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Head to Nazca Kitchen for healthy South American-influenced fare.
Head to Nazca Kitchen for healthy South American-influenced fare.
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12 Places in Dallas to Eat Healthier Right Now

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Head to Nazca Kitchen for healthy South American-influenced fare.
| Photo credit: Stephen Masker/EDFW

Swimsuit season is on the horizon, and whether or not you plan to prance around in a string bikini (or a Speedo?) this summer, a respite from a burger-and-fries diet is never a bad thing. Here's a map of 12 places around town to eat a little healthier, from raw pizza (yes, that's a thing) and quinoa salads to grass-fed beef and fresh-pressed juices. (Check out last year's feature 10 Dallas Restaurants for the Health-Obsessed for even more options.)


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. B.B.Bop Seoul Kitchen

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5323 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 812-9342
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Build your own bowl with brown rice, plenty of veggies, lean protein, and top it off with a runny-yolked egg and a variety of sauces like Thai yellow curry, peanut, or spicy Korean red pepper. [Photo: Hope C./Yelp]

2. Be Raw

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6005 Berkshire Ln
Dallas, TX 75225
(214) 368-8585
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We're not saying you have to subscribe to the raw foods religion, but the food here is actually quite tasty, like pad thai with zucchini noodles, "rawsagna," and even raw pizzas. The green smoothie with avocado and kale can stand in for a meal if you're in a hurry.

3. Cosmic Cafe

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2912 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 521-6157
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Hey, no one's saying you gotta go vegan, but perhaps a few less burgers in your life wouldn't hurt. Hit up this hippy-dippy Oak Lawn mainstay for vegetarian food that ranges from Indian (lentil soup, pea and potato samosas) to Tex-Mex (spinach enchiladas) to Mediterranean (garlicky hummus).

4. Crisp Salad Company

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2020 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 821-2467
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Just arrived on booming Lower Greenville is this salad-centric venture that caters to control freaks with build-your-own salad options include six different types of greens, lean proteins like steak, tofu, chicken and shrimp, 23 different dressings and more. (Maybe try to resist the urge to slather everything in chipotle ranch, though.)

5. Dive Coastal Cuisine

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3404 Rankin St
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 891-1700
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Opt out of the usual fried seafood shack fare and head to Dive for shrimp lettuce wraps, simply grilled fish with light veggie sides, or the very popular seared ahi tuna wrap.

6. The Dream Cafe

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2800 Routh St
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 954-0486
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This popular brunch spot in the Quadrangle has plenty of indulgent options like the killer strawberry "cloud cakes", but there's also plenty of healthy menu items like a grilled veggie burger and the "Global Dinner," a plate piled with black beans, brown rice, guac and pico, plus fluffy egg white omelettes and superfood smoothies.

7. Fadi's Mediterranean Grill

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3001 Knox St
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 528-1800
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Some of the finest hummus in town, a variety of salads including super-fresh tabbouleh, and succulent chicken kebabs make cafeteria-style Fadi's a healthy and delicious choice.

8. Green House Market

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8687 N Central Expy
Dallas, TX 75225
(214) 809-5977
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Need some fuel after dropping cash at the mall? Stop by the newly opened Green House Market (an offshoot of the Green House food truck) for a black-bean quinoa burger or a salad from an extensive selection that includes kale and white bean, grilled eggplant or lentil with vegetables.

9. Greenz

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2808 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 720-7788
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This chain is basically heaven for salad lovers, but order carefully lest you load up your salad with more calories than a burger. That means avoid drenching everything in creamy chipotle dressing and crispy tortilla strips, and instead opt for lighter ingredients like arugula, daikon, cucumber, fresh fruit and lean proteins like grilled shrimp or steak.

10. Grip Mediterranean Grill

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6030 Luther Ln, Ste 140
Dallas, TX 75225
(214) 484-3406
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Yes, you could opt for a tasty (and carb-laden) gyro at this fast-casual Mediterranean spot, but you could also be kind to your waistline with a Greek salad and a side of roasted cauliflower.

11. HG Sply Co.

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2008 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75206
(469) 334-0895
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Okay, so this one kinda depends on your definition of "healthy," but if you're aiming to do paleo or low-carb, you'll find plenty of good options at HG, from bacon-wrapped pork shanks to grass-fed steaks to ginger-garlic hummus served with bacon (!) for dipping. Now that's a New Year's diet we can get behind.

12. Kozy Kitchen

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4433 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 219-5044
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Gluten-free enthusiasts will delight in the breakfast options at this longtime Uptown favorite, like organic veggie omelettes and scrambled eggs with grass-fed beef. [Photo: Adam P./Yelp]

13. Nazca Kitchen

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8041 Walnut Hill Ln, Ste 854
Dallas, TX 75231
(214) 696-2922
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Nazca's modern South American menu includes plenty of healthy choices like ceviche, rotisserie chicken, quinoa and kale salads, and yogurt and granola with superfood acai.

14. Salata

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3000 Blackburn St, Ste 150
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 599-8507
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If Chipotle and the Whole Foods salad bar had a baby, it'd be named Salata. Build your own salad with a kaleidoscope of different toppings including plenty of lean proteins and housemade dressings.

15. Seasons 52

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8687 N Central Expressway, Suite #B307
Dallas, TX 75225
(214) 361-5252
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If you're counting calories and getting sick of Lean Cuisines (shudder), a visit to one of the two DFW locations (NorthPark and Shops at Legacy) of this chain where every dish comes in under 475 calories might just be in order. It's hardly what you'd consider diet food, either: Think blackened steak & blue cheese flatbread, lobster tail with lemon butter or Kona coffee-crusted lamb chops.

16. Southpaw's Organic Grill

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3227 McKinney
Dallas, TX
(214) 754-0100
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This small Uptown cafe does healthy right, like the avocado half stuffed with tabbouleh, brown rice bowls, and build-your-own wraps. (There's another location in Preston Center.)

17. Start

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4814 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 265-1411
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The city's healthiest drive-thru window offers everything from egg white breakfast sandwiches and quinoa salads to grass-fed beef burgers and loaded sweet potatoes.

18. Sundown at Granada

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3520 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75074
(214) 824-9933
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Chef Patrick Stark's almost-entirely-GMO-free menu includes plenty of healthy options like avocado stuffed with feta, black beans and hemp seed (really), a Mediterranean plate with tabbouleh and hummus, and a "Vegetative State" wrap stuffed with roasted beets, quinoa, goat cheese, Swiss chard and sweet potato, plus great salad options like the A.N.D.I with kale, pear-avocado dressing, dried fruit and pumpkin seeds.

19. True Food Kitchen

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8383 Preston Center Plaza
Dallas, TX 75225
(214) 377-3333
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The new Dallas outpost of this Arizona-based chain has a menu based on Dr. Andrew Weil's anti-inflammatory diet, which translates into dishes like Tuscan kale salad, miso-glazed cod and grass-fed NY strip. Hey, maybe this whole healthy eating thing won't be so bad after all.

20. The LOT

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7530 E Grand Ave
Dallas, TX 75214
(214) 321-1990
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Yes, there's chips and queso and chili cheese burgers on the menu at this family-friendly East Dallas hangout, but look past your usual favorites for a sec and peep the healthier options: crispy kale chips, a house-ground cashew butter sandwich on 9-grain bread, rotisserie chicken flanked by steamed spinach and cucumber salad, and several other options, plus fresh-pressed juices (that you can add a shot of booze to, if you must).

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1. B.B.Bop Seoul Kitchen

5323 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Build your own bowl with brown rice, plenty of veggies, lean protein, and top it off with a runny-yolked egg and a variety of sauces like Thai yellow curry, peanut, or spicy Korean red pepper. [Photo: Hope C./Yelp]
5323 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

2. Be Raw

6005 Berkshire Ln, Dallas, TX 75225
We're not saying you have to subscribe to the raw foods religion, but the food here is actually quite tasty, like pad thai with zucchini noodles, "rawsagna," and even raw pizzas. The green smoothie with avocado and kale can stand in for a meal if you're in a hurry.
6005 Berkshire Ln
Dallas, TX 75225

3. Cosmic Cafe

2912 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219
Hey, no one's saying you gotta go vegan, but perhaps a few less burgers in your life wouldn't hurt. Hit up this hippy-dippy Oak Lawn mainstay for vegetarian food that ranges from Indian (lentil soup, pea and potato samosas) to Tex-Mex (spinach enchiladas) to Mediterranean (garlicky hummus).
2912 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, TX 75219

4. Crisp Salad Company

2020 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Just arrived on booming Lower Greenville is this salad-centric venture that caters to control freaks with build-your-own salad options include six different types of greens, lean proteins like steak, tofu, chicken and shrimp, 23 different dressings and more. (Maybe try to resist the urge to slather everything in chipotle ranch, though.)
2020 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

5. Dive Coastal Cuisine

3404 Rankin St, Dallas, TX 75205
Opt out of the usual fried seafood shack fare and head to Dive for shrimp lettuce wraps, simply grilled fish with light veggie sides, or the very popular seared ahi tuna wrap.
3404 Rankin St
Dallas, TX 75205

6. The Dream Cafe

2800 Routh St, Dallas, TX 75201
This popular brunch spot in the Quadrangle has plenty of indulgent options like the killer strawberry "cloud cakes", but there's also plenty of healthy menu items like a grilled veggie burger and the "Global Dinner," a plate piled with black beans, brown rice, guac and pico, plus fluffy egg white omelettes and superfood smoothies.
2800 Routh St
Dallas, TX 75201

7. Fadi's Mediterranean Grill

3001 Knox St, Dallas, TX 75205
Some of the finest hummus in town, a variety of salads including super-fresh tabbouleh, and succulent chicken kebabs make cafeteria-style Fadi's a healthy and delicious choice.
3001 Knox St
Dallas, TX 75205

8. Green House Market

8687 N Central Expy, Dallas, TX 75225
Need some fuel after dropping cash at the mall? Stop by the newly opened Green House Market (an offshoot of the Green House food truck) for a black-bean quinoa burger or a salad from an extensive selection that includes kale and white bean, grilled eggplant or lentil with vegetables.
8687 N Central Expy
Dallas, TX 75225

9. Greenz

2808 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
This chain is basically heaven for salad lovers, but order carefully lest you load up your salad with more calories than a burger. That means avoid drenching everything in creamy chipotle dressing and crispy tortilla strips, and instead opt for lighter ingredients like arugula, daikon, cucumber, fresh fruit and lean proteins like grilled shrimp or steak.
2808 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204

10. Grip Mediterranean Grill

6030 Luther Ln, Ste 140, Dallas, TX 75225
Yes, you could opt for a tasty (and carb-laden) gyro at this fast-casual Mediterranean spot, but you could also be kind to your waistline with a Greek salad and a side of roasted cauliflower.
6030 Luther Ln, Ste 140
Dallas, TX 75225

11. HG Sply Co.

2008 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75206
Okay, so this one kinda depends on your definition of "healthy," but if you're aiming to do paleo or low-carb, you'll find plenty of good options at HG, from bacon-wrapped pork shanks to grass-fed steaks to ginger-garlic hummus served with bacon (!) for dipping. Now that's a New Year's diet we can get behind.
2008 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75206

12. Kozy Kitchen

4433 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75205
Gluten-free enthusiasts will delight in the breakfast options at this longtime Uptown favorite, like organic veggie omelettes and scrambled eggs with grass-fed beef. [Photo: Adam P./Yelp]
4433 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75205

13. Nazca Kitchen

8041 Walnut Hill Ln, Ste 854, Dallas, TX 75231
Nazca's modern South American menu includes plenty of healthy choices like ceviche, rotisserie chicken, quinoa and kale salads, and yogurt and granola with superfood acai.
8041 Walnut Hill Ln, Ste 854
Dallas, TX 75231

14. Salata

3000 Blackburn St, Ste 150, Dallas, TX 75204
If Chipotle and the Whole Foods salad bar had a baby, it'd be named Salata. Build your own salad with a kaleidoscope of different toppings including plenty of lean proteins and housemade dressings.
3000 Blackburn St, Ste 150
Dallas, TX 75204

15. Seasons 52

8687 N Central Expressway, Suite #B307, Dallas, TX 75225
If you're counting calories and getting sick of Lean Cuisines (shudder), a visit to one of the two DFW locations (NorthPark and Shops at Legacy) of this chain where every dish comes in under 475 calories might just be in order. It's hardly what you'd consider diet food, either: Think blackened steak & blue cheese flatbread, lobster tail with lemon butter or Kona coffee-crusted lamb chops.
8687 N Central Expressway, Suite #B307
Dallas, TX 75225

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16. Southpaw's Organic Grill

3227 McKinney, Dallas, TX
This small Uptown cafe does healthy right, like the avocado half stuffed with tabbouleh, brown rice bowls, and build-your-own wraps. (There's another location in Preston Center.)
3227 McKinney
Dallas, TX

17. Start

4814 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75206
The city's healthiest drive-thru window offers everything from egg white breakfast sandwiches and quinoa salads to grass-fed beef burgers and loaded sweet potatoes.
4814 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206

18. Sundown at Granada

3520 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75074
Chef Patrick Stark's almost-entirely-GMO-free menu includes plenty of healthy options like avocado stuffed with feta, black beans and hemp seed (really), a Mediterranean plate with tabbouleh and hummus, and a "Vegetative State" wrap stuffed with roasted beets, quinoa, goat cheese, Swiss chard and sweet potato, plus great salad options like the A.N.D.I with kale, pear-avocado dressing, dried fruit and pumpkin seeds.
3520 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75074

19. True Food Kitchen

8383 Preston Center Plaza, Dallas, TX 75225
The new Dallas outpost of this Arizona-based chain has a menu based on Dr. Andrew Weil's anti-inflammatory diet, which translates into dishes like Tuscan kale salad, miso-glazed cod and grass-fed NY strip. Hey, maybe this whole healthy eating thing won't be so bad after all.
8383 Preston Center Plaza
Dallas, TX 75225

20. The LOT

7530 E Grand Ave, Dallas, TX 75214
Yes, there's chips and queso and chili cheese burgers on the menu at this family-friendly East Dallas hangout, but look past your usual favorites for a sec and peep the healthier options: crispy kale chips, a house-ground cashew butter sandwich on 9-grain bread, rotisserie chicken flanked by steamed spinach and cucumber salad, and several other options, plus fresh-pressed juices (that you can add a shot of booze to, if you must).
7530 E Grand Ave
Dallas, TX 75214

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