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).
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!
But first a few non food related tips on our favorite places to frequent while in the city:
- Uptown Dallas – While we were in Dallas we lived in the Uptown area. We LOVED our time there. We could walk to almost everything we needed, there was always an event going on, and always something to do. If you know me at all you know I am a huge Whole Foods fan. My favorite Whole Foods of all time is in Uptown on McKinney Ave. I love it for it’s location and the upstairs outdoor seating. **PRO TIP: Ride the FREE trolley through Uptown. It’s a neat experience and allows you to park and ride, not worrying about parking. They run all the way downtown to Klyde Warren Park.
- Downtown Dallas – There is so much to do in Downtown Dallas. My favorite spots? The Farmer’s Market and Klyde Warren Park. We also love going to the DSO (Dallas Symphony & Orchestra) and the DMA. Some days we would just go walking all through downtown. The police do an excellent job of patrolling and making you feel safe.
- Victory Park– Victory Park is where the American Airlines Center is which is where the Stars and Mavs play, plus a ton of other concerts and events. The local ABC news station is also here. Sometimes we would love to go stand outside the news station and watch them shoot the evening news. I’m such a little kid at heart, but I just found it so fascinating. There is a Freshii in Victory Park, which made for the perfect date night.
- Highland Park– Our all time favorite place to go on long morning or evening walks. With my husband’s love of architecture, aesthetics, and design this is no doubt his favorite. We spent a lot of time walking all through these beautiful neighborhoods oohing and ahhing over these magnificent homes. Some of the city’s and country’s most well-known people live here making for some of the most thoughtful designed homes and landscapes we have ever seen. It is a safe and beautiful area to explore. Our favorite spot is Lakeside Drive along the lake.
- Klyde Warren Park– A spot we frequented very often. Klyde Warren Park is an urban park located over the interstate. It was fairly new when we moved to Dallas and was already very popular. They have events in the park all the time and food trucks lining the side of the park daily. Some events that we’ve attended are football game watch parties, concerts, salsa dancing, yoga, and the Christmas tree lighting. We even got to watch our alma mater band (The University of Alabama- Roll Tide!) in the park when they came for the national championship game a couple of years ago. If your in town this is a must see spot! Check the calendar on their website for all of their scheduled events. **PRO TIP: Park in Uptown where parking is easier to find, and usually free, and ride the trolley down to the park.
- Griggs Park – Griggs Park is located in Uptown Dallas in between I-75 and McKinney Ave in the State Thomas area. I also call this the “town home” area because there are rows of town homes packed in. The Uptown Whole Foods is within walking distance to the park. We love to get a snack there and take a walk over to the park. They do many free events in the park like free movies, yoga, and boot camps. This is one of my top favorite places in the city, if not THE top favorite. The views are amazing and the location is perfect.
- Katy Trail– My favorite place to run/walk. A 3 mile trail from Highland Park to Victory Park. It’s flat and great for race training. My favorite time to be on the trail is fall when the leaves are turning/have turned. I have logged many, many miles on this trail 🙂
- Continental Bridge (Trinity River)- Another one of my most favorite spots in the city. This pedestrian bridge is located next to the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. This spot is perfect to snap a picture of one of the best views of the city. Take a picnic dinner or just go for a walk down the bridge. You’re also right next to Trinity Grove, which is a strip of great, popular restaurants. **PRO TIP: I love going during sunset and at night. Nothing beats the city lights at night!
- White Rock Lake– Looking for a great place to take a long walk, run, or big ride? You’ll definitely need to visit White Rock Lake in Lakewood, just a few minutes from downtown. This 10 mile loop around the lake is beautiful and mostly flat (with only one big hill). I’ve run a few races around this lake and it is one of my favorite courses. There’s also a newly renovated dog park for those with dogs that need to get some energy out.
- Dallas Arboretum– The arboretum is another one of our very favorite spots in the city. My favorite time to go is spring and fall, but there’s really not a bad time to go. Even at Christmas they have some fun things going on- the Twelve Days of Christmas exhibit and the beautiful Degolyer house. **PRO TIP: They have $1 days in August, summer concerts, and the Tour de Flours race in September (which is one of my favorite races and highly recommend!!).
- Reunion Tower – Looking for a place to view the city from high up in the sky? Reunion Tower has you covered. They are located at the Hyatt Regency downtown. The view is amazing and worth every penny. **PRO TIP: Go just before sunset. You’ll get to see the city during the day, the sunsetting, and the lights come on at night.
- SMU’s campus-Located in the Park Cities, SMU is home to the George W. Bush Library and is such a beautiful campus. Take a walk around and afterwards walk over to Nekter in Synder Plaza.
- Arbor Hills Nature Preserve (Plano) – A little drive out of the city in Plano, but a great place to do a little hiking. Arbor Hills is a large nature preserve with mostly paved trails and a few dirt trails. A great place for an afternoon walk, run, or bike ride. You might even see some wildlife 🙂
- Dallas World Aquarium– I always love aquariums. This one is a lot of fun and has so many great animals. It didn’t take us too long to go through, but a fun afternoon event to beat the heat!
- Dallas Zoo – A great zoo to experience. I went with as a teacher with bunch of preschoolers so I didn’t get to experience to the fullest 😉 But, you get to feed giraffes- how cool is that?! I’ve heard they have done some adding on? Check them out!
- Forth Worth Zoo – This zoo is HUGE! I went one summer with some younger cousins and it was HOT. We were exhausted, but it was a lot of fun. Plan to spend the whole day. Pack lots of snacks and water. Or better yet, if you can, go on a cooler day. Haha They have a great children’s area and so many animals to see.
- Fort Worth Stockyards– When in Texas you must take a stop at the stockyards! We went once to the rodeo and it was a blast. So Texas, so not city, and such a neat experience.
- Farmer’s Market– The farmer’s market in downtown is open daily and is a great place to pop in. Inside they also have little boutiques and local goods. One of our favorite restaurants, Mudhen, is located here. Grab brunch or lunch at Mudhen and then head over for a little shopping!
- DMA– The Dallas Museum of Art is free for general admission. It’s a great place to spend sometime looking through the art or cooling off after a hot afternoon in the park. The third Friday of every month is Late Nights. It’s only $10 and they have tours, music, and more.
- JFK Museum – A must, especially if you are into history at all. I’ve been a few times and found it very interesting. You can even see the “x’s” on the rode where the shootings occurred.
- George W. Bush Library – Another must while in town. The George W. Bush Library on SMU’s campus is well put together, very interesting, and very informative. There’s even some sections of personal life of the Bush’s that I loved learning about.
- Perot Science Museum – If you’re into science this is a great museum for you. It wasn’t quite as hands-on as I was hoping or expecting, but they do have a great kids area that is very hands-on for them. It’s a large museum and does take some time to go through.
- Nasher Sculpture Museum – A simple, quick museum to go through in my opinion. They have a beautiful outdoor ‘garden’ area with lights strung up. One Friday a month they have movies outside. A beautiful place to watch a movie 🙂
- The Shops at Park Lane – One of my favorite places to shop. Parking is easy and anywhere there’s a Whole Foods is a place I like to be 🙂 I also love going to Home Goods and Nordstrom Rack.
- North Park Center – “The Mothership” as one of my friends calls it. North Park Mall is the mall of all malls! If you’re looking for a place to shop they have pretty much any and every store you’ve ever wanted. It is an upscale, luxury mall with an AMC movie theatre, also.
- Preston Center– Where True Food Kitchen and Be Raw are located 🙂 I know my places by their food options. They also have tons of other restaurants and shops to pick from.
- Inwood Village – There are tons of food options, a Trader Joe’s, some shopping, and a movie theatre in Inwood Village. I’ve heard this is where the new Flower Child is. I can’t wait to check them out.
- West Village – West Village is basically in the middle of Uptown. Home to the cutest little boutique shops, amazing food options like, Brewed + Pressed, and Soul Cycle.
- Mockingbird Station– If you’re looking for a place to shop, eat, or see a movie this is a great place to go. We loved the Angelika Film Center.
- SouthLake Town Square – SouthLake is a suburb of Dallas, about a 25-30 minute drive out depending on traffic. They have a beautiful town square with lots of great shops and stores. My favorite time to go is during Christmas. They have a tree lighting and Home for the Holidays event the weekend after Thanksgiving. A must if you are in town.
- Mill No. 3– My favorite shop in Dallas. I went to their store opening and was hooked afterwards. I love their simple, minimalistic, sophisticated style. They go above and beyond to help you find what you are looking for. And if you don’t know what you’re looking for they’ll help you find what fits your style and shape best.
- Highland Park Village– HP Village is in the heart of Highland Park. If you’re looking for a nice dinner this is the place to be. It is an upscale shopping and dining experience. Check out Royal Blue Grocery while you’re there. A great spot to pick up a snack or drink and sit upstairs and people watch. The HP Theatre is a small theatre, but so cute. **PRO TIP: their matinee prices are the cheapest around. **PRO TIP #2: They have horse and carriage rides during Christmas. Bundle up (if it’s cold enough) with your loved ones and let the driver do the work. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful lights of Highland Park 🙂
- Mavericks Basketball (AA Center- Victory Park)- The Mavs games are so much FUN and a great sporting environment. You might just see Mark Cuban there (we did, from afar 😉 )
- Rangers Baseball (Arlington)- You can get some pretty cheap tickets to these games. I’m not a huge baseball fan, but you don’t have to beg me to go either. They’re still fun, just don’t go in the middle of summer…. that’s not so much fun 😉
- Cowboys Football (Arlington)- We never made it to a Cowboys game. We really, really wanted to but financially it just made more sense to watch it from home. I’ve heard if you don’t sit down low enough you’ll end up watching the games on the big screen anyway. I’m sure the environment and experience is fun though! If anything I’d suggest a tour of the stadium. That is something I never did while we lived there that I really wish I had done.
- Stars Hockey (AA Center- Victory Park)- The Stars games are fun! Pretty intense as hockey usually is. Bring a jacket, it’s cold 🙂
- FC Dallas Soccer (Frisco)- We never made it an FC Dallas game, but they look like a lot of fun. I’ve actually never been to a professional soccer game. Something fun to check out if you’re into that.
Now for the FOOD
#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!
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.’
#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).
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.)
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!
#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.
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!
#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)
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.)
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.
#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
#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:
- Sundown at Granada (Farm to Table, non-GMO, Organic)
- Greenhouse Market:
- Crisp Salad Company
- R+D Kitchen
- Little Katana (sushi)
- Oishi (sushi)
- Unleavened Fresh Kitchen
- Spiral Diner and Bakery (Vegan)
- Modern Market
- Vitality Bowls (Las Calinas)
- Garden Cafe
- Skoop (by Nekter- Opening soon)
- Fresh Fin (poke)
- Poke the Raw Bar
- I am the Juice Place
- Taco Deli
- The Gem
- Buda Juice
- Flower Child
- Roots Juices
**All information is my opinion. I have not been paid or sponsored to write any of it.
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