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The veggie buffet at Kalachandji's is the stuff of legends
The veggie buffet at Kalachandji's is the stuff of legends
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18 Essential Dallas Restaurants For Vegetarians & Vegans

Where to find the city's best meat-free fare

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The veggie buffet at Kalachandji's is the stuff of legends
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It is certainly true that Dallas is a meat-obsessed city. From the abundance of steakhouses to the barbecue boom, veggies don't always get the love that they deserve. But don't let Dallas' focus on beef and pork fool you — there are plenty of excellent places to find a quality vegetarian meal.

Whether you're looking for straight-up comfort food from a spot like Spiral Diner or a solid bowl of tofu curry like you'll find at Kalachandji's, you don't have to stick to the salad bar to enjoy a meat-free dinner. If it's something more upscale that you seek, some of the city's finest chefs, like Wayward Sons' Graham Dodds, are turning out veggie-friendly dishes that even the most vehement of carnivores wouldn't be able to ignore.

Let this map be your guide to Dallas' best vegetarian restaurants, all of which will be equally enjoyable for your omnivorous friends.

Is your favorite vegetarian haunt missing from this map? Shout it out in the comments.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.
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Amsterdam Falafelshop

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Fried balls of chickpea bliss are a staple dish for vegetarians, especially those who are looking for a drunken snack after a long night of partying in Deep Ellum. Open until 12 a.m. on the weeknights and even later on the weekends, you can top your falafel here with a dizzying assortment of sauces and garnishes.
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Be Raw

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Serving 100% "clean" food in Dallas is a challenge, which means that this Highland Park spot has seen a few close calls. The coconut-kale enchiladas bring all the vegetarians to the yard, even those who don't eat a raw diet.
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Cosmic Cafe

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This long-standing restaurant brings the chill vibes and a ridiculously bright paint job to Oak Lawn. Indian-inspired dishes like masala pizza, dal, and freshly baked naan are abundant on the menu, along with a rotating curried vegetable of the day. Pair your meal with a glass of organic wine for clean and healthy bliss.
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D'Vegan

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Tucked into the food court at Hong Kong Market, D'Vegan serves up fresh takes on entirely meat-free Vietnamese fare. Go for veggie pho, tofu noodle soup, vegan banh mi, and spring rolls that provide all the authentic flavor you want without skimping.
D'Vegan

Juiceland

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This recently-opened Austin export has already proved its value to vegetarians with outposts across the country, and now Dallas can experience the healthy, rainbow-colored magic. Choose from a bevy of healthy blends (the array of veggies, fruits and add-ins is truly stunning) if a liquid lunch is what you seek, or head to the grab-and-go case for quick and healthy lunches like vegan taco salad and rainbow quinoa served with cashew tzatziki.
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Kalachandji's

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Founded in the '80s and operated by the Dallas Hare Krishnas, this beloved East Dallas fave is one of the city's finest all-vegetarian establishments. A daily buffet o fvegetarian dishes,ranging from tofu curry to vegetarian nachos, is made from scratch with only fresh produce. Vegan items are also on offer and noted on the menu.
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Nature's Plate

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Vegetarian meals on the go can be a bit of a challenge, unless you're near this Lake Highlands spot. Plant-based breakfasts, lunches and snacks are on offer, all clocking in at less than $10 each.
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Spiral Diner & Bakery

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A stalwart of the local vegetarian and vegan scene, Spiral Diner's locations in Oak Cliff and Fort Worth serve up some of Dallas' best vegan comfort food. The "chopped BBQ" sandwich is a perennial fave, as are the migas on the all-day breakfast menu.
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Sundown at Granada

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Before catching a show at the Granada Theatre (or any time you find yourself out on Lower Greenville), head to Sundown for healthy, chef-driven vegetarian fare. Try the Hammered Goat flatbread, made with "drunken mushrooms," truffle, mozzarella & goat cheese for a satisfying (yet veggie-friendly) pre-show dinner.

True Food Kitchen

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A favorite of the Lululemon-clad lunch set, True Food Kitchen offers vegetarian upscale fare in the Park Cities. The seasonally-rotating menu is largely comprised of trendy dishes (kale guacamole and quinoa johnny cakes, for example) made with locally-sourced produce.

Velvet Taco

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A place where vegetarians and carnivores alike can dine without compromising, Velvet Taco offers three off-the-wall veggie tacos. Try the Nashville-style hot tofu, paneer, or falafel when you're in desperate need of a taco fix.
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Wayward Sons

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Upscale vegetarian cuisine can be hard to find in Dallas, but it's abundant at Wayward Sons. Particularly unique is the vegetarian charcuterie, an ever-changing take on the meaty dish with components like goat cheese terrine and lentil sausages. When it comes time to order an entree, try the English pea falafel or spinach fettuccine.
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Anvil Pub

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Comforting bar food is a must after too much booze, and Anvil Pub offers a bountiful selection of deliciously greasy fare. Order up a pile of nachos made with soy chicken, vegan cheese and dairy-free sour cream, or tuck into a hearty bowl of vegan chili.

Asian Mint

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Whether you're looking for a comforting bowl of curry or saucy pad thai, Asian Mint's got you covered. Most of the dishes on the menu can be prepared vegetarian if you ask, and many are just straight-up meat free. Pair the fresh & bright Asian noodle salad with a matcha latte for a healthy lunch that also serves as a serious energy boost.
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The menu at Bolsa changes with the seasons, but vegetarians will always find something to love at this farm-to-table eatery. The twig & branch flatbread, topped with arugula, roasted grapes, and goat cheese is a mainstay that you'll crave.
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El Palote Panaderia

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You can't throw a tortilla without hitting Tex-Mex cuisine in Dallas, but vegan options are decidedly more difficult to find unless you're at El Palote. The kitchen here is 100% vegan, and its takes on meat-free chiccharon and carnitas are amazingly good. Save room for something sweet, like a doughnut or pan dulce.
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Mudhen Meat and Greens

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Next door to the Dallas Farmers Market, Mudhen serves up a constantly rotating selection of the city's freshest vegetables. Go for a modernized version of a Waldorf salad made with chickpeas, or try avocado toast topped with beet-fennel sauerkraut. If a heartier option is what you seek, Mudhen's build-your-own grain bowls will definitely satisfy.
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V-Eats Modern Vegan at Trinity Groves

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This Trinity Groves newcomer caused quite the stir with its infamous vegan brisket (pictured) earlier this year, but that isn't the only thing on the menu worth a try. Sushi, salisbury steak, and a classic Southern veggie plate are among the offerings, which makes V-Eats a one-stop-shop for folks who only eat plants.
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Amsterdam Falafelshop

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Fried balls of chickpea bliss are a staple dish for vegetarians, especially those who are looking for a drunken snack after a long night of partying in Deep Ellum. Open until 12 a.m. on the weeknights and even later on the weekends, you can top your falafel here with a dizzying assortment of sauces and garnishes.
Kathy Tran/EDFW

Be Raw

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Serving 100% "clean" food in Dallas is a challenge, which means that this Highland Park spot has seen a few close calls. The coconut-kale enchiladas bring all the vegetarians to the yard, even those who don't eat a raw diet.
Be Raw/Facebook

Cosmic Cafe

Cosmic Cafe
This long-standing restaurant brings the chill vibes and a ridiculously bright paint job to Oak Lawn. Indian-inspired dishes like masala pizza, dal, and freshly baked naan are abundant on the menu, along with a rotating curried vegetable of the day. Pair your meal with a glass of organic wine for clean and healthy bliss.
Cosmic Cafe

D'Vegan

D'Vegan
Tucked into the food court at Hong Kong Market, D'Vegan serves up fresh takes on entirely meat-free Vietnamese fare. Go for veggie pho, tofu noodle soup, vegan banh mi, and spring rolls that provide all the authentic flavor you want without skimping.
D'Vegan

Juiceland

Katy Norris/EDFW
This recently-opened Austin export has already proved its value to vegetarians with outposts across the country, and now Dallas can experience the healthy, rainbow-colored magic. Choose from a bevy of healthy blends (the array of veggies, fruits and add-ins is truly stunning) if a liquid lunch is what you seek, or head to the grab-and-go case for quick and healthy lunches like vegan taco salad and rainbow quinoa served with cashew tzatziki.
Katy Norris/EDFW

Kalachandji's

Kathy Tran/EDFW
Founded in the '80s and operated by the Dallas Hare Krishnas, this beloved East Dallas fave is one of the city's finest all-vegetarian establishments. A daily buffet o fvegetarian dishes,ranging from tofu curry to vegetarian nachos, is made from scratch with only fresh produce. Vegan items are also on offer and noted on the menu.
Kathy Tran/EDFW

Nature's Plate

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Vegetarian meals on the go can be a bit of a challenge, unless you're near this Lake Highlands spot. Plant-based breakfasts, lunches and snacks are on offer, all clocking in at less than $10 each.
Nature's Plate/Facebook

Spiral Diner & Bakery

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A stalwart of the local vegetarian and vegan scene, Spiral Diner's locations in Oak Cliff and Fort Worth serve up some of Dallas' best vegan comfort food. The "chopped BBQ" sandwich is a perennial fave, as are the migas on the all-day breakfast menu.
Spiral Diner/Facebook

Sundown at Granada

Before catching a show at the Granada Theatre (or any time you find yourself out on Lower Greenville), head to Sundown for healthy, chef-driven vegetarian fare. Try the Hammered Goat flatbread, made with "drunken mushrooms," truffle, mozzarella & goat cheese for a satisfying (yet veggie-friendly) pre-show dinner.

True Food Kitchen

A favorite of the Lululemon-clad lunch set, True Food Kitchen offers vegetarian upscale fare in the Park Cities. The seasonally-rotating menu is largely comprised of trendy dishes (kale guacamole and quinoa johnny cakes, for example) made with locally-sourced produce.

Velvet Taco

Velvet Taco/Facebook
A place where vegetarians and carnivores alike can dine without compromising, Velvet Taco offers three off-the-wall veggie tacos. Try the Nashville-style hot tofu, paneer, or falafel when you're in desperate need of a taco fix.
Velvet Taco/Facebook

Wayward Sons

Lori Bandi/EDFW
Upscale vegetarian cuisine can be hard to find in Dallas, but it's abundant at Wayward Sons. Particularly unique is the vegetarian charcuterie, an ever-changing take on the meaty dish with components like goat cheese terrine and lentil sausages. When it comes time to order an entree, try the English pea falafel or spinach fettuccine.
Lori Bandi/EDFW

Anvil Pub

Comforting bar food is a must after too much booze, and Anvil Pub offers a bountiful selection of deliciously greasy fare. Order up a pile of nachos made with soy chicken, vegan cheese and dairy-free sour cream, or tuck into a hearty bowl of vegan chili.

Asian Mint