Restaurant talk: Spiral Diner

Famous food personality, Anthony Bourdain, is frequently heard stating emphatically, “If it’s slower than me, dumber than me and it tastes good … pass the salt!” As the self-appointed Junk Foodie, I whole heartedly subscribe to Mr. Bourdain’s motto. Yet somehow I am enamored with a vegan joint called Spiral Diner & Bakery.

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Spiral is the brain child of native Texan, Amy McNutt. Her experiences in helping to create a documentary about factory farmed cows in California motivated her to create a completely vegan (i.e. absolutely no dairy, egg or meat products) outpost, first in Fort Worth and more recently in the endlessly cool Oak Cliff neighborhood.

The shakes and desserts here are wonderful and taste completely authentic. When I eat at Spiral, I always pick-up a couple of the peanut butter cups for my husband who swears they cannot be 100% vegan.

On a recent visit with my sister in-law, I did find the meatball sub disappointing — so I would generally steer the hard-core carnivores away from the imitation meat dishes as they never seem to hit the right note with me. But Spiral does gin out ridiculously consistent organic vegetables and salads, and they are to die for. I highly recommend the Big Texan Salad and the Hot Hummus Wrap (both are under $9): each are full of flavor and are completely satisfying.

What can I say? Go to Spiral. Have a phenomenal salad and gorge yourself on delicious desserts. Even I go vegan every once in a while.

Ed note: Spiral recently announced on their Facebook page that they are selling vegan groceries too.

Spiral Diner & Bakery
1101 N Beckley Ave
Dallas, TX 75203-1303

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  • Loved this article. Definitely want to try the hot humus wrap….just writing it makes my mouth water!
    Thanks for your refreshing honesty

  • I have yet to run into a bad attitude, but the service can be terribly slow. A great alternative is to place a call ahead to-go order, and make it a picnic lunch at the nearby park.

  • I won’t speak for Candace, but I have found it flaky/spacy sometimes, but usually warm and sincere. I think they assume everyone knows that you have to get your own silverware, napkins, and drinks, which is not always the case.

  • How was the service? I have found it to be very slow with a bad attitude, almost like my very presence is an inconvenience.

  • I have to disagree on the meat substitutes…I thoroughly enjoy their spaghetti and “meat”balls and have enjoyed their tempeh and tofu dishes. I’m not a vegan or vegetarian, but it’s nice to have protein alternatives.

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