Arts & Culture

A Day in the New Oak Cliff

Stroll down Jefferson Boulevard and find the best parts of this vibrant neighborhood.

Visit Dallas Staff
Posted on Aug 30, 2017

New neighbors have recently moved in among the quinceañera and bridal shops, taquerías and supermercados on historic Jefferson Boulevard. Take in the new vibe in the heart of Oak Cliff with a trip to a new restaurant and bar, or visit an old favorite.



New Spots


Crafted Beer on the Blvd.

Take a load off at Small Brew Pub, a neighborhood bar with a revamped menu and some of the best beer around, crafted right there in the brewery.

333 W. Jefferson Blvd


Tickle your Taste Buds

The Island Spot is new to the neighborhood and offers a refreshing menu of scrumptious Jamaican dishes. 309 W. Jefferson Blvd. You can cool down on a warm summer afternoon with another recent addition - NOLAsnoballs345 W. Jefferson Blvd.


For a taste of the Gulf, step into relative newcomer Mesa, where Chef Raul Reyes and his wife, Olga, have created an oasis with traditional food from Veracruz.

118 W Jefferson Blvd


Round out, or start your journey of discovery through the neighborhood by grabbing a handcrafted espresso or single-origin coffee to melt a coffee-lover's heart at Cultivar Coffee Bar and Roast,

312 W. Jefferson Blvd.



Old Classics 


Shopping with a Splash of Color

Check out the quinceañera and special occasion dresses in one of the many stores with colorful windows along the boulevard - like Lizcano's Bridal shop, a staple for 35 years at 834 W. Jefferson Blvd. Or get a bargain at the famous Levine's Department Store that offers budget-friendly shopping options.

511 W. Jefferson Blvd.


If music is your thing, get your fill of Latin tunes when you visit to find Ritmo Latino/Ritmo Rock, which has an impressive selection of hard-to-find Latin music.

523 W. Jefferson Blvd.


Traditional Morsels

Look for the bull on the roof to find the Charco Broiler, whose grill has been the delight of Dallasites for decades.

413 W. Jefferson Blvd.


If you are in the mood for Mexican food, you can't go wrong with two other traditional Latino hangouts:  El Ranchito 610 W. Jefferson Blvd. and Gonzalez Restaurant367 W. Jefferson Blvd.



History Comes to Life

Experience the multiculturalism that has made the neighborhood a special spot in Dallas when you visit the Oak Cliff Cultural Center at 223 W. Jefferson Blvd.


For a real brush with history, pop in for a movie in the Texas Theatre, located at 231 W. Jefferson Blvd., and get a drink in the theater's century-modern, swanky bar.