Vegan in Dallas – Who Knew?

Spiral in Dallas

It’s early Saturday morning in Dallas, TX and it’s raining again. Cue Stevie Ray Vaughn – “It’s flooding down in Texas, all the telephone lines are down.”

I came here for a conference for work and we’ve had storms three days out of the four that I’ve been here. We’ve had some great lightning and thunderstorms. We don’t get those in CA – or rain for that matter.

But that’s not why you’re reading this, you want to hear about vegan food in Big D – Dallas. I found two great restaurants.

SykamoreThe first one I found – thanks to Happy Cow and Yelp! – was Sykamore Vegan House. It’s located close to downtown, near the Baylor University Medical Center. Their menu includes asian dishes with vegan beef, chicken and fish; smoothies and juices.

I had a Thai basil chicken dish made without oil and fresh rolls. The food was excellent.

Sykamore Thai basil chicken  Sykamore fresh rolls

Last night I visited Spiral Diner. It is located near the Bishop Arts District in southwest Dallas, across the river from downtown. The Dallas area transit system – DART – has a free bus called D-Link that takes you from downtown to the Arts District. It was a quick and easy way to get there and see some of the surrounding neighborhoods. I was pleasantly surprised by how much public transit there is in this city and how easy it is to get around.

The Spiral has an extensive menu – breakfast, wraps, sandwiches, hot plates and homemade deserts. They also have a small vegan market. I had one of the quesadilla specials – Sweet Potato and Soyrizo Dilla – with sweet potato, chirizo and amazing melty cheese. Yummy, followed by a piece of peach-ginger pie.

Spiral dinner  Spiral books

They have books for sale and some on a shelf for you to read while eating. I found copies of books by Carol Adams and Marinite Patti Breitman.

One place I didn’t have time to check out, since I’m heading back to CA today, is Glazed Donut Works. It is just east of downtown in a neighborhood called Deep Ellum. Happy Cow says they offer one vegan option everyday. They have interesting hours – on Fridays they are open 7am–12noon and then again from 10:30pm–2am.

If I have the opportunity to visit Dallas again I’ll give them and other vegan options a try.

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