I started eating my Blue Zones, 95% plant-based diet,  in August 2017 to improve my health.  At that time I kept a list of plant-based choices I could find in local restaurants.   A year later and I’m still at least 95% plant-based, most of the time 100%, and loving it.  Now I make every effort to follow the SOS (Salt, Oil, Sugar) free regimen described in Forks Over Knives, Engine 2, How Not To Die, and other similar programs. No more cholesterol  medications, lower blood pressure, reduced weight, and high energy level, better skin, no more puffy, bloated body and face and much more.   After a year of my plant-based diet I’ve discovered that I can find enough items on most menus to create my own plant-based meal.  For example, at a recent dinner at Pappadeaux, a restaurant I wouldn’t choose, but ended up at with a group for a business dinner, I ordered the Greek Salad, hold the shrimp and cheese and dressing on the side, a plain baked potato, and grilled asparagus with no butter.  They brought a huge, fluffy baked potato, delicious asparagus and the Greek salad full of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, olives and more.  If there are no obvious plant-based items listed on the menu I look at the list of side dishes and how they’re prepared.  A salad, a rice or potato dish and vegetables can be easily found on most menus.  Asking to have everything prepared without butter (and oil) can be a bit more challenging, but I’ll do it if I have to. There are more and more plant-based options appearing in Fort Worth these days.  The only 100% plant-based (vegan) restaurant I’m aware of is Spiral Diner, located on Magnolia Street in Fort Worth.  They also have locations in Denton and Dallas.  I’ll list restaurants that offer plant-based choices here, along with specific dishes I’ve tried, and update when I can.  You’ll have to ask for “no butter” on many of these dishes, and if you’re SOS free, ask for no oil, steamed or grilled.
  • Spiral Diner (everything is plant-based)
  • Velvet Taco (Nashville hot tofu (hold the crema), Fried paneer, falafel–any taco can be made vegan)
  • Mellow Mushroom (Vegan crust, sauce, cheese and toppings)
  • HG Sply (numerous options with their salads and house bowls)
  • King Tut (couscous, rice, falafel and more)
  • Luna Grill (vegetable kabob, rice, salad, hummus, lentil soup, quinoa, sweet potato fries, falafel)
  • Pho District (Vegetable Pho, spring rolls, shaken vegetables and rice, kimchi fried rice)
  • Righteous Foods (many options–ask for no egg and cheese)
  • The Tavern (Farmers Vegetable Plate, sides, salad)
  • Lilli’s Bistro (Fresh off the farm plate, salads, sides)
  • Local Foods Kitchen (Hippie Crunch Sandwich, salads, lots of sides)
  • Garden Market and Bistro (Grilled zucchini sandwich, baked fries, soup, jackfruit tacos)
  • Blaze Pizza (vegan crust and cheese)
  • MiDiCi (vegan pizza with vegetables and non-dairy sauce and cheese)
  • Hopdoddy’s (veggie and Impossible burgers, sweet potato fries)
  • Rodeo Goat (veggie burger can be used on any of their burgers and they have the Impossible burger)
  • Bombay Grill (kidney beans, vegetable curry, okra, rice)
  • Tokyo Cafe (veggie sushi roll, Brussels sprouts, salad)
  • Freebirds (calabacitas with tempeh, cilantro lime rice, guacamole, beans and vegan tortillas)
  • Chipotle (sofritos, beans, fajita vegetables, brown rice, guacamole, beans and vegan tortillas)
  • Lieu’s Vietnamese (Lieu’s special vegetable and tomato noodle soup (hold the egg), stir-fried tofu
  • Terra (several vegan dishes listed on their buffet)
  • Mi Cocina (off menu Latin stir-fry vegetables, white rice, refried beans, salad, guacamole, spinach enchiladas, hold the cheese)
  • Blue Sushi (big list of vegan sushi options)
  • Pacific table (numerous sides, vegetable sushi roll)
  • Healthy Hippie Cafe (hummus, bowls, sandwiches)
  • Melt Ice cream (always has 2 vegan options)
  • Steel City Pops (fruit ice bars and vegan creamy options)
  • Creamistry (coconut ice cream and fruit)