Uptown: 6 Trending Hot Spots and a Walk Down Memory Lane

August 14, 2019 by Suzanne Pope

How long have you lived in the Dallas area?

Your whole life, a few years, or perhaps you're new?

Regardless, Uptown Dallas has a few secrets you probably never knew.

Do you know what they are?

Let's find out.

Where Is Uptown Dallas?

The area that's considered Uptown Dallas is just north of downtown Dallas and bordered by Central Expressway (US-75) to the east, a block north of Blackburn St. on the northeast, Katy Trail on the northwest, Bookhout St. on the west, and Woodall Rodgers Freeway (Spur 366) on the south.

Uptown Dallas Then and Now

The Uptown Dallas neighborhood has been around for about 130 years, but it wasn't until 1993 that Uptown Dallas, Inc. was formed. Uptown Dallas, Inc. is in charge of just about everything, including public safety, security, area enhancements, improved infrastructure, and planting a minimum of 30,000 flowers every year. But it wasn't always that way.

If you've been in the DFW area for a while, you probably remember that in the 1980s the Uptown Dallas area was one that was, well, a bit scary and in major decline. And to make matters worse, the '80s was when the real estate market collapsed. But out of the downturn, a new Dallas horizon was born.

Major real estate developers began scooping up the land, had it cleared and started building unique lofts, apartments, and townhouses...and that was just the beginning that led to Uptown Dallas as it is today. In the 1990s it was realized that there was a huge demand for high-end city living which led the way for developers to consider designing and building out the area making it into a walkable neighborhood.

Uptown Dallas Today

Now, Uptown Dallas boasts 200 restaurants as it continues to grow, it has hundreds of shops, 592 acres of dedicated green space, and so much more that it couldn't possibly be put down on one page.

Uptown Dallas is now poised to shine with 98 percent of the land having been developed, it's time for it to mature and prosper as about 20,000 people currently call the Uptown Dallas neighborhood home.

Looking Back

For those of you who are fairly new here, you would never have guessed that the Uptown Dallas area was a depressed, downtrodden area full of transients and vacant buildings, undeveloped land and an eyesore to anyone who had to drive through it. This makes you truly appreciate what it has become today. A bright light accenting the surrounding Dallas areas and a beacon of hope for the future and what is yet to come.

Remember These Old Hot Spots...

➣ Reunion Arena?

It was a sports and entertainment arena, home of the Dallas Cowboys and many concert headliners. Unfortunately, it was demolished in 2010 but it was the place to be for anything entertainment back in the day.

➣ Bronco Bowl?

It was a multi-purpose sports and entertainment venue (live music, school proms, sports attractions, etc.) that was demolished in late 2003 to make way for a new Home Depot.

➣ Baby Doe's Matchless Mine?

Baby Doe's was probably the best-kept dining secret in Dallas with its very own live donkey to greet you at the entrance. It was located next to the iconic Dallas Waterfall Billboard, which, by the way, looked much different back then. The ambiance was built-in as it was an actual mine no longer in service. But you couldn't help but notice the grand stature of this 4-Star restaurant sitting perched high up on the cliff as you drove down Interstate 35 wondering how to get to it (which wasn't easy). Baby Doe's had a restaurant upstairs and down an old path to the basement was a bar. The restaurant was a place where you could sit and enjoy the views of downtown Dallas while you ate. This iconic restaurant was demolished in 2006 and replaced with luxury apartments which now hold its place.

Ahhh, memories!

OK, enough of that...how about let's talk about some the trending hot spots in Uptown Dallas?

Trending Hot Spots in Uptown Dallas

Are you looking for something to do this weekend?

Why not check out one of these trending hot spots in Uptown Dallas?

➣ Uptown Hot Spot Restaurants

1. Hopdoddy Burger Bar - 3227 McKinney Ave., Ste. 102, Dallas

Handcrafted burgers, awarded the best French fries in town, and home-made burger buns, this is one Dallas hot spot you won't want to miss.

2. MUTTS Canine Cantina - 2889 CityPlace West Blvd., Dallas

Want food and fun with your best furry friend and all your other friends as well, then MUTTS Canine Cantina is the place. A bar for dogs and the people who love them. MUTTS offers an on-leash patio and an off-leash one-acre park.

3. Perry's Steakhouse & Grill - 2000 McKinney Ave., Uptown Dallas

If you're looking for a trendy fine-dining spot, Perry's is the top-rated fine-dining spot in Uptown. Here you could enjoy the experience of a balcony table with mesmerizing views of the lower dining area with live music and great food.

4. Bread Winners Cafe & Bakery - 3301 McKinney Ave., Uptown Dallas

If you want a unique dining experience, Bread Winners Cafe & Bakery is a place you will want to try. Plenty of good old-fashioned cooking like fried chicken and waffles to a wide variety of scrumptious food creations, not to mention the exceptionally delicious bakery delights!

➣ Uptown Hot Spot Bars and GastroPubs

1. Public School 214 - 3700 McKinney Ave., Uptown Dallas

A top-rated gastropub with a true schoolhouse feel down to the composition notebook menus. Great environment with food, drinks, and games of all kinds. Don't forget to check out the mimosas...yum!

2. Meddlesome Moth - 1621 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas

This place has an impressive beer list and offerings on tap from around the world. With a funky yet upscale atmosphere and extremely knowledgeable bartenders, this must-see for any beer connoisseur.

3. Armoury DE - 2714 Elm St., Deep Ellum, Dallas

Looking for something different? Try this Hungarian gastropub. It's dimly lit for those intimate dinner/cocktail moments. You'll also love the spacious bar area with high tables and live music on the back patio. You will definitely want to experience this if you're looking for something unique.

➣ Uptown Shopping Hot Spots

1. Mizzen + Main West Village - 3699 McKinney Ave., Suite #407, Dallas

Fine men's clothing that combines comfort and flexibility. Have a drink while you shop, receive a complimentary pocket square with the purchase of a dress shirt, a comfortable atmosphere, furniture, and friendly staff.

2. LF - 3699 McKinney Ave., Dallas

The destination for fashionistas. A women's clothing store that caters to upcoming and innovative clothing trends. Cutting edge and super cute fashions you will want to try.

3. Nicole Kwon Concept Store - 3699 McKinney Ave., Ste 312, Dallas

Upscale women's boutique offering luxury fashion and hard to find designer apparel. You never know what you might find.

What's Next?

If you would like to experience Uptown Dallas living for yourself, please Contact Whiterock Locators today at 214-922-1983. We are Dallas area apartment locators that specialize in saving you time and money in your search for the perfect place to call home.

About the Author

Suzanne Pope

Suzanne has been a real estate professional since 2007 and a licensed real estate agent since 2010. She has worked for both clients and investors who are buying and/or selling a home. She has been a part of over 500 transactions on behalf of her clients. Suzanne credits her family and her Texas...