1. Restaurant Beatrice
At this new Oak Cliff restaurant, the emphasis is on contemporary Cajun fare, with a wide-ranging menu that spans shrimp and grits and fried chicken to the more inventive: vegan jambalaya, boudin lollipops, and eggplant pirogues. Inside the elegant restaurant, with its fleur-de-lis wallpaper and brass fixtures, diners are also enjoying other culturally rich food from Louisiana from chef-owner Michelle Carpenter, who has Cajun and Japanese lineage. On the weekends, brunch beckons, especially on the patio if the weather permits. Few places in Dallas offer eggs Benedict with jumbo soft-shell crab in such a convivial atmosphere.