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

Categories: Cheap Bastard, Veg

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.

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Green House Market in NorthPark Is Vegetable Heaven, with a Side of Wagyu Beef

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Tucked behind the AMC ticket counter at Northpark Mall is Green House Market. We've talked about it before around here, and maybe you visited the concept in its previous life as a food truck. I finally went after seeing a movie this weekend, and I have one message for you: if you like vegetables, it's time to get yourself down there, because they are serving up some damn good ones.

As a vegetarian I am used to taking the one thing on the menu presented to me. "Oh you have hummus AND a side salad? That sounds amazing, I'll have that please." What I really mean is thanks for having a dish on the menu I can just order outright without having to ask a million questions.

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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.

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How Vegans and Omnivores Can Coexist in Dallas: A Guide to Eating Together

Categories: Veg

Catherine Downes
There's no butter on it. That makes it vegan, right?
Contrary to popular belief, being a vegan in Dallas is not a wholly miserable experience.

We don't get spit on while walking down the street, nor do we have to wear big red Vs pinned to our clothing. These days, most people in the restaurant industry know that vegans don't eat any animal products of any kind, which is clearly a sign we are hurtling towards the godless socialist society of Michelle Obama's dreams. But on a more practical level, it makes ordering a much simpler process than in years past.

Once you figure out what to eat when you go vegan, the main challenge becomes a
social one, because you live in a city that thinks you are crazy. A city that thinks you are vitamin/protein/fun deficient and could pass out from fatigue at any minute. Some of your friends understand, but the rest are only tolerating you. Eating with co-workers, acquaintances and the dreaded new person can still be a precarious and awkward experience.

Being a vegan means agreeing to an unspoken, unwritten social contract dictating the
rules of eating and living in Dallas, especially when omnivores are involved. This contract helps vegans get food they actually want while not alienating everyone they know.

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Should Vegans Care that They Live Near Former Vegans?

Categories: Veg

Eating vegan is hard. It takes dedication to strictly adhere to any diet, especially one that cuts out big bricks of the food pyramid. It can be hard to eat vegan and stick to a healthy, balanced diet, and scientists are split on whether or not simply removing animal protein makes a diet automatically healthier. And once you realize that eating vegan includes trying cut out every food that has a minimum allowable amount of insect parts, the whole thing just gets exhausting.

But apparently being a former vegan is even worse. A new site called "Vegan Sellout List" is a state-based directory of anyone who used to be vegan and has since disgraced their gut with animal product. The goal of the site is to publicly shame anyone who ditches veganism (a pox on the first person who says "They should be ashamed about being vegans in the first place, AMIRITE").

See also:
Despite its "Paleo" Leanings, HG Sply Offers Good Choices for Vegetarians
Bugs in Food: Sorry Vegans, You've Already Eaten a Lot of Animals

Users submit the name, picture, city/state and description of anyone who has abandoned veganism, and throw in some wishes for harm to their person or property for good measure. Texas currently has only about a dozen defectors listed throughout the state, but with all the attention the site's been getting it's probably going to swell. Unless it turns out that people aren't vindictive and spiteful about the eating habits of others, in which case it's also a win for civility.

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Despite its "Paleo" Leanings, HG Sply Offers Good Choices for Vegetarians

Categories: Veg

Liz Goulding
I ate only vegetables at HG Sply Co., and no one yelled at me.
Yesterday I had lunch at HG Sply Co. over on Lower Greenville. It's been mentioned around here already, but in case you didn't know, the HG stands for hunt and gather, which should tell you this is a paleo leaning restaurant. Without going into too much detail, followers of a paleo diet focus (almost exclusively) on clean meats, quality eggs and non-starchy vegetables. But the people who run HG Sply Co. aren't idiots, so while their menu leans heavily towards the previously mentioned foods, they also offer things like bread, alcohol and other select carbohydrates, in case you are into that sort of thing

Eating there might not seem strange until I mention that I am a vegetarian. Because of this my restaurant judge-o-meter is a little skewed. I am usually just happy to have more than one item from which to choose. And I ended up having a lot of choices. There was no judgment when we ordered hummus with the bacon on the side (because hummus with bacon is a thing there). Later, when I ordered spicy garlic broccoli, the waitress kindly mentioned that it normally comes with bacon but that it was easily left off. When it was all said and done, was I satisfied? Yes. I ate almost everything and only stopped because I was full. Was it good? Yes, totally. My Moscow mule was refreshing, and since it was made with ginger kombucha I am convinced the drink was a net positive when it comes to my health. I had a vegetable bowl as my main dish featuring parsnips and celeriac root, and I would go back and order it again. I appreciate that they don't treat plants like an afterthought. And that's about a surefire way to make this eater happy.

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New Study Says Vegetarians Live Longer, But at What Cost?

Categories: Veg

Via Wikimedia
We thought we'd take a break from writing about fried meats to mention that a new study just came out about the health benefits of a vegetarian diet. Spoiler: Vegetarian diets are good for you, which is probably not a surprise. What is surprising is that there are numbers to back it up now: over a six-year period with more than 73,000 participants, researchers found that vegetarians were 19 percent less likely to develop heart disease and 12 percent less likely to die, which may also mean that vegetarians are just luckier.

As fans of How to Lie with Statistics, we're usually a little skeptical about studies. This one comes from a Lomo Linda University, a Seventh-day Adventist school. Seventh-day Adventists promote a lacto-ovo vegetarian lifestyle, meaning a totally fleshless diet. But it's also funded by the National Institutes of Health and published in the American Medical Association's internal medicine journal. So we'll give it some consideration.

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Vegetarian Awareness Month: Ten Ways to Celebrate in 2012

Categories: Veg, Whimsy

Samantha Guzman
Vegan ice cream at the Texas Veggie State Fair. Another way to celebrate.
Last year, October was Vegetarian Awareness Month. This year, it is once again. Because clearly, the fight to recognize that Vegetarians are among us is still not over. We must be aware. We must make others aware. We will prevail!

Celebrating Vegetarian Awareness Month is easy! Just be aware that Vegetarianism and Vegetarians exist (and capitalize both for the entire month, out of respect.)

I don't know about you, but I like to go a bit over the top with my celebrations. So without further ado, here are ten new ways to celebrate our Veggie friends this month.

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10 Great Not-Meat Things You Should Grill

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Emeril's traditional banana split, grilled. See also "Inside Out" banana split, below.
With the brief, if glorious, respite from 100-plus degree weather, we took again to outdoor activities that, for many of us, have been shelved since late May. And though fall may be upon us, we have at least a solid three weeks, if not more, of summery weather perfect for cranking up the grill and cooking outdoors.

When it comes to grilling, the question is not so much "can you" as "should you," and the answer is almost invariably yes. It's no secret that we love meat here at City of Ate, but few among us are wholly immune against siren call of expertly prepared not-meat things. The key with grilling things of the herbivore variety is basically the same as with meat: high-quality cuts (or ... picks?); marinated (or not marinated) wisely; paired judiciously to enhance and/or supplement the flavor, without overwhelming it.

Virtually anyone can quickly construct a list of things that might be good tossed on. Grill a pineapple? Who hasn't. Try a Brussels sprout? Do it. So we've constructed a brief and by no means comprehensive list of ideas to expand upon more obvious experimentation.

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Adventures in Veganism: Pop Up Goes the Veggies

Wine is thankfully vegan-friendly.
Last Friday night, experienced local chef Ryan Barnett hosted his fourth and final dinner in a series themed Sea, Air, Land and Earth. Intrigued by the pop-up concept and a themed dinner with a bunch of strangers, I brought a friend along to check it out.

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