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Pizza Review: Zalat Pizza

Pizza Review: Zalat Pizza

I just moved to the Dallas area, and we just had our first meal - The highly reviewed and recommended Zalat Pizza.

JohnnyChugs

So, Sam and I just moved from South Texas to the Dallas area and we're in our new place for the first night. Tonight was our first time having a meal at home and we went for tried and true pizza. Zalat Pizza is a place we've seen that has been recommended a couple times, and we've seen it has an interesting menu and good ratings, so we went for it. Pretty good! I like the variety of their menu. It's a good mix between traditional and zany, though I think the crust and cheese are a little flimsy compared to the good ingredients they use.

Pizza #1: Sweet Revenge

"Bacon onion jam with infinity swirls of house-made hot honey, mozzarella, salami, crushed red pepper, fresh basil, and a little extra basil on the side. This is likely the best pizza you have ever had in your life."

This is definitely one of the most interesting flavors of pizza I've ever had. If I had to describe the main flavor, it reminds me of Jack Links Sweet & Hot Beef Jerky. The bacon jam is really good, but the basil also gives it a nice green taste. I don't think you'd like it if you don't like the idea of pizza with sweet meat flavors, but I think it was definitely a cool thing to try and I'd definitely go for it again. Bonus points. They just gave us all the basil in a little cup to spread as we pleased, which is great if you don't want that flavor in the mix.

Pizza #2: The OG

"All-beef pepperoni, salami, cracked black pepper, and pickled giardiniera."

For the second pizza, we went with more traditional Italian flavors. Full disclosure, I love the restaurant Potbelly's and am a freak for good giardiniera. This delivered. Good pickled spice and vegetable mix without any sweetness, but a nice zing to it. Worth noting too that Zalat's pepperoni and salami seem like proper deli cold cuts compared to the generic pepperoni a lot of places use. It comes through in the taste too.

First impressions

Overall, I was very impressed with Zalat's for our first Dallas at-home meal. They have a lot of weird things on their menu including a Nashville hot chicken pizza and even an elote sweet corn pizza with a lemon pepper reduction. They also have a lot of traditional options with just really good looking ingredients like your typical meat lovers, supreme, or pepperoni.

The crust and cheese is only okay (it only comes in one style), which would normally be a deal breaker for me, but this is one of the few occasions where the ingredients on top more than make up for it. Thankfully they make a Sriracha ranch dressing to dip the crust in, so that's nice too. It's a bit pricey too, but I think that might be fair considering it's not a super franchise and they use such good quality toppings. The marinara sauce is also nice, robust and zesty. All in all, good pies and I'm excited to explore them more.

 

Review for
Zalat Pizza
8
8
Pros

Good variety of traditional & weird

Good marinara

Excellent ingredients and toppings

Reasonable pricing

Sriracha ranch comes with every pizza

Cons

Crust is boring and only comes one style

Cheese is also unremarkable

Pricier than large chains

From The Chatty
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    September 8, 2022 6:25 PM

    I just moved to Dallas area and reviewed our first meal: Zalat Pizza

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      September 8, 2022 6:29 PM

      What part of Dallas?

      Also: welcome!

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        September 8, 2022 6:39 PM

        Plano! Very nice place, excited to explore. Thank you!

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          September 8, 2022 6:44 PM

          Oh snap, lots of great restaurants there. Check out Bavarian Grill for good German food + beer

          https://www.bavariangrill.com/

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            September 8, 2022 6:45 PM

            I looooooove good German food. I hope it lives up to the big German family restaurants I had back in New Braunfels!

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            September 8, 2022 7:01 PM

            have you been to their new location? I went the other day and it’s lost its charm :/

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              September 8, 2022 7:02 PM

              I haven’t….this is very sad to hear :((((

              They lost their lease though so they didn’t have a choice afaik, at least they didn’t call or quits entirely. Was the food still good ?

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                September 8, 2022 7:14 PM

                food was great, not a train was seen tho

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                  September 8, 2022 7:16 PM

                  Dang. Like train sets?? Or just train memorabilia. Either way, I love that stuff.

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                    September 8, 2022 7:19 PM

                    There was this toy train track that ran along the edge of the entire ceiling at their old location and a toy / model train would run laps around the restaurant and disappear in to tunnels then reappear elsewhere and stuff.

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                  September 8, 2022 7:18 PM

                  Rip train :(

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      September 8, 2022 6:40 PM

      Zenna Thai/Japanese in Plano is awesome as is Genroku Japanese/Taiwanese in Richardson

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      September 8, 2022 6:46 PM

      Much appreciated on the food recommendations!! We have a lot of exploring to do haha.

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        September 8, 2022 6:52 PM

        I also really miss El Fenix for Mexican

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          September 8, 2022 7:01 PM

          I was at QuakeCon 2018 and visited the Quakeholio Tourney back before I worked here. I am very familiar with the legendary El Felix tacos. I’m very much looking forward to re-exploring them.

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        September 9, 2022 5:27 AM

        Thre is so, so, so much food to explore in the whole DFW area. You'll never run out of places to try. Some areas like Addison are so dense with restaurants it can make your head spin. Then so much new and innovative stuff in Uptown and into the downtown area.

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      September 8, 2022 6:53 PM

      We need a DFW Six Flags theme park Shackmeet

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      September 8, 2022 7:00 PM

      pepperoni masterclass with extra srirancha is my go to order

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      September 8, 2022 7:02 PM

      Welcome! Zalat is pretty good, they just moved the closest one to me, not too far but not in walking distance anymore.

      Hit up 15th street for sushi, pub food, another pizza joint, a liquor store with nice selection, other retail and music on the plaza most weekends. Also over on K ave there is more sushi and cafes and a coffeeshop.

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        September 8, 2022 7:14 PM

        There’s a place called Luna Grill next to K Ave and it fast became our go-to for gyros. I’m really excited to try more places over there.

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        September 8, 2022 7:16 PM

        fleabug it looks like they closed the lunch buffet at the Richardson IBPS Busshist Temple??? D:

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          September 8, 2022 7:23 PM

          I think they closed the dining hall but you can still get a box lunch to go. I hope the little teahouse is still open, and I haven't been in so long I should go to the temple gift shop and buy a new thing to hang from my mirror.

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      September 8, 2022 7:09 PM

      Also: check out Meso Maya for dope Mexican food

      https://www.mesomaya.com/menus/westplano/dinnerwp/

      Their Arrachera is awesome. Also they have this smoky chipotle salsa they serve w their chips that is A+++++++++++^infinity

      The carne asada is good too. I haven’t had anything bad there

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      September 8, 2022 7:11 PM

      Kenny’s East Coast Pizza is solid too

      https://kennyseastcoastpizza.com

      Fuck I wish I lived around that area again :(

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        September 9, 2022 5:28 AM

        I haven't been to this one. I loved his original Wood Fire Grill place in Addison. OMG, the ribs there are just amazing. Everyone loves the popovers there too.

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      September 8, 2022 7:13 PM

      Interesting menu, that buffalo chicken one looks amazing.

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      September 8, 2022 7:26 PM

      If you want some awesome Lebanese food, check out Afrah in Richardson. They have (or at least had, last time I was there) an all you can eat lunch buffet with zatar pie, garlic sauce, shish tawook, fresh made pita, and other stuff and it’s all awesome

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        September 8, 2022 7:36 PM

        Man you told me about that place and I lived nearby and I never made it dammit. I did love Dimassi's Mediterranean Buffet at 75/Campbell

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          September 8, 2022 7:39 PM

          Dimassis is like the CiCi’s pizza version of Afrah

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            September 9, 2022 5:51 AM

            The good thing about Dimassis is that you can walk in and start eating immediately at least. At my last gig I almost never got my full lunch break because someone would page or call me about printer toner or some bullshit, so that was where I went if I was in the mood and needed to eat a whole lunch in 10 minutes.

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        September 9, 2022 5:42 AM

        Afrah is good, but Ali Baba's is quite a bit better IMO

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          September 9, 2022 7:44 AM

          I’ve heard good things about that place but haven’t been there yet

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      September 8, 2022 7:33 PM

      Please add me to list of shockers new to Dallas!

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        September 8, 2022 7:51 PM

        Please come to the Six Flags Shackmeet!

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      September 8, 2022 7:35 PM

      Besas Italian kitchen in south Plano (on Jupiter - maybe it’s north w garland) is the best we’ve found since we got here

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      September 8, 2022 7:38 PM

      There’s some solid recommendations on Asian food / dumplings in this video

      https://youtu.be/UDN2HZ2NZvY

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        September 8, 2022 9:31 PM

        Hey didn't you tell me that Shanghai place closed? I saw you eating a dumpling or bun with juice out of a spoon and stabbing it with a chompstick and forgive me if I am wrong but IIRC you nutted

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          September 9, 2022 7:42 AM

          The one off 635? It was super awesome but then many years ago they switched ownership and it went down hill and I stopped going, I’m not sure if it’s still there anymore or not

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      September 8, 2022 7:46 PM

      I think you are from Houston? If you miss Vietnamese, drive out Walnut and go in Bistro B https://bistrob.com/ it's amazing

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        September 8, 2022 7:52 PM

        La mei in north garland is amaze

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          September 8, 2022 7:56 PM

          There was a TON of Vietnamese in Garland, too much to choose from, there was a little Vietnamese tofu shop by Bistro B where I would go in and load up a sack of different flavoured tofus and they never made it home with me 'cause I ate them in the car :(

          Mai's in Dallas near Lakewood was amazing tooo

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      September 8, 2022 7:47 PM

      Oh fuck, how could I forget: hit up Hutchins BBQ in frisco. Get the Texas Twinkie. Thank me later

      https://www.texasmonthly.com/bbq/smoked-in-texas-texas-twinkies-at-hutchins-bbq/amp/


      Also they have free all you can eat peach cobbler And banana pudding when you dine in

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      September 8, 2022 7:48 PM

      A great way to spend an afternoon is at the Half Price Books flagship store near 75 and Northwest Highway, it is like a Costco but with books and movies and games. They have shopping carts for a reason

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        September 8, 2022 8:34 PM

        ^^^^ listen to this nose of dog

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        September 8, 2022 9:09 PM

        Man I’ve spent so much money at half price Books in my life. It’s such a great store. Now I just get everything from the library.

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          September 8, 2022 9:25 PM

          My very first visit to that store, I saw the shopping carts up front and was all 'lol you are a used bookstore, get over yourselfs' but then a half hour later I am in the back of the store with both arms loaded down yelling 'I NEED A CART'

          Man I discovered so much standup comedy in they used CD bin, I discovered Ralphie May there! I bought a shitton of movies that I had to leave in Dallas when I moved, no regrets

          I still remember how wonderful that store smells when you first walk in and my nostrils are involuntarily jumping

          God DAMN I miss the FUCK out of Dallas :(

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            September 9, 2022 5:56 AM

            It’s probably not a great score but I was excited to find the first Gallagher album on vinyl at a HPB. The one from 1979. For the longest time it was the only album but I guess he did another one in 2014. He supposedly retired after that coma but he still toured for years. I think his retirement is like KISS farewell tours.

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        September 9, 2022 8:37 AM

        Half Price Books are so amazingly excellent. There is nothing in the UK that compares to them and it is sad.

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      September 8, 2022 9:35 PM

      If you like outdoors/exercise, when i lived in Richardson and got laid off and had jack shit to do all day, weather permitting I used to spend a couple hours walking around in this man-made nature preserve just North of Galatyn station and then into Plano where I would buy a bottle of cold water or some Mexican snack at the Fiesta Market and walk back, if I was too tired at that point the DART was right there, anyway it was secluded trails and brooks and streams and peaceful and fuck I miss DFW :(

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      September 8, 2022 9:39 PM

      Don't miss the Dallas food festival! I think it was near the fairgrounds, help me out RomSteady, go there even if it is hot as fuck, restaurants from all over DFW set up food trucks and sell sample platters and I discovered some places that day, there is also live entertainment

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      September 8, 2022 9:42 PM

      There is fried green tomatoes at the Texas State Fair, only time I ever had them, I don't even like tomatoes but fuck I miss Dallas, those were AWESOME

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        September 9, 2022 5:30 AM

        Oh yes, he's gotta hit up all the fried food at the Fair. Shocking what they'll figure out how to fry next. If you can eat it, "they" can find a way to fry it.

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      September 8, 2022 9:46 PM

      Can you please make more Cortexes please, I have money

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        September 8, 2022 10:10 PM

        lol, my spouse says we should do more Dallas area food reviews as we explore. I just might.

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          September 8, 2022 10:31 PM

          Yes please also yes ye yes please. Online search tells me some other of my favourite places that I was going to insist upon have closed D:

          I miss Dallas like a mofo, it is my favourite city. London is a close 2nd and Seattle is a close 3rd

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          September 9, 2022 5:31 AM

          Make Cortex articles!

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      September 9, 2022 5:39 AM

      Zalat is good stuff. My new house is a couple of minutes away from the one on Forest/75, I think my days of ordering from Papa Johns are over!

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      September 9, 2022 5:51 AM

      Interesting

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      September 9, 2022 5:54 AM

      Frisco is getting an HEB on 9/21

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        September 9, 2022 6:33 AM

        I really wish the would build an HEB in Dallas proper. The fact that they don't because apparently some idiots think Central Market is somehow comparable is some ridiculous bullshit.

        Central Market is a novelty grocery store catering mostly to people who think "taking a trip to town" is a big deal. Every fucking time I go there it's full of people who act like they've never been in a grocery store before. That, plus the fact that they have like 1-2 aisles of normal food, make me wonder how they even stay in business.

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          September 9, 2022 7:44 AM

          They probably will eventually, they’re building one in Plano too and Plano already had a CM not terribly far from where the Plano HEB will be

          They’re just super slow and methodical about expanding

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        September 9, 2022 7:24 AM

        I'm still not clear on why that's such a big deal, it's a... grocery store? What's so special about it? The freaking Dallas Morning News is running stories on it but every time I've ever been in one I'm like "yup this is a grocery store" and... what am I missing here?

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          September 9, 2022 7:41 AM

          It's an awesome grocery store with all kinds of stuff like HEB brand chips, salsa, bbq, etc. that you can't get elsewhere.

          I'll be honest I just want a place to buy a fuckton of kickass chips and salsa on a weekly basis. The selection at kroger/sprouts/etc. is pathetic and I get jealous every time I go to centra/south texas and walk through HEB.

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          September 9, 2022 8:46 AM

          It's not magic, but it is a touch better than your average Alberstons or Kroger. It's not a huge deal because we already have Whole Foods and Central Market, plus Market Street and a few other fancy places like Green Vine.

          I would love to have an HEB and an H-Mart right next to each other for the best possible grocery shopping experience.

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            September 9, 2022 8:51 AM

            HEB is way better than Albertson's which I consider bottom-tier grocery. And they're substantially cheaper than WF or CM.

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          September 9, 2022 8:51 AM

          Great selection; great prices; lots of high-quality house brands (including organic/fresh made stuff); excellent customer service; treats employees well w/ good benefits and pay; donates a lot to local communities.

          Just a high-quality business overall.

          Ours has a huge bulk section and massive deli & cheese area and it's got a big Central Market (HEB Whole Foods competitor) presence with lots of those brands.

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        September 9, 2022 8:01 PM

        My spouse is a lead at HEB. I get the discounted store brand hook-ups. Even if he didn’t work there, that grocery store would be out go to for many of the reasons others have mentioned.

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      September 9, 2022 9:20 AM

      Lighting in pictures make it look like you kidnaped the pizza and ate it in the dark. I won't judge.

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