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What we love on yelp

5 starsOak Cliffers love their local restaurants, so we wanted to see which are highly rated on the “snitch app,” Yelp. There are quite a few restaurants in our neighborhood with an impressive 4.5 stars. But there are only two with more than 20 reviews on Yelp and five stars.

Potpourri of Silk
317 N. Zang
28 reviews, 5 stars
Cris Barreiro started Potpourri of Silk as a cake business in 1996. Now her sons, chef Andres and manager Estevan, run it as a tearoom, offering sandwiches, soups, cookies and more Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Whiskers Fish & Burgers
1702 Singleton Blvd.
64 reviews, 5 stars
Crispy catfish and fried shrimp come perfectly seasoned and heaped into styrofoam clamshells at this West-Dallas hole-in-the-wall.

Most popular movies of 2016 at The Texas Theatre

The Texas Theatre is the only place in our neighborhood to catch a flick. And the lineup stays full with new and repertory films. These are the most-popular films shown at the Texas Theatre in 2016, based on ticket sales.

New movies

1  “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

2 “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week”

3 “Star Wars: The Force Awakens

4  “One More Time with Feeling”

5  “The Hateful Eight”

Repertory movies:

1 “Labyrinth”

2 “Dazed and Confused”

3 “Purple Rain”

4 “The Man Who Fell to Earth”

5 “Blade Runner”

What we’re reading

The Wild Detectives is a boutique bookshop and coffeehouse in the Bishop Arts District. In no particular order, here are the top nine book titles sold there in 2016:

 Cities I’ve Never Lived In by Sara Majka

2  So Sad Today by Melissa Broder

3  A Little Life by Hanya Yahagihara

4 Black Out by Sarah Hepola

Hepola’s memoir of drunkenness came out in mid-2015, but her reading at Wild Detectives in June 2016 put it back on the charts. Hepola is a journalist and essayist with ties to Dallas, and “Black Out” received favorable reviews from publications including the New York Times and The Atlantic.5 The Midnight Assassin by Skip Hollandsworth

Unbelievably, this is the Texas Monthly writer’s first book. Hollandsworth, who lives in Dallas, released “The Midnight Assassin” in April 2016. It’s about a series of unsolved murders that took place in Austin in 1884 and 1885. The New York Times compared it to Eric Larson’s “Devil in the White City” and calls it “true crime of high quality.” Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggers

7 The Girls by Emma Cline

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

9 A Zero Sum Game by Eduardo Rabasa

Dallas-based Deep Vellum published the English translation (by Christina MacSweeney) of this Mexican novel that “examines humanity’s dark side in a fatalistic satire of consumer society and the cult of the individual.”