It's a good time to be vegan in Dallas-Fort Worth. In only about 10 days, we've gotten a surprising amount of news about vegan delights coming to the D-FW area.
Twisted Root does meatless burgers
If I were eating animal-free, a burger would be one of the hardest things to give up, and not because of the meat. It's the cheese. The cheese! Recently, local burger company Twisted Root announced it will be making vegan burgers in-house made with black beans, ground chick peas, flax seeds, brown rice and quinoa. (You can see it above.) "We really put a lot of thought into the recipe so that our vegetarian and vegan customers, as well as anyone who wants to mix things up, can enjoy a healthy meal that doesn't taste like compromise," said Jason Boso, proprietor and chef of Twisted Root Burger Company, in a statement. The vegan burger is available now at all Twisted Roots for $5.99. You might not even miss the cheese.
Freebirds tries tempeh
Burrito-heads might want to try Freebirds World Burrito's new tempeh calabacitas -- a soybean cake mixed with zucchini, summer squash and other vegetables. Veg and vegan folks can order the calabacitas as a protein on top of tacos, bowls and salads. The new vegan menu item is available now at most Freebirds locations.
Dallas Farmers Market gets vegan fast food
CultureMap broke the news that Soulgood, a "vegan fast-food place" if you can believe it, will start selling food from the Dallas Farmers Market in May. It's looking like vegans won't have to skimp on variety here, either, as chef/owner Cynthia Nevels has burgers, tacos and desserts on her menu.
Of course, some restaurants have been vegan for years.
Let us not forget old faithfuls such as Spiral Diner (in Oak Cliff and Fort Worth) and Kalachandji's Palace and Restaurant in East Dallas. Both have been making dairy-free, meat-free dishes -- and inspiring the meat-eaters among us -- for quite some time.
There's also a vegan food truck called Vegan Noms rolling around D-FW, serving egg-less and butter-less goodies such as snickerdoodles and red velvet cupcakes. Another food truck, Down to Earth, does vegan items, too.
A few months back, Chipotle started serving sofritas, a meat alternative made with tofu braised in chiles and spices. They even have a handy graphic that'll tell you which Chipotle ingredients are considered acceptable for those who eat vegan, gluten-free, milk-free and more.
Happy meat(less) eating out there, D-FW.