9 Healthy Spots To Grab Lunch To-Go

By Kristen Romano & Erin Robinson | April 9, 2020 | Food & Drink Eat Drink

From green smoothies and cold-pressed juices to hearty grain bowls and protein-packed salads, Dallas is brimming with healthy dining options. And with more restaurants offering curbside pickup and delivery than ever before, there's no need to choose between health and convenience. We've rounded up a few of our favorite spots for grabbing a light lunch to-go.

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Asian Mint
Get your Thai food fix from this local favorite, which boasts four area locations. Healthful go-tos include fresh summer rolls, Thai coconut soup and pad thai woon sen—a low-carb version of the staple dish. All four locations are currently offering curbside pickup and delivery. The restaurant is also selling "Chef Mint at Home" kits here, which include pre-measured fresh ingredients and an easy-to-follow recipe card. A portion of the kit proceeds goes toward supporting community members impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Order online for curbside pickup and delivery; $25 minimum purchase for all delivery orders, with no delivery fee.

Days and hours of operation vary by location, asianmint.com

Central Market
Don’t want to venture to the grocery store? No problem. Texas-based Central Market is now offering curbside pickup and delivery at both its Lovers Lane and Midway Road locations. Fresh produce, premium meat and seafood, frozen foods and bulk items are available along with gourmet chef-prepared meals.

Order online for curbside pickup; delivery is available through Favor, with no delivery fee.

Daily, 10am-8pm, centralmarket.com

Flower Child
Made-from-scratch meals that nourish the mind, body and soul? Count us in. This health food concept is known for offerings that accommodate any diet—vegetarian, vegan, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free or sugar-free. The Mother Earth bowl is a Flower Child staple, comprising ancient grains, sweet potato, avocado, cucumber, leafy greens and other flavor-packed ingredients. The resto is currently offering curbside pickup and delivery at its four Dallas area locations, as well as 35% off all online orders with code FLOWER35.

Order online for curbside pickup; delivery is available through DoorDash.

Daily, 11am-8pm, iamaflowerchild.com

Foxtrot
With locations in Uptown and University Park, this cafe-market hybrid specializes in artisanal goods and upscale grab-and-go items. The store is already known for its top-notch delivery service, and right now is donating 10% of all delivery orders to the North Texas Food Bank. Shop a curated selection of wine, craft beer and spirits, as well as pantry staples and lunch classics like soups and sandwiches.

Stores are still open for in-store shopping, but call store for hours as they are changing often; delivery is available through the Foxtrot app.

Delivery hours: Sun.-Thurs., 8am-11pm, Fri.-Sat., 8-12am; Uptown: 972-685-6499, University Park: 469-759-6107, foxtrotco.com

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Eatzi's
This Dallas mainstay is always a go-to for pre-prepared meals, and now it's easier than ever to grab a wholesome lunch to-go. The deli touts high-quality meats and cheeses, while the bakery stocks freshly made baguettes, whole loaves and already-sliced sandwich bread. Build your own salad, sandwich or hot meal, with daily specials like rotisserie chicken, roasted turkey and grilled salmon. Curbside pickup is currently available at all three Dallas locations: Oak Lawn, Inwood Village and Preston Royal.

Order online for curbside pickup.

Online ordering hours: Daily, 10am-7:45pm; store hours vary by location, eatzis.com

Original ChopShop
For a midday energy boost, Original ChopShop's protein bowls pack a powerful dose of nutrients—and flavor. Build your own protein bowl with your choice of greens, grains and proteins, or opt for a sandwich, wrap or salad. Acai bowls, fresh-squeezed juices and protein shakes are great lunchtime add-ons. Both the University Park and Lakewood locations are currently offering curbside pickup and delivery.

Call or order online for curbside pickup or delivery.

Daily, 9am-9pm, University Park: 972-546-0418, Lakewood: 972-362-2740, originalchopshop.com

Spiral Diner & Bakery
This Oak Cliff eatery introduced us to vegan comfort food—the combination we never knew we needed. The menu features plant-based versions of diner classics, with favorites including the Nachos Supremo, El Paso burger and Texas hot chicken. The retro-themed resto is currently offering curbside pickup and delivery.

Curbside pickup and delivery are available through DoorDash.

Tues.-Fri., 11am-9pm, Sat.-Sun., 9am-9pm, spiraldiner.com

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Tribal All Day Cafe
Known for its fresh take on all-day breakfast, this Bishop Arts cafe is now offering curbside pickup and delivery. Superfood oatmeal, avocado toast, breakfast tacos and migas are great any time of day, or, if you want traditional "lunch" food, try the O.G. Tribal salad, Green Goddess sandwich or black bean bowl. Tribal's cold-pressed juices and smoothie bowls are also a must—top juice flavors include Medicine Man and Rain Dance, while go-to smoothie bowls are the Green Envy and Dreamy Dragon.

Call or order online for curbside pickup or delivery; $35 minimum purchase for all delivery orders, with no delivery fee.

Daily, 10am-6:30pm, 469-776-8003, livetribal.com

Unleavened Fresh Kitchen
All three locations of this healthy fast-casual concept are now offering curbside pickup and delivery. Boasting a hefty number of gluten-free options, Unleavened is a top spot for wraps, salads and bowls. A top lunch choice is the West Coast, which features corn-starch fried shrimp, arugula, avocado and green onion, and is available as a wrap or salad. Fresh sides include broccoli slaw and grilled sweet corn.

Call for curbside pickup; delivery is available through Favor and Uber Eats.

Mon.-Sat., 7am-9pm, Sun., 9am-9pm, Lakewood: 214-828-8700, The Hill (75 & Walnut Hill): 214-360-4762, University Park: 214-890-9820, unleavened.com



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