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An all-you-can-eat vegan feast awaits at Kalachandji’s in East Dallas
Kathy Tran

Dallas’s 10 Essential Vegan Eateries

Where to fuel up on 100 percent veggie-based fare

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An all-you-can-eat vegan feast awaits at Kalachandji’s in East Dallas
| Kathy Tran

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 Dallas restaurants (and food trucks) to chow down on cruelty-free fare.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

D'Vegan

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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 it’s animal-containing counterpart. Other highlights include vegan eggrolls and fried tofu and greens dishes.

Goji Cafe

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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.

Nature's Plate

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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 subscriptions start at $10.20.

Kalachandji's

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This eatery inside a Hare Krishna temple checks all the boxes for vegetarians and vegans. Known for its buffet prior to the pandemic, this 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.

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Belse Restaurant (Dallas)

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Cauliflower ranch flatbread, “mocki” sushi rolls with watermelon-wrapped nori rolls, and hibiscus cheesecake is on the menu at Belse Plant Cuisine, which opened in Dallas in 2021. The vegan restaurant has roots in Los Angeles.

Vegan Vibrationz

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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 Vegan Vibrationz at the farmers market on weekends and a pop-ups around town.

Spiral Diner & Bakery

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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 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 an added bonus, the brunch and all-day breakfast menus are downright tantalizing.

El Palote Panaderia

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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. 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.

Recipe Oak Cliff

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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.

Loving Hut

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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.

D'Vegan

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 it’s animal-containing counterpart. Other highlights include vegan eggrolls and fried tofu and greens dishes.

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.

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 subscriptions start at $10.20.

Kalachandji's

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This eatery inside a Hare Krishna temple checks all the boxes for vegetarians and vegans. Known for its buffet prior to the pandemic, this 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.

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Belse Restaurant (Dallas)

Cauliflower ranch flatbread, “mocki” sushi rolls with watermelon-wrapped nori rolls, and hibiscus cheesecake is on the menu at Belse Plant Cuisine, which opened in Dallas in 2021. The vegan restaurant has roots in Los Angeles.

Vegan Vibrationz

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 Vegan Vibrationz at the farmers market on weekends and a pop-ups around town.

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 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 an added bonus, the brunch and all-day breakfast menus are downright tantalizing.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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