Editor's note: A lot happened this week, so here's your chance to get caught up. Read on for the week's most popular headlines.
1. Here are the 10 finalists for 2017 State Fair of Texas fried food awards. It's good news for the Froot Loops. The 10 finalists have been named for the 13th Annual Big Tex Choice Awards food competition, aka the State Fair of Texas' fried food awards, and the fried Froot Loops — which we rooted for in our semifinalist story — made the cut.
2. Deep Ellum restaurant Filament closes with a family-style bang. If you loved the brunch at Filament Dallas, you've missed your last chance to have it: The Deep Ellum restaurant closed for good on August 13.
3. Real Housewives of Dallas season 2 premieres with new socialites and less charity. If you caught season one of the awkwardly contrived reality show, you’ll recall that much of the drama revolved around the charity world and proper decorum at charity events and who among the housewives is actually charitable. Based on the previews, it looks like round two will focus much less on charity work and much more on interpersonal drama.
4. Another inner Dallas neighborhood will get its 24-hour breakfast fix. In the biggest Waffle House news since the opening of the Waffle House on Ross Avenue, there's another Waffle House opening within Dallas proper — although this one falls just barely inside the Loop. The branch will open at 9777 Greenville Ave., at the southwest corner of Forest Lane.
5. Bullet train from Dallas to Houston takes big step with design hire. The Texas Bullet Train moves one giant step forward with the hiring of a firm to work on the project's design and engineering. Texas Central, developer of the high-speed train project, has forged an agreement with Fluor Enterprises Inc., based in Irving.