If healthy, nutritious foods tasted as good as bad-for-you options, people wouldn’t have to wait until New Year’s Day to resolve to eat better. But Dallas and Fort Worth are home to many restaurants with such wonderfully flavorful meals, you might start craving kale and quinoa instead of burgers and fries. Here are seven of the best.
Be Raw Food & Juice
The Concept: Organic, vegan and gluten-free food that is never heated above 104 degrees to keep all the vitamins, minerals and enzymes intact.
Order This: You’ll never miss the noodles in the Rawsagna, a savory blend of sliced zucchini and heirloom tomato layered with basil pistachio pesto, sun-dried tomato sauce and pignoli ricotta cheese.
Be Raw Food & Juice, 6005 Berkshire Ln., Dallas, 214.234.0106
Concept: Natural, organic, responsibly raised ingredients in each 600-or fewer-calorie dish.
Order This: Start the day right with an egg and turkey sausage sandwich with choice of turkey or veggie sausage, tomatoes, arugula and cheddar on English muffin.
LYFE Kitchen, 3699 McKinney Ave., Ste. A-221, Dallas, 214.526.5933
Concept: Seasons 52 serves up 475-calorie-or-fewer, seasonally inspired menu items.
Order This: The blackened steak and blue cheese flatbread is loaded with Cremini mushrooms, spinach and caramelized onions.
Southpaw's Organic Grill
Concept: Created by a champion boxer, Southpaw's features organic and natural foods, including a design-your-own juice bar, all free of added sugars, syrups, nitrates or preservatives.
Order This: Grab a ZaZa Rice Bowl with free-range grilled chicken, gluten-free brown rice, mixed vegetables (spinach, onions, tomato, bell pepper, mushroom) and a Spicy Bunny Juice (carrot, apple, lemon, ginger) to quench your thirst.
Spiral Diner Fort Worth
Concept: A 100-percent vegan restaurant, Spiral Diner has legions of fans, many of whom aren’t even card-carrying vegetarians or vegans.
Order This: Bryan’s Brutal Tacos pack some heat. Corn tortillas are stuffed with seitan, corn, red bell peppers and onions, and then topped with lettuce and spicy taco sauce. Served with guacamole, nondairy sour cream and black beans.
Spiral Diner, 1314 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth, 817.332.8834, Also located in Oak Cliff on N. Beckley
Concept: From muffin sandwiches to burgers and (baked) tater tots, it’s just like any other fast food place except you leave with healthier options.
Order This: “Best Ever” Quinoa: A bowl brimming with fluffy ancient grain, grape tomatoes, broccoli, olives, purple onion and feta.
Start, 4023 Lemmon Ave., Dallas, 214.599.7873, Original location on Greenville Avenue
True Food Kitchen
Concept: Based on an anti-inflammatory diet, a menu of pure, unadulterated flavor.
Order This: Shaved turkey sandwich with provolone, tomato, onion, grapes and yogurt dressing in a pita.
True Food Kitchen, 8383 Preston Center Plaza, Dallas 214.377.3333