Alright guys… as much as my blog name precedes me (and my undying love for fried chicken and spaghetti is unreal), I don’t eat like that every day. It matters what I put into my body and how it makes me feel. I’m sharing some of my favorite healthy restaurants in Dallas. Most weeks, I try to meal prep to keep it healthy and budget friendly, but some times, I need to make a lunch meeting or grab a quick bite, and here are some options I’d recommend. Fortunately for the Dallas food scene, there are way more healthy options than ever before. Here are some of my favorite places:
Super cute American bistro located at The Hill. I was pleasantly surprised to find some great options for my friends that need GF, Vegan, and DF options. The restaurant boasts being pretty easy to work with to customize meals based on those needs. I was pretty obsessed for a few weeks and went in for lunch often. I love the roast chicken dish and thought the spaghetti squash was pretty on point. They have a really diverse menu that includes soups, salads, pizza, pastas, entrees and desserts.
Address: 8041 Walnut Hill Ln #810, Dallas, TX 75231
I love Gather Kitchen. Owner, Soraya, is super involved in the fitness community and they’re a popular spot for folks with dietary needs and restrictions. They are also one of the few restaurants with plenty of Whole30 options as well. I went recently to sample their new brunch menu and OMG! They have a location in downtown Dallas and one in Preston Center. This skillet hash with chicken sausage is delicious! Definitely a must try!
Address: 1601 Elm St #140, Dallas, TX 75201
Doc B’s has been on my list for years ever since hearing my friends rave about it from Chicago. They opened a location at Olive & Mckinney (also near MIXT), and I dropped in for brunch with some friends. If you’re in the mood to indulge, they have your classic American fare (waffles, burgers, candied bacon!), but I definitely enjoyed the acai bowl, the avocado toast, and other lighter options as well. During the week, you can grab free La Colombe coffee between the hours of 8am-10am.
Address: 2021 McKinney Ave #190, Dallas, TX 75201. Parking is free for two hours and must be validated in the garage. Valet parking is also available and complimentary.
MIXT is a California-based fast-casual restaurant offering healthy options in the form of salads, grain bowls, and plates (with a glass of wine on the side). They opened their first Dallas location in the heart of Uptown. You can build your own salads, choose from seasonal options, or build your own plates. The portion sizes are generous and I cant wait to go back to try more of their plates and grain bowls.
Address: 2355 Olive St., Dallas TX. Parking is free for two hours in the garage. Bring your ticket in to validate.
Located in West Village, Skinny Fats is literally the perfect restaurant for people just like me. LOL Options for you if you want to indulge and options if you want to opt for healthier options. The vibe is fun and the restaurant is spacious.
Address: 3699 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
Flower Child is a local favorite for healthy options. It’s the cutest restaurant in the Inwood/Lover’s area. I’m obsessed with their Mother Earth bowl with Salmon. They have a pretty decent variety including salads, wraps, bowls, and more. They also have a good number of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options as well. I recommend going for an early lunch, say 11 or 1130a, because that line will seriously go out the door. They pride themselves in locally sourcing organic ingredients and farm raised animals.
Address: Dallas: Inwood Village 5450 W. Lovers Lane Dallas, Texas 75209. NEW location in Addison: 5290 Belt Line Rd #100, Dallas, TX 75254
Love this place. It’s a Latin-American restaurant and I always go for the roasted half chicken. It’s so good and you definitely get the bang for your buck. Order it with a side salad and the butternut squash. Or the fish tacos. Can’t go wrong with those either.
Address: 8041 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 854, Dallas, TX 75231
In the heart of Lakewood, Unleavened Kitchen is a fast-casual restaurant that serves tons of healthy options. I’m obsessed with their Unleavened chicken salad bowl. You can have this as a wrap as well. Lots of delicious options and cute spot for brunch too. There’s plenty of parking. They have bowls, wraps, and salads mostly. You can check out their menu here. They also opened a new location at The Hill.
Lakewood Location: 1900 Abrams Parkway, Dallas, TX 75214
Dallas Location: 8031 Walnut Hill Ln ste 1150, Dallas, TX 75231
Who doesn’t love Eatzi’s. It’s like a smaller, cooler Central Market. There’s a chef’s case where you can create your meal and heat it up or even order in bulk to go. You’ll find things like grilled chicken, turkey meatloaf, sliced cuts of meat, seafood, all kinds of sides and more. Usually for lunch, most people hit up the sandwich and salad bar or the hot grill for the special of the day. You can also pick up pre-packaged salads or meals in the cooler section. The hardest part is avoiding the bakery section. There are a handful of locations in Dallas.
Address: 3403 Oak Lawn Ave. Dallas, TX 75219
I’ve noticed most salad places are expensive. It’s annoying especially when you’re trying to eat healthier, but don’t want to burn a hole through your wallet for it. Snappy Salads is my favorite place for salads and the best place to make your dollar go the farthest. The portions are ridiculous. I would recommend getting a half salad or even a mini. I always kill the half because I need the volume and their salads are delicious. Aside from this grilled avocado salad, I like building my own then going super light on the dressing.
Still obsessed with Pok the Raw Bar. It’s basically a sushi bowl, but way better! I always get their spicy ponzu tuna bowl. For the base, you can choose from citrus kale, cauli-rice, bamboo rice or do half and half. I usually opt for half bamboo rice and half citrus kale. Add the crispy onions for texture. Definitely try an item from the matcha bar. They’re one of the few in Dallas that can make a pretty decent matcha latte.
Address: 3699 McKinney Ave #306, Dallas, TX 75204
Poke (pronounced pok-kay) is one of my favorite things to eat when I need something light, healthy and protein packed. It’s also my go to when I get sick of the usual protein (chicken, beef, turkey). Malibu Poke has high quality sushi grade protein and their menu is completely customizable. You can also completely build your own bowl and they provide all the allergy, nutritional facts and ingredients for their sauces. That makes this a great spot for folks with dietary and allergy needs. You can also find Whole30 items here. They just opened a location at McKinney & Olive (alongside MIXT and Doc B’s). Also, don’t skip out on their frose. They also have kombucha on tap, along with Topo Chico and select wines.
Address: 3888 Oak Lawn Ave #102, Dallas, TX 75219 & 2355 Olive St. Ste 145,
Dallas, Texas 75201
Modern Market is another awesome fast-casual concept with healthy options. They are a Denver-based company that touts artisan-fare and food made from scratch. The nutritional information is easy to spot on the menu and they print out the macros on your receipt. I love their beef salad. Definitely one of my favorite options there. There are a couple of locations around Dallas and you can find yours here.
Freshii is another fast-casual option I like to recommend. Great spot for lunch if you’re in a hurry and need something to-go! Everything is made is from scratch and totally customizable for any dietary needs. They also have a pretty large menu with lots of options and changing seasonal items too. Freshii is also super conscious about their carbon footprint and they also have a philanthropic aspect to their company which I admire. If you buy certain items, portion of those proceeds benefit their designated charity. You can find salads, grain bowls, wraps, juices, soups, and other items too.
Mudhen is a delicious spot in the Farmer’s Market. They aren’t classified as a “healthy” restaurant, but there are a lot of delicious and healthy options to choose from. I like building my own bowl with the bison meatloaf as the star. They do have odd hours during the week, open only during the day for lunch. The weekend is when this place is poppin! Huge space, beer garden, and lots of food.
Address: 900 S. Harwood St. Dallas, TX 75201
That’s right. I recommended a dessert place. I’m throwing Frost in here because if you HAVE to have dessert, their gelato has less calories than other gelato or ice cream places. Each scoop is less than 200 calories and you can check out their nutritional info here. I had a hard time believing it myself. Don’t quote me on this, but I don’t think they use eggs or milk in their product which lessens the calories. I love their peach sorbet and the marble black cherry the best. Obvi, you can sample them all. Why not.
Address: 7859 Walnut Hill Ln #160, Dallas, TX 75230
Hope you enjoyed my round up of healthy restaurants in Dallas I visit when I want to eat healthier. I frequent these places quite often and have them in my rotation when anyone asks me for a lunch date.