The Lowdown on Writer/Director Tom Huckabee’s Fave Local Spots

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Tom Huckabee, a native of Fort Worth, has dipped his toes in many pools of film production in his career, from writing to directing, editing to producing. Leaving Texas at 19 to pursue his dreams in Hollywood, Huckabee’s most recognized film project was 2001’s Frailty, featuring Bill Paxton, another North Texas native wh0 he remains close friends with to this day.

That isn’t to say Huckabee hasn’t been busy in the last few years.

Lucky for us, he returned to Fort Worth in 2007 to make his long awaited film Carried Away, a story he wrote 20 years ago and finally was able to make after selling his home in LA and using the proceeds to get it done using local talent and crew. The semi-autobiographical film premiered at the Oxford Film Fest in Mississippi, and played again here in Dallas at the International Film Festival this month, receiving much acclaim from critics and viewers alike.

Although only a mere 45 minutes away from the Big D, Huckabee admits that there’s an attraction to our fair city. “Dallas has a glittering nightlife, like L.A. or New York,” says Huckabee. “People from Fort Worth go there to see concerts and art films we can’t see in Fort Worth.”
Here’s a short list of some of Tom Huckabee’s Dallas faves:
Favorite romantic spot?
He got married to his late wife, Barbara Cohen of East Dallas, at a mansion on Swiss Avenue. Swiss Ave is known for its tree lined sidewalks and brick behemoth  homes, even though the area surrounding the East Dallas suburbia heaven is relatively dilapidated these days. Swiss crosses Munger Ave, the tail end of the popular restaurant and biker bar strip Greenville Avenue.

What’s your favorite restaurant?

Huckabee says he loves the Spiral Diner, a vegan spot over in  Fort Worth. Luckily, they have branched out to Oakcliff, so Dallasites can head on over to Beckley to get some great pancankes, fresh smoothies and tofurkey sandwiches.

What’s your favorite cultural hangout?
The Nasher Sculpture Garden. Huckabee loves the indoor/outdoor gallery space of the sculpture center in the Dallas Arts District, a perfect Spring hangout. Current Exhibits:  Jaume Plensa: Genus and Species, now through May 2nd.

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