Vegan fine-dining restaurant Belse Plant Cuisine recently opened in Dallas, TX. The new eatery was created by the owners and operators of Little Pine, a popular Los Angeles vegan eatery founded in 2015 by vegan musician and animal activist Moby with a mission to donate 100 percent of its profits to animal charities. Since Moby departed from the restaurant in 2020, Little Pine has been operated by local plant-based investors and continues to support animal charities.
On the menu
The Belse menu is similar Little Pine’s, featuring dishes such as Ketchup Flight with seasoned French fries, Crispy Cauliflower with charred pineapple aioli dipping sauce, Tomato Caprese with cashew mozzarella and balsamic glaze, Panko Crusted Piccata with smashed red potatoes and sauteed green beans, and desserts such as Milk & Cookies and C&C Mousse. The restaurant also offers a kids menu featuring smaller portions of mac and cheese and vegan chicken tenders with French fries.
Upscale vegan dining in Dallas
Belse Executive Chef Billy Diaz says Dallas was the biggest major city in America that didn’t have an upscale or fine-dining vegan restaurant like Philadelphia’s Vedge, Los Angeles’ Crossroads, or Oakland’s Millenium. “There are so many great vegan restaurants in Dallas that are more in the comfort-food space, but that [upscale] niche seemed open,” Diaz told VegNews. “And after meeting hundreds of customers that eat in all of [the restaurants] regularly, that seemed to be a unanimous opinion.”
Belse is joining Dallas’ thriving vegan scene of restaurants, food trucks, stores, and food brands, such as TLC (“Tastes Like Chicken”) Vegan Kitchen, El Palote Panadería, Lucky Mouth Grocery, and Mindful Mortal Cheese.