Lunch Special: Shangri-La
Shangri-La Vegetarian Restaurant (2026 Irving) serves Kosher Chinese food that's been blessed by local rabbis. It offers a great many vegan options, including some of the best fake meat around (try the goose!), and the affordable lunch special ($6.40) is healthy and filling. A personal favorite is the Sweet and Sour Walnut, which is just like the traditional dish except puffs of walnut and gluten are substituted for pork or chicken.
The full portion of Sweet and Sour Walnut costs $1.10 more, which is totally worth it when you know that it comes beautifully served in half of a fresh pineapple. I am unspeakably hard on veggie pot stickers at other establishments (I think they are mostly pointless and sad), but Shangri-La has mastered the art of the dumpling wrapper and is far better than the un-blessed dim sum bakery that's right next door. -- Tamara Palmer