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Ann's Health Food Center, long a mainstay for vegetarians in Oak Cliff, has opened a storefront in Waxahachie. After driving out of my way to eat there during a recent trip to Austin, I was very disappointed to find the Waxahachie store did not carry my favorite: vegetarian chicken salad. The carrot juice was good but my sandwich was not up to Oak Cliff standards. 2305 N Hiway 77, Waxahachie, 75165, 972 923-1400. 2634 S Zang Blvd, Dallas, 75224, 214 942-9483.

b.b.bop Imagine an Asian Chipotles which is all the better because it it local. Now you have an inkling of the good food that is waiting for you at b.b.bop's food counter. You have five choices for your meal. 
1. Protein--choice of the usual meats and tofu or none (all veggies). The tofu appears to have been grilled, then fried, so it is not "Chinese soft." 
2. Brown, Jasmine or house rice or udon noodles. All cooked vegan.
3. Three veggies (not enough veggies for me and extra veggies are $.75 each). 
4. Raw or sautéed, At this point, veggies are sautéed (unless ordered raw), then cabbage and lettuce are added raw "on the house." Food is barely sautéed so it is on your table by the time you get drinks, plastic ware, and find a seat. 
5. There are seven vegan sauces to sample, then have some of each, just your favorites, or none at all--my preference.
The green-mint-lemonade tea is delicious.  Both regular and large sizes are under $10. Since regular was way too much food (predominantly too much rice), the only complaint I have, which is a strong one, is that the food is served in Styrofoam--unfriendly to the planet and unfriendly to the people eating the food.. Maybe they will be more planet-and customer-friendly soon. 2460 Lucy Ln, #102, Carrollton 75006, 972 620-9700; 5323 Greenville Av, #5, Dallas 75206 214 812-9342. 

Bliss Cafe and Bliss Raw Cafe - Raw veg foods containing no sugar makes for guilt-free desserts. The cafes are located at 6855 Greenville Av, Dallas, 214 987-0204, and 6005 Berkshire Ln, Dallas, 214 368-8585.

Cafe Elite features a wide variety of foods--some raw, some cooked, many organic, and all vegan. The wraps are served with soup and either a beautiful, healthy salad or chips, all for under $10. . I particularly enjoyed a Portobello Wrap. that came with soup  and a beautiful salad, all for under $10. Also good was the gluten wrap which comes with or without barbeque sauce. The carrot cake and the vanilla cake were a bit dry but still a treat to have an all-vegan dessert. 1501 Preston Rd, # 800 at Plano Parkway, Plano, 469 828-0607

Cafe Izmir where you can get a fantastic, middle-eastern,  vegetarian meal served family-style. 3711 Greenville Ave, Dallas 75206, 214 826-7788.  
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Izmir Market and Deli with too many different veg foods and fruit & veggie dishes to count plus free delivery in certain areas. 3607 Greenville Av, Dallas, 214 824-8484.

Cosmic Café, Start with the wonderful atmosphere including ever-changing murals and other art. Add some of the best and most eclectic vegetarian food in the metroplex, throw in yoga and meditation upstairs, subtract quite a few parking places, and you have the very unique Cosmic Cafe.  This long time favorite restaurant of Dallasites will work with you to cut dairy--even offering choices of  vegan cake. 2912 Oak Lawn Av, Dallas, 75219. 214 521-6157

Greenhouse Restaurant and Bar A small section of vegetarian entrees, a couple of veggie burgers, appetizers, and salads plus a pleasant atmosphere make for good dining.  The Stuffed Poblano is wonderful--stuffed with zucchini, corn, onions, and cheese--but cheese can be cut. Live jazz on some nights, too. 609 N Locust, Denton 940 484-1349.

Greenz, just salads and soup, a few sandwiches, vegan or vegetarian. Worth a stop, particularly if you eat salads, but nothing to say leaves were organic so I ate soup.. 2808 McKinney Avenue, Ste 109, Dallas, 75204, 214 720-7788; 5290 Beltline Rd at Montfort, Ste 103A, Addison, 75254, 972 385-7721, 4023 Oak Lawn Av, Dallas, 75219, 214 559-4102.

Junsuree Thai House I particularly enjoy the Pad Thai at this restaurant with its tasty tamarind sauce and love the vegan coconut ice cream. Thai restaurants are always good for vegetarians and vegans--just remember to ask them not to use fish or oyster sauce. 1109 Magnolia Av, Fort Worth.76104 817 927-3220.

Lalibela Restaurant and Bar If you enjoy Ethiopian cuisine, this is the place to eat. And if you have not tried Ethiopian foods, you should indulge yourself. Some dishes are very spicy, of course, but others are mild. I am told Lalibela's Gomen (collard greens) is delicious and worth the trip. although I have not tried those seasonal greens yet. Many vegetarian/vegan choices. Forest Ln at Greenville, Dallas. 972 792-8442.

Loving Hut is a one of a national chain of vegan restaurants. This small restaurant (much of seating space is outdoors) also serves some raw food.  4519 Matlock Rd, Arlington, 76018,  817-472-0550

Southpaw's Organic Cafe, Only open for breakfast and lunch but they do a good job of both. Build your own burrito or sandwich--both for lunch or even breakfast which is nice for those who do not eat traditional breakfast foods.. Enjoy salads, smoothies sweetened with agave nectar, fresh fruit, and fresh juices, A healthy place with many veg and vegan choices. Preston Center at 6009 Berkshire Lane, Dallas, 75225. 214-987-0351.  

Terra Mediterranean Grill All the vegan usuals such as falafel, baba, hummus, pita. Also serve Zattar bread (many believe that this spice mixture makes the mind alert and the body strong) and it is delicious. Roasted veggies also good. 968 Village Green Dr, Allen,75013, 972 390-1700; 2973 Crockett Street, Fort Worth, 76107, 817 744-7485 

Thai Jasmine - Home of the Sustainable Sunday (first Sunday of the month) vegan buffet for many years. We finally outgrew this small family restaurant. But Thai Jasmine does understand vegetarian food. Food is fresh, cooked to order, and very tasty. Their peanut sauce is, well, addicting is the word that comes to mind.. 3104 Harwood Rd, Bedford 76021. 817 283-8228.

Two Brothers Bistro Former owners of the Parthenon in Fort Worth, brothers Katzianis serve up several traditional Greek vegetarian dishes such as tzatziki, spanakopita, and a good Greek salad, but few vegan dishes other than some good hummus and a veggie side dish. Still, the brothers are seasoned purveyors of good food, local, and so far north, they are almost in Keller, a town in need of some good veggie spots, so give it a try. 7355 N Beach St, Fort Worth, 76137. 817-232-1155.

Villa O,  An expensive  Italian kitchen which has some organic food and a few veg and vegan dishes.. They have this conflicting statement, "If available to our kitchen, items are prepared with 100% ... local, ... or imported products. 100% local or imported? Sounds like someone is grabbing all the hot marketing words they can in one sentence. And they do import their organic semolina flour which is unnecessary. So you be the judge of the "greenness" or greenwashing" of this restaurant.4514 Travis St, just south of Knox St, Dallas 75205.  214 780.1880. Italian food.

Ziziki's Restaurant I have mixed emotions about Ziziki's. They have the best grilled pita bread in town and delicious artichoke hummus. However, despite the pleasant ambiance, there are not many vegetarian or vegan choices besides salads. Still, I have gone back occasionally to eat the pita and hummus and the veggie skewer of potatoes, zucchini, tomatoes, and artichokes. 11661 Preston Road, Dallas 75230, 469 232-9922; 4514 Travis St., Dallas 75205,: 214 521-2233; 5809 Preston Rd,  Plano, 75093, 972 943-8090.

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