Dallas Pizza and Steak House

7834 106 Avenue Nw

Three years ago, I was really into record collecting. On weekends, my friend Aaron and I would hop in my dad’s mini-van and go from thrift stores to garage sales, estate sales to storage locker auctions, pawn shops to flea markets; any place that sold discarded items, you could find Aaron and I on our hands and knees sifting through boxes of dusty records. We would often arrive at a garage sale, quickly realize that the only records for sale were tepid and undesirable,  and move on to our next destination. We spent all day driving around, searching for that ‘grail’ of a collection.

As time went on, I lost interest in record hunting (‘digging’, as it’s called in the biz), while Aaron became more and more immersed. I have since tagged-along with buddy on his solo trips, but he had yet to share in my new passion (I hope that this is too strong of a word) until last night, when he joined me on a ‘pizza digging’ trip.

Following a tip from my brother, we set out in search of a pizza-serving Irish pub near the Faculté Saint-Jean. Never having been to the University of Alberta’s French campus and not knowing the name of the pub, we decided to wing it. After a few wrong turns and retraced steps, we finally came upon Devaney’s Irish Pub. A little too late though – their kitchen was closed and we could not order food. A single box of water-damaged Neil Diamond and Elton John records. Off we go.

Our back-up plan was Dallas Pizza, a joint that we passed on the way to Devaney’s. The closer we got to the restaurant, the more we realized that we may have stumbled on a huge score. Located in the the Forest Heights neighbourhood, Dallas is very much a pizza restaurant rather than a bar that happens to serve pizza. It is well-lit like a restaurant should be and it is wholesomely decorated like a restaurant should be. The walls are literally covered with paintings of pink and red flower gardens. Only three wall decorations deviate from this pattern: two ‘Travel Greece’ posters and this amazing (amazing!) woodcut:


Our server was a very pleasant lady who knew how to tease customers and tell a joke – one of which ended with the line: “what are you, a longshoreman?”.

Aaron and I ordered a large Spinach Special (spinach, onions, feta and mozza), which, because of the owner’s Greek heritage, was a great choice. Spinach was perfectly cooked; lots of feta.  The cheese was a little thick and greasy, and it was a little stingy on the (very tasty) sauce, but still an overall excellent pizza. When I commented on the pizza’s square cuts, our server nodded as if admitting defeat. She knows that triangle slices are what’s happening in pizza today.

Our polite dinner conversation stuck to familiar topics such as music and records, but somehow the topic of pizza’s “ubiquity” came up far too often. Overall, joint: VG++ and Pizza: VG+ will eat again.

roy ayers

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  1. This is like a perfect post. Though you still haven’t satisfied my need to know about a pizza joint with a Golden Axe arcade in the front (or Street Fighter 2), this one warmed me up and made me laugh. As well, I just made and ate a pizza, it had the following on it: tomato sauce and pesto, italian herbs, basil, oregano (dry) and fresh oregano, green olives, red onion, green onion, red pepper, green pepper, broccoli, FETA. On a multigrain organic crust I picked up at the grocery store. Are you thinking that that’s too much to put on a pizza? If you (or anyone else) is thinking that, I can assure you that you are dead fucking wrong. So salty and delicious, not too heavy, and a taste sensation. As well, I liked your comparing the pizza hunt to a record dig, good jokes, great story. A++ blog post, will post my blog in your comments section again.

  2. Making a pizza at home! That’s ridiculous. Probably cost $20+ to cover all those ingredients, not to mention all the time in making and preparing it. What a waste!

  3. Made two pizzas, that’s two crusts, 1/5 Red onion, Half green pepper, half red pepper, 1/10 head of broc, 15 green olives (chopped), already have pesto (which I forgot to mention was part of the sauce) and tomato sauce is about 60c. Maybe $3.00 worth of feta. So, that’s like maybe $10 for two amazing and delicious (and grease-free) pizzas. Conks, I don’t know if you were serious, but you just earned a new blog post (I try to keep one blog post per slice of life blog post).

    Also, it’s a lot of fun to spend that 20-30 mins making something, then you have something delicious at the end to eat that YOU made, rather than having spent that time in a restaurant talking to your friends about a history test or news headline or Grisham novel. Hey, I like getting some pizza as well, don’t get me wrong, but a homemade pizza with tonnes of amazing ingredients – is there anything wrong with that? Huh Conks? Is there?

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