What is better than pizza? Pizza and a drink. Dallas is a city with endless pizza restaurants where you can also get your buzz on. Below are five that have the goods.
Stonedeck Pizza Pub
Located among the murals and bustling crowds in Deep Ellum sits a hole-in-the-wall pizza joint whose food and bar menus are equally enticing. Stonedeck Pizza Pub offers classic American-style pies such as the Meat and Meat with Meat (bacon, pepperoni, beef, Italian sausage, chorizo and mozzarella), alongside more creative recipes like Deep Ellum Pie (truffled ricotta, chicken, bacon, veggies, mozzarella and cheddar, swirled with sweet chili sauce). Patrons can order a whole single-serving pizza for $13, a double for $26 or by the slice for $6. And those who aren’t feeling ‘za can order something else from the extensive menu, such as chili mac and cheese or Asian BBQ pork lettuce wraps.
Stonedeck sells a variety of local craft beers and has a full bar, but if you’re looking for a unique experience try one of their 14 different moonshines, including flavors like chocolate espresso, blueberry pancake, country peach and strawberry shortcake. The restaurant stays open until 2 a.m. every day of the week, however the kitchen close at 1:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday.
Olivella’s Neo Pizza Napoletana
The moment you walk into Olivella’s Neo Pizza the incredible smell of the pizza overwhelms your senses. What makes it so tasty? Consider the tomatoes imported from Italy, mozzarella made in-house from a family recipe, and both Southern and Northern Italian pizza styles, Neapolitan (thin) and Roman (super thin). Choose your crust then choose from 20 house specialties, like the San Danielle, which features house-made mozzarella, sauce, prosciutto and arugula; breakfast pizza with house-made mozzarella, bacon, sausage and eggs; or chicken alfredo. Pizzas range $13-$23.
Need a beverage? Each of Olivella’s three Dallas locations (Highland Park, Lakewood and Victory Park) offers half-price bottles of wine on a different night of the week. You can’t go wrong with the house sangria either, served by the glass and pitcher.
Eno’s Pizza Tavern
The best part about Eno’s is its location. Housed in the Bishop Arts District of Oak Cliff, this pizza spot offers different fresh soups every day including tomato basil, mushroom chowder and creamy spinach artichoke, each for $4. The environment is rustic and cozy, but large groups can fit upstairs at one of the long wooden tables. Start with truffle cheese bread ($9) or Italian bean dip ($6.50) before diving into a thin-crust pizza. The Pig Smiley pizza utilizes local honey, Benton’s ham, Eno’s spicy sausage and pepperoni. Other unique pizzas include Eno’s original (mushrooms, garlic, oven roasted tomato, sport pepper and salami) and goat pizza (basil, goat cheese, sliced wild pig and lamb meatball.)
Wash that pizza down with a local craft beer on draft or go for a cocktail or glass of wine. Here, you come hungry and leave satisfied.
Looking for a pie by the fire? Fireside Pies is your place. Its multiple locations give the diner options -- Inwood has more of a laid-back family vibe while the location on Henderson is a younger, livelier crowd. Apps range from Alaskan snow crab claws to grilled artichoke-spinach dip, and bruschetta. All artisan pizzas are cooked to order in a wood-fired oven. We suggest the garlic & sage white pie with shaved garlic, ricotta, mozzarella, fontina and parmesan ($13); the triple “roni” featuring pepperoni, mozzarella, basil and truffle oil ($14); and balsamic roasted chicken with pulled chicken breast, mushrooms, blue cheese, diced tomatoes and fresh spinach ($14).
At Firesides pies, patrons enjoy a full bar with specialty cocktails, an extensive wine list and draft beers. Looking for something beyond the average gin and tonic? Try a grapefruit Rickey (vodka, St. Germain, red grapefruit, lime and club soda) or a smoked orange Fitzgerald (gin, lemon, smoked orange bitters).
Five Creeks Tavern
So you’re in the mood for a slice with a view? Request to sit outside at Five Creeks Tavern, which overlooks the chic Highland Park Village. You can sit by the fire and sip on a bellini, margarita or the Time Keeper Tini, a dirty martini with Chopin vodka, dry vermouth, served ice cold and up with blue cheese olives. The drink menu also includes a list of select bourbons, American and Irish whiskeys, scotch, bubbles, draft beers and wines.
The tavern offers a little bit of surf (Chilean sea bass) and turf (New York strip), but let’s get real -- you came for the ‘za. The wood-fired specialty pizzas are soft and full of flavor. For vegetable fans, order the Beverly, which comes with eggplant, artichoke, tomato, fresh mozzarella and ricotta. Cheese lovers should go for the four cheese, and carnivores for the St. Johns (Italian salami, fennel sausage, pepperoni, fresh mozzarella and grana padano).
Bridger Warlick is a communications major journalism minor with plans to graduate from Southern Methodist University this May.