33 Ways to Tell You're Spending Too Much Time in Oak Cliff

Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

In many ways Oak Cliff is the soul of Dallas -- home to several of its best restaurants and most vital residents. Its finest music venue, The Kessler, is the great counter-argument to all those who would accuse Dallas of worshipping only the new and shiny. The theater is an architectural marvel, victim of a tornado and a fire and years of neglect and now a careful, beautiful listening room. It's right where it belongs.

You love Oak Cliff, but have you ever wondered if you've been living there for too long? If any of the following indicators hit close to home, the question has probably crossed your mind before.

See also: 25 Ways to Tell You Spend Too Much Time in Deep Ellum

33. Everyone you know is self-employed.

32. Your car reeks of al pastor tacos.

31. Your favorite rapper goes to the same salon as you.

30. Your brunch at Ten Bells Tavern often turns into dinner at Ten Bells Tavern.

29. You don't watch Real Housewives. You just eavesdrop on white women in the Bishop Arts District on the weekends.

28. You have a preferred elotes man.

27. Every March 31st, you go to Country Burger for a Selena burger. RIP.

26. You know that North Oak Cliff Beer & Wine delivers.

25. You can locate and avoid every pothole on the streets.

24. Your weed man is also your carnita man (and menudo man).

23. What is an ice cream truck? Pickles on sno cones are all you know.

22. Everyone you know is working on her mixtape.

21. When you order nachos, you get flaming hot Cheetos with cheese on top.

20. You have about six pounds of leftover taqueria salsas in your fridge.

19. You can smell tablitas grilling from a three block radius.

18. You don't remember what Chinese food tastes like.

17. You take your classy dates to the Kessler.

16. Your favorite weekend pastime is counting Michael Kors purses in the Bishop Arts District.

15. Half your day to day transactions involve bartering.

14. You wake up to roosters more often than your alarm clock.

13. You can be regarded as successful without owning a car.

12. You'd rather have fried chicken than PBR at your concerts.

11. You see cops everywhere, but they never get out of their cars.

10. You go to privately owned grocery stores.

9. Adopt a dog? Like from the sidewalk?

8. The homeless people you know carry cell phones.

6. Your eyebrows are thinning by the week.

7. You go to get a haircut and bring your entire family, including the babysitter.

5. Your paleta man sells beer.

4. Your one stop shop is Family Dollar.

3. The waitresses at Normas start to remember your order.

2. All the reverends, pastors, and priests curse.

1. There are grown ups playing soccer in the street. With referees and everything.

See also: -The 100 Best Texas Songs: The Complete List -The Ten Most Badass Band Names in DFW -The Best Bands in DFW: 2012 Edition -Photo Essay: The Tattoos of Dallas' Nightlife Scene

Keep up with DC9 at Night on Twitter or Facebook.

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.