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