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With its compelling eats and cozy setting, Crushcraft Thai is the cream of the fast-casual crop.
With its compelling eats and cozy setting, Crushcraft Thai is the cream of the fast-casual crop.
Garrett Hall [EDFW]

The 13 Best Fancy Fast Food Spots In Dallas

Where to eat well when you're in a hurry.

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With its compelling eats and cozy setting, Crushcraft Thai is the cream of the fast-casual crop.
| Garrett Hall [EDFW]

If there's one term that accurately describes the direction of the restaurant industry, it's "fast-casual." This growing trend has swept the country, bringing fresh, high-quality food to diners with short wait times and comfortably casual settings.

If you don't have time to cook at home or indulge in fine dining but also don't want to be relegated to the drive-thru line, fast casual fare is a compelling alternative. But where do you find this better fast food?

The answer is simple: everywhere. Dallas is now home to dozens of fast-casual concepts, many of which are homegrown and looking to expand to other markets. These thirteen fast-casual eateries range from upscale breakfast fare to casual sandwiches, but they're all equally excellent.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Banh Shop

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Banh mi is traditionally a street food in Vietnam, and it gets the fast-casual treatment at Banh Shop. The menu here was influenced by Malai Kitchen’s Braden and Yasmin Wages, resulting in a decidedly high-quality sandwich, if not totally inauthentic. Pile your baguette high with grilled pork meatballs, tofu, or steak, and plenty of those crisp pickled veggies.

2. C'Viche Tequila Bar

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1922 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX
(214) 238-3509
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Ceviche isn’t the type of food normally served in a fast-casual setting, but C’Viche has somehow figured out a way to do it well. Choose your fresh seafood, like tuna, shrimp, or a rotating market special, and a style (aguachile with lime, jalapeno and pico de gallo, or “Island style,” which features pineapple, coconut water, and orange) and you’ve got yourself a healthy lunch that won’t set you back more than about $15. For just $2 more, add greens to make it a salad.

3. Crisp Salad Company

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2020 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 821-2467
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Assemble-your-own salad spots are popping up across the country and Greenville Ave’s Crisp Salad Co. is among the best. Get your superfood on with the Killer Kale, packed with greens, quinoa, and walnuts, or get creative with the curry Waldorf made with tea-soaked raisins. You can also turn your salad into a wrap or bowl and add veggies and other accoutrements to your heart’s content.
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4. Crushcraft Thai Street Eats

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2800 Routh St Ste 150
Dallas, TX 75201
(972) 677-7038
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This take on Thai street food brings authentic dishes prepared with excellent (frequently local) ingredients on the cheap and in a hurry. If you’ve got more than about 15 minutes to grab a great lunch, head to Crushcraft for legit drunken noodles, impossibly delicious green curry, or a piping hot bowl of tom kha gai if you’re still fending off last night’s hangover.

5. Dugg Burger

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9540 Garland Rd #407
Dallas, TX 75218
This “Chipotle of burger chains” allows burger fanatics to top their burger with just about anything you can think of, including a rotating “Lucky 13” offering. Choose a cheese, and your patty will start sizzling on the grill. Then, watch as a burger artist scoops out the bun and fills it with everything from grilled onions to roasted jalapenos and sauteed mushrooms. $10 will get you a burger, fries, and a drink, which isn’t too far away from what you’ll spend at Whataburger.

6. Fast Furious Japanese Cuisine

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3761 Belt Line Rd
Addison, TX 75001
(972) 243-3334
Pre-packed sushi doesn’t generally come with the highest freshness expectations, but Fast Furious Japanese in Addison has figured out the formula. The sushi here is made on-premises every day, and if that’s still not something you’re comfortable with, hit the “ignition” section of the menu, where meats are freshly grilled before being piled atop rice, noodles, or a salad.

7. Modern Market

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7949 Walnut Hill Ln
Dallas, TX 75230
Whether you’re feeling a veggie-packed salad or an oven-fired pizza, Preston Hollow’s Modern Market is an excellent stop for a quick lunch. For the particularly health conscious, calorie counts are listed under each menu item, and each option can be customized to suit a variety of dietary needs. If you’re really in a hurry, order online and pick up your order in less time than it takes to wait in line at Chipotle.

8. Project Pie

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6030 Luther Ln #110
Dallas, TX 75225
When you’ve got a ripping hot fire deck oven, turning out excellent pizza in under two minutes is easy. At Project Pie, you can top your crispy thin crust with as many toppings as you like for no extra charge, or stick with one of the restaurant’s numbered options, like a prosciutto pie topped with caramelized onions.

9. Rollngo

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6110 Greenville Ave Ste 100
Dallas, TX 75206
(866) 765-5123
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This uber-cheap fast-casual Asian fusion spot on Greenville Ave is a great place to pick up a cheap lunch in a hurry. Spring rolls, vermicelli bowls, and pho are all on offer, in addition to smoothies and boba tea for the perfect quick mid-afternoon pick-me-up. You can also download RollNGo’s app to order online for even faster service.

10. Start

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4814 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 265-1411
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Most of the time, going through the drive-thru probably means you’re not going to be making the healthiest of choices, but Start is a whole ‘nother kind of fast food restaurant. The meats are grass-fed, the burger buns can be gluten-free, and the eggs are free-range. Stop by in the A.M. for a killer breakfast sandwich or feel better about having a burger for lunch. Either way, don’t skip the tater tots – they’re baked in the oven, so they won’t totally kill your diet.
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11. Super Chix

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14999 Preston Rd
Dallas, TX 75254
This Chik-Fil-A lookalike certainly exceeds its fast-food counterpart. At SuperChix, a Yum! Brands concept, the chicken is impossibly crisp, the fries are fresh and salty, and the housemade custards are just the cherry on top. You’ll spend a few more minutes here than at Chik-Fil-A, but the rewards will be oh so worth it.

12. Unleavened Fresh Kitchen

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1900 Abrams Pkwy
Dallas, TX 75214
This “refined fast casual” spot brought chef-inspired fare to Lakewood with zero pretense. The dips, wraps, and salads at Unleavened can be customized to your dietary preferences (read: it’s gluten-free, Paleo, and vegan-friendly) and offer a healthy alternative to the drive-thru. Treat yo’ self to an uber-healthy acai bowl for breakfast for a Gwyneth Paltrow-approved way to start your day.
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13. Whisk Crepes Cafe

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In the U.S., crepes are frequently considered to be too fancy for a casual setting, but in France, they’re an incredibly common street food. Whisk Crepes Cafe sort of blends those two notions, offering up fast service in a chic atmosphere. Fill your thin pancake with savory (egg, cheese, BBQ pork) options or sweet (Nutella, banana, cinnamon apples) and feel totally bourgeois without breaking the bank.

1. Banh Shop

Dallas, TX
Banh mi is traditionally a street food in Vietnam, and it gets the fast-casual treatment at Banh Shop. The menu here was influenced by Malai Kitchen’s Braden and Yasmin Wages, resulting in a decidedly high-quality sandwich, if not totally inauthentic. Pile your baguette high with grilled pork meatballs, tofu, or steak, and plenty of those crisp pickled veggies.

2. C'Viche Tequila Bar

1922 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX
Ceviche isn’t the type of food normally served in a fast-casual setting, but C’Viche has somehow figured out a way to do it well. Choose your fresh seafood, like tuna, shrimp, or a rotating market special, and a style (aguachile with lime, jalapeno and pico de gallo, or “Island style,” which features pineapple, coconut water, and orange) and you’ve got yourself a healthy lunch that won’t set you back more than about $15. For just $2 more, add greens to make it a salad.
1922 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX

3. Crisp Salad Company

2020 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Crisp Salad Company
Assemble-your-own salad spots are popping up across the country and Greenville Ave’s Crisp Salad Co. is among the best. Get your superfood on with the Killer Kale, packed with greens, quinoa, and walnuts, or get creative with the curry Waldorf made with tea-soaked raisins. You can also turn your salad into a wrap or bowl and add veggies and other accoutrements to your heart’s content.
2020 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

4. Crushcraft Thai Street Eats

2800 Routh St Ste 150, Dallas, TX 75201
This take on Thai street food brings authentic dishes prepared with excellent (frequently local) ingredients on the cheap and in a hurry. If you’ve got more than about 15 minutes to grab a great lunch, head to Crushcraft for legit drunken noodles, impossibly delicious green curry, or a piping hot bowl of tom kha gai if you’re still fending off last night’s hangover.
2800 Routh St Ste 150
Dallas, TX 75201

5. Dugg Burger

9540 Garland Rd #407, Dallas, TX 75218
This “Chipotle of burger chains” allows burger fanatics to top their burger with just about anything you can think of, including a rotating “Lucky 13” offering. Choose a cheese, and your patty will start sizzling on the grill. Then, watch as a burger artist scoops out the bun and fills it with everything from grilled onions to roasted jalapenos and sauteed mushrooms. $10 will get you a burger, fries, and a drink, which isn’t too far away from what you’ll spend at Whataburger.
9540 Garland Rd #407
Dallas, TX 75218

6. Fast Furious Japanese Cuisine

3761 Belt Line Rd, Addison, TX 75001
Pre-packed sushi doesn’t generally come with the highest freshness expectations, but Fast Furious Japanese in Addison has figured out the formula. The sushi here is made on-premises every day, and if that’s still not something you’re comfortable with, hit the “ignition” section of the menu, where meats are freshly grilled before being piled atop rice, noodles, or a salad.
3761 Belt Line Rd
Addison, TX 75001

7. Modern Market

7949 Walnut Hill Ln, Dallas, TX 75230
Whether you’re feeling a veggie-packed salad or an oven-fired pizza, Preston Hollow’s Modern Market is an excellent stop for a quick lunch. For the particularly health conscious, calorie counts are listed under each menu item, and each option can be customized to suit a variety of dietary needs. If you’re really in a hurry, order online and pick up your order in less time than it takes to wait in line at Chipotle.
7949 Walnut Hill Ln
Dallas, TX 75230

8. Project Pie

6030 Luther Ln #110, Dallas, TX 75225
When you’ve got a ripping hot fire deck oven, turning out excellent pizza in under two minutes is easy. At Project Pie, you can top your crispy thin crust with as many toppings as you like for no extra charge, or stick with one of the restaurant’s numbered options, like a prosciutto pie topped with caramelized onions.
6030 Luther Ln #110
Dallas, TX 75225

9. Rollngo

6110 Greenville Ave Ste 100, Dallas, TX 75206
This uber-cheap fast-casual Asian fusion spot on Greenville Ave is a great place to pick up a cheap lunch in a hurry. Spring rolls, vermicelli bowls, and pho are all on offer, in addition to smoothies and boba tea for the perfect quick mid-afternoon pick-me-up. You can also download RollNGo’s app to order online for even faster service.
6110 Greenville Ave Ste 100
Dallas, TX 75206

10. Start

4814 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Start
Most of the time, going through the drive-thru probably means you’re not going to be making the healthiest of choices, but Start is a whole ‘nother kind of fast food restaurant. The meats are grass-fed, the burger buns can be gluten-free, and the eggs are free-range. Stop by in the A.M. for a killer breakfast sandwich or feel better about having a burger for lunch. Either way, don’t skip the tater tots – they’re baked in the oven, so they won’t totally kill your diet.
4814 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

11. Super Chix

14999 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX 75254
This Chik-Fil-A lookalike certainly exceeds its fast-food counterpart. At SuperChix, a Yum! Brands concept, the chicken is impossibly crisp, the fries are fresh and salty, and the housemade custards are just the cherry on top. You’ll spend a few more minutes here than at Chik-Fil-A, but the rewards will be oh so worth it.
14999 Preston Rd
Dallas, TX 75254

12. Unleavened Fresh Kitchen

1900 Abrams Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75214
Kevin Marple
This “refined fast casual” spot brought chef-inspired fare to Lakewood with zero pretense. The dips, wraps, and salads at Unleavened can be customized to your dietary preferences (read: it’s gluten-free, Paleo, and vegan-friendly) and offer a healthy alternative to the drive-thru. Treat yo’ self to an uber-healthy acai bowl for breakfast for a Gwyneth Paltrow-approved way to start your day.
1900 Abrams Pkwy
Dallas, TX 75214

13. Whisk Crepes Cafe

Dallas, TX
In the U.S., crepes are frequently considered to be too fancy for a casual setting, but in France, they’re an incredibly common street food. Whisk Crepes Cafe sort of blends those two notions, offering up fast service in a chic atmosphere. Fill your thin pancake with savory (egg, cheese, BBQ pork) options or sweet (Nutella, banana, cinnamon apples) and feel totally bourgeois without breaking the bank.

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