The Essential Guide to Eating for Every Diet
updated march 2019
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
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.
OAK LAWN | DIRECTIONS
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.
DESIGN DISTRICT | DIRECTIONS
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!
INWOOD VILLAGE | Directions
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!
UPTOWN | DIRECTIONS
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.
Farmer’s Market | Directions
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!
Knox | Directions
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.
Lakewood | Directions
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…
Trinity Groves | directions
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.
East Dallas | Directions
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!