Top 10 Healthy Casual Dallas Restaurants
If you're a local foodie or health conscious traveler, these Top 10 Healthy Casual Dallas Restaurants will not leave you disappointed. As a Nutritionist, I wanted to find the most nutritious food spots that still tasted amazing. I narrowed it down based on personal experiences, recommendations from fellow foodie friends and whether or not the restaurant offered sustainably sourced meat and/or seafood. If you're searching for a delicious, waist-loving breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, appetizer or cocktail, this list has you covered. In no particular order, here are my top 10 favorite places to grab a healthy bite in Dallas, Texas.
1. COMPANY CAFE
Company Café is a restaurant concept that brings natural, fresh fare to the Lowest Greenville area, passionate about serving Dallas great-tasting comfort food with a healthy twist.
Open 7 days a week for breakfast, brunch or lunch with menu items ranging from tacos, omelets, grass-fed beef scrambles, vegan scrambles, paleo bowls, sweet potato hash, chicken fried steak, gluten-free french toast, build your own gluten-free pancakes, smoothies, loaded sweet potato fries, burgers, salads, healthy cocktails, kombucha and gluten free chocolate chip cookies.
Great for Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch
2. MUDHEN MEAT & GREENS
Mudhen Meat and Greens was named Dallas' best farm-to-table restaurant, offering a huge assortment of healthful options including but not limited to matcha lattes, bulletproof coffee, grass-fed beef, free-range chicken, pasture-raised Vtial Farms eggs, and whole 30 approved bowls. I highlighted a few menu standouts below.
Drinks: Cold Brew Matcha Latte using MCT oil and coconut milk; Crack Coffee with MCT Oil & Grass-fed Butter (hot or cold); Bone Broth; Lean Green Juice (celery, kale, chard, dandelion greens, parsley, cucumber and ginger)
Soup, Salads & Sandwiches: Soup (changes daily); Market Salads; Stuffed Avocado with pulled curry chicken; Massaged Kale Salad; Grass-Fed Beef Burger; Chicken Salad Sandwich *sandwiches served with choice of sweet potato chips or raw vegetables*
Entrees: JR's Rotisserie Chicken (garden herb rubbed free-range chicken with sweet potato mash and green beans); Loco Moco (ground beef, bacon and mushroom patty over cauliflower rice, sunny side up Vtial Farms egg, siracha vinaigrette); Scottish Wild Salmon; Poke Bowl
Build Your Own Bowl: Any Combination. As Much or as Little as You Want. You Choose.
Proteins: lentil loaf, jack fruit, beef & bison meatloaf, grilled chicken breast, grilled pork, grilled salmon, 44 farms dry-aged strip
Vegetables: new fresh produce daily
Starches: fingerling potatoes, sweet potato mash, mixed ancient grains
Sweets: Carrot Cake; Vegan ChocoAvocado Mousse; Coconut Ice Cream
Great for brunch, lunch, dinner and weekend breakfast/brunch; see website for hours. Their happy hour is called 'Flower Hour' and takes place 4PM-7PM Tuesday - Friday: $4 select craft on draft, $5 select craft cans, $4-6 featured wines, $8 craft cocktail
Menu: Found on website home page
3. HG SPLY CO.
With simple, clean food, classic drinks and a rooftop overlooking Dallas, you really can not go wrong. HG serves everything from avocado toast and vegan queso to poke bowls and bison chili. All items may be prepared gluten & dairy free.
HG offers House Bowls: Choose a Hunted protein (chicken, quinoa meatballs, shrimp, salmon) and a Gathered signature base (stir fry, yellow curry, fried "rice", zucchini "pasta"). You can also Build Your Own custom bowl with options like sweet potato hash, kale salad, grilled avocado or honey-garlic brussel sprouts. Don't forget dessert, like their current Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Pizookie.
Great for Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Rooftop Appetizers + Drinks
4. ORIGIN KITCHEN + BAR
Origin Kitchen & Bar offers amazing paleo and Whole 30 approved meals. One of my favorite Dallas Bloggers, Alexis Belbel, creates her own meal by ordering the salmon + roasted brussels + sauteed veggies.
A few menu highlights include their Paleo Hummus; Veggie Omelet (Pasture-raised eggs, spinach, tomato, bell pepper, shallots, mushrooms, pesto); Gluten Free Chicken & Waffles (honey glazed fried chicken breast, paleo waffle, maple syrup, and powdered sugar); Acai Granola Bowl; Build your Own Bowl- choose from pasture rasied chicken, grass-fed beef, or salmon + a healthy side; Grass-Fed Beef Burger; Thai Salmon
Great for Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch and Dinner
5. KOZY KITCHEN
Kozy Kitchen was voted Dallas' best gluten free restaurant. If you're a breakfast lover, you will be happy to know Kozy serves breakfast all day long.
A few breakfast standouts include the Hangover Helper (Sautéed Grass-Fed Buffalo, Mushrooms & Spinach topped with 2 Eggs scrambled, Guacamole & Kozy Salsa; Veggie Connection (Open Faced Omelet with Fresh Tomatoes, sliced Avocado & all the Veggies you can handle); Stuffed French Toast (Our Famous Challah French Toast stuffed with a Yogurt Cream Cheese Filling, Fresh Bananas & Berry Compote, can be made GF)
For lunch or dinner, you can't go wrong with the Wild Salmon, Chicken Marsala, Grass-Fed Filet with Sauteed Veggies, or Grilled Chicken Penne Alfredo. All pastas are gluten free. Vegan and Vegetarian options as well.
What sets Kozy apart is their gluten free cakes. Here's a glimpse at a few of their current selections (subject to change):
OMG Cake: Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Brownie &Peanut Butter Mousse, topped with Cream Cheese Frosting, Cocoa Powder & Shaved White Chocolate
Carrot Cake: Traditional Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting & topped with Pecans
Cookie Monster: Chocolate Cake, a Chocolate Chip Cookie Center, topped and filled with Cream Cheese Frosting & dusted with Chocolate Chip Cookie Crumbles
Triple Chocolate: 2 Layers of Chocolate Cake topped with Chocolate Icing (Dairy Free)
Italian Crème Cake: White Cake, filled with Coconut & Pecans, topped with Italian Cream Frosting and Pecans
German Chocolate Cake: 2 Layers of Chocolate Cake, filled & topped with a Coconut-Pecan Frosting
Nutella Cake: Nutella Chocolate Cake soaked with Espresso, topped & filled with Nutella Cream Cheese Frosting
Strawberry Cream Cake: White Cake soaked in Strawberry Sauce, Strawberry Cream & Whipped Cream Frosting
Great for Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Brinner (breakfast for dinner), and Dessert
6. FLOWER CHILD
At Flower Child, they make everything from scratch, using fresh ingredients guided by the Dirty Dozen list. They serve healthy food that takes you to a happy place, whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, paleo, dairy-free, gluten-free or just hungry.
At Flower Child, I order a modified version of the Mother Earth Bowl to make it gluten free. To make it gluten free, sub quinoa instead of ancient grains, sweet potato, portobello mushroom, avocado, cucumber, broccoli pesto, charred onions, leafy greens, sub avocado lemon dressing instead of red pepper miso vinaigrette, hemp seed. I add sustainable salmon on top and always order the kombucha on tap!
Great for Lunch and Dinner
7. TRUE FOODS KITCHEN
True Foods Kitchen was founded on a set of simple and exhaustively researched principles known as the anti-inflammatory diet. Renowned physician and doctor of integrated medicine, Dr. Andrew Weil founded True Food Kitchen with the simple belief that food should make you feel better, not worse.
True Foods Kitchen believes in a lifestyle that encourages simple changes in eating habits to avoid and counteract chronic inflammation—a way of selecting and preparing foods based on science that can help people achieve and maintain optimum health over their lifetime.
The menu is carefully crafted to reflect guests’ every need:
Gluten-Free No problem. We can make it gluten-free—whether it be a pizza, pita or the bun of your favorite burger
Vegetarian Of course. Many of our base dishes are vegetarian—and just about everything else on the menu can be made that way.
Vegan Yep. We even found a way to make both pizza and ice-cream vegan without sacrificing taste. Amazing, we know.
Your Way There’s no dish on our menu that can't be customized. No matter how you want it, we’re happy to make it exactly that way.
Great for Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch and Dinner
8. ROTI MODERN MEDITERRANEAN
Roti Modern Mediterranean is a restaurant serving Rice Plates using Non-GMO Basmati and Wild Rice from Lundberg Farms, Pasture-Rasied & Grass-Fed Beef, Sustainable Salmon, Antibiotic Free Chicken, Lamb, Salads, Gluten Free Pitas, Wraps and Sandwiches, Flatbread Pizzas and a ton of healthy sides and sauces including Red Cabbage Slaw, Fresh Vegetables, Hummus made with organic chickpeas and tahini. You can choose from their menu items or build your own bowl with any ingredients, similar to that of a chipotle line.
Great for Lunch and Dinner
9. GATHER KITCHEN
Gather Kitchen serves healthy, wholesome, custom and Whole 30 Approved bowls, smoothies and snacks for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
Dairy Free & No Refined Sugars: We care about what you eat. We want to produce food which nourishes your body and tastes delicious, without adding anything superficial.
Gluten Free: Gather Kitchen is a complete gluten free restaurant. We pride ourselves in making this possible.
Paleo: Eating like a hunter-gatherer? We got you, too.
Vegan Options: Providing plant based "meat", sauces, baked goods, and snacks.
You can create any custom bowl with all your favorite ingredients or choose a menu item that sounds good like the options below!
Paleo Sweet Waffle: fruits of your choice, nuts and top it off with Dairy Free & Soy Free Chocolate Sauce or Raw Maple Syrup
Bacon and Egg Breakfast Bowl: Free-Range Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Raw Spinach, Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions, Red Pepper Flakes, Homemade Salsa
For Lunch or Dinner:
Bell Pepper Brown Rice Bowl: Brown Rice, Free-Range Chicken Breast, Oven Roasted Basil Tomatoes, Herb Roasted Potatoes, Spinach
Poke Bowl: Fresh Tuna, Kiwi, Cucumber, Scallions, Avocado, Daikon Radish Sprouts, Pickled ginger, Coconut Aminos Ponzu Sauce
There's so many options but a few standouts are Vanilla Chia Pudding, Banana Oats with Almond Butter, Vegan Chocolate Pie, Raw Dark Chocolate Bites, and Paleo Matcha Lemon Muffins
Great for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack and Dessert
10. SUNDOWN AT GRANADA
Sundown's Tagline is Real Music. Real Food. Real Local. It's a fun weeknight or weekend spot to grab good food and drinks while listening to live music. They have a pretty impressive beverage menu with fun seasonal cocktails, beer and wine. The seasonal infusions combine fresh fruit and herbs with quality spirits.
Sundown serves a little bit of everything! For dinner, you can find Flat Bread Pizzas, Sundown Burger that uses grass-fed beef (+ Vital Farms Egg or Avocado on top) with Sweet Potato Fries or House-Made Falafel, Vegetarian Black Bean Buddha Burger, and my favorite menu item, the Seasonal Organic Kale Harvest Salad (Arugula, Kale, Raddichio, Chili Pecans, Goat Cheese, Pickled Red Onion, Fuji Apple, Pomegranate Balsamic Vinaigrette), with a piece of Wild-caught Salmon on top.
For brunch, keep it simple with The Sunrise at Sundown (2 Vtial Farms Eggs Any Style, Applewood Smoked Bacon and Toast) or get fancy with The Bananas Foster French Toast (Vanilla-Almond Dipped Sourdough, Bananas, Banana Rum Syrup, Applewood Bacon). Most notable is their Big Bend 2.0- Dallas' 1st Vegan Benedict (Quinoa Veggie Patty, Kale, Heirloom Tomatoes, House Salsa, Avocado Chipotle Crema, on a Gluten-free English Muffin).
Great for Weeknight/Weekend Dinner & Drinks or Weekend Brunch
There you have it! My top 10 favorite places to grab a causal, healthy bite in Dallas! I always love trying new spots in Dallas so comment your favorites below!
Since these restaurants are mostly casual, I'd be more than happy to do a post for my top 10 upscale/fancy dinner spot recommendations for special occasions, birthdays, date nights, anniversaries etc. Let me know in the comments below if that is something you all might want & enjoy! Happy grubbing!