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Dallas chef opens 'ghost kitchen' vegan restaurant for Lake Highlands area

Dallas chef opens 'ghost kitchen' vegan restaurant for Lake Highlands

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General Tso's "chicken." It tastes like chicken. Photo courtesy of TLC

There's a new vegan restaurant-of-sorts aiming to serve northeast Dallas including the Lake Highlands neighborhood and capitlizing on a hot new coronavirus-inspired trend: the ghost kitchen.

Called TLC Vegan Kitchen, it was launched in April by vegan chef Troy Gardner, best known for his vegan restaurant at Trinity Groves, V-Eats Modern Vegan.

Ghost kitchens are like a virtual restaurant, with no brick and mortar location. The food is made at a kitchen and is available via delivery and pickup only. Gardner is using Revolving Kitchen, a commercial kitchen that rents out its facilities to chefs, and is located at 520 Shepherd Dr. in Garland, just on the other side of Lake Highlands.

TLC stands for "Tastes Like Chicken," and capitalizes on Gardner's signature oyster mushrooms, that some diners say tastes like and has the texture of chicken. He'll also offer chef specials, family-style meals, boxed lunches, and a vegan menu of savory and sweets with items like:

  • pizza topped with homemade cashew mozzarella
  • chili
  • chicken-fried steak
  • lasagna with house made ricotta, mozzarella, & parmesan
  • chocolate lava cake
  • banana foster pudding

Delivery is available through TLC directly or through third-party delivery services like DoorDash and UberEats. If you go through TLC, deliveries are within a 7-mile radius, without additional fees. Visit www.tlcvegankitchen for direct delivery and curbside pick-up.

Food can be ordered online at any time and scheduled for pick-up for another day or time during their business hours which are Sunday-Thursday 4-10 pm, Friday-Saturday 4-11 pm.