Where To Eat Outside Of The Parks With Non-Vegans

People often head outside of the parks for table service meals. There are tons of restaurants located in the resorts and Downtown Disney. Many people may be the lone vegan or are a non-vegan themselves traveling with vegans and want to know where they should eat so everyone can enjoy their meal. We have selected some of the most vegan friendly and non-vegan favorite restaurants in this list.

Downtown Disney

Cookie Sandwiches and Donuts for breakfast
Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC

Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC is a quick service bakery that features allergy free treats. Here you can find gluten free and vegan bagels, donuts, cupcakes and just about anything else. We highly recommend stopping by here if you are looking for quick sweet treat, whether you need allergy friendly treats or not.

Raglan Road is located in Downtown Disney’s new area called The Landing. It features Irish food, music and dancing. Here vegans can enjoy a vegetable risotto while their non-vegan travelers can indulge in fish and chips, bangers and much more. This is a fun place to go to while visiting Downtown Disney.

Downtown Disney Resort Area

If you are looking to head just a little further than Downtown Disney, you can take a boat to Port Orleans resorts or Saratoga Springs.

Boatwright's Dining Hall -- Image from PortOrleans.org
Boatwright’s Dining Hall — Image from PortOrleans.org

Port Orleans Resorts
Boatwright’s Dining Hall is located at Port Orleans Riverside. This restaurant is only open for dinner. Here vegans can get a vegetarian pasta or jambalaya which features asparagus, mushrooms, peppers and rice. Meat eaters can enjoy catfish, voodoo chicken and many more New Orleans favorites.

Magic Kingdom Resort Area

All of the restaurants listed in this group are easily accessible from Magic Kingdom by either boat or monorail.

Crispy Tofu with Tempura
Trail’s End Restaurant

Wilderness Lodge & Fort Wilderness
Artist Point is a signature dining restaurant in the Wilderness Lodge that is only open for dinner. On the menu is a vegetarian lo mein that vegans can get. This restaurant is also in the process of creating a separate vegan/vegetarian menu. The rest of the menu features scallops, steak and salmon. This is a great restaurant to go to for a special occasion or just to have a fancy dinner.

Trail’s End Restaurant is located in Fort Wilderness next to the Hoop De Doo Musical Revue. It is just a short walk from the boat dock when you arrive from Magic Kingdom. This restaurant features a down home cooking buffet with baked potatoes, mac and cheese and fried chicken. Hidden in the kitchen is one of Disney’s best kept secrets, Chef TJ. Chef TJ will create an elaborate multi course vegan meal featuring fried tofu, nachos, and a dessert. This is a great restaurant for non-vegans and vegans alike, just know that this meal make take a few hours, so arrive hungry and ready to eat!

Whispering Canyon is located in Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. This restaurant is open for all three meals during the day. During lunch and dinner they offer a meal with quinoa cakes that can be made vegan without the yogurt sauce. The rest of the menu features burgers, sandwiches and seafood for your non-vegan companions.

California Grill - Image from PhillyVegans
California Grill – Image from PhillyVegans

Contemporary Resort
California Grill is a signature restaurant that is located in Bay Lake Tower next to Disney’s Contemporary Resort that is only open for dinner. This restaurant boasts one of the best views for Magic Kingdom’s Wishes firework show. This is a great restaurant for celebrating a special event or just because. The menu features sushi, flatbreads, seafood and much more. Here the chefs tend to get creative and create small plate samplings for vegans. These plates often feature risotto, salad and a flatbread.

Chef Mickey’s is located inside Disney’s Contemporary Resort with a quick walk from the monorail station. This restaurant is a buffet that is offered for breakfast and dinner. If you head here for breakfast you will get to experience a meal with Mickey, Goofy, Donald, Pluto and Minnie. The breakfast buffet features the standard american breakfast of eggs, waffles, bacon and fruit. If you are looking for a vegan option the chefs can make you vegan Mickey waffles and you can enjoy potatoes and fruit from the buffet. This is a great meal with kids because of the characters and food options.

The Wave… Of American Flavors is found inside of the Contemporary Resort and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For lunch and dinner vegans can find a vegetarian curry stew that is vegan as is. For non-vegans there is fish, lamb and other meat dishes.

Beauty shot of Tonga Toast
Kona Cafe

Polynesian Village Resort
Kona Cafe is an open restaurant that is located near the monorail station in the Polynesian Village Resort. This restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The breakfast menu offers french toast, pancakes, steak and eggs and a bunch more. If you are looking for a vegan option you can often get vegan Mickey waffles, and if you’re lucky, you can get a chef to make you a vegan Tonga Toast which is pictured above. If you head to Kona during lunch or dinner you can find a vegan sushi roll and a vegetable noodle stirfry. The other non-vegan options here include sushi rolls, seafood, burgers and Polynesian delicacies.

Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
Citricos is a signature dining restaurant that is only open for dinner. The menu features items like grouper, swordfish and steak. Vegans can enjoy a seared tofu dish that comes with ratatouille, lentils and a sun-dried tomato puree. This is a great option for a special occasion.

Narcoossee’s is also a signature dining restaurant that is only open during dinner. There is a seperate vegetarian menu here that can easily be made vegan. The items on the vegetarian menu include seared tofu and pasta. The regular menu has lobster, scallops and steaks. This is also a great option for a special occasion or celebration.

Epcot Resort Area

Beaches and Cream Soda Shop -- image from Disney
Beaches and Cream Soda Shop — image from Disney

Beach Club Resort
Beaches and Cream Soda Shop is more then what it sounds like. This restaurant can be found in Disney’s Beach Club Resort. Here you can set up a reservation for a full meal or just head to the to-go counter and get a dessert. The menu consists of items that include sandwiches and burgers. There is a falafel sandwich that should be able to be made vegan, but make sure to ask. If you are getting dessert to go there are sundaes and shakes. You can get vegan Tofutti or Rice Dream ice cream here too.

BoardWalk Resort
Trattoria al Forno can be found where Kouzzina once was at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort. This Italian restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner. Here you can find pizza, risotto, and of course pasta. Vegans can find a tofu and vegetable dish as well as some pastas. The staff is similar from Kouzzina which was very accommodating to vegans.

Animal Kingdom Resort Area

Jiko The Cooking Place
Jiko The Cooking Place

Animal Kingdom Lodge
Jiko — The Cooking Place is located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. This is a signature restaurant that is only open during dinner. This is a fantastic restaurant for vegans and non-vegans. Jiko features a full vegan menu upon request that changes with the season. The menu typically features flatbreads, seitan, tofu and more. The normal menu from Jiko includes dishes like seafood, chicken and lamb. This is a great restaurant for a large group to allow vegans to have multiple choices.

Boma — Flavors of Africa is located next to Jiko in the Animal Kingdom Lodge. This buffet is open for breakfast and dinner. This restaurant is very similar to Animal Kingdom’s Tusker House. The lunch buffet includes the usual eggs, bacon, potatoes. The Chefs here can offer vegan Mickey waffles as well as a tofu scramble at times. The dinner buffet offers African inspired cuisine including couscous, roasted chicken and much more. The chefs at Boma typically create items for vegans.

Sanaa is located in the Kidani Village section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Sanaa also features a seperate vegan menu available upon request. This restaurant has more of an Indian inspiration than the other two restaurants here. The non-vegan menu features items like Tandoori Chicken and New York Strip. The vegan menu includes Samosas, Stewed Lentils and Curries. This is a great restaurant for vegans to have lots of choices.

Corey & Melissa

Coral Reef, Visiting Nemo and Friends

‘Fish are friends, not food’ is one of the best lines in Finding Nemo. If this is something you also believe, then Coral Reef is a great restaurant for you. Coral Reef is located slightly to the right of The Seas With Nemo and Friends in Epcot’s Future World. This review is from our experience in November 2014.

Our table next to the aquarium
Our table next to the aquarium

Coral Reef is a seafood restaurant, which may turn away many vegetarians and vegans. However, on the menu they have a vegan as-is item! Marinated Grilled Vegetables and Vegetarian Chick’n Breast is on the menu for both lunch and dinner. This item features a breaded Gardein™ Chick’n breast.

Mr. Ray joining us for lunch
Mr. Ray joining us for lunch

When you walk into the restaurant you immediately feel like you are dining under the ocean. The lights are dimmed and the ceiling reflects light and water fragments. There are three tiers of tables with the lowest being next to the aquarium. If you are seated up higher you get a great view of all the aquatic life in there.

Earth Balance butter and rolls
Earth Balance butter and rolls

When we first spoke with our waiter we inquired about Earth Balance butter for our complimentary bread and butter. We have dined here before so we hoped we could get it again. Our waiter was unsure then returned with our vegan butter and bread. This is one of the few places we have found Earth Balance vegan butter. We both ordered the Chick’n Breast and anxiously awaited our delicious meal.

Marinated Grilled Vegetables and Vegetarian Chick'n Breast
Marinated Grilled Vegetables and Vegetarian Chick’n Breast

The grilled vegetables in the dish were tomato, pepper, mushroom, onion, yellow squash and zucchini. The chick’n breast seemed to be panko breaded. The chick’n breast was firm and not completely full of flavor. The Chick’n Breast with the tomato sauce was great. The vegetables were grilled perfectly so they weren’t mushy.

Close up of Chick'n Breast
Close up of Chick’n Breast

The tomato sauce was cold, which was a surprise as the rest of the meal was very warm. The sauce was also pretty citrusy/tangy but was still very good, while the black rice didn’t seem to have any seasoning on it. The dish as a whole is absolutely delicious. All of the flavors blend together so well and the crunch of the pine nuts is a great addition. If you are heading to Epcot and looking for a simple delicious vegan meal, this is the one you should try.

Would we go back?
Always, this is an incredibly delicious meal. Everything we have had here has been great. The service and food is worth it.

Price?
$$

Corey & Melissa

Where To Eat In The Parks With Non-Vegans

We understand that not everyone gets to travel to Disney World with just vegans. Or you may be traveling with a vegan and have no idea where they can eat. There are tons of restaurants that both vegans and omnivores will enjoy. To make your decision and planning easier we compiled a list of some of the best places to get a delicious meal for vegans and non-vegans.

Magic Kingdom

Pecos Bill's Tall Tale Inn
Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Inn

Quick Service If you’re looking for a quick meal in Magic Kingdom with your omnivore travel companions a great restaurant to stop in is Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Inn. Here a vegan can enjoy a Gardenburger® Malibu patty and a loaded toppings bar. The meat dishes here include taco salad, burgers and chicken.

Table Service Lunch If you’re interested in a sit down meal in Disney’s Magic Kingdom you should check out Liberty Tree Tavern. Here vegans can get a vegetable sandwich with vegan mayo and sweet potato fries. Your non-vegan travelers can order pot roast, burgers, pasta and fresh fish. This meal is only available to vegans during lunch, Liberty Tree Tavern serves family style dinners where you can still get the sandwich but will pay a dinner price.

Table Service Dinner Another good option for a table service in the Magic Kingdom is Tony’s Town Square. This is an Italian restaurant that easily caters to vegans. You can get a pasta dish with veggies or  spaghetti with pasta sauce. Omnivores can order steak, calamari, shrimp scampi and other items.

Epcot

Coral Reef
Coral Reef

Quick Service One of the best places to find a quick service meal in Disney World is Sunshine Seasons in Disney’s Epcot. This is a large cafeteria-like restaurant that offers tons of food options. Here vegans can pick up some Enjoy Life cookies, Tamrind Vegan Beef (Gardein Beefless Tips), pita with hummus, vegan soups (depending on the day) and a veggie sandwich. Meat options include fish tacos, sweet and sour chicken, pork chops and a ton more.

Table Service Lunch If you’re traveling with people who enjoy eating fish, Coral Reef is a fantastic option. Coral Reef has an on the menu vegan item that features a Gardein Chick’n Breast with vegetables, pine nuts and black rice. This is one of our favorite meals in Epcot. Your fish eating companions can enjoy lobster soup, trout, salmon, mahi mahi and lots more.

Table Service Dinner Epcot has a fantastic fireworks show called IllumiNations every evening along World Showcase. Dining in one of the pavilions before or during this event can really enhance the experience. A great place to dine before the show is La Hacienda de San Angel in the Mexico pavilion. La Hacienda has a vegetarian menu that can be easily veganized with enchiladas, tacos and a salad. Your traveling companions can order a variety of Mexican dishes including pork, short ribs, shrimp and chicken.

Hollywood Studios

50's Prime Time Cafe
50’s Prime Time Cafe

Quick Service If quick is your goal in Disney’s Hollywood Studios then Toy Story Pizza Planet is the place to be. Here you can get a vegan vegetable pizza with Follow Your Heart vegan cheese, just ask the Cast Member when ordering. The non-vegans in your group can order pepperoni, cheese or vegetable pizza, and meatball or chicken subs.

Table Service Lunch If you’re craving some comfort foods with your family then you should stop in 50’s Prime Time Cafe. Not only are you in ‘Mom’s’ kitchen from the 1950’s but you are also expected to behave so, so keep those elbows off the table! Vegans can get Sissy’s Vegetarian spaghetti which has vegan meatballs. Additionally vegans can get milkshakes here made with non-dairy milk and tofutti ice cream! Omnivores can enjoy fried chicken, meatloaf, pot pie and lasagna.

Table Service Dinner Another great experience to dine in is the Sci Fi Dine-in Theatre. Here you enjoy your meal in a vintage car at the drive in. Vegans can get a Gardenburger® Malibu patty on the veggie burger as well as a pasta dish. Vegan milkshakes are also available here, we recommend the Oreo shake. Meat eaters can enjoy a reuben, burgers, ribs and steak. This is a great experience for kids of all ages.

Animal Kingdom

Pizzafari
Pizzafari

Quick Service Pizza is usually a great go-to quick meal in Disney World. Disney’s Animal Kingdom has a great pizza place called Pizzafari. Here vegans can get a veggie pizza with Daiya vegan cheese, you will need to speak with a cast member when ordering to ensure your pizza is vegan. Non-vegans can order pepperoni or cheese pizza, Italian-style sandwich and salads. This is a quick and cheap meal for your visit in Animal Kingdom.

Table Service Breakfast or Lunch If a table service is something you’re looking for in Animal Kingdom then Tusker House is the place for you. This is a character meal that features Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Goofy. For breakfast you can get lots of fresh fruit, vegan Mickey waffles, potatoes and plantains. Meat eaters can enjoy bacon, eggs and the usual American breakfast items. If you want to go for lunch or dinner this is also a character meal and the buffet is full of vegan items. You can indulge in pita, hummus, tofu, potatoes, plantains, vegetables and dessert. Your meat eating travelers can enjoy all of that, plus, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese and carved meats.

Table Service Dinner If you’re looking for a table service that isn’t character centered then you should check out Yak and Yeti. Yak and Yeti features pan-Asian food which offers a Vegetable Lo Mein, just swap the noodles for rice to keep it vegan. Non-vegans can enjoy Mahi Mahi, Chicken Tikka Masala, Kobe beef and a ton more items. It’s easy to find somewhere to eat when you are traveling with non-vegans and those with special diets. Just because you’re the lone vegan doesn’t mean you should be stuck eating a salad or veggie burger everywhere. Make sure to suggest these restaurants to your traveling companions and hopefully you can enjoy a delicious meal too.

Corey & Melissa

Logan’s Report: Plaza Restaurant

Our friend Logan was in Disney World during Dapper Day on March 14th. To keep with the dapper theme he ate at the Plaza Restaurant. While dining he sent us some photos and info about his meal so we could share it with our readers.

View from inside the Plaza Restaurant
View from inside the Plaza Restaurant

The Plaza Restaurant is located just off Main Street USA in Disney’s Magic Kingdom. This is a great stop for a relatively inexpensive table service while visiting this park. Not to mention the great view of Cinderella’s Castle from inside the restaurant.

On the menu there is a veggie burger and a vegetarian sandwich that can be made vegan. Logan was told by Chef Ken that he was better off with a vegetable sandwich over the veggie burger. Typically the vegetarian sandwich comes with mozzarella and pesto which were removed to make it vegan.

Vegetarian Sandwich, vegan
Vegetarian Sandwich, vegan

The sandwich has hummus, cucumber, roasted red pepper, tomato and lettuce on it. Typically this sandwich comes with ‘fresh baked focaccia’ but he swapped the bread for wheat. The sandwich was pretty tasty, however his only complaint was that the bottom slice of bread became pretty soggy which made for a messy sandwich. The fries were nice and crispy.

Sandwich Detail
Sandwich Detail

Additionally Logan got a chocolate Tofutti root beer float. As he said ‘the root beer float was heaven on earth.’ You can get Tofutti ice cream floats with root beer, Coke, Diet Coke or Sprite.

Chocolate Tofutti Root Beer Float
Chocolate Tofutti Root Beer Float
Logan with Chef Ken
Logan with Chef Ken

“For $20, you cannot go wrong with a sandwich and a vegan root beer float.”

Logan

What kind of float would you get? Tell us in the comments!

Vegan Pizza in Disney

If you were to ask most people what their favorite foods were, pizza would be on that list. Since we all love pizza we wanted to post our favorite pizzas in Disney World. Just because you’re vegan in Disney World doesn’t mean you can’t get a vegan friendly pizza while on your vacation.

Pizza Planet
Pizza Planet

If you’re in the mood for a cheap quick pizza and you’re in Hollywood Studios then stop by Pizza Planet. Pizza Planet offers a veggie pizza with peppers, tomato, onion, mushroom and Follow Your Heart vegan cheese. You have to specially request it to be made vegan to get this cheese, you can also get a cheese-less pizza here.

Via Napoli
Via Napoli

If you’re more interested in a sit down style pizza you can make a reservation at Via Napoli in the Italy Pavilion at Epcot. They don’t offer vegan cheese here but the crust and toppings are great and the pizza is wood-fired. This pizza isn’t the cheapest on property but it is pretty tasty. The toppings offered here are pretty unique to any other pizza place in Disney. Here you can get eggplant, artichoke, arugula and many more. You will need to speak to a chef or manager about a vegan pizza to be made without cheese.

Vegan Veggie Pizza
Vegan Veggie Pizza

Another great quick service pizza option is in Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Pizzafari. The pizzas here are all pre-made so you will receive a pizza on muffaletta bread with peppers, tomoatoes, onions, mushrooms and Daiya vegan cheese. This is our favorite of the quick service pizzas, you will need to request a vegan pizza as it is not on the menu.

Trattoria Al Forno (image from easywdw.com)
Trattoria Al Forno (image from eatingwdw.com)

The last option is another sit down pizza option from Trattoria Al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort. We have not personally been here (yet!) but have heard great reviews of the Italian offerings here. This restaurant replaced Kouzinna By Cat Cora in 2014 which offered vegan friendly chefs. It appears that you would be able to get a vegetable pizza here without cheese.

Additionally we have not been able to get a delivery pizza from a Disney resort while staying there. You may be able to get a personal pizza from a moderate or value resort quick service depending on the way they are made. I would ask a Cast Member if this is something you can get.

Corey & Melissa

Which is your favorite pizza topping? Tell us in the comments!