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The crust here has integrity and stands up to toppings without going limp. You can even fold one of the tiny slices and it will stand at attention. With three locations (the newest is in Victory Park), you shouldn’t have to travel far for perfection. Just make sure you dine in; great pizza seldom travels well. 6465 E. Mockingbird Lane, No. 525, 469-730-2626; 2340 Victory Park Lane; 3406 McFarlin Blvd.; dozen freshly shucked oysters and end the evening with a slice of Key lime pie, and you’ve got the makings of a mini beach-side vacation without the four-hour drive. 1160 Peavy Road, 972-707-7442, Readers’ Pick: St. Pete’s Dancing Marlin 2730 Commerce St., 214-698-1511, 2612 Commerce St., No. 101, 214-1188; 7328 Gaston Ave., 214-660-3644; Readers’ Pick: Il Cane Rosso Best Turkish Restaurant Zeytin Mediterranean Grill Zeytin is a Turkish restaurant in disguise. It wears the unassuming mask of a generic sub-Best Sandwich Restaurant Bolsa Mercado Stand at the counter at Bolsa Mercado and you’ll be filled with a sense of potential. The mercado serves as a commissary of sorts for next-door neighbor Bolsa, and there’s house-smoked turkey and house-cured pastrami up for grabs. These are the building blocks of great sandwiches, flanked by some equally im-pressive sides if you order correctly. You can’t go wrong picking from their case of croissants, macarons and other goods from the best bak-eries in Dallas. Grab a seat at the communal table inside or on the patio and start brain-storming excuses for not returning to work. 634 W. Davis St., 214-942-0451, bolsa-mercado urban Mediterranean lunch buffet, with hummus and chicken for all. Come at dinner time, though, and you’ll find Zeytin executes thoughtful interpretations of Turkish stan-dards. The borek appetizer, a pastry of feta and parsley, is light and fluffy even though it still sizzles from the fryer. Grilled chicken atop smoky eggplant purée is more melt-in-your-mouth juicy than grilled chicken has ever been. Oh, and that unassuming lunch buffet? With seconds-inducing vegetarian options such as roasted cauliflower, baba gha-noush and bulgur (fine-grained wheat with tomatoes and parsley), Zeytin has one of the healthiest, freshest and all-around best buf-fets in Dallas. 114 E. John Carpenter Freeway, Suite 100, Irving, 972-887-2000, Best Treehouse Bar Truck Yard OK, OK. So maybe there’s only one treehouse bar in Dallas, but it’s still the best. At this adult playground with a laid-back atmo-sphere, you can kick back with a beer, a mighty fine cheesesteak and even buy snacks for the squirrels. From this bird’s-eye van-tage point, the people-watching is especially good. The Truck Yard is packed on week-ends, so your timing is going to have to be just right to snag a spot here. They don’t take res-ervations per se, but if you’re really deter-mined, you can rent the whole treehouse for 3 hours at $1,500. It’ll hold 40 people before the party really crashes. 5624 Sears St., 469-500-0139, SHOPPING/SERVICES | | Unfair CULTURE/PEOPLE FOOD/DRINK | NIGHTLIFE/MUSIC | | MUsiC SPORTS/RECREATION | Contents | the thread Park | sChUtze | | featUre | night+day | CUltUre | Movies | stage | dish | Classified | TEXAS’ WINE ENTHUSIAST RATINGS SCORE OUT OF 100 POINTS ORIGINAL CRAFT VODKA Readers’ Pick: Jimmy’s Food Store 4901 Bryan St., 214-823-6180, PTS Best Sushi Restaurant Uchi Dallas Dallas had to wait years for Uchi to make its way to Dallas, but now that the Maple Avenue loca-tion is open for business, the wait has proved worth it. The Austin-based Japanese restaurant, which has received multiple nods from the James Beard Foundation, offers a new spin on sushi that’s filled with creativity. The best part about Uchi, though, is that you don’t have to spend a fin and a tail to eat well here. Every day from 5-6:30 p.m., a happy hour special will fill you to the gills without breaking the bank. 2817 Maple Ave., 214-855-5454, My American Handmade Vodka beats the giant “Imports” every day. That’s because it’s distilled six times, we use old-fashioned pot stills we built ourselves, and taste test every batch to make sure you get only the best. Try American! Tito’s is made from corn, so it’s naturally gluten-free. DALLAS OBSERVER OBSERVER DALLAS Readers’ Pick: Deep Sushi 2624 Elm St. 214-651-1177, Best Seafood Restaurant S eptember 24-30, 2015 M onth XX–M onth XX, 2014 20 Feet Seafood Joint 20 Feet has been a great place to get a lobster roll since it opened in 2013, but the recent ad-dition of a covered patio complete with cli-mate control makes this East Dallas seafood shack a great place to pass some time. The restaurant is BYOB, which can save you some money, and the staff is quick to supply a bucket of ice for whatever bottled vice you show up with. Add some fried clams, a few 5 69

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