The Dallas Morning News
The pretty garden courtyard in a Hare Krishna temple is a lovely and peaceful spot for an Indian vegetarian lunch or dinner. The buffet changes daily. Start with salad bar and soup, then move on to wellprepared, gently spiced Ayurvedic dishes, fresh papadams, housemade breads and more. It’s a bargain to boot, at $10.95 suggested donation at lunch or $13.95 for dinner. Closed Monday. No alcohol.
5430 Gurley Ave., Dallas. 2148211048. kalachandjis.com.
MUDHEN MEAT AND GREENS
(rated under previous 5star system)
The healthfood aesthetic of this restaurant at the Dallas Farmers Market seems a bit anachronistic (remember Woody Allen’s “plate of mashed yeast” in
Annie Hall?). But Mudhen, which comes to us from Shannon Wynne and partners (the Meddlesome Moth, Lark on the Park, etc.) has its heart in the right place, and vegans, glutenfree diners and other careful diners get the attentive treatment they deserve here. The prices are fair, the spirit is warm, lunch on the patio is lovely, and chef Suki Otsuki has a flair for fish. Full bar.
900 S. Harwood St., Dallas. 2146987000. mudheninthe.net.
The meatfree, eggfree, dairyfree menu is a paradise for vegans, but that doesn’t mean omnivores can’t find something satisfying to eat. Tofu scramble, Ramsey’s Perfect Protein Platter (with quinoa and black beans) and daily changing pie offerings are standouts. Closed Monday. No alcohol. See website for other locations.
1101 N. Beckley Ave., Dallas. 2149484747. spiraldiner.com.
TRUE FOOD KITCHEN
This vibrant restaurant, part of an Arizonabased chain, devotes itself to the precepts of Dr. Andrew Weil’s
Antiinflammatory Diet and his 2012 cookbook, True Food: Seasonal, Sustainable,
Simple, Pure. Sometimes the result is indeed simple and appealing, especially when it comes to many of the starters and salads. But things in the kitchen too often go awry. Grilled steelhead salmon is the best main course. Full bar. See website for other location.
8383 Preston Center Plaza Drive (in the Plaza at Preston Center), Dallas. 2143773333. truefoodkitchen.com.
PIZZA CADILLAC PIZZA PUB
Legions of blues fans know the charms of the woodfired pies served at this lively spot just off the square in downtown Mckinney. The music lovers fill the place long before the live acts begin on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, not just to secure a stageside table, but also to dig into generously topped, thincrust pies. Closed Monday. Full bar.
112 S. Kentucky St., Mckinney. 9725473833. cadillacpizzapub.com.
A brightredtiled woodburning pizza oven is the focal point for Jay Jerrier’s Deep Ellum pizzeria, and from that oven comes pizza that can be absolutely brilliant, made according to the requirements of the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana. However, the pizzeria became hugely popular after being featured on Diners, Driveins and Dives ,and there’s been a drop in quality since. In any case, don’t miss the zeppole for dessert. Beer and wine. See website for other locations.
2612 Commerce St., Dallas. 2147411188. canerosso.com.
CAVALLI PIZZERIA NAPOLETANA
Although it can be uneven, there’s much to recommend familyrun Cavalli: certified authentic Neapolitan pizza, an allitalian wine list, small plates instead of entrees that include wonderful grilledeggplantandsmokedmozzarella stacks and housemade ricotta crostini, as well as housemade cannoli and zeppole. Casual trattoria setting. Full bar. See website for other location.
6851 Virginia Parkway (at Stonebridge Drive, in the Adriatica shopping center), Mckinney. 9725401449. cavallipizza.com.
DOUGH BRO’S ITALIAN KITCHEN
With a crust that’s crispedged, nicely charred and thin but pliable (not crackery), plus good toppings that don’t overwhelm, the pizza’s pretty swell at this Far North Dallas stripmall spot. There’s not much in the way of atmosphere, but the restaurant has table service, some good salads (the Italian tossed salad is tasty, and big enough for two) and a couple of handmade pastas, plus craft beers. You might even find a nice surprise for dessert: One night it was housemade lemon cake. Definitely worth a visit if you live nearby. Beer, wine and a limited bar. See website for other location.
5181 Keller Springs Road, Dallas. 4692480058. doughbro.com.
Thin, crisp, sweet, smoky and generally wonderful, Charlie Green’s pizzas are meant to be simply adorned with a few highquality toppings. Beer and wine. See website for other locations.
3406 Mcfarlin Blvd., Dallas. 2145287070. olivellas.com.
PIE TAP PIZZA WORKSHOP + BAR
(rated under previous 5star system)
Flavorful, supple, nicely charred and blistered, puffyedged crusts are the star at this lively Design District pizzeria and taproom, and pie topped with housemade fennel sausage, caramelized onions and smoked mozzarella is particularly delicious. There’s a fine Little Gem Caesar salad, too, and tender, luscious, saucy chicken meatballs. Sometimes the housemade pappardelle bolognese is wonderful, but not always (the pasta execution needs some work — the noodles are sometimes tough). Don’t see anything on the cask list of wines offered by glass and carafe? Ask for the list of bottles — that’s where the better stuff lives. Don’t miss the desserts, a collaboration between Pie Tap’s chefs and Dude, Sweet Chocolate’s Katherine Clapner. Full bar. See website for other locations and attractive delivery deals.
1212 Oak Lawn Ave. (at Market Center Boulevard), Dallas. 4696770997. pietap.com.
This welcoming pizzeria is one of Frisco’s best addresses. Pizzaiolo Michele D’amelio’s oustanding Neapolitanstyle pies have wellcharred, wideedged crusts. Don’t miss the margherita and the tomatoless pizza bianca with rapini and diced sausage. Wine, beer and a few Italian liquors. See website for other location.
8660 Church St., Frisco. 4692008015. pizzeriatesta.com.