UPDATED OCT 17, 2019
While Dallas definitely knows how to serve up mouth-watering barbecue, the city also knows a thing or two about good-for-you brunch. From farm-to-table restaurants and vegan and gluten-free fare, our list is here to help you get started.
Did someone say paleo pancakes? Yep, that’s right. Origin Kitchen + Bar in Oak Lawn has got you covered if you’re looking for a back-to-basics version of short stacks. And, they serve paleo chocolate mousse, too, so dessert here is a no-brainer. But if you’re in the mood for something savory, no worries. From tasty omelets to seasonal hash bowls, you don’t need to travel elsewhere for something salty yet nutritious. Oh, and they also have Bulletproof coffee. Consider us sold.
From the cute interior to the plant decor to the wall art to the eats, everything about Flower Child will pull you in. There’s so much good on their menu (including vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan options), your pick won’t be an easy one to make. Good news is that you can just make your own plate. They offer a variety of veggies, healthy carbs, and proteins, so any combo you put together will be wholesome and delicious. Not to mention, they also have kombucha on tap. Find this one amongst the shops in the Inwood Village, in Addison, and in Preston Hollow (coming in 2019).
The best thing about Modern Market Eatery (with multiple locations in the Metroplex) is that they use quality ingredients — meaning they get their stuff from farms, not factories. The eggs are cage-free, the waffles are whole grain, and they serve nitrate-free sausage and bacon, kicking those strange additives to the curb. And if you want to enjoy your meal with something other than regular coffee, feel free to opt for a more fun beverage, like a mimosa or brewmosa (aka orange juice and wheat beer).
If the name doesn’t already give it away, Ascension Coffee is known for serving up quality cups of joe. But a not-so-obvious feature of this joint is its farm-to-table food list. Both treat-yourself and better-for-you options share menu space, so it’s easy to keep it clean with stuff like avocado toast, granola, and a paleo muesli bowl. But if you really want something whole and simple, their Protein Brekky is a good pick. It’s just pasture-raised eggs, bacon, avocado, and fresh fruit. Stop by to get a taste at any of their Dallas-area locations in the Design District, Uptown, Frisco, on Dallas Parkway, and downtown in the Thanksgiving Tower.
We know that brunch is usually a sit-down, take-your-time experience. But let’s face it — sometimes we’re in a pinch but still want those breakfast/lunch hybrid eats. Enter: Unleavened Fresh Kitchen in Lakewood, Southlake, Lake Highlands, and University Park. If you’re looking for healthy fast casual, this is your place. Get your day going with any of their wraps or potato hash (with gluten-free and vegetarian options), or opt from their à la carte menu with goods like Quinoa Porridge, an Açaí Bowl, or Split Grapefruit Brûlée (without the crème). Keep in mind they have seasonal features, too, so you’ll want to stop in year-round.
UP Inspired Kitchen may be 20 minutes north from the tip of Dallas in Frisco, but it’s worth the drive to taste their brunch menu. They have an awesome array of toast on sourdough bread, green, sweet, and savory bowls, and cheat day meals that are still nutritious; they won’t make you feel guilty at all. (Think stuff like a healthier take on classic biscuits and gravy, with cauliflower as a staple ingredient.) They also serve butter coffee and a mocha and vanilla chai version of the special brew. Guess it’s time for a quick adventure outside of the city with the brunch crew.
Both the food and the ambiance are alluring at True Food Kitchen, making it a popular brunch spot in University Park or Plano. The menu changes with the seasons, so you’ll always get quality ingredients when you dine in. Choose from the array of colorful food options, including an Inside Out Quinoa Burger, a Vegan Chorizo Bowl, and gluten-free Cauliflower Polenta Bowl. Plus, they have mimosas, matcha horchata, and even serve up a Hangover Rx refresher if you need it. And if you’re still hungry for dessert afterward, order their vegan and gluten-free squash pie. You won’t regret it.
While Company Cafe & Bar in Lower Greenville isn’t 100% clean, it has a fair share of the good stuff to claim a spot on our list. After all, it’s all about balance, right? If you want something healthy, choose from one of their veggie-packed bowls, like their paleo option packed with walnuts, avocado, and grass-fed beef. They also have egg scrambles, and sides like Brussels sprouts and paleo and vegan hash. And let’s not forget about their drink menu — pair your meal with a brunch cocktail or order a pitcher to share. Choose from mimosas, pomosas (a mimosa with some pomegranate juice), or some sangria for the table.
There’s a country-style feel at Mudhen Meat and Greens that totally matches its farm-to-table concept. Their ingredients are sourced locally and in state from places like Austin, down in Navasota, and right in Oak Cliff and Dallas. Some unique finds here include cauliflower grits, walnut-scallion bread, and beet-fennel sauerkraut on their avocado toast. You can also order fruit and veggie-packed juices and smoothies, coffee with MCT oil and grass-fed butter, and even homemade bone broth. This restaurant is right by the Dallas Farmers Market downtown, making it the perfect place to stop for a bite to eat after you pick up some fresh produce.
If you have the notion that diners only cook up breakfast favorites that are greasy, sugary, and almost always unhealthy, think again. Spiral Diner in Oak Cliff has changed the game. This place is as charming as it is plant-based — aka 100% for both. Yep, everything on the menu is totally vegan. From the sausages to the cheeses to the sauces to the tofu scrambles (don’t knock it till you try it!), there’s no other restaurant like it in DFW. This is Southern comfort food made vegan-style, and so much healthier.
On the weekends, Sundown at Granada is a popular brunch spot by day and restaurant/music venue/event space by night. But one thing that stays constant is the awesome vibe that remains no matter what time you dine in. As another Dallas farm-to-table joint in the Lower Greenville neighborhood, their brunch menu carries the classics and tons of unique eats. Something you’ll only find here? Dallas’s very first version of a vegan take on eggs Benedict, which also happens to be gluten-free. Bonus: they have patio seating, which is perfect for a sunny, warm day in North Texas.
Set up in the Bishop Arts District is this unassuming all-day cafe where you'll find a charming interior filled with plants, natural light, and friendly vibes. But what you'll also find are incredibly tasty, good-for-you dishes made with sustainably-sourced ingredients from area farms. Now, the menu rotates seasonally but a couple staples you can always expect include the yogurt parfait topped with house grainless granola, almond butter, honey, and fruit and the Power Bowl crafted with two (cage-free) fried eggs, sweet potato, beans, brown rice, avocado, greens, toast, and local jam. Fitt Tip: the space isn't huge, so if you're rolling with a big group, you may want to call ahead or get there early.