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Healthy food that’s bland and boring doesn’t stand a chance a foodie paradise like Dallas. With Tex-Mex, barbecue, and comfort food on every corner, a plain old chicken breast just isn’t gonna cut it.
Luckily, Dallas restaurateurs have truly risen to the challenge; now more than ever, the health-conscious have a plethora of places to enjoy a meal that tastes great. But in case you’re not sure where to start, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to take a foodie tour of the Big D and put together a list of all the must-try healthy restaurants in Dallas right now. Bon appetit!
Since 2011, Texans craving a healthier version of their favorite comfort foods have flocked to Lowest Greenville’s Company Cafe. The farm-to-table restaurant offers everything from breakfast to dessert, all made with fresh, natural ingredients. And if you’re veg or gluten-free, don’t worry — they’ve got tons of tasty options. The best part? They serve brunch seven days a week, so you don’t have to wait until Sunday to get your hands on that Veggie Rx Scramble.
Dream Cafe’s delicious menu has everything your heart (and stomach) could want, from lunch to brunch to booze. Specializing in organic, vegetarian, and just plain healthy meals, you can sink your teeth into a mean Monte Cristo, a classic bacon burger, a garden stir-fry, and everything in between. No matter what you choose to indulge in, you can rest assured that the ingredients you’re eating are both local and hormone-free. Taste for yourself in Uptown and Lakewood.
Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, paleo, or flexitarian, Flower Child has you covered. This feel-good spot in Inwood Village, Addison, and Preston Royal prides themselves on radiating positively delicious vibes, and that works out well for you (and your taste buds). Stop in for a fresh salad, protein-packed plate, or incredible grain bowl — there are no bad choices here. And if it has been a particularly stressful day, they also serve beer and wine.
With tons of locations in the Metroplex, this superfood hot spot has staked its claim all over Dallas and, we’re not mad about it. Whether you’re on the go or you’ve got time to spare, Freshii’s got your back with flavor-packed bowls, burritos, salads, wraps, soups, smoothies, and juices. Everything they offer is so delicious, we don't blame you if you find an excuse to stop by more than once in a single day.
If you’re looking for clean food and a friendly atmosphere, then HG SPLY Co. in Lowest Greenville and Fort Worth is about to be your new go-to. Here, it’s all about balance, so in addition to a Beet Poke bowl you can also order Bison Chili or Jalapeño Bratwurst. No worries if you’re gluten- or dairy-free, either, everything on the menu can be made to meet your needs. If only everything was that simple.
Northeast of Deep Ellum, you’ll find Dallas’s OG vegetarian restaurant, Kalachandji’s. For 35 years, Kalachandji’s has used Ayurvedic cooking methods (that means “whole body”) to provide locals with savory and satisfying Indian cuisine that will nourish you from the inside out. Fitt Tip: Kalachandji’s is closed on Mondays. Plan accordingly.
Kozy Kitchen has it all: delicious food, an inclusive menu that caters to veg heads and meat-eaters alike, and a strong sense of community. This restaurant off Gaston Ave. is the perfect spot for a quick breakfast, a nutritious lunch, an intimate dinner, or a satisfying dessert. Featuring meals made with grass-fed beef to free-range chicken, organic veggies, and a whole slew of gluten-free options, you’ll never be disappointed.
If you haven’t tried poke yet, stop what you’re doing and get to Malibu Poke. This Oak Lawn spot (plus another spot in the McKinney & Olive development) slings fresh and nutritious bowls filled to the brim with sustainability-sourced seafood and ingredients (hello, spicy chili tuna and wasabi ponzu salmon). Not sold yet? Their menu was created by infamous Dallas chef Matt McCallister. We’ll see you there.
At Modern Market’s handful of Metroplex eateries, they keep it real; they only use pure, simple, and fresh ingredients to create thoughtfully-crafted dishes suited for every type of palate (vegan, vegetarian, gluten- and dairy-free included). What’s more, they prepare everything from scratch and center their menus around “common sense nutrition”, meaning unhealthy fats and lots of sugar are a no go. Whatever you do, definitely don’t sleep on their breakfast menu.
It’s easy to see why Mudhen Meat and Greens has been named Dallas’s best farm-to-table restaurant. This downtown staple offers “food that just tastes good, feels good, and won’t kill you”, and they’re 100% dedicated to sourced all of their meat and produce from area farms. Really, what’s not to love?
Origin Kitchen + Bar brings the goods to Knox/Henderson — and by that we mean good, local, fresh, and expertly-sourced ingredients. Pull up a chair and enjoy American grub for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and don’t forget to order delicious drip coffee.
Don’t let the drive-thru window fool you; Start is not your average fast food place. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, smoothie, and dessert options, this spot is free of greasy burgers and soggy fries. Roll up to their Greenville or Lemmon Ave. locales and prepare for a scratch-made (and convenient!) meal made with only the highest-quality ingredients.
Set up next door to the iconic Granada Theater, Sundown at Granada is a local farm-to-table restaurant with nightly live music after dinner. Enjoy your meal outside on their covered patio or up top for a great view of downtown. One thing’s for sure — this fresh-air spot is ideal if you’re in the mood for a delicious meal and a good time.
As its name implies, True Food Kitchen is dedicated to providing food that is as beneficial for your body as it is for your taste buds. And bring the whole crew — their menu is perfect for everyone, even the pickiest eaters of your group. But the best part? They’re situated across the street from Sprinkles Cupcakes in the Plaza at Preston Center, and have another location set up in Plano.
You can stop by Unleavened Fresh Kitchen anytime those hunger pangs hit because this place is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week. Enjoy a fresh take on classic dishes (and a local beer!) in University Park, Lakewood, Lake Highlands, or Southlake. Just make sure you order their Farmstand wrap made with portobello, arugula, hot cherry peppers, grilled zucchini, pickled onion, feta, and roasted eggplant.
**Updated May 2019.