The same thing happens every year: We overeat in December, then try to make up for it in January by eating healthy. That promise usually lasts a couple weeks. But this time it’ll stick, right?
This month’s Where to Eat is dedicated to those who have yet to break their New Year’s resolution and are in search of a good healthy meal. Here are five suggestions:
New coffeehouse and wine bar in the WestBend district, at 1751 River Run, has a lot going for it: a nice view of the Trinity River; an extensive list of coffee drinks; we mentioned the wine, right?; and a huge food menu, which includes several healthy options. At breakfast, there’s a coconut and chia seed pudding, topped with fresh berries, bananas, and a roasted paleo nut mix, and an omelet made with sweet potato hash and cage-free eggs. The lunch and dinner menu includes a half-dozen bowls and salads, including the Hippie Bowl, made with mushrooms, grains, avocado, roasted sweet potatoes, and a housemade red pepper and miso vinaigrette; and the Tuscan kale salad, topped with shallots, radish, and green apple vinaigrette.
Vegan restaurants are few and far between in Fort Worth. For years, only Spiral Diner dared to serve an all-vegan menu. That changed in August when Belen Hernandez opened a Fort Worth offshoot of her popular vegan Mexican restaurant in Granbury. Located at 3516 Bluebonnet Cir., in the old R Tacos spot, Hernandez's roomy café is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. At breakfast, there are burritos and bowls made with potatoes, soy sausage, tofu, and cactus. Breakfast tacos are made with gluten-free corn tortillas – a nice touch. Lunch and dinner feature flautas, enchiladas, empanadas, nachos, tacos, and tostadas, all made with vegan ingredients.
Local Foods Kitchen
This busy spot in southwest Fort Worth, opened in 2015 by chef-owner Katie Schma, specializes in soups, salads, sandwiches, and heavier entrees, all made with high-quality, farm-raised, and seasonal ingredients. Her menu changes often but permanent dishes include the cool Kebab Cobb, a salad made with tandoori chicken, and the Hippie Crunch sandwich, which features spicy lemon hummus, cucumber, and sprouts on walnut scallion bread. Since the pandemic started, Schma has also been serving prepared meals, which have included spinach mandarin orange salad and New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp.
Mariachi's Drive In
Located in a gas station on the city’s east side, at 301 S. Sylvania Ave., Mariachi’s is one of the few taquerias and Mexican food restaurants to offer vegan options. Matter of fact, Mariachi’s employees even go as far as using a separate grill to cook vegan dishes. Try the vegan birria tacos, filled with jackfruit and vegan cheese and served with sides of onions, cilantro, lime, and consommé. Other dishes include the Mariachi Vegano, a taco filled with cashew cotija, fried poblano, and housemade guajillo pepper sauce; tostados topped with veggies; and a soy hamburger topped with avocado.
The city’s first vegan bakery opened last year in the Wedgwood area, at 5400 Woodway Dr. Owned by married couple Stephanie and Mark Garza, the bakery is open for breakfast and lunch Thursday through Saturday. Their menu includes sandwiches, salads, cookies, doughnuts, cakes, and other sweet and savory treats, all made with vegan ingredients. The star attraction is undoubtedly the “cruffin,” a cross between a croissant and a muffin, made by baking croissant dough in a popover or muffin tin. They’re served in a variety of flavors, from chocolate to green onion and vegan cheddar to cinnamon.