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Jun 2, 2009 05:13 PM

Feeding a Vegetarian in Dallas

I am headed to Downtown Dallas for a business meeting next week. I have been charged with selecting a moderately priced restaurant for a group dinner (12 of us) that has a few vegetarian options for the one token vegetarian. I've perused other forum and have found two potential options, the grape and hatties. Open to comments on these for choices for this scenario as well as other options. Thanks in advance for the help!

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  1. Without a doubt, try Kalachandji's. It is in the Krishna temple near Fair Park, which is a stones throw from Downtown. Wildly crazy atmosphere, cool vibes and excellent food. I have been going there since my college days, and it has gotten better each year. They will not try to recruit you, and this place is nearly free as far as costs go. You will have these people talking for years to come.

    If you do not wish to go all vegan, try a nice Thai restarant. They always have vegan choices. Try Royal Thai, decent enough and close.

    Their website plays a musak version of Reunited by Peaches and Herb. Maybe they have a peach herb tea?

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    1. re: DallasDude

      Wow. A real Blast from the past for me. I used to go there as a student in Dallas. Graduated 15 years ago and haven't been back. This place will be a hit with all but the most uptight. Go there, and report back.

      1. re: DallasDude

        I don't think you can do a business dinner for 12 at Kalachandji's. In fact it's about the last place in Dallas I'd recommend...maybe second to last after Fuel City. Royal Thai is probably a better suggestion. Hattie's imo is a little small for 12. Maybe Kavala.

        1. re: luniz

          Last summer, A/C was not working too well at Kavala. Can you imagine?

        2. re: DallasDude

          I second Kalachandji's. Their food is fabulous. We've been going for 16 years. Last time we went, their evening Sunday uber cheap buffet was no longer there, but their regular offerings are still amazing. Their tamarind tea is wonderful. The atmosphere is worth the trip. Be sure to take off your shoes and step into the temple, even if a service is going on. It's a delight.

        3. If the other 11 of you would care to be "adventurous", you might want to look into The Spiral Diner.

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          1. re: CocoaNut

            The Spiral diner is awesome as well.

          2. I'd recommend the Grape. The food there is very good and it's also got a great atmosphere for a business dinner.

            Someone suggested Kalchandji's. I'm not a vegetarian but go there once a week to eat. The food (especially their soup) is very good. Definitely not a work dinner atmosphere, though, and no seating for a party of twelve.

            1. For vegetarian...Cafe Izmir on Greenville has a great vegetarian platter/dinner. You can mix and match for 12. Part veggie/part meat. However, you would be just fine going to an Indian restaurant, like Cheetinaad Palace. India Palace is fancier, but I don't think as tasty. Tillman's has vegetarian options. You could also do Italian, like Mia Piaci or Nonna. My friend always does his dinner meetings at Mia Piaci. Even La Duni has a great tomato, hearts of palm, avocado salad. Thai food would definitely fit the bill. In fact, I'd be hard pressed to name a restaurant without a single veggie option.

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              1. re: jindomommy

                Love the Izmir, it doesn't get mentioned enough here. I am not sure it will be possible to get 12 in without a proper reservation.

                As far as India palace goes, i took 7 people for a business luncheon there today and it was quite good. Everything was fresh and consistent. Even the folks that have never experienced Indian LOVED it.

                I must go digest now... nap... mmm.

                1. re: jindomommy

                  Mia Piaci's menu and atmosphere was sounding like a solid and rather safe choice for our varied group. but it looks like this is about a 25 minute drive from downtown. Is there a place with similar menu and quality food that is closer to downtown? Thanks.

                2. A while ago Scott did a report on veggie dining at nicer restaurants on I would go look there.