A NEIGHBORHOOD FOR NIBBLERS

Byline: RUSTY WILLIAMSON

DALLAS--A once sleepy neighborhood called Knox-Henderson, just northeast of downtown, is awakening as a diner's dream.
Quaint, quirky and exotic restaurants are opening along the sidewalks, in cozy alcoves near rustling railroad tracks, in pristine chapels and even in an abandoned gas station, where a French country cafe is gaining a name for good steaks.
Named for Knox Avenue and Henderson Street, the area boasts ethnic gourmet cuisine and shopping of remarkable diversity.
One of the latest hot spots is Yegua Creek Brewing Co., luring a young crowd with homemade beers and tasty food. Down the street, chic Rock N Java's cushy furniture comforts coffee drinkers into the wee hours.
For a taste of the Orient, there is exotic Anzu for Japanese and Pacific Rim specialties or Thai Taste for spicy cuisine served in a cozy, old church. Slick Sushi on McKinney spotlights Japanese fare with a Texas accent along with a continuous slide show of modern art, and Crystal Pagoda has hard-to-beat chicken fried rice.
For more upscale European cuisine, sample Mediterranean specialties at Adelmo's, luscious Italian fare at Savino and pasta at casual but lively Momo's. Elegant French fare is on the menu at both L'Ancestral and Chez Gerard, and zippy Greek dishes can be found at Ziziki's bistro.
Cafe Madrid, an authentic Spanish tapas bar and restaurant, bustles six nights a week with an arts and fashion crowd. And Sipango's Italian fare, live music and huge bar draw a see-and-be-seen crowd.
Texas's Mexican heritage thrives in Knox-Henderson at a number of restaurants. The best is Javier's, which specializes in upscale cuisine.
Retailing also has an expanding profile in Knox-Henderson. In addition to the plethora of antiques shops and furniture stores, Terri Camarillo, a ready-to-wear and custom clothing store, plans to open in April and Smith & Hawken, the California gardeners' supply house, plans to open in May or June.

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