UPDATED JAN 15, 2020
With Tex-Mex and barbecue on every corner, it may seem like a challenge to find healthy food in Dallas. But there are plenty of places to enjoy a good-for-you meal. Not sure where to start? We’ve put together a list of all the must-try healthy restaurants in Dallas. Bon appetit!
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. They also serve beer and wine, so you can just sit back and relax. Fitt Tip: there is also a location in Rosewood Court that features a separate bar and lounge area with a specialty menu!
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 have some time to spare, Freshii has your back with flavor-packed bowls, wraps, soups, smoothies, and more. Got a sweet tooth? They now offer frozen kefir topped with just-chopped fruit. So, 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 Smoky Carrot Hummus, you can also order Bison Chili or BBQ Pork Tacos. 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, this place 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: they are closed on Mondays. Plan accordingly.
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 healthy bowls filled to the brim with sustainability-sourced seafood and wholesome 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, only using 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.
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. Just don’t forget to try a cup of their drip coffee.
Set up next door to the iconic Granada Theater, Sundown at Granada is a local favorite farm-to-table restaurant with nightly live music after dinner. Need we say more?. Enjoy your meal outside on their covered patio or on the second floor for a great view of downtown. If you’re in the mood for an amazing, health-focused meal (hello, Cauliflower Tacos) and a good time, this place is the move.
As its name implies, True Food Kitchen is dedicated to serving up real food and nothing artificial. And what that really means is you'll get to take your pick of a seasonal selection of soups, salads, pizzas, bowls, burgers, and more that you can feel good about eating. Oh, and bring the whole crew — their menu is perfect for everyone, even the pickiest eaters in your group. But the best part? They’re situated across the street from Sprinkles Cupcakes in the Plaza at Preston Center, and if you're in Plano, they have a location there, too.
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, or Lake Highlands. Just make sure you order their Farmstand wrap, a gluten-free and vegetarian delight made with portobello, arugula, hot cherry peppers, grilled zucchini, pickled onion, feta, and roasted eggplant.
MIXT mixes up the fast-casual concept by serving up quick plates made with only fresh, seasonal high-quality ingredients from farmers and ranchers they know and trust. They make every damn thing from scratch, right there in their Uptown restaurant. So, no matter how you define healthy (from vegan to paleo or gluten-free to keto), they’ve got something that’ll nourish and satisfy.
Serve is “where fast lives slow down”. Or, better said, this eatery in the Bishop Arts District is where literally all the health nuts in DFW meet on summer weekends. The health-minded cafe and gathering place offers refreshing and vibrant acai bowls, espresso drinks (with latte art), and toasts and paninis that don’t skimp on the avocado smash. If you’re headed down Eighth St., just look for the aqua blue house and happy people hanging out on its white-fenced porch.
Make your way to Irving for some seriously healthy Mexican eats. At Hugo’s, almost every single item on the menu is organic and gluten-free, while the fish is raised sustainably and the beef is grass-fed. Yes, even the cocktails are made with fresh organic juice and the best booze they can find. So, whether you’re looking for a light lunch salad or a fun night out with a better-for-you enchilada and margarita, you’ll find it at Hugo’s.
Gather’s founder, Soraya Spencer, is more than an accomplished chef. She’s a health nut herself. And so after traveling the world opening restaurants, she decided to settle down in Dallas and create a place where healthy and delicious go hand-in-hand. But there’s more. Gather Kitchen is quick and convenient, and while you can always grab and go from their downtown shop, they also have their own meal plan offering that allows you to order perfectly packaged and portioned meals for the week ahead. Gather Kitchen gives you no excuses to not eat healthy. But with food this good, you won’t need any.
Roti embraces the naturally healthy aspects of the Mediterranean cuisine and adds a fun modern twist. Stop into one of the three locations around the city and build your own plate, laffa wrap, pita sandwich, or salad. You can load up your choice of base with anything from sustainably-raised salmon to grass-fed beef and then finish it off with whatever veggies, slaws, dips, and toppings you’re feeling. With lots of healthy options, you can feel good about any choice, but if you really want to drill down or avoid a certain allergen, check out their handy online nutritional calculator to learn exactly what you’re getting.
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