In the land of chicken fried steaks and Texas-sized burgers lives eateries that feature a guilt-free, purely organic option to dining. Vegetarian or not, here's a list of places that serve a variety of dishes spanning the globe and satisfying both sides of the table.
Spiral Diner (Oak Cliff and Fort Worth)
1101 N. Beckley Ave.
Dallas, TX 75203
Most recently voted "Best Vegetarian Restaurant" by D Magazine in 2011, Spiral Diner serves a variety of dishes ranging from fresh raw salads and pastas to wraps and sandwiches. Even their desserts - brownies, ice cream sundaes and cakes - are completely vegan!
9780 Walnut St Suite 360E
Dallas, TX 75243
This restaurant caters mainly to the Vietnamese Buddhist vegetarian community in the area and just opened earlier this year. They feature all-vegan authentic Vietnamese dishes like Phở, Bánh Mì, or the famous crispy style noodles made without eggs!
Specializing in modern raw organic cuisine, Bliss' menu sticks 100% to raw and vegan items. With that said, they still feature their own vegan take on traditional dishes (with funky names) like Rawko Tacos, Party Pizza and the Bliss Burger. Also inside is the Bliss Elixir Bar that serves nutritional drinks and "superfood" shots, a shot of high phytonutrient content meant to give health benefits. One such shot is their Super Nova with noni, marine phytoplankton and Amish herbs.
4519 Matlock Rd., Ste. 123
Arlington, TX 76018
Located south of Interstate 20 in Arlington, this international vegan restaurant chain has roots to the Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association. Their eclectic menu offers a variety of wraps, salads, rolls and rice dishes.
516 W. Arapaho Rd.
Richardson, TX 75080
Featuring vegetarian and vegan Chinese and American dishes, the menu contains no MSG, preservative food color or animal products.
A hot spot for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike in Dallas, Cosmic Cafe focuses on healthy foods that give back to the body. The garden-happy menu features Himalayan, Nepalese and Indian dishes. To add to the sustenance, the restaurant even offers yoga and meditation classes on-site.
5430 Gurley Ave.
Dallas, TX 75223
Kalachandji's has served the vegetarians of DFW for 28 years with vegetarian international dishes. Their menu is buffet style with set items that changes day to day and always includes soup, salads, rice, mixed veggie dishes and a dessert. Check the website for the menu of the day.
1501 Preston Rd.
Plano, TX 75093
Serving organic cuisine, this cafe Offers a variety of vegetarian staples from around the world, including mock meat dishes like burgers and vegan "chik'n." Other dishes include homemade sloppy joes, vegan chili and tofu wraps.
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