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The Blind Butcher: surprisingly vegetarian-friendly.
The Blind Butcher: surprisingly vegetarian-friendly.
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10 New Vegetarian Dishes to Devour Right Now

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The Blind Butcher: surprisingly vegetarian-friendly.
| Photo: Garrett Hall/EDFW

Meatless dining can seem a bit of a challenge in a burger-obsessed city like Dallas, but plenty of restaurants are turning out excellent vegetarian options if you know where to look. Here are 10 new vegetarian dishes worth seeking out right now, from chickpea burgers and beet salads to steamed buns and noodles.


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1. Crushcraft Thai Street Eats

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2800 Routh St Ste 150
Dallas, TX 75201
(469) 471-4446
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Tofu dishes can be pretty yawn-inducing, but CrushCraft keeps it fresh with thick planks of crunchy, perfectly fried tofu, served upright in a paper cup with a sweet-and-spicy chili sauce for dipping.

2. Grub Burger Bar

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4925 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(972) 370-3636
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Grub eschews the sad Gardenburgers many places serve in favor of making their own veggie patties from chickpeas and roasted eggplant. It's topped off with flavorful red pepper mayo and tangy goat cheese.

3. The Blind Butcher

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1919 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 887-0000
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The vegan sausage at this Lower Greenville hot spot may arrive to the table looking suspiciously like a bacon-cheddar hot dog, but fear not: The "bacon" is actually made of tofu, and what looks like cheese is actually chunks of butternut squash. (Also consider the broccolini served with warm cheese fondue for a starter.)

4. Monkey King Noodle Company

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3014 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226
(469) 206-3658
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For a quick and cheap grab-and-go lunch, the spicy garlic peanut noodles at Monkey King are killer, coated with a zingy, perfectly spiced sauce -- just be sure to have some breath mints on hand if you're going back to work afterward. (Try the veggie dumplings also.)
1628 Oak Lawn Ave.
Dallas, TX 75207
(214) 712-7400
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Chef Richard Gras' risotto is a textural wonderland: Creamy-yet-toothsome rice with meaty chunks of multicolored cauliflower and crunchy almonds is garnished with delicate ribbons of pickled cauliflower stems. Pair with a salad, like the winter greens with burrata, for a satisfying vegetarian meal.

6. Sundown at Granada

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3520 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75074
(214) 824-9933
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Sundown is widely known as a vegetarian (and vegan)-friendly haven, and the recently introduced new menu includes a fresh twist on the now-ubiquitous beet salad: roasted beet panzanella with pretzel croutons and fresh mozzarella.

7. Green House Market

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8687 N Central Expy
Dallas, TX 75225
(214) 809-5977
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Thanks to this food truck-turned-restaurant, mall dining doesn't have to mean sad Chinese food or cardboard-esque cheese pizza. The menu has a plethora of veg-friendly options, including an excellent ciabatta sandwich with meaty portobellos and walnut pesto.

8. Tanoshii Ramen

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2724 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 651-6800
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Tanoshii has many vegetarian and vegan-friendly options (including ramen with panko tofu), but the most reliable is the fluffy steamed buns stuffed with meaty shiitakes and hoisin sauce.

9. True Food Kitchen

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8383 Preston Center Plaza
University Park, TX
(214) 377-3333
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Butternut squash on a pizza? It might sound a little odd, but the sweet, creamy gourd makes a surprisingly delicious pizza topping, especially when paired with the fresh bitterness of arugula. (TFK has gluten-free crusts, too, if that's your thing.) [Photo: John H./Foursquare]

10. Barter

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3232 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 969-6898
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Barter might specialize in steaks-by-the-ounce and charcuterie, but that doesn't mean there aren't solid veg options. Tuaca-roasted acorn squash is a sweet seasonal treat, and there's also the unique carrot "home fries" topped with creamy goat cheese crumbles and fiery Fresno chiles.

1. Crushcraft Thai Street Eats

2800 Routh St Ste 150, Dallas, TX 75201
Tofu dishes can be pretty yawn-inducing, but CrushCraft keeps it fresh with thick planks of crunchy, perfectly fried tofu, served upright in a paper cup with a sweet-and-spicy chili sauce for dipping.
2800 Routh St Ste 150
Dallas, TX 75201

2. Grub Burger Bar

4925 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Grub eschews the sad Gardenburgers many places serve in favor of making their own veggie patties from chickpeas and roasted eggplant. It's topped off with flavorful red pepper mayo and tangy goat cheese.
4925 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

3. The Blind Butcher

1919 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75206
The vegan sausage at this Lower Greenville hot spot may arrive to the table looking suspiciously like a bacon-cheddar hot dog, but fear not: The "bacon" is actually made of tofu, and what looks like cheese is actually chunks of butternut squash. (Also consider the broccolini served with warm cheese fondue for a starter.)
1919 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206

4. Monkey King Noodle Company

3014 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226
For a quick and cheap grab-and-go lunch, the spicy garlic peanut noodles at Monkey King are killer, coated with a zingy, perfectly spiced sauce -- just be sure to have some breath mints on hand if you're going back to work afterward. (Try the veggie dumplings also.)
3014 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226

5. Oak

1628 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas, TX 75207
Chef Richard Gras' risotto is a textural wonderland: Creamy-yet-toothsome rice with meaty chunks of multicolored cauliflower and crunchy almonds is garnished with delicate ribbons of pickled cauliflower stems. Pair with a salad, like the winter greens with burrata, for a satisfying vegetarian meal.
1628 Oak Lawn Ave.
Dallas, TX 75207

6. Sundown at Granada

3520 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75074
Sundown is widely known as a vegetarian (and vegan)-friendly haven, and the recently introduced new menu includes a fresh twist on the now-ubiquitous beet salad: roasted beet panzanella with pretzel croutons and fresh mozzarella.
3520 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75074

7. Green House Market

8687 N Central Expy, Dallas, TX 75225
Thanks to this food truck-turned-restaurant, mall dining doesn't have to mean sad Chinese food or cardboard-esque cheese pizza. The menu has a plethora of veg-friendly options, including an excellent ciabatta sandwich with meaty portobellos and walnut pesto.
8687 N Central Expy
Dallas, TX 75225

8. Tanoshii Ramen

2724 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75226
Tanoshii has many vegetarian and vegan-friendly options (including ramen with panko tofu), but the most reliable is the fluffy steamed buns stuffed with meaty shiitakes and hoisin sauce.
2724 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75226

9. True Food Kitchen

8383 Preston Center Plaza, University Park, TX
Butternut squash on a pizza? It might sound a little odd, but the sweet, creamy gourd makes a surprisingly delicious pizza topping, especially when paired with the fresh bitterness of arugula. (TFK has gluten-free crusts, too, if that's your thing.) [Photo: John H./Foursquare]
8383 Preston Center Plaza
University Park, TX

10. Barter

3232 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
Barter might specialize in steaks-by-the-ounce and charcuterie, but that doesn't mean there aren't solid veg options. Tuaca-roasted acorn squash is a sweet seasonal treat, and there's also the unique carrot "home fries" topped with creamy goat cheese crumbles and fiery Fresno chiles.
3232 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204

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