In the meat-loving South, eating vegan used to be a hassle. Now, though, there are plenty of vegan restaurants in North Texas that cater to a plant-based diet. Visit one of these 11 Dallas restaurants to chow down on cruelty-free fare.Read More
Dallas’s 11 Essential Vegan Restaurants
Where to fuel up on 100% veggie-based fare
1. Loving Hut
This strictly vegan restaurant has a long list of sustainable options including veggie spring rolls, salads, and soups like pho and spicy curry noodle. Check out the Eastern-inspired entrees like Mongolian Delight and Save-Planet Curry made with stir fried soy protein and a host of delectable veggies and sauces, or grab a patty melt made with vegan cheese.
Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday 12 to 9:30 p.m., and Sunday 12 to 4:00 p.m.
D’Vegan serves up all-Vietnamese vegan cuisine from an unassuming strip mall food court in North Lake Highlands. The seven-year-old restaurant is from the hands of a Buddhist owner who conceived of "beef" pho that is more flavor-filled than it’s animal-containing counterpart. Other highlights include vegan eggrolls and fried tofu and greens dishes.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, except Sundays when the restaurant opens at 11 a.m. Closed Tuesday.
3. Goji Cafe
The Asian-inspired Goji Cafe offers an array of Chinese and Asian fare that’s solely vegan. Options include traditional dishes like pho, tofu rice, kung pao “chicken” and “beef” with veggies. Its hearty, well-seasoned dishes are free from MSG, artificial byproducts, flavoring, and dyes. Goji offers a lunch buffet on Sundays, so make sure to bring an appetite.
Hours are Wednesday through Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m., Monday 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., closed Tuesdays.
4. Nature's Plate
This all-vegan shop boasts 75 percent organic ingredients on its menu, including no GMO’s and strictly organic items in “The Dirty Dozen” (vegetables and fruits that have the highest levels of pesticides when grown conventionally.) This take-away shop offers options like the buffalo chickpea salad wrap, and traditional Indian chana masala, along with baked goods and snack plates. Many items are gluten free, and everything is available for convenient pre-ordering. Weekly meal plans start at $35.
Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
5. Be Raw
This cafe boasts a large assortment of vegan foods, smoothies, and gluten-free desserts made from largely organic ingredients. Check out the coconut kale enchiladas, one of the restaurant’s best sellers, or one of the breakfast items, soups, pizzas, or sandwiches like the Pulled BBQ with jackfruit smothered in a smoky, tangy barbecue sauce.
Operating hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
6. Cosmic Cafe
This hybrid Indian-American cafe serves up a plethora of interesting eats like avocado pizza alongside Eastern standbys like curried vegetables, dahl, samosas, pappadam, rice, and naan in dishes like the Buddha’s Delight. Everything on the menu is vegetarian, and the restaurant can make most dishes vegan by removing the cheese. Aside from its robust menu, the restaurant also offers a feast for the eyes within its art-filled two story house on bustling Oak Lawn Ave.
Hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday open until 11:00 p.m., and Sunday 12 to 10 p.m.
This buffet-style eatery inside a Hare Krishna temple checks all the boxes for vegetarians and vegans. The spot is strictly vegetarian and only uses dairy and wheat products in some dishes, which are labeled accordingly, so read up before chowing down. 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.
Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Friday, 11:30 am to 2:00pm and 5:30 to 9:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00pm to 3:00 pm. Closed on Mondays.
8. V-Eats Modern Vegan
When V-Eats opened in Trinity Groves, it caused an uproar with its vegan brisket, a well-seasoned sliced seitan dish doused in barbecue sauce. The furor has died down, but the all-vegan spot is still serving “succulent plant-based meats” from Chef Troy Gardner. Try the salisbury steak, chicken fried steak, and chili cheese dog with quinoa and lentils, smokey sweet jalapeños, and vegan cheddar alongside its signature brisket. On the extensive menu, tacos, burgers, sandwiches, pastas and salads abound, with brunch, wine, and cocktails too.
Hours are Monday through Thursday, 5 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Sunday brunch from 10am - 3pm with dinner 5 to 9 p.m.
9. Spiral Diner & Bakery
With three strategically situated locations in North Texas, this Lone Star original promises the very best plant-based comfort foods at its outposts in Dallas, Ft. Worth, and Denton. Homegrown favorites like spinach or portobello 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 portobello mushroom. As an added bonus, the brunch and all-day breakfast menus are downright tantalizing.
Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Closed Mondays.
10. El Palote Panaderia
This is the only all-vegan Mexican restaurant and bakery in Dallas, a transition that the owner decided to make several years ago after adopting a vegan lifestyle. Besides vegan baked goods, El Palote serves up all the traditional Mexican fare like tortas, tacos, flautas, burritos, and enchiladas with soy that his parents process themselves. 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.
Hours are Thursday through Monday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
11. Recipe Oak Cliff
This to-go eatery offers only vegan drinks and eats. A succinct menu features juices, fruit bowls, salads, falafel, tacos with jackfruit or walnut chorizo, and zucchini noodle dishes with 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 cooking vegan.
Hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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