The Campisi name is well known in Dallas (and across the US thanks to Courtney’s work with Playboy and Corky’s reality show) and for a good reason … they make a damn good pizza.
The Downtown location’s happy hour is quite a deal: drastically discounted drinks and free pizza. Who would turn this deal down? We decided to take a nice walk from my friend’s place instead of desperately looking for a place to park (which I’d recommend) and it proved to be the best idea we’ve had in a while – NONE of us should have been driving after our happy hour at Campisi’s!
The wait staff was incredibly helpful and Sarah, the bartender, was good for a couple jokes and played along with our silly bar games. Service was snappy and they made sure that we got as much pizza as wanted before it was confiscated by the kitchen.
Most of the people at happy hour were the Downtown crowd just grabbing a quick drink and a bite and the others who just finished work. None of the happy hour goers strayed outside of their groups, but everyone was fun to watch.
Since you can’t beat this deal, take part – who knows, you may see one of the famous family members while noshing.
Drink strength: 3.5
1520 Elm St, Ste 111 | (214)752-0141
Monday-Friday | 5-7 p.m. | $2.50 domestics, house wine, $3 wells, and all other drinks discounted, also – FREE PIZZA
So many people have emailed asking me to review Louie’s … but bad news: Louie’s doesn’t have drink specials, so it’s not completely in my wheelhouse. Sorry!
Their pizza, drink strength, and people watching is great, though.
Make sure you have cash or an AMEX on you, it’s all they take. Don’t get mushrooms on your pizza; they’re fresh, not cooked. Also, know what you want and don’t put the wait staff out too much; they’re cranky.
1839 North Henderson Avenue | (214) 826-0505
Walking into my favorite pizza place in Dallas last week, it felt different … and I liked it. The new menu items sound incredible and the extra seating made me hopeful that I’d never have to face another 45 minute wait for a table!
The pizza at Coal Vines is TO DIE. My best friend from Austin orders a white pizza (not the white special) to take back with her each time she visits. Yes, it’s that delicious.
The mimosa was just ok; they didn’t jump on the bottomless bandwagon as so many brunch destinations have so I don’t know if I’d come here just for their drink specials. Their wine selection is good and they also sell retail if you want to take it home to enjoy.
The people who dine at this establishment are the Uptown see-and-be-seen type. They stop here and gobble a pie and guzzle a bottle before hitting the town. The only problem with that is that every time I eat here, I leave so full that I can’t rally for a fun night out!
Stop in and grab a glass of wine and a pizza; don’t forget to be extra nice to their New York implant, Uncle John at the front door! Everyone in Dallas should try this place once to know what good pizza tastes like.
Coal Vines Pizza
2404 Cedar Springs Rd | Dallas, TX 75201
Sunday | 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. | $4 mimosas, poinsettias, Pompelmos, and peach lemonade bellinis
The Lombardis know how to do brunch. $1 mimosas and bellinis can’t miss – but the food at Taverna makes the brunch that much better.
When I arrived, I was waiting on the rest of my 6-person party that was in from Pittsburgh. The waiter showed me to my table and entertained me until they showed … with one extra. “NO PROBLEM!” Another seat appeared without much drama. Five minutes later, another surprise guest. “NO PROBLEM!” Another seat appeared and all that was missing was a water.
As I mentioned, the food was great. The crab eggs benedict were (according to one of my dining companions), “The best I’ve ever had west of Pittsburgh!” There’s a compliment if I’ve ever heard one. I had the breakfast calzone and it was great, but make sure you split it because it’s HUGE.
The drinks, superb and quickly replenished … though I would say a big of creme de cassis would have made them a bit better. Pay attention to the small print; the drinks are only $1 if you get an entree.
Taverna was a great place for brunch – as all the Lombardi restaurants are!
3210 Armstrong Ave | Dallas, TX 75205-4131
You can visit a Taverna in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Austin.
Saturday and Sunday | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | $1 bellinis or mimosas with purchase of an entree