Veggie lovers, unite! You don’t have to be an obsessive herbivore to love those meatless dishes–we are in Cowtown, after all–but the fad is extending to the health and eco concious, and those who just plain enjoy good food. Forget the bland salads and questionable platters, here are some of the hautest places in Dallas to get your green on.
1 Bliss Raw Cafe
Bliss may be a fully vegan, fully raw eatery, but you really wouldn't know it, espcially after devouring one of their purely organic chocolate shakes. People travel far to nab a seat at lunch hour in the tiny dining room to have some Coconut Kale Enchiladas, Egg-less Egg Sandwhich or Rawko Tacos. The elixir bar is full of superfood tonics that are good for your body and soul, and feel free to indulge in the dessert side of the menu, all healthy, natural and oh-so-delicious. Try the Pecan Turtle Cheezecake!
Bliss Raw Cafe, 6855 Greenville Ave, 214.987.0204, www.blissrawcafe.com
2 South Paw's Organic Cafe
If you just have to get your meat on, there are deli sandwhiches available at South Paws. However, I suggest you try their Fruit-Which for a great start-up breakfast, made with organic peanut butter, golden raisins, sliced apples and bananas drizzled with agave nectar on your choice of bread. Heading over for lunch? Get a sammy with tabouleh and garbanzo beans and all the other greenery you can pile on. And if you need a boost in the afternoon, the power smoothies are your perfect wake up call.
South Paw's Organic Cafe, Preston Center, 6009 Berkshire Lane, 214.987.0351, southpawscafe.com
Held in a gorgeous temple with a beautiful outdoor patio, Kalachandji's is a gourmet vegetarian buffet that changes daily. With a taste of India, this veggie garden has been in Dallas for over 27 years, and offers delicious dishes like Sabji (vegetable curry) and barbecued tofu. A perfect alternative to the usual Sunday brunch.
Kalachandjis, 5430 Gurley Ave, 214.821.1048, www.kalachandjis.com
4 Spiral Diner
What started as a small lunch counter in the Fort Worth Rail Market, expanded to fancy new digs in Fort Worth and more recently Oak Cliff, satisfying the appetites of vegans and omnivores alike. Everything, from the famous pancakes to the McNut Burger, is a must try, so keep your weekends open. Of course, don't forget the baked goodies and ice cream- yowza.
The Spiral Diner, 1101 N. Beckley, 214.948.4747, www.spiraldiner.com
5 Cosmic Cafe
The only ones that can disregard Cosmic Cafe as a safe haven are, unfortunately, the vegetables. But don't worry, they won't feel a thing, especially if you are scarfing them down fast with dishes like Herban Delight and the Socrates Plato--ha, yummy and punny.
Cosmic Cafe, 2912 Oak Lawn Ave, 214.521.6157, www.cosmiccafedallas.com