However, it turns out Bishop Arts District basically shuts down on Mondays, after their ever so busy weekends. How did I not know this? So here I was trying to impress my friend with my knowledge of Dallas, instead I was walking aimlessly down Bishop Avenue passing closed restaurants and shops, all my favorite places shut for the day. I was crossing my fingers that something would be open, and I was relieved when I saw the little 'open' sign hanging in Hattie's window. I was so thrilled we got to eat in this super cute airy restaurant. Hattie's offers a fresh take on southern home cooking, and I was torn between the griddled ham & brie sandwich, macaroni & cheese, and the smoked turkey & swiss. After much deliberation and help from the waiter, I ordered the griddled ham & brie sandwich. It was delicious. The combination of the ham and melted brie with the tomato chutney on raisin bread was a pure salty sweet perfection. I already want to go back and try their macaroni & cheese and their Sunday brunch menu.
After our enjoyable lunch we were able to visit a couple of shops and peak in windows of the galleries and closed stores and restaurants. Dude, Sweet Chocolate was closed too, but we got to meet and chat with owner and chocolatier Katherine Clapner, which was definitely a highlight! So, even though the majority of the district was shut down - I think it was a successful outing in Dallas.