Sharon Hage’s reputable little bistro (and I mean tiny, so getting a reso on the weekends can be very difficult) is shyly nestled behind a gas station in the Lakewood neighborhood, a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it locale that keeps the clientele mostly Dallasites. Her menu changes daily, offering fresh, seasonal dishes with ingredients grown from small, sustainable suppliers (their Windy Meadows chicken comes from the Texas Meats group). Hage’s dishes are complex in flavor but simple and natural in their ingredients, like her Spring Pea Soup with mint and her Deviled Goose Eggs.
York Street is located at 6047 Lewis Street in Dallas
Available for shopping or dining in, Urban Pantry also delivers gluten-free groceries within a close radius to the North Dallas store. Choose from all-natural meats, grains and fresh produce, or even get some organic cat nip for Fluffy. Their deli offers a selection of healthy, handmade sandwiches and teas for a perfect afternoon pick-me-up.
Urban Pantry is located at 5301 Alpha Road Suite 12 in Dallas
Bliss Raw Cafe and Elixir Bar
Typically, I’m not a fan of any restaurant that doesn’t have at least a little meat on the menu, especially one that uses raw vegetables. But all I had to taste was their chocolate shake (they use the term “elixir”) made from all-natural, organic ingredients like raw chocolate, sans the dairy and sugar, and I was hooked. Try their totally raw spaghetti and “meat balls” or their Bliss burger- it tastes like the real thing, and the healthy bonuses for the substitute are plenty. They use seasonal and locally grown ingredients when available, and with their super-friendly staff, the cafe is an all-around blissful place to be in.
Bliss Raw Cafe and Elixir Bar is located at 6855 Greenville Avenue in Dallas
The owner of this favorite Oak Cliff spot makes it a point to use locally grown products in the menu, supporting our local growers. The fresh, organic produce and ever-changing menu items keep guests coming back for more, especially for their take on bruschetta: four slices with different toppings, like salmon and capers or apple with pinenuts. The best part: the chef is a bee keeper, which may explain his use of a light, local honey drizzled over this and several other dishes.
Bolsa is located at 614 West Davis Street in Dallas
Flavors from Afar
This gourmet food boutique supplies pestos, sauces, pastas and sweets from Italy, France, and right here in the US. Local shops like Dude! Sweet! Chocolates use Flavor from Afar’s goods in their organic dishes, and the boutique provides fresh, healthy recipes offered up by great local chefs for entertaining in your own home. Bonus: Grab a bottle of their olive oil, straight from the Texas Olive Ranch.
Flavors from Afar is located at 6712 Snider Plaza in Dallas