Dandelion Community Café
618 N. Thornton Ave., dandelioncommunitea.com
Dandelion Community Café's completely vegan and organic menu includes sandwiches, burritos, bowls and wraps, each for under $10. Their super-garlicky hummus is a local fave.
Market on South
2603 E. South St., marketonsouth.com
Market on South is the home of Valhalla Bakery and Dixie Dharma, whose vegan menu includes twists on classic American comfort foods such as spicy cashew mac & cheese and "cheesy homies," a version of home fries that might just convert a carnivore.
5845 Winter Garden Vineland Road, humbl.com
This newly opened restaurant near Windermere High School offers vegan burgers, pizza and ice cream. The truffle toast, sourdough toast with truffle butter, mushroom confit and agave-ginger tomato jam, is a total umami bomb.
Leguminati Vegan Eatery
2401 Curry Ford Road, bean-team.com
Leguminati's completely vegan offerings include some tongue-in-cheek items like breakfast nachos and their take on Taco Bell's Crunchwrap, which is every bit as junk-food heaven as the original.
Proper & Wild
155 E. Morse Blvd., Winter Park, properandwildwp.com
Sip on sake-based cocktails at this fine-dining spot while nibbling chickpea fries slicked with pistou and vindaloo-almond aioli, kale-and-artichoke dip, or beet tartare capped with a turmeric-cashew "yolk." It's beautiful stuff.
323 E. Kennedy Blvd., Eatonville, dajeneats.com
Chef Jenn Ross specializes in Jamaican flavors like ackee and "saltfish" and vegan ox tail ("hoax tail"), but the not-so-Jamaican Buffalo chick'n biscuit is totally epic too.
Loving Hut Vegan Cuisine
2101 E. Colonial Drive, lovinghut.us
The Loving Hut's vegan menu includes classic Asian dishes like stir-fries and soups. Try the super-tasty "curry BBQ," an addictive dish of barbecue-sauced soy curls over bright-yellow curry rice.
The District Market at Mills 50
1221 N. Mills Ave., facebook.com/districtatmills
At this vegan marketplace several local vendors sell wraps, breakfast sandwiches, burgers, pastries and coffee.
Ethos Vegan Kitchen
601-B S. New York Ave., Winter Park, ethosvegankitchen.com
Ethos' completely vegan menu of American classics offers everything from pizza to pasta to "meatloaf" and shepherd's pie.
The Vegan Hot Dog Cart
14 E. Washington St., facebook.com/theveganhotdogcart
This cart posts up outside the downtown bars at night selling vegan hot dogs with mountains of delicious toppings. You want this.
12226 Corporate Blvd., valkyriedoughnuts.com
Their classic vegan square-cut, yeast-raised doughnuts are accompanied by vegan milkshakes and soft-serve, and Oreo bombs if you're lucky.
The Sanctum Cafe
715 N. Fern Creek Ave., thesanctumcafe.com
Sanctum's menu includes breakfast and brunch items, as well as veggie bowls and pasta, all incorporating mountains of different vegetables. They also serve cold-pressed juice mimosas, wellness shots, and several different espresso and matcha beverages.
This story is from the Aug. 8, 2019, print issue of Orlando Weekly's Newcomers Guide 2019. Stay on top of Central Florida news and views with our weekly Headlines newsletter.