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Jan 13, 2009 11:55 AM

Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives...

Don't know if you are a fan; but I am sure some others are. He was in town last week and visited Twisted Root Burger Company, Avila's, and Louie's.

I haven't heard of anywhere else.

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        1. re: txag

          1839 N Henderson Ave
          Dallas, TX 75206

      1. He went to Louie's??? OK, I now like Guy whatsit if he went to Louie's. That place is a true hidden gem in Dallas!

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        1. re: dalaimama

          Shhhh!!! Now, everyone will know about Louie's. It's hard enough trying to get a table as it is.

            1. re: DallasDude

              you don't? never had anything put pizza & newcastle there but its damn good pizza (and newcastle).

              1. re: DallasDude

                Louie's has what other restaurants in the neighborhood lack. That being, character!

                1. re: twinwillow

                  Not particularly fond of the pizza. And the silly abuse act they dish out is over the top. There are far too many wonderful places serving pizza in town that are eager to take my dining dollars (and take Visa) that can at least fake a grin. Jon, as service oriented as you are, I am suprised you would accept anything in the realm of what they consider to be quality service.

                  The pizza is simply too cracker-like. I have likened it to hardtack. They use a simple pass through oven that imparts no additional flavor or character to the pizza. The best thing going for Louie's, as I have mentioned in the past, is the use of Jimmy's Italian sausage. I can buy that from Jimmy's myself, and it is a mile down the road from Louie's.

                  The very last time I went was a huge fiasco. We were the second people to be waited on that day, it took an hour to get our food and it came out staggered. Four of us and we all got our food at different times. The last person didn't get his until after everyone was finished. And to top it off, when we paid and were leaving, the waitress ran after us outside saying we short paid her. I demanded she recount, and she did. She was wrong. Pretty off-putting, wouldn't you say?

                  I could go on, but I am practicing brevity at the moment. Coal Vines has character, and some cute employees.

                  1. re: DallasDude

                    i've never had that experience at louie's...except the no visa thing, which sucks. and i HATE places with bad service, esp when they try to spin it as a charming aspect, but maybe i've just been lucky.

                    i guess that my weird hours keep me out of Louie's on busy nights, so maybe the rush hour louie's everyone else knows is different than my experiences. now coalvines...i've ONLY been there on a packed sat night where a cute hostess grins while telling me i have an hour wait and i should be grateful they are even considering letting me in. the pizza is great but i don't like the taste of other diners' @sses in my face as they squeeze by.

                    but the pizza...i just like it at louie's. i like the hard crust. get extra cheese, pepporoni, mush, sausage & garlic and the grease softens it up! i liked it when i was in college before i knew it was cool or a foodie stop or on TV. maybe its sentiment. i hardly have a refined pizza pallette but i like it.

                    off to La Me on you guys' suggestions.

                    1. re: JonFromTJs

                      Well, I am not an unmoving buddha. Maybe we need to hit Louies once more and try the extra toppings. They sound like they might lubricate the crust more.

                      Sentiment has a lot to do with what we enjoy or not. I love Campisi, many here do not. But it is the pizza from my youth. I had this conversation today. How could I possibly like Whataburger? I suggested that we can enjoy things due to these comforting memories.

                      I did enjoy the crab claws at Louies, along with lots of bread to soak up the garlic butter. Similar to Campisi's version.

                      Let us know what you think of La Me. And as for those butts in the face at Coalvines? Some of them I do not mind.

                      1. re: DallasDude

                        I've read that there's an evolutionary reason for our loving the foods of childhood ... we ate them and survived, and mom knows best, so they must be good to eat again ... and again.

                        The pizza of my youth is Domino's, despised by all and sundry ... I still order it occasionally, and no one will ever convince me that the way I order it, it's not good.

                        1. re: foiegras

                          Although I grew up eating "real" pizza in NY, I'm afraid occasionally, I too succumb to a Domino's delivery as well. Thin crust with pepperoni is my sodium overdose of choice.

                          1. re: twinwillow

                            I too order thin crust ... with ham, onion, and mushroom. Back in the day it was sausage and mushroom on a regular crust ... and an amazing metabolism to go with. One thing I quite like about Domino's as compared to some of the other comparable (lowbrow, mainstream) places is they've always used fresh veggies. There is nothing worse than a canned mushroom--oughta be illegal.

          1. Why Avila's? It's no different than 20 other Mexican restos.

            1. Agreed on Avila's. Unfortuantely, while Louie's still makes a mean pie, it is a shell of it's former self when the had 2 smoking sections (smoking and chain smoking) and I don't smoke. Something just doesn't seem right these days. Seem a little too light in there too.