As a fixture in Fort Worth South’s artsy neighborhood district since 2002, Spiral Diner & Bakery has mastered the niche of organic vegan fare. The brainchild of former vegetarian filmmaker Amy McNutt who was inspired by one of her projects on animal treatment, which encouraged her to go completely vegan. Her passion to live and eat ethically is infused into the creative and delicious vegan recipes featured on the menu. Everything from beer to brunch is served, and if you need a cake made with no animal byproducts, they’ve got you covered. Any excess food is donated to shelters and food pantries. How could you not support a business like that?
Grilled lean meats, pita sandwiches and hummus are staples on the Zoës Kitchen‘s Mediterranean-inspired menu. Her motto is ‘if it wasn’t food 100 years ago, it’s not food today’. Fresh Greek and Italian flavors come together from old family recipes. There is a gluten-free menu, nothing is fried and several items are under 500 calories. Other entrees can be modified by asking for the ‘simply 500’ option. There are great vegetarian or vegan options. The protein power plate of grilled chicken, caramelized onions with slaw is for the foodie watching carbohydrate intake. With so many choices, you can’t go wrong.
Zoës Kitchen, 1601 South University Drive, Fort Worth, TX, USA +1 817 885 8965
Juice is their specialty, and they do it well. Juice Junkies is the first of its kind in Fort Worth. The emphasis on raw, organic, cold-pressed juices and smoothies sets it apart from its mainstream competitors. Cleansing combinations of natural veggies and fruit are made on location every day. Try an invigorating ‘Dr. Feelgood’ mixed with pineapple, apple, kale, lemon and ginger. Or maybe you’re in the mood for a mojito (without the alcohol, of course); then try the ‘Mojo Mojito’ with cucumber, apple, lime, mint and basil. Don’t let the name fool you, Juice Junkies also has soups, salads, hummus, and raw and vegan snacks. Whether you are drinking your meal or snacking your way to health, this place is an excellent option.
Juice Junkies, 925 Foch Street, Fort Worth, TX, USA +1 817 885 7775
Conveniently located on Fort Worth’s popular 7th Street near an ever-growing landscape of businesses and residential urban living, Sweet Tomatoes features a salad buffet with over 50 fresh ingredients to choose from and soups made from scratch every day. There are countless combinations of healthier meals you can create from a menu that changes weekly. As with any buffet, beware of portion sizes when being calorie-conscious. Complete nutritional information is available on the site to keep you informed on all the low calorie, low fat, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-friendly options. They even offer fat-free desserts.
Sweet Tomatoes, 2901 West 7th Street, Fort Worth, TX, USA +1 817 348 8533
You make it; they cook it. Genghis Grill is all about Asian stir fry. With 80 choices of meat, vegetables and spices, you would have a hard time running out of tasty meal options. You can create your own personalized combination of protein, veggies, starch, spices, sauces and condiments. Or follow their lead and mix items together to make one of their signature dishes like the more traditional khan pao chicken bowl or the westernized smokey barbecue bacon bowl. Build a heart-healthy bowl to stay under 600 calories. Whatever you choose, it’s fun to watch the grillmasters stir fry your creation right in front of you.
Chef Kenzo Tran’s Pho District has some of best pho in town, and it has been named one of the ‘Best New Fort Worth Restaurants’ on Food Fort Worth. Pho is a popular Vietnamese soup made with beef or chicken, noodles, herbs and broth. It is known for its low fat content and health benefits. If you want a heartier meal, indulge in the lemongrass beef or shaken chicken. Vegan fare such as the kimchee fried rice and shaken tofu proves that meatless does not mean tasteless. There are many gluten-free options as well. For the modest appetite, try the smaller plate menu – they dishes are big on flavor and still leave you satisfied.
Pho District, 2401 West 7th Street, Fort Worth, TX, USA +1 817 862 9988