Coconut Kale Enchiladas at Be Raw Food and Juice in Dallas

Coconut Kale Enchiladas at Be Raw Food and Juice in Dallas

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If you thought vegans suffer in beefy Dallas, think again. 

Vegan lifestyle magazine VegNews recently named Dallas the 8th best vegan city in the United States based on the criteria of food, fashion and culture. At the top of the list were the expected forerunners: Los Angeles followed by New York City. 

"Dallas, TX is putting an end to misconceptions about vegan food availability in Texas with numerous veg-friendly eateries," VegNews editors write.

Buffalo Mac n' Cheese at V-Eats Modern Vegan is made with fried cauliflower nuggets tossed in buffalo sauce, on a bed of macaroni coated in potato- and carrot-based sauce. 

Buffalo Mac n' Cheese at V-Eats Modern Vegan is made with fried cauliflower nuggets tossed in buffalo sauce, on a bed of macaroni coated in potato- and carrot-based sauce. 

Ryan Michalesko/Staff Photographer

Can't believe Dallas made the cut? Check out this list of 14 notable vegetarian and vegan restaurants. Three of those listed -- Spiral Diner & Bakery, El Palote Panaderia and V-Eats Modern Vegan -- are VegNews' top three vegan eateries in Dallas, according to writer Jamey Scott, a VegNews writer from the Dallas area.

Scott applauds Dallas' vegan food variety -- Mexican, Indian, raw, Vietnamese, diners and more. 

VegNews also named Spiral Diner's Nachos Supremo as the ultimate vegan dish in Dallas. Loaded with cashew-based cheese and toppings like quinoa, black beans and guacamole, the nachos make even the biggest meat lovers not miss real cheese.

14 notable vegetarian and vegan spots in Dallas-Fort Worth

On Oct. 21, Dallas hosts the largest vegetarian fest in Texas with the Texas Veggie Fair, an event Scott first put on in 2010. It's a day of free food, live music and games that brought more than 10,000 people to Reverchon Park in 2016. 

Bonus points went to Dallas for cowboy boot shop Kat Mendenhall Boots, which specializes in vegan cowboy boots and other leather goods. American author and animal rights advocate Carol J. Adams also calls Dallas home, and her contribution to the vegan community with works like Never Too Late to Go Vegan and Even Vegans Die earned her the title of "vegan queen of Dallas."

No animal products? No problems here in Big D. 

People reach for vegan cupcakes at the Texas Veggie Fair in 2013. 

People reach for vegan cupcakes at the Texas Veggie Fair in 2013. 

Rex C. Curry/Special Contributor
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