Photo by Catherine Downes

Vegetarian/Vegan

9 Vegan Restaurants to Try in Dallas

So you can have your cake (and nachos, and burgers), and eat vegan too.

In a city known for its barbecue, Tex-Mex, and cattle, veganism might not seem like the most welcome concept. But Dallas has layers, y’all. Our city recently topped PETA’s list of vegan-friendly ballparks courtesy of the Texas Rangers’ stadium’s new all-vegan food cart, and plays host to the Texas Veggie Fair, which saw more than 12,000 attendees last year. Dallas also boasts more than a few vegan-friendly restaurants with offerings even the most ardent of carnivores could get behind.

Here, we list a few of our favorite meat-free eateries. Dig in.

1. Spiral Diner and Bakery 

The Neighborhood: Downtown

The Price: $

Details: Head to Spiral Diner for your favorite childhood meals and indulge in burgers, sandwiches, hot plates, and an array of desserts. The twist? It’s all plant-based, and tastes just like the real deal. Who knew vegan comfort food could come from the Lone Star state?

Spiral Diner | Photo by Catherine Downes

2. V Eats Modern Vegan

The Neighborhood: Trinity Grove

The Price: $$

The Details: V Eats in Trinity Groves is transforming what it means to be vegan. By combining a variety of plant-based and cruelty free ingredients the restaurant creates the same texture, taste, and flavor as meat, making it nearly impossible to tell the difference. Whether you’re a new or seasoned vegan or just an open-minded carnivore, the versatile options paired with the eclectic setting will have you coming back for more.

V-Eats | Photo by Kevin Marple

3Kalachandji’s

The Neighborhood: Mount Auburn

The Price: $

The Details: Take your taste buds on a trip to India with decadent vegetarian and vegan cuisine at at Kalachandji’s. This hidden treasure has been around for 34 years, and continues to live up to its reputation. Fresh foods satisfy the palate, while the atmosphere gratifies the mind and soul.

Kalachandji’s | Photo by Melody Asgari

4. Juiceland

The Neighborhood: Oak Cliff

The Price: $

The Details: After finding success in one of the vegan capitals of the country, Austin TX, Juiceland has made its way up to D-town. The health-minded chain serves juices, smoothies, hot drinks, and healthy lunch options such as vegan taco salad, noodle bowls, and rainbow quinoa to accommodate all lifestyle choices. Customizable meals and smoothies make for a great addition to a hot summer day.

Juiceland | Photo by Eve Hill-Agnus.

5. Be Raw

The Neighborhood: North Dallas

The Price: $$

The Details: The word “artificial” doesn’t exist in the kitchen at Be Raw. The menu offers a wide variety of sweet and savory treats ranging from meatless burgers to vegan brownies. Everything is nutrient-dense, so you certainly won’t leave hungry.

Be Raw | Photo by Kelsi Klembara, courtesy of Caviar

6. Cosmic Café

The Neighborhood: Oak Lawn

The Price: $$

The Details: This unique vegan and yogi hot spot is perfect for vegans, non-vegans, and health-conscious folks looking to enjoy creative dishes with a side of spiritual ambiance. From dishes as simple as a hummus plate to the “No Bull Burger,” Cosmic Café is suitable for all. After your meal, you can top off the Cosmic experience in meditation room upstairs.

7. D’Vegan

The NeighborhoodLake Highlands

The Price: $

The Details: Take a short trip through the Hong Kong Market Place and find yourself at a small restaurant with huge flavor. This authentic Vietnamese restaurant serves up a variety of appetizers, noodles, and pho that satisfy any Asian food craving. They even have takeout!

 8. Flower Child

The Neighborhood: Greenway Parks

The Price: $$

The Details: Located in Inwood Village, Flower Child is the perfect spot for vegans, vegetarians, gluten-free folks, or straight up carnivores alike. Substitutions and add-in’s can be made to every meal to suit each diner’s desires, though the Mother Earth and “Forbidden Rice” bowls are particular favorites.

Photo courtesy of gotidbits.com

9. Reverie Bakeshop

The Neighborhood: Richardson

The Price: $

The Details: Suitable for any occasion (including weddings) this plant-based bakery offers decadent treats for anyone with special requests. Whether you’re looking to conquer a sweet tooth or are in the market for a special occasion, delve into a compassionate treat that looks just as good as it tastes.

Reverie Bakeshop | Photo by Matthew Shelley.
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Comments

  • Dacia Sigler

    Great list but El Palote Panaderia needs to be on it!!!

    • Rachel Rivera

      Most def.

  • Happy Bennett

    Spiral Diner is a lot of fun, for large servings of “not very serious” but delicious retro inspired veggie meals, but the staff is so laid back that they often forget to seat customers in the lobby where long wait times (30-45 minutes) in spite of multiple open tables are the norm. The “everyone helps themselves” beverage bar may have a few sanitation issues IMO, and people with large families or large social groups tend to take over the place for hours (seemingly longer than the Germans occupying France in WWII). When crowd control is an issue– we just go next store to the very fine “Lilli’s” which also has an excellent, although slightly more expensive vegetarian selection. Spiral is definitely worth a try!

  • Jack B Quick

    Curious that Nature’s Plate in Lake Highlands wasn’t included in this list. Not a restaurant but a great place to pick up delicious and truly healthy plant based meals.

  • Rachel Rivera

    Good Article, but imo the article needs to mention goji cafe. Also ginger Thai on mockingbird (cook is vegan) they can cater to us vegans as well.

  • GoVegan OrDie

    I can’t believe you included non-vegan restaurants, but didn’t include Cinnaholic or El Palote Panaderia or Nature’s Plate. Obviously you’ve never dined from these amazingly delicious places.

  • Mandy Welch

    “This unique vegan and yogi hot spot” – It is vegetarian, but has vegan options and can accommodate to vegans. Just wanted to clear that up in case someone doesn’t look further into it.