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We tried D’Vegan on a recommendation from staff members at Spiral Diner. Happy to see people show they care about the community, we immediately headed over to this vegan, Vietnamese restaurant, nestled inside the food court of Hong Kong Market Place on Walnut Street.

D'Vegan #4 with crispy egg rollBefore we entered, we noticed a neighboring restaurant’s whole roasted ducks for sale. We’ve said before that we don’t judge lifestyle choices, but on future visits, we’ll probably try to look at the salon to the left, instead. We made it inside and asked if the restaurant was known for anything particular. The waiter/cashier/all-around-useful-guy asked us if we like noodles with soup or without, and recommended the #4 – Crispy Rolls Noodle (6.95) as the no soup option. Why this one? “This is more Vietnamese style” and he wanted us to experience it. We’ve had vermicelli dishes before, but never a group to turn down a recommended experience, we went for it. Twp crispy egg rolls cut into pieces atop vermicelli noodles with carrots, basil, and tofu. Our waiter said he has great egg rolls, and he was right. Crispy with tons of tofu inside, these are among the best egg rolls we’ve had, vegetarian or otherwise. Super crispy outside and not greasy at all, we’ll probably crave these from now on. Mixing the noodles and veggies together gives a fresh taste to each bite. Pour all the sauce on and mix it up for the best flavor.

D'Vegan #5, spicyA similar but more spicy dish, the #5 – Lemon Grass Noodle (6.95) comes with a spicy “not-meat” over vermicelli with small mushrooms, sprouts, carrots, peanuts, and mint. The spicy protein mixes well with the sweet side sauce. This is very good overall, but the spice builds up. Mixing the sauce helps keep the heat at a reasonable level. If that doesn’t work, there’s always the hoisin sauce option.

D'Vegan Number 8But we couldn’t ignore the soup. We had to try the #8 – D’Vegan Noodle Soup (7.25). It carry’s the restaurant’s name, after all. Chewy veggie pastes, vermicelli noodles and mushrooms provide texture in a mild broth. Fresh shredded vegetables on the side give crispness, but the tomato chunks in the soup taste like canned stewed tomatoes. The overall flavor doesn’t jump out, but some of the ingredients might. A pepper here, a pineapple there – your taste buds won’t know where to look next. This is definitely a nice lunch on a cold day.

Apparently it is common for diners to come in and look up ingredients for Pho, thinking there might be some meat stock in the soups, but this is a completely vegan restaurant. All the stocks are vegetable based, so don’t worry about the broth. Indulge and enjoy.

D'Vegan Number 12AAll this attention to soup and vermicelli noodles might give the impression that’s all D’Vegan has to offer, but that would be wrong. An entire menu column dedicated to flat noodles says otherwise. #12A – Deluxe Flat Noodles (8.95) comes with the same beef-like protein that the #5 sports, but this version tastes very much like peppered beef with brown sauce, noodles and fresh vegetables. This has so much pepper that the pepper smell overpowered everything else when it came to the table. And the top layer is crunchy with black pepper. Red peppers hide inside and the spice builds, so be warned. A good dish, if you like pepper, this is a large enough portion to share.

D'Vegan Number 16Another recommendation that is large enough to share is the #16 – Shredded Tofu Broken Rice (6.95) We asked which is better, #16 or the #6 – Rice Porridge (6.95), and while our waiter said they are both good, the #16 is “more Vietnamese style” and he wanted us to try it. Extra points for ensuring we remain open to new experiences. In addition to the shredded tofu, this has strips of a protein thing similar to fake chicken. Those strips are really good and if we didn’t like each other so much we might have fought over them. The shredded tofu has a gritty texture, but it’s interesting against the rice. Putting a little sauce on top and eating a bite with a bit of fresh cucumber or tomato changes the flavor completely. On top, we love the shredded ginger and carrots.

As mentioned earlier, there are other food vendors and a hair salon just outside the restaurant. Between the mixed food smells and beauty fumes, there is a bit of a petting zoo odor here. But the food is good and the people are truly kind, so don’t let that one little thing keep you away. And don’t wait for a check to come to the table. When you are finished, just walk up to the counter and a member of the staff will ring you up.

Overall, we like this place and plan to return. The people are nice, and the food is great. On top of that, this is 100% vegan. What more can we ask of a restaurant? Definitely head over and check it out.

Until next we meet, enjoy great food and keep a happy heart.

Come back next Sunday for another ride through cattle country.

On a recommendation from a friend, we visited Bliss off Northwest Highway and Douglas in Dallas. Never having tried raw food outside of the common snack trays and salads, we had one question: What exactly is raw food?

We found our answer at Bliss. Nothing here is cooked at a high enough temperature to reduce the nutritional value. An added benefit comes in the natural textures of the fresh organic ingredients used. All of the vegetables retain their crispness, removing the need to bake or fry anything to add texture. Not to mention the flavors. No wonder this raw food thing caught on!

"Rawko" Tacos at BlissBliss is a vegan organic restaurant, and even our carnivorous contributors loved the food. With a yellow flax seed and corn shell, the “Rawko” tacos (15) are easily picked up with the hands. A nutty paste and semi-spicy sauce atop the lettuce and vegetables make this crispy meal extremely flavorful. So flavorful, in fact, that the “meat and potatoes” man couldn’t get enough of them. He even insisted on sharing and tried other dishes to see if they were as good.

Bliss Primavera BowlThey were. Super skinny zucchini and olives give the primavera bowl (13) an Italian feel. The soft-crisp coolness of the zucchini sets the tone for the salty pop of an olive while red peppers add a sweetness and extra crunch. The dish seems to be something akin to tapenade with a nutty feel and flavor. It looks like a small bowl, but this was easily enough food to fill two people. Don’t let kelp noodles keep you away. This is a definite recommendation dish.

Greek Raw Pizza at BlissWe also fell in love with the Greek raw pizza (13). A crust similar to the taco shells makes this difficult to cut, but perfect to eat with your hands. This pizza looks like small salads on mats and tastes different than anything we’ve had, but we’d gladly have it again. Hummus where you’d traditionally find a sauce is a nice touch, and the avocado is excellent. Greek olives bring that bit of salt so the capers can add flavor without calling attention to themselves. A dressing similar to vinegar and oil gave strength to everything on this pizza.

Veggie Sandwich at BlissAnd how can you talk about a cafe without mentioning the veggie sandwich (10). Given the raw nature of everything at Bliss, the “bread” is actually a thin sheet of grains much like the taco shells. Definitely not bread-like, it has a sweetness almost like raisins. Shredded carrots go well with the “bread.” Everything on this sandwich is shredded or chopped finely enough to fall out onto the plate, but once you figure out the grip, this is a great sandwich.

We are four for four at Bliss, but everything we tried was amazing. We didn’t get to try the desserts or elixirs, but have faith they will be just as good as the entrees.

The cafe holds ten active tables, plus three under the kitchen that substitute as pamphlet stands. A booth seat runs the length of each wall and chairs sit on the room side of the tables. The wait staff appears to consist of one friendly guy who takes care of the entire place. The food is worth the wait, but it might be good for the cafe to bring on extra help for time-sensitive times like lunch.

Regardless, we will absolutely come back here. The cafe does not have a signature dish, but the most popular choices are: Greek raw pizza, rawsagna, enchiladas, and tacos. From what we’ve experienced, everything here is worthy of signature status. No matter your dietary needs, you’ll find something wonderful at Bliss.

Until next we meet, enjoy great food and keep a happy heart.

Come back next Sunday for another ride through cattle country.

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