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100 Favorite Dishes, No. 73: The Reuben Pizza at ZaLat

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Leading up to September's Best of Dallas® 2016 issue, we're sharing (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes, the Dallas entrées, appetizers and desserts that really stuck with us this year.

The Observer recently published a list of some of Dallas’ best Reuben sandwiches. Few sandwiches, after all, can satisfy a lunchtime craving like a giant pile of corned beef or pastrami under a blanket of Swiss cheese. But one of the city’s finest Reubens was disqualified from our list on a technicality. Because it's not a sandwich — it’s a pizza.

The crazy geniuses at ZaLat Pizza are behind a number of loopy fusion pies: pho pizza, elote pizza, the “Loaded Notato.” But don’t forget ZaLat’s Reuben, which has all the classic traits of a great deli sandwich: good corned beef, a generous but not overwhelming pile of sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing and a combo of Swiss and mozzarella cheese. Oh, and there’s also pizza crust.

The result doesn’t seem weird or unholy. It’s surprisingly smooth-tasting, maybe even refreshing. But that just makes it even easier to reach for a fourth slice.

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