In the meat-loving South, eating vegan used to be a hassle. But these days, many vegan restaurants in North Texas cater to a plant-based diet. Visit one of these Dallas-area restaurants and food trucks to chow down on cruelty-free fare.Read More
12 Essential Vegan Eateries Around Dallas
Where to fuel up on veggie-based fare
TLC Vegan Cafe
Troy Gardner has opened a spinoff of the popular TLC (Tastes Like Chicken) Vegan Kitchen in Richardson, TLC Vegan Cafe. On the menu, diners will find Gardner’s signature mushrooms, cooked to taste like chicken, his award-winning chili, and chicken fried steak — plus an array of desserts. Sit down and eat in the cafe or grab something from the small inside market.
Nuno’s Tacos & Vegmex Grill
Yes, vegans can get in on the birria craze. And barbecue nachos, papusas, chilaquiles, tortas, and so many more Mexican food classics. Nuno’s has them all, available to go or with very limited dine-in by reservation only.
D’Vegan serves up all-Vietnamese vegan cuisine from an unassuming strip mall food court in north Lake Highlands. The restaurant is from the hands of a Buddhist owner who conceived of “beef” pho that is more flavor-filled than its animal-containing counterpart. Other highlights include vegan eggrolls and fried tofu and greens dishes.
World Party Pizza
Vegans deserve beautiful and delicious pizza too. There’s a plant-based take on all the pizza classics, from a spicy sicilian sausage pizza made with Impossible Italian sausage and jalapeno poppers to the Texas Bar-B-Q Chick-N Pizza made with soy chicken.
Inside a Hare Krishna temple, this eatery checks all the boxes for vegetarians and vegans. Grab a seat near the buffet line, where booths are plentiful or head out to the courtyard, where there’s a fountain for added ambiance. This spot is strictly vegetarian and only uses dairy and wheat products in some dishes labeled accordingly, so read up before chowing down.
Belse Restaurant (Dallas)
Cauliflower ranch flatbread, “mocki” sushi rolls with watermelon-wrapped nori rolls, and hibiscus cheesecake are on the menu at Belse Plant Cuisine.
Sierra Valley Food
From nachos to tacos to tamales, this vegan food stand at the Dallas Farmer’s Market is a great choice to scratch the itch for Mexican food while staying plant-based.
The cult-favorite Vegan Vibrationz debuted as a food stand at the Dallas Farmers Market in 2018, recently adding a food truck and a meatless take on Taco Bell’s iconic Crunchwrap. It’s made with Beyond Meat, dairy-free chipotle sour cream, vegan cheddar, and mango pico de gallo. Find it at the farmers market on weekends and pop-ups around town.
Spiral Diner & Bakery
With three strategically situated locations in North Texas, this Lone Star original promises the best plant-based comfort foods at its outposts in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Denton. Homegrown favorites like quesadillas with vegan cheese cozy up next to pasta dishes, and an assortment of burgers with pick-your-own patty options like soy, cashew-quinoa, or Beyond Burger. As a bonus, the brunch and all-day breakfast menus are downright tantalizing.
El Palote Panaderia
In addition to vegan baked goods, El Palote serves all the traditional Mexican fare, including tortas, tacos, flautas, burritos, and enchiladas. Other ordinary trappings of a Mexican restaurant are intact (including Topo Chico and Mexican Coke), but that’s about the only thing that’s ordinary about this spot.
Vegan Food House
This Oak Cliff restaurant is known for its inventive dishes, from the vegan take on chicken and dumplings to the baked eggplant lasagna in faux meat sauce. Like any restaurant, the menu is ever changing, so go in and ask what’s good, hot, and new.
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This to-go eatery offers only vegan drinks and eats. A concise menu features juices, fruit bowls, salads, falafel, tacos with jackfruit or walnut chorizo, and zucchini noodle dishes with a choice of sauce including cashew cream, mushrooms, and spinach; “p-nut” ginger lime; tomato basil; or pesto. This spot also offers classes of all kinds, like fermenting, homesteading, and vegan cooking.