Eating out has earned a bad reputation. Many nutritional experts agree that while it’s convenient, this habit often leads to poor food choices. If trying to find a healthy place to eat out in Texas seems like an impossible task to you, use our guide. We put together this list of the top seven eateries around Coppell where you can fill up the family on the go — and guilt-free.

My Thai and Vegan

If you love Thai but want a new perspective on these exotic flavors, head to My Thai and Vegan on North MacArthur Boulevard. Its founders noticed the growing number of Coppell families opting for a healthier lifestyle and seeing the need for more ways to fuel the community, the concept for My Thai and Vegan was born. Its culinary dishes are originally developed in Thailand and are still handcrafted using fresh ingredients from local Texas markets.

Peruse the menu for classic favorites like gluten-free pad thai, ginger stir fry, or chicken lettuce wraps. My Thai’s vegan menu offers goodies like crispy spring rolls, grilled tofu satay, and tom kha coconut soup, or you can order something customized. The chef will make whatever’s perfect for your individual palate because the staff’s goal is to bring a smile to your face and satisfy your stomach with cuisine flavored with authentic spices.

Roots Southern Table

A plate of sous vide beets at a healthy eatery in Coppell, Texas

sous vide beets” licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Flickr by sousvideguy

Roots Southern Table has loads of grub on the menu that’s actually good for you. Located in the Mustang Station shopping center on Bee Street, chef and co-owner Tiffany Derry will put a smile on your face with her tasty — and healthy — Southern comfort foods made from cherished family recipes. Derry’s culinary heritage comes out in every dish, from field-to-table and seasonal eating methods to incorporating plenty of fresh-picked fruits and vegetables.

Embrace the simple way of life and enjoy a warm welcome upon arrival, then gather the kids around the table for a meal prepared with purpose. Start with the beet salad, featuring a bed of arugula and a drizzle of Steen’s vinegar. For supper, try the Texas redfish with baby vegetables or the short ribs with gruyere potato fondue.

Victor’s Wood Grill

Victor and Kelly Orm opened Victor’s Wood Grill in 1998. It quickly earned an outstanding reputation with locals thanks to its gracious hosts and attentive servers. Have lunch on Victor’s charming patio or sit inside this American-style bistro on South Denton Tap Road. It’s perfect for date night with your better half or a pleasant family dinner with your older, school-aged children

Everything on the menu is chef-prepared daily in an open-air kitchen using only the tastiest ingredients like freshly caught seafood and seasonal produce. Dishes on the appetizer menu will catch your eye, like the grilled artichoke with bold tarragon sauce for dipping. Get an order of wood-fired shrimp, rainbow trout, or chicken “naked” with just a brush of heart-healthy olive oil. Even the kid’s menu reads like a gourmet restaurant with options like a beef skewer or grilled shrimp Alfredo.

Zena Sushi Restaurant

Zena Sushi Restaurant on North Denton Tap Road is all about presentation. The dishes look as good as they taste — and it’s good for you. This contemporary Japanese restaurant serves a wide variety of classics you always hope to find at an upscale Asian eatery. There’s a lot to like about Zena, from its fast, friendly service to budget-friendly prices and large portions.

Order healthy choices from fresh ingredients, like avocado bombs and lunch specials like a spicy chicken bento box. If you love sushi, you’ll enjoy eating your way through eight different combo platters or sharing a hearty sashimi bowl with the kids.

Siena Cafe

Siena Cafe on Cypress Waters Boulevard specializes in both healthy and classic versions of diner-style breakfasts, lunch plates, and sandwiches. The best reasons to visit the Siena Cafe are its fantastic service, reasonable prices, and a terrific selection of yummy, wholesome foods that are truly good for you. 

You’re going to get your money’s worth at Siena’s phenomenal brunch or order up a breakfast classic with a low-fat twist, like two eggs with a side of turkey bacon or turkey sausage. Have a seat on the outdoor patio. It’s a lovely place to dig into a colossal Chef Salad or sink your teeth into a savory tuna melt for lunch.

J. Macklin’s Grill

Head to J. Macklin’s Grill on North Denton Tap Road anytime you want a bit of art and culture with your family’s meal. This elegant brick-clad bistro’s menu features the traditional list of pub burgers, plus a few surprises. From crisp green salads to freshly harvested Gulf Coast seafood, its expansive menu of options takes a minute to absorb.

Restaurateur Todd Kerr’s care and attention to detail are evident in every bite. Choose from a variety of lighter goodies like crispy cauliflower with orange sauce on the starters menu or a chopped kale salad swimming in a delightfully tangy mustard bacon vinegarette. Of course, if you like meat, you must try the flat iron steak for dinner. It’s seared to perfection in garlic herb butter.

Jam + Toast

Jam + Toast on Regent Boulevard in Irving is another charming breakfast and lunch cafe that even your pickiest toddlers will love. We love the garden delight omelet. It’s the perfect way to start the day with nutritious ingredients like baby spinach, mushrooms, and green peppers. If you’re looking for a vegan dish, go with the steel-cut oats. Mid-day selections like a plant-based burger or an apple walnut salad will keep you going until dinner. This spot even sells its handmade jams so you can serve them from home.

There you have it! We put together this list of the top seven healthy eateries around Coppell just for you. Did we miss your family’s favorite place to fill up on nutritious grub? If so, contact Crème de la Crème of North MacArthur Boulevard and let us know. We’ll be sure to add it to our growing list!