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Fancy fried foods and romantic escapes top 5 most popular stories this week

Fancy fried foods top 5 most popular stories this week in Dallas

State Fair Big Tex Choice Awards trophy
The list of finalists for the Big Tex Choice Awards at the State Fair of Texas has been revealed. Photo by Helene In Between
Vagabond,
Vagabond, on Greenville Avenue, has closed. Photo by Larry Morgan
Houston, Inn at Dos Brisas, August 2015, outdoor shot
Escape to The Inn as Dos Brisas, one of the top 10 most romantic inns in the nation according to USA Today. Courtesy photo
Interior of Belly & Trumpet restaurant in Dallas
Uptown Pawn is repossessing the building that formerly held Belly & Trumpet. Photo by Joy Zhang
Plano Balloon Festival
Plano has one of the hottest real estate ZIP codes in the country. Plano Balloon Festival/Facebook
State Fair Big Tex Choice Awards trophy
Vagabond,
Houston, Inn at Dos Brisas, August 2015, outdoor shot
Interior of Belly & Trumpet restaurant in Dallas
Plano Balloon Festival

Editor’s note: Another week has come and gone, and there’s a lot we all probably missed. But we’re looking out for you, kid. Here are the most popular stories from this past week:

1. Lobster poshes up State Fair of Texas 2015 Big Tex Choice awards. Gators and lobsters and buffalos, oh my! State Fair of Texas concessionaires have outdone themselves yet again with a slew of concoctions that are as creative as they are delicious. The Big Tex® Choice Awards is the fair's annual food contest wherein vendors compete against each other by creating unique, over-the-top snacks.

2. Quirky Greenville Avenue bar The Vagabond turns out the lights. It's been said that you can't go back and in the case of the Vagabond, a Greenville Avenue bar with a nostalgic bent, that would seem to be correct: It is now closed.

3. Texas luxury resort named one of the nation's most romantic getaways. Score big on your next romantic getaway with a trip to The Inn at Dos Brisas. Only three hours from Dallas, the 313-acre Spanish Colonial-style ranch ranks in the top 10 best romantic inns in the country, according to USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice awards.

4. Whimsical bar Uptown Pawn takes on one of Dallas' most turnstiled locations. Give it up to Uptown Pawn, a new bar-restaurant bravely open in a space on McKinney Avenue that many would deem jinxed. Since 2012, the address at 3407 McKinney Ave. has been home to Lumi Empanada, a sweet mom-and pop; followed by the Bowery, a hot-dog place; and Belly & Trumpet, a fine-dining lounge from the owners of Oak. That's a lot of turnover in three years.

5. North Texas ZIP code declared one of the hottest in America. Things are hot, hot, hot in suburban Dallas. In fact, Plano boasts one of the hottest ZIP codes in America. Realtor.com recently revealed the top 10 ZIP codes in the country, based on an analysis by the website's data experts. These areas are affordable, have healthy local economies and offer a wealth of job opportunities. Additionally, homes in these 'hoods sell four to nine times faster than the national average.