. Your brunch at Ten Bells Tavern often turns into dinner at Ten Bells Tavern.

29. You don't watch Real Housewives. You just eavesdrop on white women in the Bishop Arts District on the weekends.

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Get elotes good enough and you'll feel like you're at a beach, anyway.

28. You have a preferred elotes man.


27. Every March 31st, you go to Country Burger for a Selena burger. RIP.

26. You know that North Oak Cliff Beer & Wine delivers.



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19 comments
vrimach1
vrimach1

Haha, this is a fun list!

erikthebold
erikthebold

This is a fun list. Only about 50% grooves with my experience here (I'm on the far east end by the zoo), but I would like to up my percentage of SOME of these. 

P.S. Number nine is snoring on me as I type. 

karlwilliams
karlwilliams

B.A.D. its like a small town redneck 1 light town in the middle of dallas.  Some of these posters are the clear example of what im talking about. Turn a fun 20-something observation article into bitching an moaning.  Everytime im down there i get/hear some comment about dallas(the passive agressive talk loud kind), like dallas is made up of solely uptown people. im a brown 30 somthing that isnt rich, never could stand uptown, and i still get those redneck ass looks from older white people.  and believe me i know those looks. Some good folks from DALLAS made that shithole viable ala the bolsa,nova,etc folks.



ive seen better attititudes on 20 something uptown gold diggers on lowest greenvile than the old bitter beer face "ive been in Oak CLiff FOREVER' get out of Bishop Arts old farts.

davewilbur
davewilbur

one of the greatest adventures of my life was the three years I spent in O C, still not sure how I made it out alive.

Barry Kooda
Barry Kooda

I've lived here for 16 years and still only 2 of these somewhat apply.
Who makes this stuff up?

daviddennard
daviddennard

OK, I guess I'm still a ton of hours away from spending too much time in Oak Cliff...and I go there all the time. Whew!

AdamsonScott
AdamsonScott

Article should have been titled "33 reasons for people never to set foot in Oak Cliff"

juanmayeaux
juanmayeaux

Sounds like the writer is Mexican or a wanabe-Hispanic and who doesn't own a car. Living in a place like Oak Cliff, where some residents don't abide by reasonable laws like no live stock or chickens allowed on residential property is no my idea of Utopia. If the writer wants to be around Roosters, I would recommend relocating to a rural area.

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

As a former OC resident many of these made me laugh.  However, one you left off:  You bitch that despite all the changes, it is still not like Austin/Portland.

sleepyhead420
sleepyhead420

could have used a gratuitous chased by dogs reference. Like that little chihuahua at Glenfield and Pierce.

plopswagon
plopswagon

If you think you're spending too much time in Oak Cliff, then you obviously don't live there.

Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

You can't spend too much time in Oak Cliff. If you're writing articles thinking you spend too much time in Oak Cliff, leave.

mcdallas
mcdallas

A 3-block walk from parking space to B.A.D. isn't that big of a deal.

kathy.eisele
kathy.eisele

@Barry Kooda We've been here for nearly 15 years. This list is pure drivel.  The types of stories make me cringe because people read it and what to come see what all the fuss is about.  A few were borderline offensive to Hispanic people.

benwellsstreet
benwellsstreet

That's not fair; you can't really tell they're roosters until like a year after they are born

Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

@plopswagon True. Actually, this article should have been entitled 33 things you do if you're more irritating than the gangbangers and dopedealers we ran out of the neighborhood 20 years ago.

Barry Kooda
Barry Kooda

@Cliffhanger It's getting a lot harder to find a reason to cross the river into Dallas. I'd much rather stay in the Cliff.

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