Dallas is more than the home of the famous Dallas Cowboys. As the third largest city in Texas, Dallas is also a hub for technology, food, and culture. It is a city for artists, entrepreneurs, and innovators with diverse neighborhoods to fit every lifestyle. Downtown Dallas is ideal for visiting museums and shopping. If you’re into the arts and live performances head to the Arts District and check out a local show. Lower Greenville Avenue is the newest place to be, with restaurants, bars, and shops on both sides of the street. This area is perfect if you want to impress an out-of-town friend with dining and nightlife. Deep Ellum is another unique area that has repurposed a warehouse district into a haven for arts, music, and nightlife. Wherever you venture in Dallas, there are vegan options to not only sustain you but delight you with inventive flavors and plant-based takes on traditional dishes.
A range of culinary experiences awaits you in Dallas. Check out our guide to our favorite vegan spots in the city.
Cuisine: Pizza, American, Asian-inspired
Belse takes pride in their “high-end plant cuisine” and for good reason. Their food is healthy, fresh, and entirely vegan. Here, you can find anything from cauliflower tostadas to pumpkin pesto pasta served with Gardein chicken. Belse also proudly states that they have traveled across the world to research various cuisines to best incorporate the flavors they love into their plant-based dishes. You can taste the time and effort that went into developing the dishes at Belse. Our favorite has to be the maki rolls beautifully crafted with seedless watermelon, seasoned rice, pickled ginger, and house-made mayo.
Vegan Food House
Cuisine: American, Southern, Creole
Located in the Bishop Arts District, Vegan Food House is a refreshing and unique spot for vegan eats. Browse their expansive menu and try items like country fried cauliflower steak, vegan shrimp and sausage creole nachos, and creole baskets perfect for large groups filled to the brim with fried “shrimp,” enoki mushrooms, oyster mushrooms, fries, and garlic toast. Come here if you want a heaping portion of fried food and flavorful vegetables. Vegan Food House is one place in Dallas that you cannot miss if you want to try vegan food that strays from the norm.
Casa del Vegano
Casa del Vegano Casa del Vegano is the premier location for any vegan wanting to satisfy their Mexican food cravings. Also located in the Bishop Arts District, this spot has patio seating, an inviting atmosphere, and cocktails that are almost too pretty to drink. One look at the menu and you will find many Mexican food staples like birria enchiladas, veggie burritos, and portabella fajitas, all made vegan. We recommend ordering the vegan shrimp ceviche and asking for a second basket of tortilla chips to fully indulge in this fresh take on traditional ceviche.
Located just outside of Dallas in Frisco, Jeff’s Vegan is a casual restaurant that serves Asian-inspired dishes with a plant-based twist. You can find all of your favorite Asian dishes like orange chicken, beef and broccoli, and soy protein-based General Tso’s chicken. Jeff’s Vegan is ideal if you want a hearty meal with large servings of rice and vegetables. We recommend sharing a few appetizers, like the pan-fried onion cake and veggie yakitori. We are happy to guide you through the rest of the menu and suggest their wonton soup and pad Thai as an entree. Best of all, Jeff’s Vegan menu details items that are soy-free and gluten-free to accommodate any diet.
D’Vegan serves vegan dishes of authentic Vietnamese staples. Located in a shopping center plaza, D’Vegan is a casual spot where you can order traditional vegan Vietnamese cuisine. We recommend starting with the crispy spring rolls and ordering the Hủ tiếu xào thịt bò, flat noodle stir fry with soy protein, broccoli, and a generous topping of bean sprouts. No visit to a Vietnamese restaurant is complete without ordering pho, made with tofu and a fragrant, veggie-filled broth. If you’re looking for something more health-conscious, D’Vegan also offers zucchini pho.
Green Papaya Plant Based
Cuisine: Cafe, Casual
Green Papaya Plant Based restaurant is a casual spot that offers healthy plant-based options for those on the go. Try their smoked chipotle burger with smoked flax seed cheese, chipotle sauce, roasted mushroom, lettuce, cucumbers, mayo, and your choice of plant-based patty. If you’re in the mood for something light, Green Papaya offers superfood bowls made with açaí, fruit, protein powders and all the toppings you want. In addition to smoothies, Green Papaya serves up ashwagandha matcha lattes, and lattes made with lion’s mane mushroom, Peruvian cacao, beetroot, and turmeric.
Goji Cafe is a casual vegan spot that serves Pan-Asian dishes just the way you want them — authentic and flavorful. While the cafe itself isn’t much of a hot spot, the food is the main reason to stop by. Start off with edamame and spicy lemongrass “chicken,” and make your way through the menu with items like curry fried rice, eggplant tofu, and our favorite, the superpower bowl — brown rice, seitan, mushrooms, zucchini, and bell peppers stir-fried with their Goji house sauce. In our opinion, Goji Cafe is better suited for take-out orders. Go ahead and sample as many dishes as you want.
Cuisine: American, Comfort food
ITSO Vegan is a Black-owned restaurant just outside of Dallas. The menu is filled with comfort food favorites like chicken and waffles, nachos, spicy chicken sandwiches, and more. We recommend the “vhilly cheesesteak,” a toasted bun with beyond steak, mushroom, and bell peppers, and topped with a layer of smoked vegan provolone cheese. We also recommend ordering all of their side dishes. Yes, all of them, including mac and cheese, greens, yams, and mashed potatoes. ITSO has a warm, inviting feel and also offers live entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays. Make sure to stop by on weekends to enjoy good music and even better food.
Alyssa is a Chicago-based writer with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media & Cinema Studies from DePaul University. She leads a vegan lifestyle and when she isn't exploring the latest vegan restaurants in her city, she enjoys film, traveling, and learning new languages.