Dallas, Texas, is embracing the green revolution, and its burgeoning vegan scene is a testament to that. In this diverse and dynamic city, vegan cuisine is not just a trend; it’s a flavorful and compassionate way of life. From creative plant-based burgers to delectable dairy-free desserts, Dallas offers a wide array of options for vegans and the vegan-curious. Whether you’re a lifelong vegan, a flexitarian, or simply looking to explore new flavors, our guide will lead you to the best vegan restaurants in Dallas, where culinary innovation meets ethical dining, and every bite is a step towards a more sustainable and delicious future.
A block away from the Tenison Park Golf Course sits Dallas’ longest-serving vegetarian restaurant. For 39 years, they have offered their guests top-quality east-Indian food. They use the best, freshest ingredients in their recipes, all of which are designed to support the mind and body healthfully. Not all of the food here is vegan, however, they indicate which items on their menu contain dairy products so you won’t accidentally get something that doesn’t fit your dietary preferences. My visit to Kalachandji’s was during dinner. I had the Sabji, a sumptuous vegetable curry dish, along with their pullao jasmine rice and a side of the restaurant’s famous homemade bread. For dessert, I tried the halvah, a grain dessert made from toasted farina that comes with different combinations of fruits and nuts.
El Palote Panaderia is not only one of the best Mexican restaurants in Dallas, they are also one of the best places to get a good vegan fare. The family-owned restaurant claims to be the home of the original vegan taco and prides itself on offering 100% authentic vegan Mexican food for people with all kinds of dietary preferences. During my visit, I tried the taco plate. For less than $12, I received four fully loaded tacos with my choice of protein topped with fresh vegetables and a side of rice and beans. They also offer incredible nachos and loaded fries topped with your choice of protein, onions, and cilantro. Some of their more popular entrees include the enchiladas plate made with tofu queso, the gorditas plate with rice and beans, or the Menudo grande, a beef tripe soup that has a red chili pepper base.
Just down the street from Crown Park sits a pan-Asian vegan restaurant that I highly recommend everyone check out. The experience here is unique. Not only is the atmosphere of the restaurant fun and comforting, but they also offer a variety of vegan and vegetarian Asian dishes that aren’t too heavy but taste incredible. I started my meal at the Goji Cafe with boiled organic edamame and a fried potsticker dumpling with soy sauce. For the main event, I tried Kung Pao Rice, which was full of fresh vegetables and featured a soy nugget. There are Western options on the menu as well, primarily in the burger and fry category. Not all of the burgers are vegan, however, they do offer burgers made with Beyond meat.
Every aspect of the D’Vegan restaurant is enjoyable. The restaurant itself is in a strip mall located off Audelia Road. Inside is a well-lit space full of floor-to-ceiling windows, warm, light-colored wood tables, and black metal accents. The food is tasty Vietnamese and Asian food that is both light on the stomach and satisfying. I particularly enjoyed the fresh spring rolls wrapped in rice paper and served with an incredible peanut sauce. The Pho, with its tofu, cilantro, bean sprouts, and basil was also delicious. For the main event, I tried the Spicy Cha Cha, a vegan shrimp dish that can be served with either white or brown rice. I also had my eye on the Spicy Lemongrass Chicken, which is made with soy protein and comes with their signature veggie sauce.
At Nature’s Plate, you can grab a variety of plant-based dishes for any meal of the day. All of their food is made with the freshest, most nutritious ingredients available, and they don’t use any added oil in their cooking process. The restaurant is owned by vegan sisters who have been in the business for over 20 years. One of my favorite parts of the food at Nature’s Plate is that they offer homestyle meals for people who are new to the vegan lifestyle. These include dishes like enchiladas, homestyle meatloaf, chickpea spaghetti, or buffalo mac and cheese. The bakery items are delectable, in addition to being made gluten-free with low glycemic sweeteners. During my visit, I was personally torn between trying the cookie or the brownie. (Spoiler alert: I ordered both.)
Recipe Oak Cliff is a cozy space that houses a market, a juice bar, and a kitchen space that produces fresh juice, smoothies, and deli meats. The idea behind the restaurant is to help serve spaces in their community that experience food security issues while promoting their interpretations of indigenous and ethnic family-style street food. This is one of the best places to get freshly blended juices in Dallas. I recommend the Citrus Blast or the Hey Red, which is a blend of strawberries, banana, and apple juice. They also have juice shots for those who prefer their vitamins in a more condensed form. The number of food options is fairly limited, but what is available is delicious. From the BBQ Jackfruit soft tacos to the oat, herb, and veggie-based burger patty with cashew cream, pickles, lettuce, and green onion, you can have a hearty plant-based meal here.
Nuno’s Tacos & Vegmex Grill, located on the corner of Coit Road and W Spring Valley Road, is a unique vegan restaurant in Dallas that serves up a mix of Tex-Mex and Southern-style food. If you have one thing on the menu, I recommend you make it the Oatly Mazapan Shake. It is a Mexican peanut confection candy shake that comes with coconut cream, mazapan crumbles, and is topped with a maraschino cherry. However, for those who are interested in more than dessert, there is plenty on the menu to choose from. The BBQ plates, which feature soy proteins, are tasty and homey, while the wide range of tacos and quesadilla dishes are the perfect craving buster.
Vegan Food House is a great place to try if you’re in the mood for some deep-fried deliciousness. The fried avocado with jalapeno is to die for, as are the BBQ cauliflower wings. Other items on the menu include flatbreads and burgers, like the 8 oz The MAC Burger, a burger with a towering stack of Beyond or Impossible meat stuffed with macaroni and cheese and topped with the usual burger fixings. They also offer alcoholic beverages to go, everything from spicy cucumber margaritas to a crisp glass of Chardonnay.
The best time to stop by for dinner at Casa Del Vegano is Happy Hour Monday through Saturday. From 4 to 7 pm six days a week, you can take advantage of lower prices on drinks while enjoying some of the best vegan Tex-Mex food in the city. Some featured items on the list include a variety of tacos, such as the coastal scallop tacos or the grilled fajita chickenless tacos. There are plenty of different kinds of nachos, tortas, soups, and salads. During my visit here I sampled both the Crunchy Chimichanga and the Birria Enchiladas. I paired this with a frozen margarita and their house cocktail the Bees Knee, made with gin and agave lemonade. I also couldn’t leave without trying the Mexican Chocolate Cupcakes.
If you want to try artisan-made vegan food made with love and passion, you have to stop by True Food Kitchen. The restaurant serves just about anything you can think of, from salads and bowls to pizza. The food is a mix of gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian with some regular dishes tossed in, so it suits a wide variety of diets. Brunch is served on the weekends, which is when I stopped by for a visit. I tried the Garden Scramble with a brunch cocktail, the Prairie Mary, and True Food Kitchen’s take on the Bloody Mary made with their house spice blend.
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