ACAI, POKE, GRAIN, & MORE: THE HEALTHIEST BOWLS DALLAS HAS TO OFFER

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EMILY BLASIK

APR 15, 2019

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Let’s face it: the bowls trend is more like a movement, and it’s here to stay. From poke to acai and everything in between, these colorful creations are a go-to for health-conscious foodies everywhere, and it’s not hard to understand why. (A meal that’s good for you and totally ‘grammable — yes, please.)

Whether you’re craving sweet or savory, these healthy Dallas eateries are serving up delicious bowls worth sinking your spoon (or fork) into.

The concept at this downtown and Preston Center hot spot is brilliantly simple: choose a base (root veggie noodles, cauliflower rice, or grains), pick a protein (poached shrimp, grass-fed beef, baked falafel, or free-range chicken), top with veggies, and then add your favorite sauce to bring it all together. Fast food at its finest? You bet. And unlike most restaurants, Gather Kitchen uses coconut oil to cook their foods, so you can be sure everything you’re eating is made with clean ingredients. The best part? Whether you’re paleo, vegan, or gluten-free, this eatery has a bowl for your whole crew.

You haven’t had a real superfood smoothie creation until you’ve tried Nékter. Every acai bowl contains whole fruits and veggies blended together and topped with all the fixins (like hemp seed granola, cacao nibs, bee pollen, to name a few). What you won’t find? Refined sugar, processed protein powders, dairy products, or artificial flavors. Even their skoop frozen treat is completely vegan and made of 100% guilt-free ingredients. Stop by any of this Dallas gem’s multiple locations post workout and fuel your body like a champion. Eating well has never been sweeter.

If you love yoga, frequent your local farmers’ market, and sip kombucha like water, Flower Child is your go-to cafe for brunch, lunch, and dinner. The “hippie-ish” establishment features an array of eclectic bowls chock full of hearty grains, leafy greens, fresh veggies, and whatever protein your heart desires. And, bonus: almost everything you’ll find here is organic, including the beer and wine. This adorable eatery might not be limited to Dallas, but their Addison, Inwood Village, and Preston Royal (coming soon) locations are as charming as they come.

When you eat at Oak Lawn fast casual Pōk, you can rest assured that everything in your bowl was made with your health in mind, aka sourced and prepared responsibly. We’re talking wild-caught, ethically-farmed fish flown in daily and locally-grown veggies that are the epitome of fresh. And what the really means is that their food is as delicious as it is good for you. Choose between one of eight signature bowls (all 100% gluten-free) or build your own — and enjoy every last bite.

You may not expect to see poke bowls and street tacos on the same menu, but that’s what makes this Deep Ellum eatery a hit with the locals. Complete with a large outdoor patio and rows of picnic tables, this converted gas station offers a relaxed vibe and lively atmosphere for hungry patrons. But the food is the real star of the party. If you’ve never had Hawaiian-Mexican fusion cuisine, try their Texas Poke, a combination of gulf shrimp, salmon, black beans, guacamole, and cotija cheese. Talk about a (nutritious) adventure for your taste buds.

Calling all fruit-lovers! The Juice Bar in Inwood Village, Inwood & Forest, Northpark Center, and Highland Park serves up smoothie bowls for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — but why not grab one for dessert as well? There are six delicious bowls on the menu, all made simply of fruit, but we recommend the Pitaya Paradise for its ultra-sweet taste and pretty pink hue. Beats a bowl of ice cream in our book.

Lakewood and Oak Lawn’s modern poke shop might be known first and foremost for their clean and customizable bowls filled with your choice of rice or quinoa, TWO scoops of marinated protein, and a hearty serving of sea veggies. But there’s another reason Poké Bop is turning heads, and it has to do purely with aesthetic. Enter: the first restaurant selfie station. If that and the chic interiors aren’t enough to make any millennial go crazy, the Poke Donut (a beautiful donut-shaped sushi roll) might.

Pho-lovers, you’re in luck: a steaming bowl of the stuff is calling your name from Greenville and Richardson, and for less than $10, it could be your dinner tonight. But wait, could something so delectable possibly be healthy? We’re arguing yes. This family-owned restaurant traditionally prepares their mixture of aromatic broth, veggies, and protein by slow-cooking it for 12 hours before serving it fresh to customers. If that isn’t authentic Vietnamese cuisine, we don’t know what is.

Build your own veggie bowl at Mudhen Meat and Greens on S. Harwood St., which has taken the title of Dallas’s best farm-to-table restaurant. With over 40,000 possible meat-and-veggie combinations (we aren’t joking), you could dine in every day for a year and never get bored. While this eatery may be a little more upscale than the rest on this list, the atmosphere is just as chill — and the handmade cocktails, divine. Bonus: smoothies, juices, and bone broth are also made in-house for your sipping pleasure.

Colorado’s Rush Bowls is now in Mockingbird Station! This health-obsessed smoothie bowl shop mixes fresh fruit with proteins, vitamins and all the good stuff to bring you a meal worth bragging about. Got a sweet tooth? All their bowls are topped with organic granola and honey. And don’t worry — they’re safe for everyone in your crew, vegans, vegetarians, and dairy-free eaters included. Who’s rushin’ on over?

Craving a Mediterranean-inspired bowl? Welcome to Rōti, a clean eating establishment in Uptown. The quick, counter-service set-up basically makes this place the Mediterranean version of Chipotle, but with a much healthier ingredient list. Think a non-GMO basmati rice and wild rice blend, marinated green olives, red cabbage slaw, tahini. Vegetarians can get in on the action, too, thanks to their falafel protein option. Meat-eater or not, don’t forget to try the roasted red pepper sauce.

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