I'm certainly not a vegetarian/vegan but I do enjoy the food. As the daughter of a Texas rancher, I'm stepping out to sample all the great foods DFW has to offer. And then some.
Many in DFW live and love the vegetarian/vegan lifestyle. Trust me, there's more to it than just ordering some bean and cheese nachos or a salad. While most restaurants offer vegetarian/vegan options, here is a list of full-fledged veggie-only restaurants and helpful resouces. Step out from your carnivorous box and try something new (and healthy) today! I was blown away by how flavorful the veggie tacos were at Cosmic Cafe in Dallas when I sampled them. I would totally order them again. Soon.
Veggie-friendly options are sometimes difficult to find so if you know of any vegetarian/vegan restaurants that I've missed, please let me know (Email me: Dallas@AboutGuide.com).
Let's start with the lingo:
Vegan Restaurant is completely vegan. (Excludes meat, eggs, dairy products and all other animal-derived ingredients).
Vegetarian: Restaurant is completely vegetarian, with a good number of vegan-friendly options.
Vegan-Friendly: Non-vegetarian, but offers meals specifically targeted to vegans.
Vegetarian-Friendly: Non-vegetarian, but offers some vegetarian meals also suitable for vegans.
1. Bliss Raw Cafe*Bliss has closed and the location is now Be Raw Food and Juice.
Be Raw Food and Juice, 6005 Berkshire Ln, Dallas, Texas (75225) (at W. Northwest Hwy). 214-234-0106.
Hours: Monday - Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Type of restaurant: Vegetarian.
Their tradition is lacto-vegetarian but they are committed to serving the vegan community and clearly indicate the items on the menu that contain dairy products.
Kalachandjis, 5430 Gurley Avenue, Dallas, TX 75223. 214-821-1048. Hours: Closed Mondays. Tuesdays through Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays/Sundays from 12 noon to 3 p.m. and again from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
4. Cosmic Cafe
Type of restaurant: Vegetarian
It's the place where you can eat veggie tacos (I have and they are delicious!), practice yoga, meditate, bang a gong, and explore many expressive, meditative and celebratory dance concepts. How zen is that? As a matter of fact, Cosmic Cafe's veggie tacos were named as some of the Best Tacos in DFW is in 2010.
Location: 2912 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas TX 75219. 214-521-6157
Hours: Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday 12 noon - 10 p.m.
5. Spiral Diner
Type of restaurant: Vegan, organic food.
Locations: 1314 W. Magnolia, Fort Worth, TX 76104. 817-3-EatVeg. 1101 N. Beckley, Dallas, TX 75203. 214-948-4747.
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Type of restaurant: Vegan, authentic vegan cuisine from Vietnam.
D'Vegan, 9780 Walnut St, Dallas, Texas 75243. 972-437-3939
Hours: Open daily 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Closed Tuesday.
Type of Restaurant: A gourmet food truck that's 100% vegetarian and gluten-free, and about 90-95% vegan (changes daily depending on some food items).
The menu you see online is only a sample menu and it changes daily. It's a sustainable truck that uses items that are compostable and recyclable. The plates, forks and spoons are made from plant starch and napkins are made from recycled content. Most popular food items include the gluten-free pizza, BBQ tacos and Karma Asada Tacos (the play on carne asada is made from GMO organic soy protein). How cool is that?
The Good Karma Kitchen also made an appearance at the 2012 State Fair of Texas.
Here's a video on Eating Vegan/Vegetarian at the State Fair of Texas
More Info: Info@TheGoodKarmaKitchen.com
8. Loving Hut
Type of Restaurant: Vegan.
Check out Asian-inspired fare as well as Tex-Mex and more.
Loving Hut Arlington, 4519 Matlock Rd., Ste. 123, Arlington, TX 76018. 817-472-0550. Hours: Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday 12 noon to 9 p.m. Closed on Tuesdays.
Loving Hut Addison, 14925 Midway Road, Addison, TX 75001. 972-980-1840. Hours: Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Closed Sundays.