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<CS:BOLD>DALLAS -- The entrance to Natura, a new health-conscious restaurant on McKinney Ave. here, makes it pretty apparent that chicken-fried steak and mashed potatoes aren't likely to be on the menu.<BR><BR>Two artificial 16-foot artichoke trees...

DALLAS — The entrance to Natura, a new health-conscious restaurant on McKinney Ave. here, makes it pretty apparent that chicken-fried steak and mashed potatoes aren’t likely to be on the menu.

Two artificial 16-foot artichoke trees tower outside the front door, and a forest of artificial asparagus trees flank the foyer.

The menu takes a natural approach, too, with offerings prepared from organically grown vegetables, chemical-free meats and fresh fish flown in daily from Boston and Florida.

Check out the wild-mushroom and oven-dried-tomato pizza, $8.95; grilled chicken and roasted potato salad, $6.95; or red snapper and black bean tacos, $7.95. Entree prices peak at $16.95 for a bison steak with onions and mushrooms, but most hover at or below the $10 range.

Each menu item is analyzed by a nutritionist from the Cooper Clinic here, and a nutritional breakdown of each item is available for diners to review.

A decanter of purified water is brought to each table, and a state-of-the-art filtration system keeps the air fresh.

“People are very concerned about what they eat,” said co-owner Janet Colgin.”And they’re price-conscious, as well,” added Phil Cobb, Colgin’s partner at Natura.

Natura serves breakfast daily and is open until 11 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 2 a.m. Thursday to Saturday.