Dallas' 10 Best Places for Vegans and Omnivores to Eat Together in Harmony

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As we've previously discussed, being a vegan in Dallas isn't a miserable and lonely existence, so long as you know how to navigate eating situations involving friends, family and coworkers.

A crucial piece of information to have in your back pocket is a restaurant list. But not just any restaurant list. Some meat eaters expect to eat meat at every meal and sometimes in more than one way. I love Spiral Diner and Kalachandji's, but if your eating company thinks they need meat lest they die, those places are a non-starter.

But there are plenty of places vegans and omnivores can both eat a meal that they'll enjoy. Here are 10 of Dallas' best.

Anvil Pub (above)
Anvil offers a variety of options, because Daiya cheese easily transforms many items into vegan dishes. That means vegan sandwiches, pizza, nachos, chili, and more. Basically all the foods that go well with ice cold beer, which they conveniently serve on tap.

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Pizza Lounge
There are other places in town that have vegan pizza options, but Pizza Lounge has the most options by far. Many of the pizzas on the menu can be made vegan and are clearly marked so by substituting Daiya cheese. They also have a long list of vegan meats (if you can still call it meat) including soyrizo, chipotle sausage, italian sausge, and tofurky brats. Vegan cheese or not, the Dime Bag and it's spinach, broccolini and basil is a popular choice. You get it, right?

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The Libertine
The Libertine features great food without relying on vegan cheese. Items like the seitan tacos and the portobello sandwich are clearly marked vegan so there's no need to ask. And vegans can easily share in the Tex-Mex platter's black bean hummus and guacamole while the omnivores fight over the cheese. The Libertine occasionally offers Vegan Beer Dinners, which would make for a great evening with that special vegan in your life.

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Chennai Café
Unless you live or work in northwest Plano, Chennai is off the beaten path, but it is worth the trip. Vegans will need to ask what vegetarian items contain ghee, but everyone at Chennai Café is happy to explain what items are vegan and what aren't. Despite distance and the menu navigation, this place is worth it because it is damn tasty. (We didn't give it best vegan/vegetarian for no reason.) If you aren't sure what to order, try a thali, which gives you many small dishes served on a single platter. There are two veg thalis and omnivores can choose from the seafood or non-veg thali.

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Sundown at Granada
Hangover brunch can have restorative properties and be delicious all at the same time. Vegans can enjoy The Big Bend, a quinoa patty on top of spinach and served with roasted sweet potatoes. Omnivores can get an omelet, burger, or French toast. Everyone should get a bloody mary or a mimosa, though, because meat or no meat, it's still brunch.

Location Info

Pizza Lounge

841 Exposition Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Libertine Bar

2101 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Chennai Cafe

5024 Tennyson Parkway, Plano, TX

Category: Restaurant

Sundown at Granada

3520 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Zen Sushi

380 W. Seventh St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Garden Cafe

5310 Junius St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Bolsa

614 W. Davis St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Dalat

2537 N. Fitzhugh Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Hacienda on Henderson

2326 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Anvil Pub

2638 Elm St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

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13 comments
txtravel
txtravel

I would add Rafa's on Lover's Lane and Matt's Lakewood on Skillman (both Mexican) and Dream Café - Village on the Parkway and Uptown.

monstruss
monstruss

Too bad Anvil Pub's cheese bread is now sliced bread with feta on top. barf.

mollytexas
mollytexas

Omnivores could also dine along with vegans at vegan restaurants occasionally, since omnivores, by definition, eat anything, which could include meals that don't include meat or dairy. Not only would they be eating a meal which is healthier, it would also be more eco-friendly and compassionate.

ChangingF8
ChangingF8

No Love For Genghis Grill? I can go in there and get a bowl full of meat and you can go in there and get a bowl full of veggies...in perfect harmony even!

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If only you knew how much I loved this.  And this writer Gizmo 

bored
bored

Think it's finally time to stop reading your publication.  The "Top 10 blah blah blahs" is the laziest form of journalism ever but more importantly has become a total snooze.  Time for an all-hands-on staff meeting to discuss ways to maximize pageviews while not boring the shit out of your readers (or former readers in this case).

mistyp0523
mistyp0523

You should also consider listing Trinity Hall. They've greatly expanded their vegetarian/vegan options over the past year.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

I think I could give up meat, but not my beloved eggs and cheese.

lizgoulding
lizgoulding

@bored You're so right. It should have been a top 7 or 21 or some other crazy number. I knew something wasn't quite right about the whole thing. Thank you so much for your helpful suggestion!! 

J_A_
J_A_

They've expanded their vegan menu? Pickles all around!

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