Charco Broiler: We’d expect any restaurant that has a giant cow perched atop its roof to know a thing or two about steak, and Charco Broiler doesn’t disappoint. This familyowned business prides itself on serving quality steaks at budget prices, and with prime cuts ringing in under $14, it certainly does just that.
Tillman’s Roadhouse: This steakhouse has been providing the community with updated regional favorites since 1992. One thing that hasn’t changed since the transition from Tillman’s Corner, however, is the quality of the food. Tillman’s still serves the same juicy and ﬂavorful steaks that became its signature two decades ago.
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Best Garden Shop Florist: Dirt
Whether you just need a bouquet or are looking to replant your yard, Dirt is the best place to go. The florists are experts in helping you select the perfect plants and creating unique arrangements, and they also sell local, handmade flowerpots and unique floral gifts.
Best Festival: Bastille on Bishop
The Bishop Arts District sees many festivals every year, but none are more beloved than this celebration of France’s independence and revolution. With events ranging from mussel cook-of s to French maid relays and games of petanque (all experienced with generous amounts of wine, naturally), we’re already excited for this summer’s celebration.
One of our reporters (who didn’t vote, mind you) has seen Dr. Vladi Dejong charm a fearful ball of hair and claws right out of a cat carrier and onto an exam table, then deliver a round of shots without prompting so much as a fl inch. Rare stuff . The staff never seems to turn over at this small neighborhood clinic, which has quick appointment scheduling and often little to no waiting — make that whimpering — time in the lobby.
Best Dentist: West Davis Dental
Going to the dentist is never fun, but the staff at West Davis Dental work hard to make visits as comfortable as possible. Offering a full range of hygienic and cosmetic dental services, they’ll have your entire family’s pearly whites shining brightly in no time at all.
Best Movie Theater: Texas Theatre
It seemed that the public had all but forgotten this piece of Jef erson Avenue history, until Aviation Cinemas took over the lease and breathed new life back into its dusty rafters. In just a couple years, the company has begun the process of restoring the theater to its former glory days by showing an impressive selection of indie ﬁ lms, superhero blockbusters, and zany performances.
It’s only been a few years since the resurrection of the Kessler Theater, but it’s become the area’s go-to venue for a wide variety of live performances. After sitting unoccupied for decades, it’s been incredible for the community to witness the triumphant restoration of one of Dallas’ most historic buildings. From its Art Deco decor to its soaring acoustics, the Kessler is one of the most dynamic places to see a show.
Best Bike Shop: Oak Cliff Bicycle Company
This place prides itself on “keepin’ it wheel,” and we’d have to say they do just that. If you need a new ride, or if your current wheels just need some TLC, they’re fully equipped to meet all your biking needs. They also organize fun rides around the community, including their cheeky Sunday Spandex Ride.
Best Barbeque: Lockhart Smokehouse
Named for the barbecue capital of Texas, this joint prides itself on serving meat so tender and flavorful that forks and sauce are not needed. The meats are smoked over Texas post oak, and the sides menu features updated Southern classics interspersed with some of the owner’s family favorites.
Best Doctor: Dr. Darryl Curry
Dr. Curry has been treating aching tummmies around Oak Clif since 1986. In fact, some of his former patients have kids of their own now. He’s loathe to call his work as a pediatrician a “job,” saying that he has too much fun to consider what he does work. Fortunately for the community, Dr. Curry doesn’t plan to retire anytime soon; he can’t imagine a day without the tiny patients who he says are fun-loving and inspirational, even when sick.