Food And Drinks

The 8 best places to eat vegan in Orlando, Florida


Orlando, Florida is a popular tourist destination for its theme parks like Disney World and Universal Studio. It is also one of the best cities to eat plant based as not only are there many local restaurants that have many vegan options, but there are also many vegan or vegetarian restaurants. We’ve rounded up our eight favorite places in town that will satisfy all of your plant cravings.

1. Dharma Fine Vittles, 2603 E South Street

Plant yourself: Market On South is located in the Milk District of Orlando and is a shared marketplace. Dharma Fine Vittles is currently located here. It’s a quaint restaurant with both indoor and outdoor dining – perfect in sunny weather. Dharma Fine Vittles is the only restaurant that serves delicious Mediterranean, plant-based dishes, which means it can get full very quickly. Be sure to get there early to secure a great spot and avoid long lines!

Be sure to: Grab one of their delicious sandwiches! One of her favorite meals at her Orlando location is the Florida Fried Green Tomato Sandwich, which consists of crispy, deep-fried green tomatoes, garlic cabbage, and a smoked eggplant tartar between two slices of warm Texas toast. We’re also a huge fan of their Dharma Fried Chicken (DFC) bowl, which features the crispest, most tender fried chicken with rosemary puree, sweetcorn, and their creamy mac n ‘cheese.

Leave space for: A tasty side! For the sides, you can’t go wrong with their cheesy homies – cheeky fried potatoes topped with a creamy hot sauce and topped with spring onions. Their tater salad is out of this world either – it’s creamy potato salad with vegan mayonnaise, Dijon mustard and soft potato cubes. Sometimes they have one-off specials (as announced on their IG: @DharmaFineVittles) that you sure don’t want to miss!

2. V’s Diner, 5601 Edgewater Drirve

Call everyone: Comfort gourmets! This burger joint won’t stop impressing. There are a variety of American comfort dishes such as burgers, sandwiches, and chilli. It is located in A Sound Garden with both indoor and outdoor seating – a perfect place for a date or a get-together with friends.

Have to try: The classic V’s burger. This delicacy will satisfy taste buds for both vegans and non-vegans. This paradise burger has a homemade seitan patty, melted American Follow Your Heart cheese, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onion, and homemade V sauce between a toasted, oven-baked bun. They also shoot their weekly specials so keep an eye out (via their Instagram @VsVeganDiner) for what they want to cook next!

Do not miss: The vegan chili. This warm stew is full of flavor and filled with ingredients that are good for you. Pair it with an order of french fries for a crispy side that’s the perfect accompaniment. If you’re not a big roast fan, there’s a flawless Caesar salad with non-dairy cheese and a creamy Caesar dressing too good to miss.

3. Veggie Garden, 1216 E. Colonial Drive, Suite 11

Call everyone: Vietnamese foodies! This is the best destination for any plant-based Vietnamese food. They have a variety of soups and rolls, all without meat or seafood. This quaint restaurant has some indoor and outdoor seating. However, you should arrive early (especially on weekends) to secure a sweet spot.

Be sure to: Try one of their Phở dishes! Phở is a noodle soup that is served with fresh bean sprouts, basil, lemon, lettuce, mint, coriander and spring onions. We love the Bún Riêu – tofu flower soup – with fresh tomatoes, fried tofu and tofu flowers.

Order for a lot: The appetizing rolls. If you love crispy jicama, order Bò Bía – summer rolls – with carrots, jicama, tofu, lettuce and peanut sauce. They also have an excellent chả Giò – spring rolls – with tofu, shredded vegetables, mung beans, and plum sauce.

4. Leguminati, 2401 Curry Ford Road

Plant yourself: Leguminati is located in the legendary Hourglass Social House, a perfect spot for a date or happy hour. There is something for everyone – whether you come here to study or take a day out with your family. It can get a little loud and crowded with all the fans. So be sure to stop by early to secure a spot.

Have to try: One of the crunchwraps! If you’re craving a high-protein, cheeky wrap, Leguminati is the place for you. One of our favorites is the Cali Crunch. There is vegan chicken, crispy rice paper bacon, spicy sriracha, crispy tostada, creamy guacamole, tomatoes, red onions and spinach – with their homemade vegan ranch in a flour tortilla.

Do not miss: The Crunch Mac Wrap – Your taste buds will thank you later. Get a crunch wrap with your diner and then one for the street! Your Crunch Mac Wrap contains seasoned vegan beef crumble, mac and cheese, tostada, vegan sour cream, tomato cubes and lettuce in a flour tortilla.

5. The Earthy Kitchen, 9318 E Colonial Drive A9

Call everyone: Lovers of Puerto Rican Cuisine! The Earthy Kitchen offers Puerto Rican home-cooked, plant-based meals that won’t disappoint. This restaurant cooks every meal with a lot of love and high quality, fresh ingredients. They contain plenty of seasonal vegetables from local farms in the area.

Order to share: The stones for your party. Think of crispy, fried plantains with a salty, savory taste. If you have a sweet tooth, take a few orders of their sweet plantains, which are deliciously sautéed in sugar. Your party won’t get enough of this!

Leave space for: One of the delicious sandwiches. The Earthy Kitchen is famous for its jackfruit pork, which is cooked like pulled pork. We’re a big fan of their Pernil sandwich with roasted jackfruit pork, onions, peppers, and non-dairy mozzarella cheese.

6. Woodlands Indian Cuisine, 6040 Orange Blossom Trail

Call everyone: Indian foodies! Woodlands Indian Cuisine is a popular neighborhood restaurant for South Indian plant-based dishes. From hot steamed idlis to fresh dosas, this place serves a variety of dishes that will please your taste buds.

Order to share: The mixed vegetable pakoras and mango juice. If you’re a veggie fan, you’ll instantly fall in love with veggie pakoras as they are crispy potato, onion, and chilli fritters. Got Too Much Heat? Let cool with fresh, sweet mango juice.

Do not miss: The Chana Batura. This dish is out of this world – think fluffy bread along with a side of flavorful but creamy chickpea curries. If you prefer a vegetable-based curry, try the Poori Sagoo, which comes with mashed potatoes, onions, and green pea curry.

7. Loving Hut, 2101 E Colonial Drive

Plant yourself: Loving Hut, the largest vegan restaurant chain in the world, has a very special place in the hearts of vegans. This restaurant is a family favorite as there is something for every family member to enjoy. You only have a limited number of indoor seats. So get in early before the lunch or dinner rush starts.

Order to share: The love basket for everyone in your group. These are the perfect snacks for family game nights or an outdoor picnic. The Loving Basket contains golden soy protein, green tempura beans, tempura king oyster mushrooms, vegetable-based golden protein, tempura sweet potatoes and a side of Asian-inspired coleslaw with a side of dipping sauce.

Do not miss: The Tofu Spicy Cha Cha! If you love the heat you will love this one. It’s sauteed tofu with red bell peppers, green bell peppers, celery, onions, crushed red pepper, and cilantro. They also have an excellent sizzling eggplant with eggplant, tofu, mushroom sauce, onion, jalapeno, and cilantro melting in your mouth.

8. Erin McKennas Bakery, 1642 E Buena Vista Drive B.

Call everyone: Dessert fans! Erin McKenna’s bakery is truly a magical place as all of the baked goods are plant-based, gluten-free, soy-free, and refined sugar-free. This Disney Springs bakery is a popular destination for vegans and non-vegans alike.

Be sure to: Grab one of their heavenly donuts. Their donuts are seriously a crowd puller and make a fabulous sweet treat. They currently offer a variety of delicious flavors like cinnamon sugar, cookies and cream, coffee crunch, vanilla-dipped, chocolate-dipped, and Samoa.

Leave space for: Ice cream and cookies. You can’t go wrong with chilled vegan ice cream on a hot day in Florida. The ice cream is super creamy and goes perfectly with any cookie. The flavors of biscuits vary from the classic chocolate chip to a delightful sugar, but whichever flavor you choose, it is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.


Janet Smith