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The Velvet Neighborhood Guide: Knox-Henderson

The Velvet Neighborhood Guide: Knox-Henderson

It’s been said that Texas isn’t just a state, it’s a state of mind, so we hunted high and low to find our fave spot in the Lonestar State. Just north of uptown Dallas lies the Knox-Henderson area, a unique neighborhood known for its cool mix of food and shops, as well as wide sidewalks and foot-friendly culture so there’s always tons of good people watching and strolling. Also, just like Southern California, this state has some serious long, hot summers so, in a way, we fit right in. Here’s where you’ll find us.

Gemma—Napa Valley transplants opened up this light and airy California-inspired restaurant that’s our pick for dinner, or pop in for a glass of wine and some baked oysters from their late night menu.

Houndstooth—This cool, modern coffee shop takes it’s beans seriously and is one of our must-visit buzz spots to start your day with a custom pour-over and locally made muffin.

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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema—A cult-status theater specializing in a quirky mix of indie and foreign films, as well as in-theater food and cocktail service. It takes “dinner and a movie” to a whole new level.

Henry’s Majestic—Their motto is “good food, strong drink” and we couldn’t sum it up better. Decked out in lots of dark wood and vintage tin and metal ceiling tiles, this place feels cozy even in the middle of summer. Don’t miss their shrimp and grits, or fresh oysters.

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High Fives—One of our favorite things about this casual spot is its dog friendly patio. Other highlights are that they take tater tots very seriously (there’s a special section on the menu), have one of the best weekend brunch menus in town, and are also open til 2 am.

Top Pot Donuts— These handmade donuts are deceptively addictive, we’ve been known to get a takeout box full of Old-Fashioned Glazed, Feather Boas (cake donut with icing and coconut shavings) and Maple Bars. The coffee is equally great. Breakfast of champions.

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Beauty Bar—Yes, a cocktail bar where you can dance and also get a manicure. This drink spot has the coolest, retro decor with mod, orb chandeliers, a pastel checked floor and bar chairs that look straight out of a 60’s sitcom. A super fun night out.

Louie’s Pizza—This place is an institution in the neighborhood and we never say no to a great thin crust pizza with a DIY list of add-ons. It gets busy so either come early or late since they don’t take reservations. We suggest sitting at the bar (if there are just a couple of you), ordering a martini and a pie.

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