A Guide to DFW's New Healthy EateriesBy Farah Fleurima
July 24, 2014
Driving down Lower Greenville this week, we saw a sign for Muscle Maker Grill where Company Cafe used to be. The New Jersey-based restaurant positions itself as a healthy dining destination, and it's one of a new breed of wellness-minded restaurants in Dallas. Here are some of our favorites.
Considering its sign (reminiscent of boxing gyms and the Jersey Shore), we wonder if the chain (Austin location pictured) is a favorite of the muscle set. Perhaps. Menu categories include Fit Salads, Power Pasta and Big Protein Shakes. MMG also serves low-carb items, fruit smoothies, vegetarian dishes and boasts a “lighter side” menu with dishes under 400 calories.
Ideal for: Triathletes, marathoners and muscle lovers.
An acronym for “love your food every day,” this California-born eatery takes pride in serving health-focused meals, promoting sustainability and using local and organic produce and responsibly sourced meats whenever possible. We would expect no less from the mind of chef Art Smith, who used to handcraft meals for Oprah Winfrey. The Oatmeal Start and Unfried Chicken are two of his menu signatures. LYFE’s first DFW branches opened in Plano and Preston Center; an Uptown site is set to open tomorrow.
Ideal for: Fans of fresh, local, conscientious fare.
This breezy health-food concept out of Arizona has proven wildly popular since landing in the Park Cities (above) last year. Entrees like the “inside out” quinoa burger, shiitake and tofu lettuce cups and gluten-free turkey lasagna cater to special diets. Even cocktails have a healthy bent, thanks to fresh fruit juices and antioxidants.
Ideal for: Vegetarians, vegans and gluten-avoiders. Oh, and rock-hard Park Cities ladies who lunch.
Leave it to Austin to hatch a healthy takeaway concept with a wealth of tasty options. The brand offers breakfast, soup, tossed-to-order salads and lunch and dinner entrees portioned in proper servings, labeled for different types of diets (including gluten-free, sodium-conscious and paleo) and packaged with relevant nutritional info. Plus, Snap boasts a huge selection of cold-pressed juices and protein shakes.
Ideal for: Hardcore calorie-counters who also love breakfast frittatas, pasta Bolognese and almond-crusted Scottish salmon.
This September, Flower Mound will have the first branch of the sleek farm-fresh eatery (above) outside of Colorado. Modmarket’s aim is to “change your expectation of what a $10 meal can be,” offering a wide variety of quick plates — with a twist: the menu will change seasonally. So you might find this month’s salmon niçoise salad replaced by another in October. The menu includes breakfast (scrambles, apple-pear waffles), brick-oven sandwiches (basil chicken, arugula-mozzarella) and pizzas (crimini-kale, Sriracha chicken), plus wine and beer.
Ideal for: Ex-urbanites craving a chain that’s (at last!) healthy.