October is Vegetarian Awareness Month and celebrating has never been tastier. Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, or just curious about meatless cuisine, Orlando has you covered. You can enjoy a variety of vegetarian dishes at nearby restaurants. Many restaurant feature menus that are entirely vegetarian or vegan, while others offer options for your carnivorous companions. Check out these seven vegetarian restaurants to try while on vacation in Orlando.
Homestyle Comfort Food at Ethos Vegan Kitchen
Indulge in your favorite comfort foods, now made vegan. At Ethos, you’ll find vegan versions of classics such as mac and cheese, garlic knots, and shepherd’s pie. Pizzas and calzones are also on the menu, featuring toppings such as tofu, veggies, and vegan meatballs. For a true treat, try the old-fashioned milkshakes and ice cream sundaes, made entirely without dairy products.
Asian Cuisine at Shogun Japanese Steakhouse
Enjoy a side of wow with your meal as you watch as talented teppanyaki chefs prepare fresh and flavorful dishes right before your eyes. Although not an exclusively vegetarian restaurant, each dish is made fresh so the chefs can customize your meal to your needs. Enjoy tofu and veggies grilled to perfection, as well as fried rice and udon noodles. Craving sushi? Try the vegetable roll at Sakura Sushi next door.
Al Fresco Brunch at ’39 Poolside
Enjoy a leisurely poolside meal with tropical flavors. For brunch try the Challah French toast or a stack of decadent pancakes. If you prefer something savory, sample the Vegetarian “Burger” and fresh, made-to-order guacamole. This sunshine-filled brunch also includes a build-your-own bloody mary and mimosa station, as well as live music until 3:00 p.m.
South Indian Buffet at Woodlands
Featuring a 100% vegetarian buffet, this restaurant is a vegetable-lovers dream come true. Whether you order from the lunch buffet or the regular menu, at Woodlands everything is vegetarian so you can indulge freely. Sample nourishing dishes such as masala dosai, a thin crepe filled with potatoes and onions, or the vegetable biryani featuring steamed rice and spiced veggies.
Spanish Fusion at 98Forty Tapas and Tequila
If you’re dining with meat eaters 98Forty Tapas and Tequila is a great choice. Start with an appetizer of creative salsas and guacamole, featuring unexpected ingredients such as pineapple, jicama, and papaya. Then dive into the vegetarian nachos, tacos, and quesadillas featuring grilled portobello, peppers, roasted corn and black bean salsa, and Oaxaca cheese and queso fresco. If you like tequila, there are 40 specialty tequilas for you to try.
Famous Falafel at Hubbly Bubbly
This humble Middle Eastern staple becomes the star of the show at Hubbly Bubbly. Whether in a sandwich or a bowl, there are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options to explore. If you are feeling creative, you can design your own falafel bowl or sandwich topped with your choice of fresh veggies and flavorful sauces.
Organic Fare at Dandelion Café
When only the purest, organic and vegan food will do, visit Dandelion Communitea Café. This eco-friendly eatery offers wraps, bowls, chili, and nachos made with wholesome, local ingredients. Slow down and indulge in loose-leaf herbal teas or try craft beer and local kombucha on tap. Dine indoors and enjoy décor by local artists or eat in the fresh air surrounded by the edible garden.
Orlando’s best vegetarian restaurants can be found all through the city. When choosing accommodations for your vacation, go for something centrally located so that you can easily access all the places you want to visit. Midpointe Hotel, a Rosen property is located just off International Drive and is within minutes of several vegetarian-friendly restaurants. To book your Orlando vacation, call 407-352-1507.