The 11 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 healthy restaurants in Dallas to get a meal that is absolutely delicious and good for you. Don’t you just love it when that happens? Whether you’re following a specific diet plan like paleo or keto, or simply want to get more veggies into your day, we've got you covered.
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. This menu has a plethora of health conscious items to satisfy all of your cravings—without ruining your diet. They even have zero carb, low calorie shirtaki noodles that can be substituted in their Asian noodle salad, Kua Kai, Pad Kee Mow, Pad See Ew, and perhaps their most popular item, 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.
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 or yuzu brussels sprouts? We’ll have them both.
What to order: The Mother Earth bowl (add steak, salmon or chicken if you want extra protein)
Multiple locations; iamaflowerchild.com
4. Malibu Poke
Oh, hi there: 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 this tasty eatery 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 OK. OK?
What to order: Spicy chili tuna poke
Multiple locations; malibupoke.com
5. 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
6. 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
7. Tribal All Day Café
Nestled in the Bishop Arts neighborhood of South Dallas, this ultra-hip hot spot is serving up serious vibes in addition to clean, innovative cuisine. We love that this place seems to cater to the cool crowd, because you know what, why can’t healthy food be cool? Speaking of cool, owner Hailey Nutt is a member of the Chickasaw Nation, and the cafe’s name, logo and some menu items are drawn from her Native American heritage.
What to order: Fresh pressed juices, vegan breakfast tacos and the kung pao cauli bowl
263 N Bishop Ave; Livetribal.com
8. HG Sply Co.
This restaurant has been a Dallas favorite for years. And when it just so happens to be rooted in clean eating, that makes the appeal even more appetizing. Their formula? Dishing up well sourced, minimally processed and properly portioned food. And the best part about the place? The rooftop bar that is one of perfect place in town to socialize whether you are drinking Topo Chico or a Moscow Mule.
What to Order: The Stack—TX bibb lettuce, tomato, sweet potato hash, avocado and an over-easy egg. Add a Kobe beef burger patty.
2008 Greenville Ave; hgsplyco.com/dallas
Dallasites asked, and this national chain delivered. After years and years of visiting in other cities, the people of Dallas can finally eat at Sweetgreen in their own town. Specifically in Uptown’s West Village, making it the perfect place to grab a salad post SoulCycle. This salad spot offers sophisticated spin offs of classic combinations and has an option for warm bowls. But whatever you order, you can rest assured knowing that it’s going to do your body good.
What to order: Super Green Goddness—black lentils, chickpeas, roasted sweet potatoes, raw carrots, spicy broccoli, shredded cabbage, raw beets, roasted almonds, baby spinach, shredded kale, green goddess ranch
3636 McKinney Ave; order.sweetgreen.com
Another newbie on the Dallas dining scene is this excellent option for those who are freed by the power of choice. And really, who isn’t? Three Greek friends started this from the notion that one shouldn’t have to choose whether something is satisfying or tasty. This product proves that it can most certainly be both.
What to order: Greens and grains base, tzatziki, crumbled feta, pickled onions, Persian cucumbers, kalamata olives, lentil tabbouleh and spicy lamb meatballs
Multiple locations; Cava.com
11. À Table
Love eating healthy but do not love going out to eat in general? This quality kitchen serves up nourishing meals for the modern home and delivers it right to your door. This is not a mass meal company marketing to everyone with an Instagram, but instead a local woman, Josephine Giesen, that is passionate about providing clean food for your family. The company is committed to offering clean and seasonal ingredients, eliminating waste and bringing families back around the dinner table whether the meal is technically home cooked or not. Simply place your order the week before and it will be delivered to your doorstep in a reusable and temperature secure bag. It’ll be your new clean eating obsession.
What to order: The chicken salad is nut-free, dairy-free and gluten-free. Any of the salads (no, seriously, any of them) and the chicken and dumplings off the children’s menu feature a cleaner recipe comprised of Windy Meadow’s pasture-raised shredded chicken, homemade, organic chicken broth, organic carrots and celery and dumplings.
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