The Essential Guide to Eating for Every Diet
March 22, 2019
BY SAM SCHAFER
In Dallas, it’s pretty much a way of life to grab dinner and drinks with friends on the regular. As fun as this lifestyle can be, it makes it that much more difficult to stick to your “new year new me” diet plans. We feel you and share your frustration. So in full support of your efforts to be a better you, we’ve scouted out spots that meet your dietary needs, while also pleasing your taste buds!
Spiral Diner & Bakery
This Bishop Arts favorite is a vegan’s dream. With a full menu of vegan comfort food dishes, you can order breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner without worry! Their famous grilled cheese specials are a must-try as well.
1101 North Beckley Avenue | website
Vegetarian, Vegan, Keto
Looking to switch it up from the sandwich and salad routine? Cosmic Café is the best spot to go when you are craving a rich meal that doesn’t break your diet. The menu offers strictly vegetarian and vegan dishes, and if you pass on the rice or naan you can satisfy a Keto diet as well.
2912 OAK LAWN DALLAS, TEXAS 75219 | website
Vegetarian, Vegan, Paleo, and Keto (with substitutions)
With locations in downtown, uptown, design district, and now north Dallas, Ascension Coffee’s diet-friendly breakfast and lunch menu is available wherever you may find yourself in the city. If you’re eating Paleo or Vegan go with the Paleo Breakfast Bowl. They also have a tomato and mozzarella panini if you’re vegetarian. You can even find some Keto options on the menu if you ask to remove the carb or fruit portion.
1621 Oak Lawn Ave | webstie
Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free
If you haven’t discovered Flower Child yet, you are in for a treat. Hop up to the counter to order from a diverse menu containing numerous options for the vegetarian and vegan diets. A lot of their dishes are Asian-inspired which adds a special flavor to each dish. They even offer wine, beer, and Kombucha on tap if you’re in the mood for it!
5450 W. Lovers Lane | website
Right in the heart of uptown sits a health-focused restaurant which prides itself on preparing natural, clean, sustainably raised products purchased from local farmers. With the “build your own” options, it’s easy to stick to your diet and not feel high maintenance when special-ordering something else on the menu!
3227 MCKINNEY AVENUE SUITE 100 | website
Mudhen Meat & Greens
Keto, Vegan, Vegetarian
While you’re strolling around Farmer’s Market, you’ll need to hit up Mudhen Mean & Greens for a farm-to-table breakfast and the famous “crack” coffee. Ask for the coffee sans-maple syrup and you’ve got a Keto dieter’s bulletproof coffee. Mudhen’s menu indicates which items are Keto, Vegan, and Vegetarian, making the ordering process super simple and worry-free.
900 S Harwood St | website
Origin Kitchen & Bar
Vegetarian, Paleo, Whole30, Keto
While you may have seen Origin Kitchen & Bar walking down Knox, you may not have realized how many options they have available for special diets. This is the perfect spot to have a birthday dinner or date night and still keep to the restrictions of Keto, Vegetarian, Paleo, and even Whole30 diets. They even have a Paleo chocolate mousse for dessert!
4438 Mckinney ave Ste. 150 | website
Vegetarian, Keto, Gluten-Free
PSA: Kozy Kitchen has moved from its previous Knox location to Lakewood. This healthy food spot is known for having numerous items on their breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu for the Keto and Vegetarian diets. Oh, and all of their pastas are gluten free – an extra plus for gluten free peeps.
6400 Gaston Ave. | website
Vegetarian, Gluten-free, nut-free, and soy free
Recently nominated for 2019 Best Vegetarian Spot in Dallas, this “Modern Vegan” restaurant is known for its ridiculously tasty plant-based meals. The team at V Eats specializes in producing a variety of “meat” substitutions allowing them to offer dishes that would normally be off limits to vegetarians. My first reco would be to try their chicken fried steak…
3011 Gulden Lane • Suite 102 | website
Kalachandji’s Restaurant and Palace
If you’re game for going off the beaten path, check out Kalachandji’s Restaurant and Palace in east Dallas. A pinnacle of vegetarian Indian food in the city for 35 years, Kalachandji’s has become an icon with its traditional Indian vibe and delicious vegetarian dishes. Promising to serve meals with zero meat, fish, eggs, onion, or garlic, vegetarians and vegans will eat worry free here.
5430 Gurley Ave | website
R+D Kitchen is the perfect date night spot for the Keto diet. With numerous options on the menu that skip the carby base, you can order an upscale meal with little to no special ordering. The restaurant also offers a few vegetarian options including veggie sushi rolls and a veggie burger.
*limited vegetarian options
8300 Preston Center Plaza Drive | website
Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo
This hidden gem on Greenville is very proud of their “kick-ass brunch” served seven days a week. Company Café offers Vegan and Paleo bowls, Vegetarian scrambles, and even an entire Gluten-Free bakery. So stop by for a meal and take home some gluten free treats for later!