Healthy Dining

2 new healthy restaurants open in northern Dallas suburbs on same day

2 new healthy restaurants open in northern Dallas suburbs on same day

Houston, Bellagreen
Sure does look healthy. Courtesy of Bellagreen

Two different restaurants dedicated to eating healthy are both, coincidentally, opening in two north Texas towns on the very same day.

And that day is December 14.

Here they are:

Snappy Salads, the award-winning, salad-centric Dallas-based chain, is scheduled to open at the south end of Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm located on the southwest quadrant of US-75 and Bethany Drive in Allen.

This will be the 18th Snappy Salads in Texas.

"Snappy Salads has proven that even salad-hating people will change their mind after trying our top-selling menu items like our Grilled Avocado Salad with Chipotle Lime Vinaigrette," says founder Chris Dahlander in a release. "Our Warm Riced Cauliflower Salad and nutrient-dense Bam Bam Salad also have allowed our guests to discover that healthy and nutritious food can be satisfying."

Snappy is eco-conscious. The new 2,240-square-foot location features tables made from reclaimed wood, energy-efficient lighting, biodegradable takeout containers and utensils, compostable cups, and paper straws.

Snappy Salads also serves food products aligned with its mission, like non-GMO oil, ferrous gluconate-free black beans and olives, EDTA-free mayonnaise, sustainably raised tomatoes, and organic fair trade iced tea.

Snappy Salads will host a pre-opening event called a "Dressing Rehearsal" event on December 13, from 11 am-2 pm and 5-8 pm. Guests are asked to donate $5 and in return will receive a salad and beverage of their choice. All money collected will go to the Allen High School Cheerleading Scholarship Fund.

Bellagreen American Bistro, which is based in Houston, continues its DFW expansion with a second area location opening at The Shops at Legacy in Plano.

This is their eighth location overall and the second outside Houston. The first DFW location opened in Dallas at Walnut Hill and US-75. Another location is coming to Plano at Preston Road and Park Boulevard in early 2019.

CEO Jason Morgan says that their mission is to make life and Earth more beautiful with every meal. "At Bellagreen, we are committed to supporting and improving the communities we serve by using high-quality foods and sustainable environmental practices," he says.

Their menu includes appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, tacos, burgers, pizzas, pastas, and desserts. There are options for gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and vegetarian.

The menu offers Best Agricultural Practices (BAP) certified seafood; locally-sourced Texas Angus beef; and an extensive selection of Sustainability In Practice (SIP) certified wines.

Items include honey fried goat cheese and arugula salad; brick chicken; and white chocolate bread pudding.

As Houston's first Certified Green Restaurant, Bellagreen operates in low-impact, environmentally green spaces that leverage water-saving devices, alternative power sources, and green practices to maintain harmony with the environment.

But what is their position on straws? This is the question.

To mark their opening, Bellagreen has launched a "Plano is bella" sweepstakes in which one guest will win free Bellagreen for a month. The first 500 entrants will also receive one free entrée. Enter to win on Facebook through December 19.