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DALLAS: Healthy Eating City Guide

Dallas Healthy Restaurants and What to Order

We LOVE to travel and one of the things we love most is eating all the healthy, delicious food while we’re playing tourists in a new city. I have done hours of research to find places that we would enjoy, are healthy (raw, unrefined, paleo, fresh, organic, non-GMO), and that nourish us while giving us energy to take on all the city has to offer. One way I find some of my favorite places is through Instagram. I look at pictures that others have posted and tagged and sometimes even place my order by a picture I saw online. I have linked each restaurant to their website and some to their Instagram account, also.

We lived in Dallas, Texas for 3 1/2 years and spent a lot of time trying new places. I’ve been wanting to share these for a while now and it’s finally here! I will list our top favorites (in no particular order), what type of restaurant it is, and the must-order dishes (in my opinion). Listed at the bottom are more of our favorites (it’s so hard to narrow it down, you’d need weeks to try all of them. I tried to pick the ones we frequented the most).

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I hope this guide helps you if you’re ever in DALLAS. Which I highly recommend a trip there 😉 (Not biased or anything…) If you try any of these restaurants comment on this post or message me through Instagram and let me know how you liked them!

#1. SOUTHPAWS GRILL

One of our all time favorites for a quick, affordable meal is SouthPaws in Uptown on McKinney Ave. They have a little bit of everything (smoothies, salads, wraps, sandwiches, light meals) and you really can’t go wrong here. All of the staff and cooks are friendly, quick, and helpful.

What to Order: The Smart Burger (burger is a portabella mushroom), Build-Your-Own salad with greens, sweet potato, tomatoes, avocado, & the spinach hummus.

**PRO TIP: You HAVE to get the spinach hummus & tabouli with toasted pita. My favorite thing there by far!

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#2. ORIGIN KITCHEN + BAR

Origin Kitchen + Bar is a sit-down restaurant. It is more up scale than some of the others on the list. Their menu is mostly paleo with everything from acai bowls, omelets, and sweet potato hash for brunch to salmon, brussel sprouts, and grass-fed burgers for dinner.

What to Order:

Brunch: Veggie Omelet, Sweet Potato Hash, or Kale Salad

Dinner: Paleo Hummus for an appetizer, Roasted Chicken Salad, Seasonal Hash Bowl, or Wild Halibut with veggie paleo ‘pasta.’

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#3. HG SUPPLY

I love HG’s philosophy on living a balanced life, instead of a life of restraints.  This is also one on the list that is on the pricier side, but worth every bit of it.

What to Order: Greens and Grains Bowl or Build-Your-Own Bowl with sweet potato hash, roasted Brussels sprouts, and guacamole (add chicken optional)

**PRO TIP #1: Make a reservation a few days ahead if you can. Seating is limited and they fill up fast. This will save you minutes/hours of waiting.

**PRO TIP #2: Sit up on the roof for a fun atmosphere and a great view of downtown. If you opt to sit inside, like we usually do because it can get hot, at least mosey up to the top before or after dinner and enjoy the view (and a nice warm fireplace in the winter).

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#4. LOCAL PRESS + BREW

Local Press + Brew is located on the other side of downtown near Oak Cliff. I love this cute little spot. It has an Austin feel to it. If you’ve ever been to Austin you know what I mean. Their juices are non-GMO, organic, quality, and local. Again, can’t go wrong with anything here, but here are a few of my favorites.

What to Order:

PRESS: Kessler Park, Winnetka Heights, Cacao Milk, Almond Milk

BREW: Matcha Latte, Tumeric Latte

Extras: Avocado Toast with organic egg

**PRO TIP: Happy Hour is Monday-Friday, 5-7pm. Get $2 off all bottled juices. (Limit 3 per customer.)

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#5. MUDHEN MEAT + GREENS

While we were living in Dallas, Mudhen became the place we would take visitors. There’s something for every diet/taste bud plus it’s healthy, farm-to-table, and located at the farmer’s market downtown. A great view of the city and yummy, healthy food?! Can’t beat that!

What to Order:

Brunch: avocado toast, for the hungry person in your life- the Power Bowl Lunch/Dinner: split the Pork Plantain Poutine for an appetizer. Collard Spring Rolls, Harvest Market Salad, Poke Bowl, or Build-Your-Own Bowl – I suggest salmon, sweet potato mash, and a green veggie.

**PRO TIP: sit outside in the beer garden for an excellent view of the city!

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#6. ASCENSION COFFEE

Ascension is the perfect little spot for a Friday night dessert and cup of coffee or Saturday morning brunch. The atmosphere is cozy and warm and with 2 location awesome locations (Design District and The Cresent in Uptown) it’s easy to stop by for a quick pick-me-up.

What to Order: 

Brunch: avocado toast with a poached egg, I’m not a coffee drinker but everyone I’ve talked to says they have delicious coffee. I personally love their teas. I’ve never eaten lunch here, but the kale salad and quinoa salads look delicious.

**PRO TIP: They carry Gather Kitchen Chocolate Date Pie. GET ONE! This DESSERT is paleo and made with only dates, almonds, chocolate, and coconut.

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#7. TRUE FOOD KITCHEN

True Food was one of the first ‘healthy’ restaurants we ate at in Dallas. We fell in love right away. This is another one on the pricier side, but worth every bite! They focus on anti-inflammatory ingredients offering nutrient-rich, organic, gluten free, seasonal foods. True Food has locations all over the U.S. so you don’t have to be in Dallas to try this one out. See if there’s one near you!

What to Order: 

Drinks: Hangover RX, Kale Aid juices

Appetizers: Kale Guacamole (ask for a side of veggies to dip)

Entrees: Ancient Grains Bowl, Organic Tuscan Salad, Seasonal Ingredient Salad, Poke Bowl, Inside Out Quinoa Burger with Sweet Potato Hash & Kale Salad

Dessert: I’ve never had dessert here (I’m always too full!), but if you’re craving something sweet the Flourless Chocolate Cake looks delicious!

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Ancient Grains Bowl & Seasonal Ingredient Salad

#8. KOZY KITCHEN

Kozy’s is just what it’s name says it is- cozy. It’s right on McKinney, but a little hidden and tucked away. You wouldn’t really notice it if you weren’t paying attention. The options here are unlimited. They have almost anything you could want and all day long (including breakfast!).  Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of our meals here. But I will say, the portions are huge and I left with enough for lunch the next day all three times we ate here.

What to Order: Hangover Helper, Veggie Connection, The Kozy Salad with Salmon, or make your own plate with a side of sweet potato hash, sautéed veggies, & chicken or salmon.

**PRO TIP: Kozy’s is right across the street from Origin Kitchen + Bar. Head over there afterwards for dessert or take a walk through Uptown while doing some window shopping. Can’t beat the atmosphere and views!

#9. NEKTER JUICE BAR

If you can’t tell I do love a good smoothie. Nekter has some of the best, especially their acai bowls. Our favorite location is the one in Snyder Plaza, but there are also locations in South Lake, & Plano.

What to Order: the Acai Superfood Bowl, Acai Banana Berry Bowl, The Little Beet, & Toxin Flush; Pumpkin Smoothie (seasonal)

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#10. BE RAW FOOD AND JUICE

Another one of our all-time favorites…. we really could eat here all the time. One thing we love about Be Raw is their creative vegan dishes. Not only are they raw, plant-based, and healthy but they’re different than your ordinary vegan meal.

What to Order: this is another one of those ‘Order one of EVERYTHING.’ 😉  Really you can’t go wrong with anything here either. My top suggestions would be:

Appetizer: Kale Salad, California Rolls

Entree: Coconut Kale Enchiladas, Raw California Pizza, Veggie Sandwich 

Dessert: Brownies, Chocolate Cheesecake, Cookie Dough Balls

**PRO TIP #1: pick up some of the apple-flax flat ‘bread’ to go. It’s great to make sandwiches or pizzas at home and is so delicious.

**PRO TIP #2: pick up some Honey Mama’s chocolate for the road. This is the BEST chocolate I’ve ever had with not added fillers. It’s hard to find it in the south, so stock up while you’re here! (My favorite flavors are the CocoNoNut, Dutch, & Peruvian Raw, but I do love them all.)

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#11. FRESHII

The perfect place to stop by for a quick breakfast, lunch, or dinner. We love Freshii and love that their are multiple locations all throughout the country. Their meals are fresh, healthy, and filling with only good ingredients. Our favorite location in Dallas is the one at Victory Park.

What to Order: the Market or Metaboost Salad, Pangoa or Oaxaca Bowls. I always ask for the dressing on the side, no cheese, and extra beet slaw (it’s my favorite 🙂 ).

**PRO TIP: After you eat walk over and explore the American Airlines Center (where the Mavs and Stars play), check out the local ABC news station, or walk to Kylde Warren Park.

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#12. BREWED + PRESSED

Products are made locally in the Design District. This place is full of superfoods and only nourishing ingredients. It’s easy to see where they get their slogan “Art of Nourishment.” They do a great job at it! And again, a place where you can’t go wrong with anything you order. Brewed + Pressed is well-known for their coffees, teas, and juices, but there are a few other things on the menu that I also love…

What to Order: EVERYTHING. Haha, but seriously it so hard to pick. If I had to pick something I would recommend:

Drinks: Mexican Chocolate Milk, Golden Milk, Green Goals juice

Snacks: Rosemary & Thyme Crackers, Berry Coconut Yogurt

Meals: Coconut Curry Kelp Bowl, Sweet Potato Kale Bowl

Dessert: Raw Cacao Truffles, Deep Roots Cheesecake

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Sprouted Brown Rice Sushi Bowl & Seed Pesto Kelp
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Raw Cacao Truffles- activated cashew butter, maple syrup, cacao butter, cacao powder, alkaline water

#13. GATHER KITCHEN (COMING SOON)

Gather Kitchen is opening downtown in the Thanksgiving Tower very soon!! I am so excited for them to open, but sad I don’t live there anymore. They will definitely be one of my first stops next time we’re in town. They are paleo, gluten free, and Whole30 compliant with an amazing philosophy- honest, clean ingredients.

Check out their Instagram to see what types of food they will have. Remember that Chocolate Date Pie I told you about up there ^^. That’s theirs along with these delicious Raw Dark Chocolate Bites.

Other delicious restaurants:

  1. Sundown at Granada (Farm to Table, non-GMO, Organic)
  2. Greenhouse Market:
  3. Crisp Salad Company
  4. R+D Kitchen
  5. Little Katana (sushi)
  6. Oishi (sushi)
  7. Unleavened Fresh Kitchen
  8. Spiral Diner and Bakery (Vegan)
  9. Modern Market
  10. Vitality Bowls (Las Calinas)
  11. Garden Cafe
  12. Skoop (by Nekter- Opening soon)
  13. Fresh Fin (poke)
  14. Poke the Raw Bar
  15. I am the Juice Place
  16. JuiceLand
  17. Taco Deli
  18. The Gem
  19. Buda Juice
  20. Flower Child
  21. Roots Juices

**All information is my opinion. I have not been paid or sponsored to write any of it.

**All pictures are original and owned by the blogger unless stated otherwise. Please email for permission to copy/repost pictures.

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