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

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.

B.B.Bop Seoul Kitchen

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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]

Be Raw

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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.

Cosmic Cafe

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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).

Crisp Salad Company

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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.)

Dive Coastal Cuisine

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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.

The Dream Cafe

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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.

Fadi's Mediterranean Grill

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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.

Green House Market

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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.
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.

Grip Mediterranean Grill

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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.

HG Sply Co.

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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.

Kozy Kitchen

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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]

Nazca Kitchen

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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.
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.

Seasons 52

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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.

Southpaw's Organic Grill

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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.)
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.

Sundown at Granada

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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.

True Food Kitchen

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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.

The LOT

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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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B.B.Bop Seoul Kitchen

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]

Be Raw

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.

Cosmic Cafe

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).

Crisp Salad Company

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.)

Dive Coastal Cuisine

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.

The Dream Cafe

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.

Fadi's Mediterranean Grill

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.

Green House Market

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.

Greenz

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.

Grip Mediterranean Grill

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.

HG Sply Co.

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.

Kozy Kitchen

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]

Nazca Kitchen

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.

Salata