UPDATED MAR 6, 2020
The Dallas food scene has plenty of choices for veggie-lovers — vegans, pescatarians, and gluten-free diners included! Check out our list below for some of the best hot spots for eating lean, clean, and green.
Now in Inwood Village, Addison, and an inbound addition to the Preston Hollow scene in 2019, this cheerful café boasts a completely customizable menu of veggie-packed sandwiches, bowls, and salads. Meat-lovers can opt to add in grass-fed beef, chicken, or salmon, while gluten-free diners will appreciate the many sans-wheat offerings. Highlights include creative vegetable medleys — like the yuzu Brussels sprouts with golden miso and Indian spiced cauliflower with dates. Parched after yoga? Refresh with a cold glass of their organic lemonade or kombucha on tap. Plus, Insta-stars will love the colorful, snap-ready décor.
If you’re looking for ambiance, you can’t do much better than a temple. A 30-plus-year-old Dallas institution, Kalachandji’s Indian buffet boasts an eclectic smorgasbord of vegetarian delights. You’ll love classic dishes like the Black Bean Curry, Steamed Vegetables with Lemon Tahini, and in-house baked bread. And a trip to this East Dallas buffet will only set you back $11.95 for lunch, making Kalachandji one of the best values in the Metroplex.
A funky Oak Cliff standard, Cosmic Cafe has garnered plenty of accolades. At this cozy hippy haven, diners tuck into Indian-inspired dishes like spicy lentil dahl and hearty Buddha delight bowls, served alongside freshly baked naan. Fitt Tip: don’t miss the unlimited house chai for under $6. And if your chakras feel a little out of whack, there’s a meditation study right upstairs. Namaste.
The Spiral Diner is DFW’s go-to for vegetarian comfort food. The original Fort Worth, plus Oak Cliff location serve up retro, stick-to-your-ribs classics like Cowboy Burgers, loaded Buffalo Chick’n Nachos, and their famous Chopped BBQ Sandwich. Room for dessert? Order a slice of one of their vegan cakes, like the classic red velvet or the cheerful funfetti with rainbow sprinkles. All are 100% plant-based and 100% craveable.
Blue Sushi Sake Grill—in Preston Hollow Village, Uptown Dallas, and on West 7th in Fort Worth—fits the bill of a swanky, date-night sushi lounge. Its creative vegan and vegetarian options (all carefully marked on the menu) truly set it apart. Highlights include the cleverly named Shiitake Happens, a wild mushroom and sweet potato tempura roll, and the Just Beet It roll with crispy panko goat cheese, beets, and pickled daikon. These and other rolls are only $5.50 during Happy Hour, Monday–Saturday from 3–6:30 pm.
No Dallas food list would be complete without a Tex-Mex option, and El Palote Panadería dishes out some of the city’s best. Bonus? It’s all vegan. This quaint, unassuming Pleasant Grove spot reinvents traditional Mexican fare. Think crispy “chicharrones” made from soy “meat” marinated in spicy chiles and al pastor street tacos stacked alongside a mountain of fluffy rice. Don’t miss the pastry case on your way out — the pan dulce and empanadas are worth saving room for.
If you’re searching for contemporary vegan dining in a chic atmosphere, look no further than V-Eats. Setting up in the trendy Trinity Groves neighborhood (with a stunning view of the city skyline), V-Eats is the perfect date-night spot. Go for their decadent truffle sage butter pasta, or keep it country with an order of their ultimate Texas Frito pie and country fried “chicken.”
A hidden gem in the Hong Kong Market’s food court in North Dallas, D’Vegan turns out plant-based versions of classic Vietnamese cuisine like fried rice, flat noodles, spring rolls, and pho. And for those lazy Netflix marathons, D’Vegan now offers delivery.
With a rotating seasonal menu, True Food Kitchen (in Preston Center and Legacy West in Plano) guarantees that you’ll never be bored. This upscale-casual eatery provides anti-inflammatory, locally sourced brunches, lunches, and dinners that nourish the body. Nosh on favorites like their kale guacamole and edamame dumplings while you kick back on their sun-drenched patio. Dining on a weekend? Plan ahead and make a reservation online — True Food fills up quickly.
For healthful soul food, you can’t beat the 20-year-old Dallas staple Sankofa Kitchen. Their diverse menu caters to both meat-eaters and vegetarians, but their vegan creations—like the vegan loaded nachos and “chicken” and waffles—really stand out. Their friendly staff and laid-back vibe will have you feeling right at home in no time.
The perfect work-day lunch spot, Gather Kitchen dishes out fast, wholesome lunches at their convenient downtown location in Thanksgiving Tower. Get creative and put together your own perfect bite from their wide selection of bases (including veggie noodles, cauliflower rice, and quinoa), veggies, and protein. Top it off with one of their six from-scratch sauces. Oh, and their completely customizable menu easily accommodates paleo, Whole30, and vegan diets.
No time to cook? At this Lake Highlands standard, you’ll find a plethora of plant-based take-out options. Orders are filled on a weekly basis, and you can pick up at their store or at their convenient locations in Plano, North Dallas, and Oak Cliff. Highlights include their Lentil Sloppy Joes, Sweet and Sour Tofu and Veggies, and Thai Butternut Squash Soup. While most of their meals sell for less than $8, you’ll save even more when you sign up for one of their customizable meal plans.
Even if you don’t know Inkmaster star and Dallas native Oliver Peck, you should know about his restaurant. Tiki Loco is a vegan counter-service spot in Deep Ellum known for vegan tacos, smoothies, fresh-pressed juice, and Hawaiian shaved ice. Grab a coffee early in the morning, plant-based, health-conscious grab-and-go items for lunch, or snag comfort food for late-night snacking after a night on the town.
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