The Bishop Arts District was one of the places we stopped in during our tour of Dallas. An eclectic mix of places that are part of a renaissance for the neighborhood that started in 1984.
Highlights were a stop at Dude, Sweet Chocolate to sample and ultimately buy some original chocolate creations to bring home and late-night (later evening) at Tillman’s Roadhouse for s’ mores (featuring orange, maple and coffee marshmallows).
The area was originally developed as warehouses and shops in the 1920s. In the 1930s, a trolley stop along Davis became Dallas’ busiest trolley stop. The district began a decline in the mid-60’s through the beginning of the 80’s. The reasons for the decline included the rise of the shopping mall, the loss of sizable tenants such as Astor theater and Goodier Cosmetics, neighborhood demographic changes and finally the fact that buses began to replace streetcars making trolley stops like Bishop and Seventh useless.
The other shops were equally cool but how do you compete with chocolate and s’ mores? You don’t. Pictures after the jump.
Update: The first two images are of Charco-Broiler Steak House and may not technically be part of the Bishop Arts District. It did, however, remind me of the bull that used to sit in front of Staley’s Charcoal Steak House on Reynolda Road (picture of their bull) in Winston-Salem, NC and had to be photographed.