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. State Fair of Texas unveils early peek at 2016 Big Tex Choice Awards. For the first time, the State Fair of Texas has pulled back the curtain early on its annual (fried) food competition by releasing the list of semifinalists. And judging by names alone — which is how this round works — they sure do love bacon.
2. Veteran Oak Cliff restaurant braces for dramatic overhaul under new ownership. After 24 years, longtime Bishop Arts restaurant Tillman's Roadhouse has changed hands and will undergo a comprehensive revamp within the next 60 to 90 days. A new culinary team and executive staff will accompany "a refurbished structure, an innovative ambiance renovation, and a fresh new menu."
3. Special craft beer shop puts Dallas on tap with Lakewood debut. A unique craft beer concept from Boston is breaking into the Dallas market, with a store opening in the center of Lakewood. Called Craft Beer Cellar, it's a bottle shop with a big selection of beers, along with a growler bar on the side.
4. This is what $1,500 a month gets Dallas renters right now. In places such as New York City and San Francisco, rents are high and apartments are tiny. Dallas, on the other hand, is known for living large — but at what cost?
5. Japanese barbecue restaurant gives Dallas control freaks a new outlet for crippling OCD. An international Japanese barbecue restaurant chain that's great fun for control freaks is coming to Dallas. Called Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ, or more simply Gyu-Kaku ("gew-kah-koo"), the concept revolves around a grill installed at every table, so that diners can indulge in the interactive process of cooking their own meat.