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Rock City Za Brings Detroit-Style Pizza to DFW

Plus, Abu Omar Halal opens in Arlington, and more dining intel

a Detroit-style square pizza with toasty cheese and big globs of tomato sauce
Rock City Za’s founder went back to his hometown to perfect his Detroit-style dough.
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Rock City Za brings Detroit-style pizza to DFW

A new pop-up serving Detroit-style pizza has come to the Metroplex, and this one is actually run by a Detroit native. Mark Slaughter, owner of Rock City Za, told CultureMap that he traveled back to his hometown earlier this year to learn how to make the specialty dough that makes Detroit-style pizzas unique. For the uninitiated, Detroit-style pizzas are baked in a rectangular pan, and are usually topped with Wisconsin brick cheese as opposed to mozzarella. The end result is a buttery, crispy crust with cheese right up to the edge. For now, Rock City is taking orders online starting every Tuesday for pickup Wednesday through Friday. “I’m limiting it right now because I sell out every week,” he told CultureMap.

Abu Omar Halal celebrates grand opening in Arlington

What started a a single food truck in Houston in 2011 has now expanded to more than 15 brick and mortar locations throughout Texas, including a brand new restaurant in Arlington. Abu Omar Halal celebrated its grand opening this past weekend at 2300 W. Division Street. A sister restaurant in Richardson has become a local favorite for its shawarma, falafel and kebabs. The Arlington location is open late each night, from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily, and joins locations in Austin, San Antonio and College Station.

ZAAP Kitchen opening in Fort Worth in November

ZAAP Kitchen, the Laotian and Thai street food restaurant, will open a location in Fort Worth’s WestBend district this November. The restaurant, which features pineapple fried rice, tom kha soup, nam khao and pad thai, will be the fourth in the DFW-area. ZAAP will be joined in WestBend by Australian-style cafe Ascension Coffee.