Our Favorite Vegan Restaurants in Orlando
It's easy to eat on a vegan diet in Orlando. Check out these delicious vegan restaurants that have made Orlando such a vegan-friendly city.
It isn’t hard at all to be a vegetarian or a vegan in Orlando. As a matter of fact, vegan restaurants have become increasingly popular in this well-known vacation destination, and you don’t have to look far to uncover one of the many delicious meat-free eateries in the beautiful city of Orlando. Read on to discover some of the best places to get a vegan meal in sunny Orlando.
Dandelion CommuniTea Café
Begin your tour of Orlando vegan restaurants with a little green house known as Dandelion. This is one of the most well-known vegan restaurants in Orlando, and it has been a part of the downtown area for almost ten years. Every ingredient in the foods prepared here is organic, and almost all of the ingredients are grown on-site in a small garden. For creative or spiritual types, the café also features weekly open mic poetry nights, monthly full moon drum circles, and local artist events as well.
The most popular dish at Dandelion is the Giddyup, which features tempeh chili, freshly baked corn chips, onions, tomatoes, and vegan cheese. This concoction can be ordered as a gluten-free bowl, on top of a salad of lettuce of quinoa, or in a wheat wrap. Another excellent choice is the Fakin’ Lettuce & Tomato sandwich, which has all the fixings of a BLT with none of the animal products. Check out some of the locally-sourced organic tea that is also available here, either iced or hot. The iced chai latte with almond milk is exquisite!
Dandelion is located at 618 North Thornton Avenue in Orlando.
Ethos Vegan Kitchen
A short distance from Dandelion, you can find Ethos Vegan Kitchen, one of the most popular restaurants in Winter Park. And unlike Dandelion, which does offer dairy-based cheese at an extra fee, there are absolutely no non-vegan options at this restaurant. Everything is completely free of animal products, and most dishes are gluten free as well. Ethos has been a strong part of Orlando’s vegan scene since 2007, and in fact it became so popular with the locals that it had to move to a larger location in 2012.
Start off your meal at Ethos with an appetizer of Hoe Cakes, which are made of cornbread and topped with a black-eyed pea salsa. Then move on to a main course of Tortellini Florentine, a pasta filled with tofu and served with artichokes, spinach, and mushrooms, topped in a dairy-free cream sauce. If you prefer something without such a strong Italian flavor, opt for the Sheep’s Pie, which is a meat-free shepherd’s pie full of veggies and topped with mashed potatoes and gravy. Finish your feast with a slice of the fresh vegan cake of the day.
Ethos is located at 601B South New York Avenue in Winter Park.
Loving Hut is a slightly newer member of Orlando’s vegan restaurant scene, having been around since 2009, but it has already solidified its place as a staple of vegan eating in this city. The restaurant prides itself on helping new vegetarians and vegans transition from meat eating by way of its delicious and readily available meals. Loving Hut is also one of the cheapest vegan options in Orlando, so be sure to stop by multiple times and enjoy a wide variety of dishes!
The food at Loving Hut is all Asian in flavor and style, and the Sushi Delight is a great place to start your meal (or an excellent light lunch on its own). The sushi is made of celery, tofu, carrots, avocado, and vegan ham, and it is so fresh and delicious you won’t even notice that it’s missing fish. Order a bowl of vegan pho for a warm and tasty meal, or dive into a raw grapefruit salad full of fresh local citrus. For any picky members of your dining party, Loving Hut also features a classic veggie burger served with sweet potato fries.
Loving Hut is located at 2101 East Colonial Drive (Hwy 50) in Orlando.
Visit Bombay Café for a taste of Indian street food in the heart of Orlando. Bombay Café features a wide variety of Indian flavors from every aspect of India’s vibrant culture, and none of the dishes at this restaurant contain meat or animal products. Everything is prepared fresh in the restaurant, including the fruit juices that have made this place such a popular midday stop for Orlando locals.
If you like samosa, the vegetarian samosa at Bombay Café is sure to please. Try the Paper Dosa for an authentic flavor wrapped in a thin rice crepe, or choose Bhei Puri for a tasty variation on the classic puffed rice dish. If curry is more your speed, Bombay Café features a wide variety of curry dishes. The Aloo Gobi is one of the best. It is made of potatoes and cauliflower in a thick, spicy curry sauce.
Bombay Café is located at 1137 Doss Avenue in Orlando.
No matter what type of food you are in the mood for, you can easily find a vegan version of it in Orlando! The next time you find yourself in this exciting city, make time to stop in any or all of these restaurants. You won’t be disappointed!
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