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"Healthy" restaurants in Dallas

I have friends coming into town from "Northern California" that refer to Dallas as "DQ Country". I would like to take them somewhere that does not rely on huge portions as part of the value proposition and that offers healthy options (think Mediterranean diet). It would be a real plus if the food was good. Value is more of an issue than price.

Any suggestions?

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  1. Samar or Medina (is it still open?) offer smaller portions at not a totally unreasonable price. Maybe La Calle Dolce? I haven't been so I don't know for sure. Maybe some random empanada place (check the empanada thread). Maybe Zaguan bakery although I wasn't real impressed with what I ate.

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    1. re: luniz

      I immediately thought of Kalachandji's because it's so non-Dallas and a suprise to people (especially Californians!) that think Dallas is all about beef and fried food. Samar and some of the other listed are good choices. I will also throw out Bolsa and York Street. They both put out local, seasonal ingredients in honest and appropriate portions.

    2. "Northern California" as in San Francisco area or further north. Our Vietnamese options would be healthy but if they can get that where they live then I will skip that suggestion.

      Value is more of an issue than price? Price and value are intertwined no? Do you mean that it should be good food and be cheap also?

      Jasmine Thai is a good option in Plano

      Jericho in Irving (Palestinian owned Mediterranean) or even Kasbah Grill (Moroccan) in Irving would both be good option and on the cheap. Jericho has some awesome falafel (usually I don't like it),

      Bliss Raw Cafe has been getting some good reviews

      Kalachandji's in Dallas

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      1. re: LewisvilleHounder

        Thanks for the replies. I am not necessarily looking for food options they could not get in California, but rather looking for food options they would appreciate.

        Price is not an issue, really. It could be expensive or inexpensive. Some expensive meals are a great value (e.g., Abacus) and some inexpensive meals are still a bad value.

        I am particularly interested in trying out Bliss.

        Thanks again.

      2. Fireside Pies - but forget the very good pies and look at apps and salads that are huge and intended for sharing.

        1. Farnatchi serves sensibly smaller portions at very reasonable prices. And, it's BYOB. That should make it very attractive to Northern Californian wine lovers.
          Come to think of it, Urbano should suit them equally as well.

          1. I might add Nonna to the mix too. Although not BYOB, their sensational Italian food is also portioned sensibly smaller. Albeit, not the prices.

            1. In no particular order...
              Lumi Empanada & Dumpling Kitchen
              La Duni Latin Kitchen & Baking Studio
              Spiral Diner and Bakery
              Eno's Pizza Tavern
              Kona Grill
              Steel Restaurant & Lounge
              Bene Bene Ristorante

              1. I will also make a vote for Farnatchi! So much better than your usual strip center. Ingredients like sumac lemon vinagrette, turkish meat pie, etc. Delicious thin crust.

                1. York Street has enough options to try lots of beautiful, thoughtful, delicious food without feeling stuffed to the gills when you leave.

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                  1. re: strong95

                    I agree. York Street would be something different for Dallas and could possibly be appreciated by a Northern Californian. They have a unique and changing menu that is local and fresh (big in Northern California) as well as more of an exotic menu of meat compared to most restaurants in Dallas.

                    Also, I would recommend Kozy Kitchen. They have great brunch and dinner and is also good. The menu is gluten free, the ingredients are fresh and its clean food for your body. I really like this place. Again it's something unique to Dallas (not the typical big portions and fried foods) and the food is really good.

                    I also think Teppo is a good choice. The food is great, it's only in Dallas (not a chain) and their specials change everyday.

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                    1. re: DallasDude

                      Very interesting ... reminiscent of the Body Shop/Anita Roddick.

                    2. Let's not forget one of Dallas' original and oldest "healthy eating" restaurants, Celebration.

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                      1. re: twinwillow

                        I think Kalachandji's is probably the most trustworthy in this arena. Who doesn't love a krsna.

                        1. re: DallasDude

                          'Dude, Celebration serves great krsna. It's not on the menu. You have to ask for it.

                          1. re: twinwillow

                            LOL. What, do they put the guys and a spit and slow roast them? That would be what the islanders call 'long pig'.

                            You know I enjoy Celebration once in a while.