Neighborhood: The Cedars

Just 5 minutes by car and 20 minutes by foot, the Cedars is another neighborhood phoenix. Although it’s been healthily populated for the last decade by businesses, recording studios, dive-bars, musicians and artists, in the last 2 years, more single-family housing, lofts and all the amenities that go with those things have found their way into the still very down-to-earth hood.  

Some great places to go in the Cedars:

  • The Cedars Social / Damn good old fashioned’s and even better food.
  • The Cedars Backyard
    (right next to the Cedars Social)
  • Baby Back Shak or Off the Bone BBQ
    See the BBQ post.
  • Kolache Corner
    This place is right outside the Lorenzo Hotel in a shipping container … LOL … it’s worth it, promise …
  • ZaLat Pizza S Lamar Dallas
    1701 South Lamar, #B, Dallas, TX 75215 – 11am-2am
  • Mac’s Southside
    1701 South Lamar Street –
    A great little dive bar. And you can order Zalat and have them bring it over.
  • Nylo Soda Bar
    Rooftop of the Nylo hotel downtown Dallas. One of the best views of the city skyline.
  • Bill’s Records
  • Lee Harvey’s
    1807 Gould Street 
    Just a damn good dive bar.

A little history:

The Cedars is a neighborhood comprised of approximately 200 acres, connected by five bridges to downtown. The neighborhood has had a number of reputations—some warranted, some not—for the better part of two centuries, but these days the vibe feels creative, vibrant and hopeful.

The Cedars emerged in the 1850’s as one of Dallas’s first and most affluent suburb. It was based on the European concept of living close to your work, and it was an eclectic mix of elegant Queen Ann houses upon cedar-lined streets, built within walking distance of textile mills, garment makers and candy factories. The area was abandoned for decay and destruction in the 1970’s.

Today, The Cedars is home approximately 3,000 residents, including a significant number of professionals and artists. The Cedars contains one of Dallas’s light rail stations, serving the area’s 21st Century mass transit system. The area is home to an eclectic mix of residential lofts, businesses, and artists’ studios, becoming increasingly important and integral to the success of Downtown Dallas. The Cedars is evolving into Dallas’s newest artist district, featuring some of Texas’ most renowned artists specializing in photography, glass, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, paintings, graphic arts and multi-media.

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