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Cosmic Café

Not too long ago, it would have been normal to find Wes Anderson and the Wilson brothers huddled around a table at Cosmic Café. One can only speculate how many films that trio brainstormed while digging into plates of Indian-inspired vegetarian cuisine at the Oak Lawn café, which has earned a reputation as the go-to spot for vegans and vegetarians in Dallas. Though celebrities have brought the café a good deal of hype, few things have changed since the early days. The staff continues to churn out an inspired menu of vegetarian plates, nearly all of which can be made vegan. To complement this health-conscious food, they also lead a series of restorative activities each week. Yoga sessions, for example, help guests achieve peace through breathing, stretching, and learning to block out the smell of the delicious Indian pizzas baking next door.

2912 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas,
TX
US

It’s obvious that Stephan Pyles has let his travels inspire his menu at Samar: just look at each section’s title. “Inspirations from Spain” features sautéed mushrooms with hazelnuts and valdeon cheese, while “Inspirations from Eastern Mediterranean” serves up small plates of falafel, fattoush salad, and brussels sprouts drizzled with pomegranate molasses. As for Pyles’s “Inspirations from India,” he brought back pan-seared scallops with green coconut curry and lamb biryani with fried shallots. Guests dine on these small plates amid a space decorated with richly colored fabrics, golden lanterns, and custom zebrawood tables. Like the menu, the atmosphere feels authentic thanks to Pyles’s travels: he headed to the Souk El-Hamidiyeh bazaar in Damascus and to markets in Beirut to choose light fixtures and to make sure the rest of the design had the proper aesthetic. The resulting intimate space may even help inspire “samar,” which means late-night conversations among partners, close friends, or two ships passing notes in the night.

2100 Ross Ave
Dallas,
TX
US