You don’t have to be a vegetarian to appreciate and enjoy vegetarian dishes around Walt Disney World. I remember as a former vegetarian years ago visiting the parks and being given the options of veggie burger, fries, or salad. We didn’t do much table service when I was younger, as we wanted to spend as much time as possible on attractions. That, and pretty much everyone else was fine with hockey puck burgers and chicken nuggets. 😉
I’ve been on a bit of a mission to find awesome vegetarian dishes around property, and the past year I’ve found some top-notch ones (I’m limiting this list to items from the past year as menus change). Some are entrees, and some are appetizers that could eat as a meal for one. I’ve tried to stay away from more snack-like items. Ready to look around? Let’s go!
Raglan Road is always a great time, with delicious food, an amazing sangria made with Magner’s cider, and fun entertainment. One of the items on their appetizer menu, the Tart Art, is a rich combination of asparagus and goat cheese with garden peas, leeks, and lemon oil dressed arugula.
At Beaches & Cream at the Yacht & Beach Club, comfort food is the name of the game. The classic grilled cheese and tomato soup is tweaked for tomato bisque with a six-cheese blend on sourdough bread. Flavors are familiar but a bit more complex in this version.
Pop Century’s Everything Pop has several flatbreads to choose from, but straying from your typical cheese or pepperoni is the Mediterranean Flatbread. While it does in fact come topped with chicken, it can be ordered without. Then, the peppers, artichoke hearts, olive tapenade, onions and feta can take center stage.
If you’re a fan of quinoa, Beach Club Marketplace’s Quinoa Vegetable Wrap is for you. Lots of quinoa and vegetables including lettuce, eggplant, and zucchini fill a soft wrap and are served with a side of house-made chips.
On a recent trip to Contempo Cafe, I tried this Roasted Curry Vegetable Salad. The price was right at $6.69, and there is easily enough food for two tucked inside the bowl. Flavors are bold without being overpowering, greens are dressed perfectly, and dried cherries add a pop of sweetness to this savory salad. It truly eats like a meal.
The best falafel I’ve had on property comes from Beaches Pool Bar at the Grand Floridian. Served with three dipping sauces, these crispy-on-the-outside fritters have a smooth interior. With six golf-ball sized pieces per order, they make for a great snack when shared or can satiate a light hunger as meal.
Another recent taste for me was Columbia Harbour House’s Lighthouse Sandwich. With Matt often wanting to stop in for the Anchor’s Aweigh Sandwich (tuna salad), I now have a new favorite go-to with its hearty bread, hummus and broccoli slaw.
Found on both the adult and kids menus, the Vegetarian Flatbread at Electric Umbrella is not just marinara and cheese. Instead, flavors are layered with a tomato pesto base topped with mushrooms, feta cheese and arugula. The kids portion (below) is half of the size of the adult’s version and comes with two sides and a beverage.
In Norway, head to Kringla Bakeri og Kafe for the Vegetable Souffle. It’s not much to look at, but its combination of roasted mushrooms, spinach, potatoes, Jarlsberg and Muenster cheese is wonderfully savory and filling without being heavy.
Cheese fans should head to La Cantina de San Angel in Mexico for the Empanadas de Queso. These fried corn masa empanadas are filled with mild, melty Chihuahua cheese and topped with crumbled queso fresco and salsa verde. Ask for some pico de gallo or grab some sauces from the condiment station for some extra kick for your tortilla chips.
Tucked on the walkway between Harambe and Asia you’ll find Mr. Kamal’s. The menu recently had a revamp and now serves two fantastic dishes: Samosa and a Falafel Sandwich. The samosa are packed with a nicely-seasoned potato and pea filling and served with a sweet mango chutney.
The falafel here are different than the aforementioned fritters, but still pack a lot of flavor and are well executed in their own right.
Another shout out to fellow cheese fans, 50’s Prime Time Cafe (and adjacent Tune-In Lounge) has this delicious Fried Herb and Garlic Cheese appetizer. It was a fan favorite that disappeared and then returned. The fried Boursin cheese is accompanied by apple slices, baguette, and grapes.
I’m sure there are many of you out there who have other favorites that I may or may not have covered either here or on the blog. What are some I should keep an eye out for? Which are your favorites? Let us know in the comments!