I went to Vegan Food House in Dallas, because I follow @FitMenCook on Instagram. Like me, Kevin Curry of @FitMenCook doesn’t prescribe to a single diet. Instead, he serves up a mix of healthy recipes and food ideas in his feed.
My fiance and I had booked a trip for the first weekend in August to visit family, including our grandson in Dallas. He (the grandson) is vegetarian. I am avoiding dairy like it’s poison, because my body appears to think it is. A couple of weeks before we left, I saw Curry’s post about how amazing Vegan Food House is.
Go to a vegan restaurant?
A restaurant with a 100% vegan menu sounded like a dream to me. We could order whatever we wanted from the menu without worrying about a thing. I praised the magic of Instagram for connecting people with similar interests and tastes from all over the world. Vegan Food House hasn’t been in any of the press I read on the regular, so it’s unlikely that I’d have known it existed without IG.
Vegan Food House did not sound like a dream to Chris (my fiance). We’d spent the day traveling and hadn’t had time for a real lunch. He was hangry and doubtful that a place with a meatless menu could satisfy his appetite. Besides, where was this place even at?
Chris drove us there, guided by Maps. There was one open parking spot near the turquoise bungalow Vegan Food House calls home in the Bishop Arts District of Oak Cliff. It was 2:30 in the afternoon on a Saturday. Had we had to park too far away, my guy might’ve pressed going someplace more convenient, more easy, that served meat.
When we walked in, we noticed one open table and took it. Then, I went up to the register to grab a couple of menus to look over. It’s more of a fast casual setup than traditional dining.
Its wood paneled walls and exposed wood beams give Vegan Food House a rustic feel. The tables are a mix of high and low top tables, some black, some white, and some with beech wood tops. The chairs are made up of the same assortment with some yellow ones mixed in too, making for an extra cheerful pop of color. VFH looks friendly, like a daisy.
A mix of jazz and latin music played in the background when we were there. It was relaxing.
Thank goodness for the stuffed jalapenos on the menu. Chris loves jalapenos and so do I. Praise be that avocados were on the menu too. We both love avocados.
Once we put together an order and paid, I felt some confidence that we might all leave the place full. What did we order for the three of us? Stuffed Jalapenos, a Bacon Avocado Tomato Sandwich, a Mozzarella Avocado Salad Flatbread, and a side of Mac and Cheese. The sandwich and flatbread came with fries.
Chris seemed doubtful until he took his first bite of the jalapeno popper. They’re filled with vegan cheese, breaded and deep fried; and served with a side of vegan creole ranch dressing.
“These are good,” Chris said. “So good.”
The flatbread is baked with mozzarella cheese and is then topped with an avocado salad. It was delicious. Chris enjoyed it too.
The Bacon Avocado Tomato sandwich was good. It’s definitely different eating vegan bacon. There’s not quite the fatty crispiness to it. Maybe the more vegan I go, the more I’ll dig it.
Our grandson was happy with his mac and cheese and bites of our meals. We all loved the french fries. I only ate a few of those, because I have goals. The trick with calorie dense food is to eat slow and savor every bite.
I felt relieved. While I wanted to eat where I wanted to eat, I also hoped we’d all be happy with the choice. We all left full and satisfied. I was beyond pleased with our culinary adventure andI can’t wait to go back. There are so many items on their menu that I want to try.
Location and Hours
Vegan Food House is located at 832 W 7th St. in Dallas, TX.
Their hours are: Noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. They serve lunch from 11:30 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. They’re closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Do you have a favorite vegan restaurant? I’d love to know! You can connect with me on Instagram @40FitNStylish, on Twitter @MelissaMcNallan, and on Facebook @40FitNStylish.