Keeping things local and community focused,
that’s keeping with the vibe of Oak Cliff.
by Kerrie Sparks

Keeping things local and community focused, that’s keeping with the vibe of Oak Cliff.  Co-
owners Christopher Jeffers and  Chris Zielke credit a unique, close-knit group of collaborators
for the success of their restaurant, Bolsa.  But if you were to  ask the community, the credit
would come back to them for  bringing a style of eating, dining, and community
cohesiveness  to Oak Cliff that has been well received.
Bolsa makes its home in the iconic Settles Garage on Davis Street.   The owners wanted
something organic, they were looking to “build a concept around the building and the
community.”  They proudly honor the existing space, respecting the history of what it
once was, leaving the majority of it as they found it.  

Hard lines of formed concrete and carbon steel are softened by an oversized amber
drum light hovering above a walnut table for six in the center of the restaurant.  
Original screen prints from Texas artist Dirk Fowler anoint the dining area, and
vintage gliders refinished by Zielke himself give rest to patrons outside.
Chef Graham Dodds uses a
variety of local ingredients
in the kitchen, spawning
creations like the ‘Twig &
Branch’ flatbread with wild
arugula, Dallas goat cheese,
and oven roast grapes.
The menu changes almost
daily, reflecting the bounty
offered from local farms and
vendors.  The bar serves up
refreshing cocktails like
sangria rojo and fresh
watermelon margaritas.  
614 W Davis Street
Dallas, TX 75208

Kerrie Sparks is the art director of a North Texas arts and architecture magazine
and has quite the foodie following at
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