100 Favorite Dishes

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

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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Brian Reinhart has been the Dallas Observer's food critic since spring 2016. In addition, he writes baseball analysis for the Hardball Times and covers classical music for the Observer and MusicWeb International.
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