10 Essential Dallas Dining Spots for Feel-Good Feasting

Given Dallas’ love affair with Tex-Mex, burgers and barbecue, the city may not be the first place you think of as a healthy dining haven. But fortunately more and more restaurants are paving the way for clean eating with menus that are anything but bland and boring.

First up is trendy newcomer Flower Child, a healthy fast-casual eatery by Phoenix-based Fox Restaurant Concepts. With its delectable selection of salads, bowls, plates and wraps, it’s no surprise that this spot stays busy from morning until lights out.

Following a paleo path? Then HG Sply is a caveman’s (or cavewoman’s) dream. Think, duck confit on cauliflower rice and coffee crusted ribeyes with horseradish-shallot coconut butter.

Going gluten free? No problem. The made-from-scratch dishes at Kozy Kitchen are so good that you'd never know that almost everything on the menu is completely gluten-free. That goes ditto for Company Cafe, where you can delve into everything from bananas foster pancakes to chicken fried steak.

Need something healthy in a hurry? Look no further than Start, a fast-casual restaurant that's a perfect pit stop for breakfast, lunch or dinner on the run.

Then there’s Be Raw, a charming little café, which if not for the name, you probably wouldn’t guess that all of its dishes on the menu are 100 percent raw. From the sandwiches to the pizzas, noodle bowls and amazing desserts, the offerings will have you seeking endless excuses to return for more.

Finally, no list of healthy restaurants is complete without mentioning Spiral Diner, one of the area’s most popular eateries for vegan Tex-Mex and American comfort food classics.

So, whether your idea of clean eating means going gluten-free, paleo, vegan or chowing down on a grass-fed steak, these 10Best Dallas restaurants know how to cater to all types of health-conscious foodies.

Unleavened Fresh Kitchen
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This fast-casual Lakewood haunt offers sandwich nirvana in the form of gluten-free wraps stuffed with incredibly flavored goodness. The Havana, filled with guava-glazed pulled pork, ham, Swiss cheese and chopped horseradish pickle is legendary,...  Read More

Cosmic Cafe
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It's virtually impossible to miss this place. Furnished with a riot of wall-to-wall Indian kitsch (think expansive wall murals, Hindu art work, Buddha statues and the like), this neighborhood restaurant is anything but subtle in looks. In fact,...  Read More

Start Restaurant
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Wholesome food can turn up in the unlikeliest of places, even at a fast food spot that boasts a drive-through window. And that's exactly the inspiration behind Start, where you'll find tasty, handmade organic fare served from breakfast to...  Read More

Be Raw
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Not only has it been proven that eating veggies is good for you, but eating foods in their natural state, meaning raw or live, might just be the road to the fountain of youth. And that doesn't mean a diet consisting of rabbit food either. Be Raw...  Read More

Flower Child
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All too often eating healthy translates into a meal of tasteless limp salads, but thankfully that isn't the case at Flower Child, a buzzy eatery specializing in delicious organic, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan dishes. The menu runs the gamut...  Read More

Pok The Raw Bar
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The famed Hawaiian dish that layers sashimi fish with rice and veggies is quickly catching on in Dallas, and among the new arrivals is this airy West Village café peddling gluten-free raw-fish salad bowls plus all things matcha. Clean-eating...  Read More

HG Sply Co.
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At HG Sply, which translates into hunter and gathering supply, gastronomes can fuel up on food that takes its inspiration from the Stone Age. But make no mistake, this hipster oasis of re-purposed wood and exposed brick isn't turning out the...  Read More

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Company Cafe
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Bananas foster pancakes, sour cream coffee cake, French dip sandwiches and chicken fried steak with garlic mash and honey jalapeno gravy– all gluten-free? You betcha. This casual Greenville Avenue eatery has made its mark on Dallas'...  Read More

Kozy Kitchen
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This charming Uptown cafe is so dedicated to producing sumptuous, from-scratch dishes, that you'd never know that almost everything on the menu is completely gluten-free. And we're not talking salads, though there certainly are plenty of those....  Read More

Spiral Diner & Bakery
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Popular with vegetarians and carnivores alike, this retro-style meatless mecca reinvents homespun American and Tex-Mex fare into seriously delicious 100% vegan dishes. The extensive menu covers everything from tacos and cashew cheese nachos to...  Read More


Meet Ilene Jacobs

As a perpetual wanderer, foodie freak and wannabe chef, Ilene is always on the lookout for the best places to see, eat, drink and sleep. Ilene got hooked on this wanderlust lifestyle after...  More About Ilene