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Dining Out Dallas BRIDAL RETAILERS: Did you know that 33% of engagements occur between Thanksgiving and New Year’s? NeW & NOTaBLe BY MICHAEL HILLER Reach future brides with the only wedding magazine dedicated exclusively to Tarrant County. Ad deadline for the Fall issue of WEDDINGS is June 20. To reserve space: 817-632-8100 ext. 1101 Weddings 360 West sPring 2014 Tarran T Coun T y’s Luxury Wedding M aga Z ine Pecan Lodge’s move to Deep Ellum has been a popular one. Photos by Robert Strickland show your true colors with hot hues sTyLe & Bold in praise of the long veil Venues say ‘i do’ with a view True roManCe six couples, six stories THe geTaWay our picks for sun, sand and water Bright New Thai in town • Livin’ Lodge in Deep Ellum • Seattle doughnuts (and coffee) Pakpao After founding chef Eddy Thretipthuangsin decamped to open Bite in Fort Worth’s Montgomery Plaza, Pakpao’s owners decided to team up with Food Network star Jet Tila to revamp their Design District Thai restaurant. Tila, a Los Angeles native and one of America’s foremost Thai chefs, says he’s reworking Pakpao’s menu, adding dishes like five-spiced pork belly, the noodle dish called khao soi and sticky rice with mangoes, plus regional dishes from Northern Thailand, Isaan and Bangkok. Tila’s cooking often reflects the L.A. neighborhood he grew up in, which he describes as a mix of Thai Town, Chinatown, Koreatown and Little Tokyo. Tila hinted that expansion plans are in the works, beyond a Pakpao sibling slated for Plano next year. “At this point, I am interested in creating concepts, not just one-offs.” 1628 Oak Lawn Ave., Suite 120, Dallas; 214-749-7002 or pakpaothai.com. Pecan Lodge Ending four years at the Dallas Farmers Market, Justin and Diane Fourton packed up the smokers and moved to new digs in Deep Ellum late last month. Pecan Lodge is often ranked among the best barbecue joints in Texas. Its expansive new location is open for lunch every day but Monday and serves until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Fort Worth’s PalletSmart built much of the furniture for the dining room and the large patio, which is partially shaded by – what else? – pecan trees. Cement floors, family photos and a bronze longhorn out front lend the space a roadhouse feel. The menu of slow-smoked brisket, sausages, ribs, traditional sides (okra, mac and cheese, slaw) and Diane’s fried chicken remains the same, though the Fourtons have added a third mesquite-fired smoker to keep up with growing demand. Pecan Lodge now serves beer and wine, plus there’s live music to help pass the time, should those hour-long ordering queues return. 2702 Main St., Dallas; 214-748-8900 or pecanlodge.com. Bella Italia Family owned since 1980, serving fine Italian food and wine, lunch and dinner Featuring wild and exotic game specialties Personal service in an inviting atmosphere Top Pot Doughnuts Seattle’s beloved doughnut shop, best known for its glazed old-fashioned cake doughnuts and apple fritters, has opened its first branch outside the Puget Sound vicinity. Top Pot’s North Dallas location sells the same freshly roasted coffee and more than 40 varieties of “hand-forged” doughnuts you’ll find in any of its 16 Seattle-area cafes. Top Pot founder Mark Klebeck says they make everything by hand in small batches. Starbucks and Top Pot were partners until Top Pot decided to expand its own coffee roasting and retail operations. They’re already scouting for a half-dozen more locations, including Tarrant County. Says Klebeck: “We’ll be in Fort Worth before we move into Austin.” 8611 Hillcrest Ave., Suite 195, Dallas; 469-232-9911 or toppotdoughnuts.com. Michael Hiller is a Dallas restaurant and travel correspondent for 360 West . 5139 CAMP BOWIE BLVD, FORT WORTH • 817-738-1700 REPUBLICA ARABE SIRIA 3285 • BUENOS AIRES • TEL: 14802-4253

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