Dallas' Meat Queen Wants to Know: Where Can I Find the Best Vegetarian Food In Dallas?

Categories: Cheap Bastard, Veg

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Alice Laussade
Veggie tacos at Torchy's
Alice Laussade is a longtime Dallas writer and the founder of Meat Fight.

I decided to go vegetarian for a month, just to see how the meatless live. After a week and a half, I can tell you that the vegetarian people of Dallas are offered a lot of cheese enchiladas, hummus, and, "Well, you could just order a bunch of sides and make that your entree?"

It is, of course, easier to make your vegetarian meals at home than it is to find something vegetarian to eat at restaurants. But, if you are headed out to a restaurant, breakfast has been the easiest meal of the day to go vegetarian.

I can also tell you that my friends have been super supportive.

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A week and a half of egg tacos and "I'll take that Chicken Safari salad only without the chicken," and I'm accepting that I need help, Dallas vegetarians. So: Where's your favorite vegetarian meal in Dallas?

Indian, Thai, Vietnamese -- all these have been extremely vegetarian-friendly. Now, can you point me to the best places? I've only got a few more weeks, and I'd rather skip the dumpy curry and go straight to the delicious, angels-banging-angels curry.

I'm not afraid of any vegetable. Eggplant isn't my favorite, but if you tell me there's a fantastic eggplant situation somewhere that'll blow my eggplant-hating mind, I'll try it.

Let's assume I've already eaten at Kalachandji's for six days straight, and that Cosmic Cafe and Spiral Diner are on my radar. Now, I'm looking for places where I can find vegetarian options while my friends eat an entire cow. Or pig face.

Tell me where you go for the absolute best vegetarian options. Cheap is best, because I don't like spending $40 on watermelon bisque every day. You tell me where to go, I will then put my face on that food and report my findings.



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Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

S and M Eats behind ur office has cheap veg options too.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Go Raw on N W Hwy.

Veggie Garden on Apraho.

Daniel
Daniel

The hand-cut fries at Mac's are not to be missed!

Beda
Beda

Highland Park Cafeteria

Graygrrrl
Graygrrrl

Tapas is my go to pick when out with my BF or any other mixed party (veggies & Meat eaters). Si Tapas is great and I always leave feeling stuffed. Plus they have an awesome happy hour and sangria. I'm totally biased since I work there, but The Libertine has some great vegetarian/vegan options if you'd also love a cocktail.

TashaKat
TashaKat

Here's the best (for my money, and I don't have to pay much) vegan restaurant in the North Texas area -- D'Vegan on Walnut Street. Ask Don to put your name on a list for the steam buns. His mom only makes them occasionally, but when she does, there's a long list of people who will drive for miles to get them. You can only buy them in groups of 10 (They're $1 each), but they freeze well. When you go, order #8 - D'Vegan soup. Amazing stuff. Then, grab yourself a bahn mi to go. You will not regret any of these recommendations. Promise.

lindsey.stifler
lindsey.stifler

* Vegetable tamale at Mi Concina

* Any crostini, pasta, gnocchi at Lucia

* Goat cheese + Avo at East Hampton Sandwich

* Seta at Casa Rubia

* Spicy Quinoa + chunky veg at Chicken Scratch

* All you can eat buffet at Ali Baba in Irving! 

DavidRoot
DavidRoot

Veg Korean food at King Spa and Sauna. Enjoyed by Hafþór Björnsson

angelabolton
angelabolton

Definitely Sundown.  That place is awesome.


Mooyah also has a pretty good veggie burger in my opinion.


Taj Chaat in Irving (close to 183 and MacArthur) is all vegetarian, mostly south Indian food.  I love their sambar.  Andalous (Lebanese/Mediterranean) up in Las Colinas has a great vegetarian spread, but that might be a little out of the way for you.


Also, there is a fantastic vegan bakery in Richardson called Reverie Bakeshop. I know as a general rule almost all bakeries are vegetarian, but just in case you are up to the extra "challenge..."

Junebug
Junebug

I know you said you want your friends to be able to eat animal while you're being all vegetarian but I noticed no one mentioned the cafeteria at the Dallas Buddhist Progress Society. I'm very much the omnivore but I've gone several times and even I love it.


And talk about cheap. If you're animal loving friends don't feel fulfilled after eating there, they'll still have enough money to stop at Del's for a burger and root beer.

DavidRoot
DavidRoot

Ethiopian has the best vegetarian options. They are the best. And technically the holiest. And good enough to satisfy Gregor Clegane.

VeggieHeaven
VeggieHeaven

Good grief, did anyone even read the article? She already knows about Spiral Diner and Kalachandjis!


I'm a longtime vegetarian and happy eater in Dallas. Here are some favorites: 


Urban Taco -- great corn/potato street tacos (and good fish ones if you are open to that)

Mai's -- Vietnamese, hole in the wall, excellent food (true for many other Vietnamese places in town)

Asia Mint -- try the green curry with tofu, it's awesome

Royal China -- the vegetarian dumplings are great (or Jeng Chi for the same, but lower ambiance), and don't miss the spicy green beans


I could go on and on. It's very easy to eat vegetarian in the area and never run out of options!



primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Not cheap, but most hotel restaurants have excellent vegetarian options. I would look at the Joule and Mansion. I would not be surprised if both offered tasting menus.

Cheaper would be the Whole Foods food court.

Everybody else seems to rely on grilled or fried squash, zucchini, potatoes, etc.

jesseiatx
jesseiatx

Spiral Diner in south Dallas off Buckner I believe south of that white bridge is the best in all the land!!!!!

nickrallo
nickrallo

Lalibela has a veggie platter that's good enough to bring down The Mountain 

J____
J____

Kalachandji's for Indian is one of my favorite places in the city. Sundown is also really good, especially those avocado things.

Anna_Merlan_Voice
Anna_Merlan_Voice topcommenter

ALICE. GO TO SUNDOWN. EAT ALL THE THINGS. 


I HAD TO WRITE THIS IN ALL CAPS BECAUSE I HAVE STRONG AND DEFINITE FEELINGS ABOUT SUNDOWN. 

gangstead1
gangstead1

Loving Hut is like $9 all you can eat.  Get some House Balls in your face.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

Mai's is greatness. The owners are super nice, the service is fast, it's not expensive, it's BYOB, and satisfies both veggies and meat eaters.

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