Northeast Dallas and Lower Greenville haven’t always been known for being a classy area. But it’s filled with quaint residential streets filled with craftsmen homes. Today, the area has become known for being a stop for different restaurants, cocktail bars, retail stores, minus the big box experience. With a very laid-back vibe, it is home to young, up and comers in cooking, yoga and the arts. So, we did our investigation to find some of the top spots for you to visit.
5. The Blind Butcher
Executive Chef, Oliver Sitrin, who makes most all the restaurants meats via a hand crank, and ferments veggies for pickles, potato chips and mustard are just a few of his specialties. Spider steaks, fried pig ears alongside an orange aioli or a watermelon or butter leaf salad are the perfect companions to his beef and pork dishes. His most famous dessert is served in a hollowed-out bone, and the marrow is cooked into his luscious chocolate cake.
4. Dude, Sweet Chocolate
Pastry Chef, Katherine Clapner is a native Texan but has worked all over the world including London and Venice. She is known for her unique touches like adding vinegar, curry or Romano cheese to her sweet dishes. Another unique quality is chickpeas, tobacco, or porcini mushrooms in her dark chocolate dishes. Her candy shop is a bit less flowery than most as she displays her goods as works of art. What she loves most about Lower Greenville is its pedestrian nature where neighbors pop in to sample the latest treats or pick up a unique gift.
3. Truck Yard
No, it’s not a yard full of vehicles, it’s a beer garden, although it is in a former auto parts store and salvage yard. It’s the whole neighborhood personified and filled with laid back customers and neighbors. Wear your flip flops in and grab one of 12 beers on top, some local picks by Deep Ellum Brewery and Bishop Cider Company are available. There’s live music, picnic tables, lawn chairs, food trucks and old tires to rest your weary feet. This is down home at its best!
Owned by a former graphic designer, Dan Bradley prints unique T-shirts, some of which you can buy right off the press since 2015. But tees aren’t the only thing you can buy here, baby onesies, and posters too. One of the things Dan loves about his home is the small neighborhoods that support small businesses, and you can catch your neighbors out at the gym, coffee shop or walking.
1. Good Records
Native San Antonian, Chris Penn has been a music lover all his life and has been a Lower Greenville resident for the last ten years. This shop, Good Records has become a local hangout for most of its 16 years of business. He sells albums, CDs and has been known to host in-store concerts, parties, and DJ sets. If you spot a gem, don’t delay, Chris plans to move his merchandise fast, and it’s priced accordingly.