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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Dallas
Food
Feel
Price
6.1
7.5
$30
Coal-fired cool that’s more style than substance

As the name suggests, Coal Vines eschews wood, gas, and electric in favor of a coal-fired pizza oven. The result is a chewy crust with a crisp haze, more notable for its huskier, savory notations than any hint of brusque heat. The toppings are minimalistic: cheese and sauce barely interfere with meat (or non-meat bits, in their vegetarian-friendly white pizza). Really, it’s a pie barely worthy of comment—neither remarkable nor entirely forgettable.

Entirely typical for a growing franchise that began in… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
Dallas
Food
Feel
Price
9.2
6.5
$15
A Vietnamese menu that covers a lot of ground, and succeeds in doing so

Quick, name your favorite place for pho. Okay, now what’s your favorite for banh mi? Bo bun Hue? All different places, right? Most Vietnamese places tend to have a singular focus and specialty, but Nam Hua is set apart by its varied menu, with multiple well-executed dishes.

Some of our favorites here are the banh xeo, which are easily the best rendition in Dallas. The crispy coconut crêpes come with hardly any grease and a soft center. Goi ngo sen (lotus… [More]