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

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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Crushcraft Thai Street Eats

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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.

Grub Burger Bar

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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.

The Blind Butcher

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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.)

Monkey King Noodle Company

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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.)
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.

Sundown at Granada

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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.

Green House Market

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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.

Tanoshii Ramen

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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.

True Food Kitchen

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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]
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.

Crushcraft Thai Street Eats

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.

Grub Burger Bar

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.

The Blind Butcher

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.)

Monkey King Noodle Company

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.)

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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.

Sundown at Granada

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.

Green House Market

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.

Tanoshii Ramen

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.

True Food Kitchen

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]

Barter

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.

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