You wouldn’t have thought that a place known as a meat eater’s paradise would actually be a haven for herbivores as well. No longer do vegans and vegetarians have to settle for a plate of greens and brown rice—these DFW restaurants are stepping up to the plate, offering mouthwatering meat-less dishes that even carnivores will love.
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Be Raw Food And Juice
6005 Berkshire Lane
Dallas, TX 75225
(214) 234-0106

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 serves a wide selection of flavorful, rich dishes that are ideal for gluten-free and vegan diets. But it’s not only raw food connoisseurs who appreciate what this place has to offer. Raw pizzas with pine nut cream cheese and basil pesto, coconut kale enchiladas and zucchini pad Thai tossed in almond butter are just a few of the treats in store here. The restaurant does an amazing job with desserts as well. No one would ever guess that the scrumptious brownies, cookies and cheesecakes are totally dairy, gluten and sugar free.

Good Karma Kitchen Food Truck
(817) 995-9801 

Need to find a quick vegan fix on the go? This roaming wagon, featuring gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options, will fix you up with everything from southern BBQ sandwiches and Korean BBQ tacos to chili frito pie. And save room for the bourbon bread pudding, it’s seriously delicious. You’ll find Good Karma’s truck, Lucy, all over Dallas and Fort Worth, check the website for locations.Related: Best Indian Food In DFW


The Bowllery
901 Ave. C, Suite 101
Denton, TX 76201
(940) 383-2695 

Herbivores and omnivores can find a happy medium at this Asian-fusion eatery located right across from the University of North Texas. A variety of fresh and tasty gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, raw and even meaty options are available for diners to eat in or have delivered. Vegan entrees such as tempeh satay burgers with roasted peanut sauce and raw pad Thai are outstanding. However, it’s the bowls that really bowl everyone over. Order up one of the yogi bowls filled with vegetables and soba noodles, or for heartier appetites, the ninja bowl with grilled teriyaki tofu and brown rice is over the top. Carnivorous companions need not shy away; grilled teriyaki chicken and steak can be added in as well.

Spiral Diner
1314 W. Magnolia Ave.
Fort Worth, TX 76104
(817) 332-8834 

This popular veggie lover’s oasis started up in Cowtown (of all places) back in 2002 and due to its overwhelmingly popular success, a second outpost was added in Oak Cliff in 2007. Dishes like the vegan nachos supremo, made with a special cashew cheese sauce and loaded up with quinoa, black beans, guacamole and all the fixings, are so tasty that even flesh eaters don’t realize it’s 100-percent vegan. Even the made-from-scratch ice creams are soy-free and vegan. In fact, everything served here is vegan—from the food to the beer, wine and beverage selections. There are plenty of gluten-free choices as well. Be sure to check out this place for Sunday brunch because the pancakes are legendary.

Pizza Lounge
841 Exposition Ave.
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 887-6900 

This late-night eatery near Fair Park serves some of the most eclectic pizzas in town that appeal to both the meat-centric and vegan-eating crowds. Pizzas run the gamut with toppings like roasted yams, sauerkraut, macadamia nuts and Kona coffee. In addition to a variety of vegetable toppings, vegan diners can load their pies up with everything from Daiya cheeses to an assortment of faux meats— including field roast chipotle sausage, soyrizo and tofurkey beer brats. On Tuesday nights, pizzas are half price and better yet, Pizza Lounge stays open until 3 a.m. in case you get the late-night munchies.

Bavarian Grill
221 W. Parker Road
Plano, TX 75023
(972) 881-0705 

When you think of German food— brats and sausages are normally what pops into your mind. So who would ever guess that one of the most authentic German restaurants in town offers awesome vegetarian and gluten-free food on the menu? Vegetarian spatzle, boca bratwurst with sauerkraut and vegetable strudel filled with leeks, cabbages and carrots are among the most popular offerings. There’s even a gluten-free biscotti dessert with warm berries that’s out of this world.Related: Best Vegetarian Burgers In DFW


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