By Brandolon Barnett     

The voting is now underway for our Green Business Awards, and as the votes flow in we're going to be taking a closer look our nominees. Today, getting to know some of the great green food stores in DFW. 

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Organic tastes better. Organic is healthier. Organic food has market appeal. The businesses in the Green Restaurant category of our Green Business awards are putting their money where folks mouths are while dedicating themselves to proving the claims that we really can eat good food while respecting our environment.

Roots Coffeehouse
in North Richland Hills is home to free/fair trade and organic coffees and teas made with fresh local ingredients. Roots coffeehouse promotes environmentally friendly practices by offering washable ceramic cups in lieu of disposable cups and a food menu that is similarly organic and, where possible, locally sourced.

Liberty Burger is green in more ways than one. The company uses tree-free compostable napkins and packaging in addition to re-usable bags for to-go orders. Liberty Burger touts their commitment to recycling all packaging and donating empty bottles to local home brewers and artists. In their own words, this family owned burger joint, winner of numerous awards, makes a conscious choice to select building materials, cleaning products, and equipment with the environment in mind. This is all on top of its commitment to producing tasty burgers with all American ingredients.

Diners all over DFW have raved about Snappy Salads. Started in 2005, Snappy’s aims to serve up salads and healthy options that appeal to customers of all stripes. Voted best salad shop by D Magazine, best place to have a healthy meal by Pegasus News, and Best Salad in the Dallas Observer, Snappy salad’s rapid growth is enabling thousands every day to eat a little healthier and fresher.

Potager Café near UTA in Arlington is part of the slow food movement sweeping the country with a speed that belies its label. Cynthia Chippindale, owner and head chef, has created a concept that builds directly on the increasing popularity of farmers markets and locally sourced foods prepared in a more traditional manner and served in smaller portion sizes. Featuring items such as corn chili bread pudding. a popular quiche, and numerous unique entrees Potager Café has the added uniqueness of communal dining.

In 2002, Spiral Diner opened as the first vegan restaurant in Fort Worth and has
since brought its all-vegan dining to Dallas. Named the Best Vegetarian Restaurant in America by VegNews, the restaurant has managed to distinguish itself from a host of organic and health-conscious competition in and around the Bishop Arts area of Dallas. While it may be a challenge to promote vegan diets, the environmental impacts of meat eating are becoming increasingly clear, and even if you don’t feel you can go all the way, Spiral Diner certainly makes it easier to go meatless, if only for a meal or two.

Good Karma Kitchen is a product of the food truck movement sweeping Dallas. Owned by Meagan Topham and Christina MacMicken, Good Karma Kitchen was founded to provide flavorful options for the gluten intolerant among us. The result is a food truck that everyone can get behind. The resultant healthy gluten-free-vegetarian-gourmet recipes provide one more environmentally friendly option for the folks of DFW.

Texas Spice at the Omni Hotel is combines local concerns with southern flare. When the Omni Hotel opened in Dallas in 2011, a real commitment was made to going local. The work of local artists lines the hall and the hotel’s signature restaurant sports décor purposed from reused materials and a menu defined by local ingredients and southern style.

Tucked away on a corner of an odd intersection near Garland Road and the Lake Highlands area of Dallas, Good2go Tacos presents diners with a unique experience that has to be experienced to be truly understood. The restaurant takes the concept of the taco and turns it on its head, placing what seems like whole meals cooked with fresh and local ingredients into fresh, hot tortillas. Highlights like the popular Hotlanta (waffle-battered chicken, sweet potatoes, caramelized onions and honey butter), or the Minnie Pearl (with veggies and couscous), the Daze (Sriracha-glazed meatloaf and mashed potatoes) can make for a very satisfying and unique lunch, one that has garnered all sorts of local and regional awards.

Check out the latest voting results and vote today to support your favorite green restaurant in the group!

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