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There are so many great places to live in Dallas that it helps to have an expert on your side. The Neighborhood Guide presented by Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty gives you insider access from the agents who live and work there, providing in-the-know info about your possible new community.

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No matter where you turn in University Park, you’re met with a lovely neighborhood. But for Nugent + Scott Group members Lezley Nugent and Sylvia Scott, Idlewild holds an extra-special dose of charm with its mix of architectural styles, tree-lined streets, and door-to-door sidewalks.

Both Nugent and Scott have raised their families in University Park and have loved nothing more than raising their children in the tight-knit, walkable community that is also part of the exemplary Highland Park ISD.

Located north of Lovers Lane, on the west side of University Park, Idlewild is within walking distance to all the unique shops and restaurants on Lovers. Love Field Airport is also only a short drive away.

“We are also near Highland Park High School, and many residents love that their kids can walk to school for early morning practices and more,” adds Scott.

Having worked in this area for many years, both Nugent and Scott have their fingers on the pulse of what has sold and what’s coming on the market, and frequently source off-market opportunities.

When they are not finding dream homes for their clients, you might find them entertaining friends, staying on top of Dallas' new restaurant scene, or out and about with their families, enjoying the delightful neighborhoods they call home.

The team offered up some of their personal favorites about life in University Park's Idlewild. Here's their guide to the area:

Where to eat & drink
While they frequent many of the restaurants on Lovers Lane, Hudson House is always at the top of their list for a great lunch or dinner — or just drinks. “You'll always see someone you know — and they have the cutest holiday decorations, too,” they say.

Where to play
Being close to Highland Park High School means you have your own version of Friday Night Lights in the neighborhood.

Beyond football, they indulge their love of pickleball and tennis at several of the University Park courts surrounding this neighborhood.

The team also suggests taking a stroll around Lakeside Park or along Armstrong Avenue. And for a dose of retail therapy, there’s nothing better than Highland Park Village’s designer boutiques and gift shops.

Where to live
“With a mix of smaller cottages and new construction homes, there is something for everyone in Idlewild,” says Nugent. “Most of the original cottages that are still standing were built in the late 1930s and ’40s and many have been updated and expanded over time. They are charming and at a more approachable price point for the Park Cities.”

For those interested in more space and today's contemporary building styles, new construction homes are available and come from builders who have been working in the Park Cities for years.

“While this area does not have some of the larger estate lots found in Highland Park, there is still plenty of space to add a pool or just enjoy an open backyard,” they add.

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Sylvia Scott and Lezley Nugent live, work, and play in University Park's Idlewild and nearby. For more information on buying and selling a home in the area, click here , contact Sylvia Scott at sscott@briggsfreeman.com or by calling 214-536-4414, and contact Lezley Nugent at lnugent@briggsfreeman.com or by calling 214-533-6332.

M Streets: An enchanting mix of timeless, trendy, and friendly

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Residential real estate professional Stefany Nau has lived near the M Streets for almost 20 years. She was introduced to the area by her then-boyfriend (who is now her husband). After four weeks of dating, she was sold: “Yes, I fell in love with him — and the neighborhood!”

So it’s no surprise that Stefany is passionate about showing off the “Magic of the M Streets” to her clients.

Named for two of the neighborhood's most prominent streets, Monticello Avenue and McCommas Boulevard, this part of East Dallas draws an eclectic mix of residents with its rows of endearing, well-crafted cottages and cozy, relaxed vibes.

“It has such a youthful essence while also maintaining that old-school charm as one of Dallas’ first neighborhoods,” says Stefany. “There is definitely something for everyone to enjoy and experience here.”

Centrally located, the M Streets are convenient to downtown, Deep Ellum, Lakewood, and White Rock Lake, which means you’re truly just a few minutes’ drive from museums, businesses, concert venues, and nature.

Many of Lower Greenville’s cool restaurants with rooftop views and local pubs are literally just a walk away.

“There is never a dull day, which makes this area — and my job — extremely interesting,” says Stefany, who is passionate about finding and negotiating the best home deals for her clients.

When she’s not making power moves for her clients, you’ll find her spending time with her husband, their daughter, and their two fur babies, Tucker and George — or perfecting her badminton skills.

Stefany offered up a few of her personal favorites about life in the M Streets. Here's her guide to the area:

Where to eat & drink
Many of the cool-kid restaurants and bars of Lower Greenville are within walking distance. “I really like the Truck Yard!” says Stefany. The everything-in-one destination has food trucks, indoor and outdoor seating, live music, and it’s pet-friendly.

Where to play
Stefany suggests Deep Ellum’s vibrant nightlife, dining destinations, and live-music venues like Trees, The Factory, and more.

For daytime fun, she suggests Klyde Warren Park and, while you’re there, walk over to the Dallas Museum of Art or swing by the Perot Museum of Nature & Science.

Where to live
“This neighborhood has so much to offer,” says Stefany. “Unlike many city neighborhoods these days, this one is full of lush trees, an abundance of greenery, and unique architecture like stunning Tudor-style homes that remind you of gingerbread houses.”

Stefany loves bringing young professionals and both new and established families to the M Streets to experience the magic of its historic charm, its college game-day energy, and the friendly waves from neighbors.

“You really can have it all, right here in this pocket of East Dallas.”

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Stefany Nau lives, works, and plays in the M Streets. For more information on buying and selling a home in the area, click here, email snau@briggsfreeman.com, or call 469-805-1588.

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French Streets: A touch of Versailles deep in the heart of Texas

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One drive through the French Streets, and you’ll immediately understand why this prestigious Highland Park neighborhood is so beloved.

“It’s just objectively beautiful, with endless oak trees, azaleas galore, and beautiful homes in all shapes and sizes — and, of course, the incredibly manicured landscapes that evoke the symmetry and elegance of Versailles,” say real estate professionals Noora Bass and Kathleen Hutchinson. “Each street offers something completely different and alluring — it makes you want to stroll house by house to feast on every unique property. It's really that dreamy!”

Located south of Mockingbird Lane, between Preston Road and the Tollway, the French Streets are not only known for their exquisite sophistication, but also for their close-knit community and Texas hospitality.

“Families still bring cookies and flowers to welcome new neighbors and children still walk in clusters to Bradfield Elementary in the morning,” say Bass and Hutchinson. “Residents take great pride in their homes, and that is evident not just in upkeep and attention to landscape and finishings but also in the festive displays during Christmas, Halloween, Easter — you name it. Everyone goes all out to add spirit to each holiday."

The French Streets are also tethered to one of Dallas' greatest amenities, Highland Park Village, so world-class luxury shopping and wonderful dining is just a short walk away. “It’s truly a distinct and idyllic neighborhood,” the pair says.

“We are often guiding others to make the biggest financial investment of their lives, and I am so grateful to be a part of the magic,” adds Bass, who has lived in more than five cities, including abroad, but loves calling Dallas home.

Bass and Hutchinson offered up a few of their personal favorites about life in and around the French Streets. Here's their guide to the area:

Where to eat & drink
Hutchinson has long been the go-to girl in her circles for fashion, real estate, restaurant, and travel recs — and she and Bass know the French Streets offer the best of the best.

You’re only five minutes away (by foot) from enjoying some of their faves, like a margarita at Mi Cocina, a martini at The Honor Bar, the patio views at Park House, unforgettable bagels and brunch at Sadelle's and the list goes on!

Where to play
Highland Park Village is also one of Bass and Hutchinson’s favorite playgrounds for style and beauty.

They recommend a facial with Dr. Barbara Sturm and salon services at Cerón, or just browsing boutiques like Dior, Ralph Lauren, Hermès, Carolina Herrera, and more.

“Someone once told me the best way to decide where to live in a city is by googling Chanel and finding a home close to the store,” says Hutchinson. “The French Streets are exactly that: within walking distance of Dallas' one and only Chanel store.”

Where to live
The architecture in the neighborhood is true to its name, and Bass and Hutchinson love the French influence in the charming Tudor-style homes and exquisitely manicured gardens.

"The long-term value of properties in this specific neighborhood of the Park Cities is unparalleled,” they add.

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Noora Bass and Kathleen Hutchinson work and play in the French Streets. For more information on buying and selling a home in the area, click here, email nbass@briggsfreeman.comm and khutchinson@briggsfreeman.com, or call 310-435-7708 (Noora Bass) and 214-207-5368 (Kathleen Hutchinson).

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Agent Noora Bass.

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Belmont Park: Modern vibrance and friendly vibes in Old East Dallas

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As an East Dallas resident since 2001, real estate professional Barbara Arredondo has enjoyed witnessing the revitalization in this area’s neighborhood pockets.

“Belmont Park in particular has come a long way with new-construction projects, and I love the energy of the neighborhood's original charm mixed with modern-contemporary styles,” she says.

While she works all across Dallas-Fort Worth, Arredondo loves showing off this vibrant, friendly part of town that boasts a number of coffee shops, bars, restaurants, and gyms.

“A lot of neighbors know each other, so there’s also a small-town vibe here,” she adds. “You’ll probably see a lot of residents going for a run or walking their dogs after work.”

The Central, a Dallas development that’s on the border of Belmont Park, is also on the horizon. The progressive mixed-use community will be centered around a park and will celebrate connectivity and wellness. Arredondo believes it’s only going to increase the desirability and property values in the area, too.

When Arredondo isn’t working, she serves on several boards and actively advocates for her community.

She offered up a few of her personal favorites about life in and around Belmont Park. Here's her guide to the area:

Where to eat & drink
Arredondo loves that there are so many great restaurants nearby, including Beverley's Bistro & Bar, The Rustic, Gemma, Zalat Pizza, and more. But for the best made-to-order sandwiches around, she goes to Jimmy's Food Store. “They’re a must-try!”

For “authentic street tacos without all the fuss,” Arredondo recommends Tacos La Banqueta. “E-Bar Tex-Mex is another local spot where the food is great," she says.

And to caffeinate in a quaint, charming spot, you can’t go wrong at the local hang Fiction Coffee.

Where to play
Naturally, White Rock Lake is a big attraction in this part of town, for walking, running, and biking as well as water activities like kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding.

The Dallas Arts District is only about two miles from Belmont Park, where you can browse the Dallas Museum of Art before heading across the street to Klyde Warren Park. There’s always something happening at this urban green space — think Movies in the Park, regularly hosted yoga and fitness classes, and other community festivals and fun.

Arredondo also loves catching a show or concert at the historic Majestic Theater.

Where to live
Belmont Park is a diverse neighborhood that has a mix of new construction properties, including modern-contemporary half-duplexes and single-family homes in addition to original ranch-style brick houses.

“Many young professionals are attracted to this area because of the quality of the newer builds with all the modern conveniences and styles — along with yard space for their pets,” says Arredondo.

The half-duplex at 4616 Coles Manor Place exemplifies the type of home in this area. Arredondo represented the seller of this 3,168-square-foot beauty that features an oversized rooftop deck with downtown views.

“Barbara and her team customized a marketing plan for our home knowing the market was shifting and truly provided a luxury experience,” said the seller. “She is one of the finest communicators we have met!”

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Barbara Arredondo works and plays in Belmont Park. For more information on buying and selling a home in the area, click here email barredondo@briggsfreeman.com, or call 214-642-7696.

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Agent Barbara Arredondo.

Plano: A dynamic, family-oriented place where convenience is key

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Boasting the excitement of constant growth, beautiful new subdivisions, and never-ending things to do in the community, Plano has stirred up quite a scene as a sister city to Dallas proper.

Real estate agent Lisa West has seen firsthand the Plano renaissance, having lived in the area for more than 25 years. She cites its family-oriented neighborhoods and excellent schools as well as its affordability and convenience for work and play as some of the top qualities that draw people to the area.

Plus, with easy access to sporting events, live music, shopping, dining, and more, residents always have a wide range of options for entertainment.

When West is not building relationships with her clients in Plano and beyond, she is extremely active in her community and dedicated to raising her three children, who attend Parish Episcopal School.

West offered up a few of her personal favorites about life in Plano. Here's her guide to the area:

Where to eat & drink
Look no further than Legacy West and The Shops at Legacy. These two neighboring destinations are home to a wide range of restaurants, including West’s top picks: The Capital Grille, Bob's Steak & Chop House, Mi Cocina, and Toulouse.

She also recommends Legacy Hall at Legacy West, where you can take your pick of 20 curated local artisanal vendors while savoring live music.

Where to play
For a beautiful slice of nature in the city, West heads to Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, a haven for green space and a range of walking and hiking trails. You can also get your workout in at a variety of wonderful gyms and studio facilities in the area.

The members-only Gleneagles Country Club is another favorite destination for its two championship golf courses, pool, restaurants, and more.

What to see
While Plano has many fests throughout the year, West says to definitely bookmark the family-friendly Plano Balloon Festival as one of the most highly anticipated traditions every fall.

Kids also love the Heritage Farmstead Museum, which features interactive exhibits and events.

Where to live
“Homes in Plano are perfect for everyone, from first-time buyers to families, empty nesters, and single professionals,” says West. “People gravitate to the large yards, greenbelts, community pools, neighborhood gatherings and block parties, and the selection of both traditional and contemporary new construction.”

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Lisa West lives, works, and plays in Plano. For more information on buying and selling a home in the area, click here, email lwest@briggsfreeman.com, or call 214-893-0287. You can also follow her on Instagram here.

Oak Cliff: The “Brooklyn of Dallas” is a welcoming hub of historic, indie charm

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While the Bishop Arts District might be considered the crown jewel of Oak Cliff, there is much more to love about this part of Dallas that’s brimming with historic charm, a funky indie spirit, and strong community vibes.

Real estate professional Brian Davis has lived in Oak Cliff for over 20 years, drawn to the hilly terrain, beautiful trees, excellent dining and nightlife, and relaxed atmosphere — and to the architecture of his midcentury ranch home in Wynnewood North, with its spacious walls of glass and large yard.

An out-of-state transplant himself, Davis loves introducing people to the eclectic blend of homes and neighborhoods that define Oak Cliff, which is located directly across the Trinity River from downtown.

“From Craftsman homes in Winnetka Heights to Tudors in Kessler Park, bungalows in East Kessler, and contemporary properties sprinkled throughout, there’s a lot of diversity — and a beautiful home can exist in any style,” says Davis.

Passionate about architecture and the design process, he also loves seeing renovation projects take shape. “I get tremendous satisfaction when we get to bring a swan back to life after years as an ugly duckling,” he adds.

When he’s not working, Davis enjoys his involvement in Big Brothers Big Sisters and his support for the immigration assistance efforts of the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas. He has also served as president of the Wynnewood North Neighborhood Association.

Davis offered up a few of his personal favorites about life in what he calls the “Brooklyn of Dallas.” Here's his guide to the area:

Where to eat & drink
“Oak Cliff has many hidden gems, but if you're looking for a classic dive bar with a mix of patrons straight out of an SNL Stefon skit, look no further than Barbara's Pavillion on Centre Street,” says Davis. “It is to Oak Cliff what The Grapevine Bar is to Oak Lawn.”

He also recommends Encina and Nova for great seasonal bites and pints, and Lucia for extra-special occasions (and the best house-cured salumi and handmade pasta around).

Where to play
During the spring and fall, CiboDivino hosts bocce ball games on their lawn on Tuesday nights. “It’s the most fun night of the week!” says Davis, who is an avid enthusiast of the sport.

What to see
For Davis, no trip to Oak Cliff is complete without a stop at the historic Texas Theatre for a movie or Western Heights Cemetery, which dates to the 1850s.

Where to live
“The beauty of life in Oak Cliff is that we have a little bit of everything,” says Davis. “Within the span of a few square miles, you'll find some of the best examples of Tudor, Craftsman, Prairie, Midcentury, and Contemporary homes in the city. Regardless of your favorite style, you'll find it here.”

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Brian Davis lives, works, and plays in the Oak Cliff. For more information on buying and selling a home in the area, click here, email bdavis@briggsfreeman.com, or call 214-924-1442.

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Spring galas glam up this week's 5 most popular Dallas stories

This week's hot headlines

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. Looking for the best things to do this weekend? Find that list here.

1. Save the date for these 13 must-attend Dallas galas and luncheons of spring 2023. With the busy holiday season behind us, it's time to start looking forward to all the bounties of spring. And in Dallas, that means the glitzy galas and lavish luncheons that benefit beloved nonprofits. Here are the dates and events to circle in your social calendar. (Young professionals, your list of top parties is here.)

2. 'Yellowstone' stars to greet fans at Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. There was exciting news for Yellowstone fans this week: Cole Hauser a.k.a. "Rip Wheeler," and Taylor Sheridan, the show's co-creator, executive producer, and director of the series, were coming the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo to meet fans and sign autographs.

3. Legendary Longhorn Ballroom reveals first acts to perform at restored North Texas venue. The big acts are coming out for Dallas' famed Longhorn Ballroom, slated for a comeback in spring 2023. The historic venue, currently in the final throes of a renovation, is anticipated to softly reopen at the end of March, and already has shows on the books by epic performers including Emmylou Harris.

4. Event celebrating Dallas' Braniff Airways a must for fashion & flying buffs. Dallas' original hometown airline is having a moment: Braniff International will celebrate its 95th anniversary with an event that promises to be a must for fashion and airline buffs alike. Called The Braniff Style Tour & Fashion Show, it'll take place on March 11 at the Alexander Mansion.

5. Black Sheep Coffee from the U.K. comes to U.S. with debut in Dallas. A coffee shop from the U.K. with celebrity ties is opening its first U.S. location in Dallas. Called Black Sheep Coffee, it's a growing chain based in London with a renegade stance: to champion the robusta coffee bean, one overlooked by most coffee snobs.

A peek inside the $20 million Southlake mansion going wild on social media

WALKING ON SUNSHINE LANE

One of the most expensive homes in Texas is on the market for $20 million in Southlake - and it's drawing more than a little attention on social media.

And, no wonder: The opulent 31,000-square-foot mansion, at 1469 Sunshine Ln., features such over-the-top amenities as a full-size basketball court, bowling alley, batting cage, movie theater, and "indoor glass-enclosed" trampoline.

The transitional Mediterranean estate hit the market in December for a whopping $19.99 million. A January 30 post on the Zillow Gone Wild Facebook page called it "the most Southlake, TX home we’ve ever seen," and made it instantly social media-famous. Thousands of people have chimed in to comment.

Seated on 3.6 acres and boasting 31,234 square feet, the home was built in 2016 and features - at first glance - all the "normal" nice things that a nice mansion has: seven bedrooms, six full bathrooms and four half-baths, an open floor plan, smart home technology, and plenty of natural light to experience Texas sunsets.

Photo courtesy of Douglas Elliman

The mansion at 1469 Sunshine Ln., Southlake, is on the market for $20 million.

Then the listing gets to the part about it being “an entertainer’s paradise,” and that's where things get wild. The home can accommodate multiple athletic activities, has designated yoga and beauty rooms, a spa, wine room, and nine attached garage spaces.

Other features include:

  • Chef’s kitchen
  • Elevator
  • Gym
  • Game room
  • Two guest suites with a private entry
  • Turfed backyard

Elsewhere on the grounds is the perfect solution to enduring the hot Texas summers – two climate-controlled saltwater pools and hot tubs with a hidden waterslide, jumping rock, and diving board. The outdoor space is completed by an enclosed heated terrace, outdoor living area, and kitchen.

Zillow Gone Wild commenters have, predictably, expressed their awe or disdain for the extravagant manse. One commenter said they could imagine fictional mafia boss Tony Soprano “walking down that driveway in his bathrobe to get the paper,” after looking through the listing’s photos.

“This is the first mansion where I’m like, yep. I’d buy this if I was rich,” another admirer said.

A more sarcastic commenter wrote, “I’m sorry, but only one lane for bowling? I’m out.”

Critics were quick to call out the home’s opulence while others in the state struggle with homelessness or financial stability. “This kind of wealth actually makes me sick to my stomach. There’s so much better that could’ve been done with all this money,” one critic commented.

Others focused on guessing who the mansion belonged to. Southlake, after all, is home to plenty of celebrities and professional athletes.

Some guesses landed on a former baseball player’s home. “Serious question, is this A-Rod’s former house? It looks familiar, and he did play for the Rangers,” asked a curious viewer.

Other commenters believed the home belonged to a former Los Angeles Lakers player, after witnessing the signature gold and purple colors decorating the walls of the basketball court.

While Douglas Elliman listing agent Breah Brown said the owners wish to remain private (one might imagine the security concerns when a house goes viral on social media), she revealed they constructed the home themselves and are behind all aspects of the design and customization.

As for the next owners ... they can brag that they live in one of the top 10 most expensive homes in Texas in the richest city in the state.

These Mardi Gras pastries in Dallas beat regular King Cake by a mile

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Mardi Gras in 2023 is February 21, and that means king cake, the flashy seasonal treat that has been a New Orleans tradition since 1870.

With its proximity to Louisiana, Dallas has always had a bounty of king cake options from which to choose, everywhere from supermarkets to local bakeries. Whether any of those king cake options are any good is another topic.

The baby is a cute schtick. King Cakes come with a little toy plastic baby that gets baked into the dough; whoever gets it and doesn't choke on it supposedly has good luck. There's that.

But the cake itself .... NewOrleans.com says that a prototypical king cake is somewhere between cinnamon roll and coffeecake, and is "frequently packed with fruit fillings and decadent cream cheeses."

Hm. That might be true in New Orleans — but Dallas king cakes always seem dry and bready, with the only distraction being the signature garishly colored sugar, so crunchy, it hurts your teeth.

It's almost as awful as kolaches.

Fortunately, Dallas has some creative king cake spinoffs that celebrate the spirit of king cake without forcing you to actually eat king cake.

Here are five:

la madeleine king cake danish King Cake Danish from La MadeleineLa Madeleine

Mardi Gras Danish at La Madeleine. The French bakery chain first introduced this seasonal pastry in 2019. It's described as a flaky Danish with a strawberry & cream cheese filling, topped with a fondant glaze and dusted with purple, yellow, & green sugar. It's basically croissant dough, fashioned into a Danish-like round shape, similar to their other Danish offerings such as lemon-blueberry Danish and ham & Swiss cheese Danish. $3.99, and it'll be available through March 7.

Overeasy king cake cupcakes King Cake cupcakes from Overeasy, festively iced.Overeasy

King Cake Cupcakes at Overeasy. The breakfast-and-lunch spot at the Statler Dallas hotel is doing special, house-made King Cake Cupcakes, featuring a vanilla cupcake topped with a colorful vanilla creme swirl rendered in the signature colors, and topped with a plastic baby. But you'll have to be quick because these are available for one day and one day only: on Mardi Gras day itself, February 21. You can enjoy them at the restaurant or get them to-go. The cupcakes are $2.99 each, $13.99 for a half-dozen, or $22.99 for a dozen. Best to order ahead of time by calling 469-320-8998.

Empire king cake Empire Baking Co King Cake is filled with cinnamon and pecans.Empire Baking Co.

Brioche King Cakes at Empire Baking Co. Dallas' premiere bakery is doing King Cakes for the first time. It being Empire, it's not like the others. They use a brioche dough into which they roll layers of cinnamon, chopped pecans, and a brown-butter glaze — almost (OK, exactly) like a giant cinnamon roll. It's then iced and dusted with sugar, but with a ratio of more icing and less sugar than the usual King Cake. They're selling them at both their Inwood Village and SMU locations on Fridays-Saturdays through February 19, then on Monday, February 20 and Tuesday, February 21. $35.

humble pie king cake It's a pie version of King Cake by Humble Pie.Humble Pie

King Cake Pie at Humble: Simply Good Pies. As this East Dallas pie shop notes, "We are a pie shop, so it made no sense to make a king cake." Instead they do this "Bon Temps" King Cake pie version, filling their flaky pie crust with a sweet-and-tart citrus chess pie with cinnamon swirl, topped with traditional icing and sugar. And of course, a baby in the center. The shop has a special connection to this item: It was the last pie they were forced to pitch after their location caught on fire in March 2022. The pies are $45 and are available for order through February 21.

Dusty Biscuits king cake Dusty Biscuits' beignet version of a king cake.Dusty Biscuits

Mardi Gras beignets at Dusty Biscuit Beignets. Fort Worth beignet shop does one of the most clever New Orleans crossover items, combining two NOLA favorites — King Cake + beignets — into one. Fluffy fried beignets get drizzled with a sweet cream cheese glaze, dusted with cinnamon sugar, then colored powdered sugar. They're such a signature that they do them year-round, and are 3 to an order for $6. During Mardi Gras season, they also do a mini-king-cake version, using their same beignet dough, but in a traditional round, with an iridescent purple plastic baby in the center. The mini-cake is $12 and officially serves 2 to 4.