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Restaurant Reviews

Mini Review: Fireside Pies (Park Cities location)


I visited the new Fireside Pies in the old Riviera location on Inwood Road last Saturday night. Took a crew of eight. Since FP doesn’t accept reservations, we waited an hour for a table. The white peach sangria provided sweet solace during our wait, and, after several rounds, we came up with an alcohol-fueled opinion long before we tasted the food: The more FP expands the more it loses its charm. The original Henderson Avenue location might be cramped but the patio rocks and the vibe/decor is Sonoma County cool. Likewise, the crowd is a frisky mix of Uptown cheese and East Dallas eco-chic. In other words, great people watching. The new Park Cities FP is cavernous and bland. Tucking the bar in the back doesn’t help. And the crowd is exactly what you would expect: Lacoste-wearing families of four with Hummers in tow. Much like FP’s cream soda float, it’s all quite vanilla. Not that there’s anything wrong with that nor should Park Cities families be denied triple-pepperoni pies with hand-torn basil conveniently located in their hood. It’s just not my slice of pie. Oh, by the way, the pizza is still some of the best in town. At least, there’s that.