8. California Grill
Keeping with the resort-wide possibilities for meat-free feasting, you’ll find that many hotel restaurant locations even have specific vegetarian and vegan menus from which you can order. One such example is the Contemporary’s renowned California Grill. Here they present a wonderful array of mouthwatering meatless menu enticements, with specifically vegan items categorized by an asterisk. Some of the delightful options to find here include Crispy Tofu Steak, Vegan Black Truffle Selezione Pasta, Heirloom Tomato and Stone Fruit Salad, Goat Cheese Polenta, Vegan Pho, Vegan Fried Rice, Roasted Tomato Soup, Brentwood Corn Spoonbread, Lorabella Tomato Pizza, Vegan Pizza, and the Vegan Roll with avocado, jicama, quinoa, crispy fingerlings silken tofu, and truffle emulsion. Also note that many other restaurants within Disney’s Contemporary also sport delicious vegetarian and vegan items as well, like Chef Mickey’s and the Wave…of American Flavor, which also have delicious vegan breakfast items you may order upon request.
9. Flying Fish Café
While many don’t think of a seafood-sounding place to sport vegetarian and vegan cuisine concoctions, Flying Fish Café at Disney’s BoardWalk does just that. In fact, they even have a very accommodating and very specified vegetarian/vegan menu available to guests. They also emphasize that those items categorized as vegetarian, but not specifically vegan, can be made strictly vegan. The menu includes a collection of very satisfying appetizer and entrée selections, starting with Pickled Watermelon Stack made from beets, takuan, citrus espelette, and avocado; a Mesclun Salad with petite lettuces, market vegetables, herbs, barrel-aged feta, and torn focaccia, and a lovely Peaches and Cream presentation, with Sicilian pistachio dust, Vero Beach arugula, and Sonoma Chevre. Also note that the bread presented for the bread service is also vegan. As for the delicious entrées from which to order, you certainly have your pick from a host of delightful dishes, like Plancha-seared Chanterelles, Roasted Tofu, Crispy Feta Dumpling, and an Ancient Grains plate. You may also check with the chef and wait staff for additional improvised or unadvertised features as well, as they can work to concoct something else specific to your dietary requests.
10. Gasparilla Island Grill
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is a renowned restaurant haven, boasting many diverse eating experiences right onsite. So it’s no surprise that they would fulfill plenty of vegetarian and vegan requests as well. One such favorite onsite location that even offers an exclusive vegan menu is Gasparilla Island Grill—the resort’s primary quick service food court. Items on the menu range from breakfast offerings, lunch/dinner entrée selections, available desserts that fit the bill, and even a thorough indication of which grab and go features are certified vegan. For breakfast you can indulge in such offerings as the Tofu Scramble with herbs, spices, vegetables, and even vegan cheese or perhaps some Avocado Bagel/Toast. Vegan cream cheese is also available along with Silk brand yogurt, plain grits, and Enjoy Life brand muffins. Lunch and dinner entrée selections include Veggie and Vegan Burgers alike, a Vegan Chicken Sandwich with vegan cheese, Gourmet Pizza, and Create-Your-Own-Salad options. Featured desserts are the Enjoy Life Cookie, or options from the Tofutti Ice Cream Bar, or a Strawberry Fruit Bar. Grab and go items vary from veggies, apple slices, humus, and other offerings. And as noted before, you can also check with the chef and wait staff for any vegetarian/vegan fine-tuning to be implemented for other regular menu items as well. Also remember there are many other food locations all throughout the Grand Floridian that also provide meat-free fixings sure to satisfy.
In addition to all the aforementioned eating establishments we’ve highlighted here, there are numerous others that offer many now-staples for vegetarian and vegan eaters, from plant-based burgers to vegan cheeses and other fixings. Also remember that with any dietary requests, chefs are always willing to speak with you personally to see to your exacting needs, and it’s always a good idea, when able, to make reservations in advance, specifying your dietary or allergy requirements when you book. In conclusion, fulfilling specific dietary requests has never been easier than it is this day and age, and Walt Disney World remains one of the most committed places for carrying out all your wishes, culinary and otherwise.