Plenty of Walt Disney World guests are looking for vegetarian eats in the theme parks, so we did a little scouting to find the best. These are our choices – what are yours?
In Magic Kingdom Park, quick-service picks include the Greek salad, veggie wrap or veggie burger at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe in Tomorrowland. Across the park in Frontierland, we like the veggie flatbread at Golden Oak Outpost. And the Lighthouse Sandwich at Columbia Harbour House in Liberty Square, a delicious stack of hummus and broccoli slaw on whole-grain bread.
For table service, our top pick is Tony’s Town Square Restaurant: at lunch, the eggplant stack with caramelized onions, fresh mozzarella, Parmesan, red sauce and penne pasta; at dinner, the gnocchi with goat cheese and leek cream sauce and spinach.
At Disney’s Hollywood Studios we go for the grilled vegetable sandwich at Backlot Express when we’re on the run. For a meal to savor, hands down it’s the substantial Cobb Salad or the noodle bowl with wok-fried coconut tofu, soybeans, sugar snap peas, bok choy and shiitake mushrooms in a red curry broth (pair it with a Riesling for a delicious memory) at the Hollywood Brown Derby Restaurant.
We found lots of great vegetarian tastes at Epcot. For a quick bite, Tangierine Café in the Morocco Pavilion has a vegetarian platter with hummus, tabouleh, lentils, falafel and marinated olives with fresh Moroccan bread. Or grab a cheese plate and fresh baguette at Boulangerie Patisserie in the France Pavilion. In the Japan Pavilion’s Teppan Edo, we go for yasai, fresh seasonal vegetables with udon noodles and steamed rice.
Among favorite table-service spots are La Hacienda in the Mexico Pavilion for the black bean soup with cactus leaves, queso franco and Mexican cream, the roasted sweet peppers with lime and sea salt and the spinach house salad with queso fresco, tomatoes, pomegranate, pine nuts and avocado drizzled with mustard vinaigrette. Add a lime-raspberry margarita! At Le Cellier Steakhouse in the Canada Pavilion, we make a meal of the sides: wild mushroom risotto, creamed spinach, baked mac and cheese and amazing grilled asparagus. Let them eat steak! And we have to give a shout out for our favorite wood-burning oven margherita pizza at Via Napoli.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom favorites include the veggie eggroll from the Bradley Falls kiosk, and the bounteous buffet at Tusker House – one of the best Walt Disney World places for a vegetarian to graze. Chutneys, salad, curried basmati rice, spiced tandoori tofu, saffron-infused vegetables, couscous with roasted vegetables, vegetable samosas, pearl couscous with sweet basil, basmati rice with toasted almonds…the list goes on.
Do your own exploring and let us know what you like best.