The 8 Best Healthy Restaurants in Dallas Right Now
Sometimes you have every intention of eating clean, but when decision time rolls around, you end up at your same ole’ not-so-nourishing restaurants just out of habit. We’re here to help with our picks for the best places in town to get a meal that is absolutely delicious and good for you. Don’t you just love it when that happens?
1. Asian Mint
Owned by chef Nikky Phinyawatana, this chain of highly addicting Asian fusion restaurants dish up a New Bangkok style menu that packs a delicious punch. Currently only available for takeout, this menu has a plethora of health conscious items to satisfy all of your cravings—without ruining your diet. They even really launched a limited menu featuring the zero carb, low calorie shirtaki noodle that can be substituted in their Asian noodle salad, Kua Kai, Pad Kee Mow, Pad See Ew, and perhaps the most popular Pad Thai. Noodles sans carbs? Sign us up!
What to order: Edamame, summer rolls, pad thai with shirataki noodles, Thai coconut soup.
Multiple locations; asianmint.com
2. Dive Coastal Cuisine
Searching for a place you can count on to use organic, non-GMO, and local produce? Want to know that your protein is grass-fed, hormone-free, and free-range? This Snider Plaza gem has got you covered. Owner Frenchesca Nor takes great pride in putting out a menu that is bright, bold, and full of flavor. We also love that the menu covers everything from tacos to crab BLTS to cater to everyone in your group, no matter how diverse your palettes are. Now available for dine-in and curbside pick-up.
What to order: Salad trio with kale and Parmesan, shrimp curry, and the crunchy Asian.
3404 Rankin Street; divecoastal.com
3. Flower Child
This fast causal chain was an instant hit as soon as it landed in Texas, and for good reason. Whether you’re craving a salad, wrap, or bowl, you can count on things being made from scratch on site. Vegetarian? Paleo? Sugar-free? Dairy-free? Gluten-free? These health gurus are all about catering to your dietary needs without sacrificing on flavor, particularly when it comes to vegetables. Red chile glazed sweet potato? Yuzu brussels sprouts? We’ll have them both. Now available for dine-in and take-out.
What to order: The Mother Earth bowl (add steak, salmon or chicken if you want extra protein).
Multiple locations; iamaflowerchild.com
4. Gather Kitchen
Soraya Spencer is an Algerian native who wanted to use her international experience opening and operating restaurants to reinvent fast food in Dallas. And we are so glad that she did. These focused and flavorful meals make it nearly impossible to come up with an excuse to not eat healthy. We also love that the nutritional information is very visible around the restaurants and on the website because if you know better, you tend to do better. Enjoy your healthy bowl for dine-in, delivery or take-out (just don’t skimp on the dressing).
What to order: Curry shrimp bowl or Mexican sweet potato noodles.
1601 Elm Street #140; gatherkitchen.com
5. Malibu Poke
Oh hi. It’s just sashimi grade fish mixed with local veggies, fruits, and herbs here coming together to absolutely blow your mind. The made-from-scratch sauces don’t hurt either. Owner Jon Alexis, owner of TJ’s Seafood Market & Grill, is in charge of the creative menu so rest assured a bowl from the menu will be food as art. You could also be bold and create your own because who knows what you like more than, well, you. P.S. —its pronounced poh-kay. It rhymes with okay. Okay? Now available for patio dining, delivery and take-out.
What to order: Spicy chili tuna poke.
Multiple locations; malibupoke.com
6. Nature’s Plate
Anyone who lives in Dallas knows that the options for those who don’t eat meat are getting better and better by the day. This delicious plant-based outpost is giving the people what they’ve long wanted, which is a meal delivery system and a grab and go market with goodies that are compliant and delicious. Right now you can get five meals a week for just $46. Wait—seriously? Yes, seriously! Bravo to owners and sisters Annette Baker and Marianne Lacko for making plant-based food accessible and affordable to those who might not otherwise know where to start.
What to order: Chana masala.
Multiple locations; naturesplate.com
7. The Gem
When you want to fill up on nutrients fast, cancer survivor Leslie Needleman and soul sister Mary Kathryn Bass have got you covered with juices and smoothies that will have you shining from the inside out. They also have a selection of food items that are made fresh daily. What’s even better? With so many delicious options available, your husband and kids will love the concoctions as much as you do and you don’t even have to mention how good it is for them.
What to order: Blue Diamond smoothie.
Multiple locations; insidethegem.com
8. Lovers Seafood and Market
Dallas duo and seasoned restaurateurs Tracy Rathbun and Lynae Fearing know how to run a really, really cool restaurant that also doubles as a market. Love what you ordered? Buy it in bulk and take it home to cook for the family. Think Texas redfish, rainbow trout, oysters, and even caviar. We’ll also admit that we appreciate the fact that there is an amazing patio with live music and frequent half off bottles of wine specials that happen. Because it’s all about balance, right?
What to order: The fish special—trust us (and trust them)!
5200 Lovers Lane; loversseafoodmarket.com