Where to eat in Fort Worth right now: 5 restaurants for healthy dish
The same thing happens every year: we eat too much in December and then try to make up for it with healthy eating in January. This promise usually lasts a few weeks. But this time it stays, right?
This month’s food is for those who haven’t broken their New Year’s resolution yet and are looking for a good, healthy meal. Here are five suggestions:
The new coffee house and wine bar in the WestBend area on 1751 River Run offer a lot: a beautiful view of the Trinity River; an extensive list of coffee beverages; we mentioned the wine, didn’t we ?; and a huge menu that includes several healthy options. For breakfast there is coconut and chia seed pudding with fresh berries, bananas and a roasted paleo-nut mixture, as well as an omelette made from sweet potato hash and cage-free eggs. Lunch and dinner include half a dozen bowls and salads, including the Hippie Bowl with mushrooms, cereals, avocado, roasted sweet potatoes, and a homemade red pepper and miso vinaigrette. and the Tuscan kale salad with shallots, radishes and green apple vinaigrette.
There are few vegan restaurants in Fort Worth. For years only Spiral Diner dared to serve a completely vegan menu. That all changed in August when Belen Hernandez opened an offshoot of their popular vegan Mexican restaurant in Fort Worth in Granbury. Hernandez’s spacious cafe is located at 3516 Bluebonnet Cir., In the old R Tacos neighborhood, and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For breakfast there are burritos and bowls with potatoes, soy sausage, tofu and cacti. Breakfast tacos are made with gluten-free corn tortillas – a nice touch. For lunch and dinner, flutes, enchiladas, empanadas, nachos, tacos and tostadas made from vegan ingredients are offered.
Local food cuisine
Opened in 2015 by Chef Katie Schma, this bustling Southwest Fort Worth place specializes in soups, salads, sandwiches, and heavier entrees, all made from high quality, farm-raised, seasonal ingredients. Their menu changes frequently, but permanent dishes include the cool kebab cobb, a tandoori chicken salad, and the hippie crunch sandwich with spicy lemon hummus, cucumber, and sprouts on walnut and spring onion bread. Since the pandemic began, Schma has also served ready-made meals, including spinach, tangerine and orange salad and New Orleans-style grilled prawns.
Mariachi’s Drive In
Located in a gas station to the east of the city at 301 S. Sylvania Ave., Mariachi’s is one of the few taquerias and Mexican restaurants that offer vegan options. In fact, Mariachi employees even use a separate grill to prepare vegan dishes. Try the vegan Birria Tacos, filled with jackfruit and vegan cheese and served with onions, coriander, lime and broth. Other dishes include the mariachi vegano, a taco with cashew cotija, fried poblano, and homemade guajillo pepper sauce; Tostados topped with vegetables; and a soy hamburger with avocado.
The city’s first vegan bakery opened last year in the Wedgwood area at 5400 Woodway Dr. opened. The bakery is owned by the married couple Stephanie and Mark Garza and is open for breakfast and lunch Thursday through Saturday. The menu includes sandwiches, salads, cookies, donuts, cakes and other sweet and savory treats, all made from vegan ingredients. The main attraction is undoubtedly the “cruffin”, a cross between a croissant and a muffin made by baking croissant batter in a popover or muffin pan. They are served in a variety of flavors, from chocolate to spring onions and vegan cheddar to cinnamon.