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Oak Lawn’s best restaurants

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We’ve taken a look at one of Dallas’s most progressive neighborhoods to find its best food. The Uptown district is known for being one the city’s most LGBTQ-friendly areas. It’s close to Downtown, so Oak Lawn has some great food and fantastic arts and nightlife. Because of its proximity to so many great amenities, it’s festivals are some of the liveliest. Check out our shortlist of places to try below, and read on to find out more about them.

  • Café Brazil
  • Hunky’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers
  • Sprezza Italian Restaurant
  • Lucky’s Café

Café Brazil

This restaurant has been a hit for the neighborhood. With a menu that rivals the Cheesecake Factory, Café Brazil has food to fit whatever one might be craving. Despite its broad range of options, the restaurant seems to have spent plenty of time perfecting each recipe. If you’re going for breakfast, be sure to try their Breakfast Relleno or the French Toast. They also have some excellent tacos if you’re not in the mood for breakfast. Café Brazil has some excellent coffee too, with plenty of flavors that perfectly tailor to whatever you order.

Hunky’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers

This joint specializes in classics with a twist. They’ve got all the classics you could want from a diner — burgers, great fries, and milkshakes. Hunky’s has an excellent Texas Cheeseburger, made with bacon and sandwiched between two slices of Texas toast. Be sure to give their milkshakes a try though. Upgraded with Blue Bell ice cream, the shakes are an instant classic.

Sprezza Italian Restaurant

This restaurant is perfect for date night in Oak Lawn. Sprezza is an upscale uptown spot with a menu that updates every season. Currently, they have an excellent Spaghettini Carbonara on the menu. Perfect for that date night as well, Sprezza has an excellent wine menu put together by master sommelier Sergio Quijano. When you’re ready for an interesting night out in Oak Lawn, be sure to give this excellent spot a try.

Lucky’s Cafe

Last of all, but certainly not least, Lucky’s Cafe is a Dallas institution. It’s a classic diner that’s been in Oak Lawn forever. Lucky’s has maintained the same classic, streamlined, neon-lit style that it started with. The spot has hearty portions and great diner-style food, with breakfast served all day. A popular spot for tourists, try to give this place a try during the week or in off-peak hours.

We hope this list helps your next venture to Oak Lawn. If you’re already a resident, hopefully it gives you some great new options to try. This is a shortlist of our favorites, but the neighborhood of Oak Lawn is home to many more fantastic restaurants and a great overall scene.

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New Jobs and other Grapevine news

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Grapevine School news

In other news, the city of Grapevine is no stranger to dealing with the COVID pandemic at this point. Grapevine-Colleyville ISD recently decided to postpone football games and other sporting events for the time being. After Coronavirus cases saw a sharp uptick across the US, they made the decision to hold off. Because of this, the district also prepared to postpone classes and even close schools if the virus continues to spike in their area.

New business for Grapevine

A new business recently announced plans to move its base of operations to Grapevine. E & A Transpro, Inc. was originally a large shipping and logistics company based out of Illinois. They have decided to relocate their headquarters and primary facilities to Grapevine to be nearer to their distribution lines. Excitingly, the logistics company will most likely be bringing new jobs to the area. We’ve included the link to their careers page here to help you in your next job search. Be sure to keep an eye out for postings!

Holiday fun for the family

Last but not least, the North Pole Express train ride will be returning to the city this year. The popular Grapevine attraction will allow riders to take a holiday themed ride through part of the city. The train takes riders to the “North Pole” and partners with Great Wolf Lodge, a company known for its kid-friendly hotels.

Doing things differently this year, the train will operate at half capacity to advocate social distancing. Either way, its sure to be a blast for the whole family and get everyone in the holiday spirit.

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City Council makes positive changes for COVID-era restaurants

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According to the Dallas Observer, Dallas City Council has approved a change that will affect city restaurants in a major way. Previously, restaurants were required to have at least one parking spot per one hundred to two hundred square feet of space1. Dallas eateries also had to have patio or outside seating areas be enclosed. City Council’s latest decision allows these businesses to bypass the old rules that limit actual eating space and make the most of their room.

The original rules were made to ensure that guests have easy parking at the city’s restaurants. In a state that prioritizes open space so much, this was an ideal situation for most restaurant guests in Texas, at least prior to the COVID era. In these times, the amount of restaurant guests tends to be at a minimum but their never seems to be enough space, especially since everyone must be six feet apart and it’s typically ideal to be seated outside.

City Council’s newest rule change will allow Dallas restaurants to expand their existing spaces and creep into the parking spots that they’ve had all along. The one caveat to that will be that, though the outdoor “parking lot” seating won’t be expected to be enclosed, it will be required to have a covering. Fortunately, that can be as simple as purchasing a tent for most restaurants.

Outdoor dining across the US

Outdoor seating has proved to be one of the most interesting challenges for modern restaurants in the United States, and it has brought out some ingenious solutions from the most creative of restauranteurs. The city of Chicago, Illinois, recently held a contest to see who could create the best outdoor dining setup for winter. Being the “windy city” and being located in the upper Midwest, Chicago has multiple challenges when it comes to its outdoor dining, but it is not alone. In multiple areas across the country, outdoor heaters are nearly impossible to find. Others that are located in warmer climates have been more fortunate, but still face the challenge of making the most of their space. In virtually every city in the US, restaurants have been rushing (and struggling) to keep up with the sudden changes required of them.

Possibly one of the most creative new concepts in the restaurant scene is the invention of the outdoor parking spot patio. In other cities, dining spots have taken advantage of all the space they can by transforming their parking spots into unique eating areas. Some have gone as far as getting permission from their local governments to use city-owned parking that’s extremely close by.

A short-term solution

According to City Council, the new rule will be in place until April 2021 and will hopefully bring back some of the industry’s customers. The change may end up lasting even longer, but we aren’t certain yet. We have yet to see what’ll happen with Dallas’s restaurants now that the change has taken place, but we have no doubt that the city’s restauranteurs will bring their best when it comes to their new freedom – especially given the innovation we’ve seen in the Dallas restaurant industry so far.

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