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Updated for 2012 new location

Summary:
Delivery: zpizza
Fast take out: Nothing, since you need to get out of the airport complex first.
Quick and easy eat-in: Freebirds, Taco Cabana, Mayuri
Good meal, don't mind a drive: Veggie Garden, Spiral Diner, Kalachandji's


Hotel Restaurants:

It doesn't look like a lot of vegan options, but if someone wants to do more research I'll post the findings!

Breakfast would be oatmeal at Starbucks, or pay $10 at the nice place for oatmeal with fruit and berries.

For lunch and dinner, the nice place has $10 hummus, $18 wrap, $25 pasta. It looks like they have a portabella sandwich.


Google says it takes 15 minutes to get to the closest eatery.

Freebirds
My favorite burrito joint. If you are hungry, get a regular. If you are sharing, get a monster. In addition to hot sauce, I like their BBQ and some lime juice. Everything is vegan unless obviously not (meat, cheese, sour cream).

Taco Cabana
Cheap Texmex. My local has happy hour from 4-7 with $1.50 margaritas. The only real vegan option is corn tortillas and black beans aka "black bean burrito on corn tortilla, no rice".

Sweet Tomatoes
Like Souper Salad but a bit nicer.
http://www.souplantation.com/

Mayuri Indian Restaurant
http://www.mayuri.com/dallas/dallas_new_location.html
South Indian food. I called and they don't use ghee/butter except in desserts.

Veggie Garden
$8 buffet lunch/dinner.
http://www.newstartveggiegarden.com/Site/Welcome.html

Souper Salad
They have started labeling their food as vegan or vegetarian.

Thai Papaya Garden

Healthy Me Art Cafe
A very odd looking place with a few vegan options.
http://www.healthymecafe.com/

Pei Wei
Like P.F. Chang's but cheaper/faster. The fried tofu is excellent and if a dish doesn't obviously contain meat it is vegetarian.

Z Pizza
They have vegan pizza and will deliver.
http://www.zpizza.com/

Restaurant Row
Looks like a ton of places to eat up and down MacArthur at 635. Many of those are Asian and I think I saw Middle Eastern. Maybe 20 or 25 minute drive.

Spiral Diner
This place is awesome. I'll probably make the trip.
http://www.spiraldiner.com/

Cosmic Cafe
A vegan friendly place near uptown Dallas.
http://www.cosmiccafedallas.com/

Fadis
At 30 minutes, this might not be the closest Middle Eastern food, but it was recommended.
http://www.fadiscuisine.com/

Bliss
A raw cafe.
http://www.joshsquash.com/bliss/home.html

Cafe Elite
Looks like one of those Asian places with fake meats. A little more upscale and organic than I have seen before.
http://thecafeelite.com/index.html

Kalachandji's
Been once before. Was awesome. Peaceful, tasty, and attached to a temple.
$9 lunch, $12 dinner
http://www.kalachandjis.com/

Anvil Pub
I'm intrigued by this pub that has vegan chili and vegan frito pie.
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Menace wrote:
My wife and I are vegan and will have a car. Dallas has some good spots and I'd like to organize a veggie outing or two.


Cosmic Cafe is a vegan friendly place near uptown Dallas. My wife is vegetarian and I have been meaning to take her there.
http://www.cosmiccafedallas.com/
http://www.yelp.com/biz/cosmic-cafe-dallas

other than that, Ive heard that there are a few Indian and Chinese food places around that may be options.

EDIT: My recently-turned-vegan buddy suggested
http://www.spiraldiner.com/
http://www.yelp.com/biz/spiral-diner-dallas

and
http://www.newstartveggiegarden.com/Site/Welcome.html
http://www.yelp.com/biz/new-start-veggie-garden-dallas

Ill ask around. For DFW being mostly a meat first kinda place, I have a surprising number of "on again, off again Vegans/Vegetarians"

EDIT: After thinking some more, my vegetarian wife really likes the salad bar option at any of the local steak-on-a-stick places (Fogo de Chao, Texas de Brazil, Boi Na Braza). Not sure how Vegan friendly it is, but my wife always leaves stuffed.

EDIT: Another suggestion from a Vegan buddy.
http://www.joshsquash.com/bliss/home.html
http://www.yelp.com/biz/bliss-raw-cafe-and-elixir-bar-dallas...
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Last year some friends and I ate at a super-delish Indian place with plenty of veg options (as Indian usually has). I'm checking with people to see if anyone remembers the name/address, I'll get back to you.
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If you are merely vegetarian rather than vegan, the hotel restaurant makes some pretty good veggie burgers. I have largely subsisted on them during my past trips to BGG.Con, because I am usually unwilling to travel away from the hotel for long enough to go to another restaurant. (NEED! MORE! GAMING!)
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Even though I will remain here in Delaware, I will be with all vegetarians at BGG.CON in spirit.
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Also, as a pro-tip, while it doesn't substitute for an actual meal, I've found that packing some Clif/Luna bars and Primal Strips to bring to the hotel with me has helped with possible protein deficiency from not having as much readily-available protein options as omnivores.
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doubtofbuddha wrote:
If you are merely vegetarian rather than vegan, the hotel restaurant makes some pretty good veggie burgers. I have largely subsisted on them during my past trips to BGG.Con, because I am usually unwilling to travel away from the hotel for long enough to go to another restaurant. (NEED! MORE! GAMING!)

Yeah; I'm with Jesse. I'll hit the Denny's once or twice, but don't wanna take any more than an hour out of my game time. If I'm gonna nerd out for the weekend, I'm going full-on! For others of the lower-case "v" variety, the hotel does indeed serve a tasty veggie burger, and for a decent price. I think there might be a portabella on the menu, too.

There are also a lot of delivery places that serve the hotel. Last year I had pizza, middle-eastern, Chinese... There are definitely vegan/vegetarian options to be had via that route, and it's not too hard to find a half-dozen people to join in.

If you're really dedicated to cheap and fast, to the detriment of your health and dignity, the gas station across the street from the hotel has some mini-pizzas that will do in a pinch. If you're a cat like me who never really minded school cafeteria food, it's OK for what it is.

All of this said, if someone were to organize take-out of quality vegetarian food, be sure to flag me down.
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I also want to note that I greatly appreciated the apples and bannanas that the hotel staff had for sale. While I like a good cookie as much as the next person, the ability to eat some fruit really helped me avoid empty calorie overload last year! Hopefully they will do something similar this year.
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Holmes! wrote:
There are also a lot of delivery places that serve the hotel. Last year I had pizza, middle-eastern, Chinese... There are definitely vegan/vegetarian options to be had via that route, and it's not too hard to find a half-dozen people to join in.


Perhaps the super-dedicated people assembling the restaurant lists could get a set of delivery menus to put in a discreet location (so as not to offend the Westin, which makes a lot of the week's profits from restaurants and room service.)

I've has the Portobello mushroom in the restaurant and it was... acceptable.
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Twenty years ago, if you were vegetarian at a wedding you could look forward to limp noodles in butter, maybe some sauteed vegetables. These days portobellos are the go-to uninspired vegetarian option.
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Holmes! wrote:
Twenty years ago, if you were vegetarian at a wedding you could look forward to limp noodles in butter, maybe some sauteed vegetables. These days portobellos are the go-to uninspired vegetarian option.


When I was in Vermont about five years ago, it was mushroom-stuffed ravioli. I swear, every restaurant we called only had that single dish to offer for vegetarians. XD
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doubtofbuddha wrote:
If you are merely vegetarian rather than vegan, the hotel restaurant makes some pretty good veggie burgers. I have largely subsisted on them during my past trips to BGG.Con, because I am usually unwilling to travel away from the hotel for long enough to go to another restaurant. (NEED! MORE! GAMING!)



Ugh I tried a veggie burger 3 months ago. That one bite haunts my nights still...
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Phil of Mars wrote:
Ugh I tried a veggie burger 3 months ago. That one bite haunts my nights still...


Veggie burgers can be made from many different substrates (beans, grains, nuts, mushrooms, tofu...), and range from thoroughly awful to quite good. At a local place near my office (St. John's) the staff don't even flinch when I ask for a bacon-veggie-cheeseburger...
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I told you I'd be back with the name of the Indian place!

Mayuri Indian Cuisine. Reviews are a bit mixed on yelp, but when I went for the lunch buffet last year during the con, I thought it was quite decent (maybe not the best Indian I've ever had or anything, but tasty). I recall there being at least one or two dishes on the buffet that could have been vegan--I'm vegetarian, not vegan, so I didn't ask if they put butter in their chana masala, which they might, I dunno. But it might be worth at least calling and seeing if they have any vegan dishes.

Edit: Oops, ignore the Yelp link I posted before. Here is their new address, I guess they moved pretty recently.
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StatSig wrote:
I told you I'd be back with the name of the Indian place!

Mayuri Indian Cuisine.


Thanks! Turns out my wife has been there before and liked it well enough. I've gotten good at sussing out the vegan Indian dishes. Basically if they don't use ghee there are plenty of options.
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Holmes! wrote:

Yeah; I'm with Jesse. I'll hit the Denny's once or twice, but don't wanna take any more than an hour out of my game time. If I'm gonna nerd out for the weekend, I'm going full-on! For others of the lower-case "v" variety, the hotel does indeed serve a tasty veggie burger, and for a decent price. I think there might be a portabella on the menu, too.


Come on Holmes, who are you trying to kid here? You know that at that Dennis, the best you can hope for is something that appears to be vegetarian. Nobody really knows for sure was was used to make the meal.
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This seems to be the only thread dedicated to questions of vegetarian/vegan dining while at BGG.Con. Since I plan to attend this year, I thought I'd give the thread a little bump.

I maintain a mostly vegan diet and expect that over the course of the con I will need to venture out just 3-4 times for dinner. During all other times, I plan to mainly fuel off of a combination of my own portable food and whatever can be foraged at the hotel.

So I post here mainly to find other kindred non-animal eaters to meet up with for each night and to find some good dining establishments within a reasonable distance. I'm a pretty strict vegan when I'm alone, but in special social situations (and this will certainly be of them) things tend to slide slightly to the wider vegetarian domain. So let's plan an outing for dinner!


Edit: Also, since the hotel for this year's con is different, do the restaurants in the OP still apply?
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The hotels aren't too far apart, so I'd reckon the restaurants in the OP still stand. I'm hoping that the restaurants in the new hotel are at least as amenable to veggie folks as was the last place (i.e., not very, but it got the job done). There's no Denny's or shameful gas station burritos and pizza, either.

Since I like to squeeze every minute of gaming from the day that I can, I don't like to go to off-site restaurants. By the time you've driven 20-30 minutes there and back, you've sunk two hours into the endeavor! Unacceptable! So by me, the best bet is to find places that deliver. If we of the "V" band together, exchanging cell phone numbers, we could coordinate our delivery orders...
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This will be great to get decent food several nights while at the con.

With regards to eating well,
I am toying with the idea of bringing the vitaMix and blending up some breakfast smoothies! (or afternoon smoothies). A quick stop at a grocery store and i am set for this aspect.

Anyone have any other great ideas?
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People, HappyCow is your friend for this sort of question...

http://www.happycow.net/north_america/usa/texas/dallas/
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People, HappyCow is your friend for this sort of question...

http://www.happycow.net/north_america/usa/texas/dallas/


Add Sweet Tomatoes off I-635 to the list - http://www.souplantation.com. It's a soup, salad, pasta, dessert bar AYCE place.

Our group ate there twice last year and the healthy food really helped re-energize us for hours more gaming.
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Holmes! wrote:
Since I like to squeeze every minute of gaming from the day that I can, I don't like to go to off-site restaurants. By the time you've driven 20-30 minutes there and back, you've sunk two hours into the endeavor!

I use to feel that way too Holmes!. During BGG.Con 2007 I left the confines of the venue just once.

I don't feel that way any more. Perhaps age and parenthood has mellowed me. To be honest 2-3 hours away from the Con each day sounds nice. But don't worry, I'd be glad to grab you something to go. According to Yelp.com the cross-section of good vegetarian and places that deliver in the area appears to be prohibitively narrow.
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sbszine wrote:
People, HappyCow is your friend for this sort of question...

http://www.happycow.net/north_america/usa/texas/dallas/

HappyCow is great because they are uncompromising in what they choose to accept in their database. When they started they would list vegetarian-friendly places like Chinese restaurants that serve meat and fake meat (yum!). They've since tightened their standards and if a place serves animal at all, they will reject it from entry into their list. HappyCow yields few promising results in the 10 mile range. 20 mile range looks more promising, but that seems far away. Of course in Texas I'm sure that's not considered far at all.
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Count me in the Veg outings! Thanks for creating this list and forum.
 
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