L’Artisan des Glaces

Some days in Disney World are unbearably hot, especially in summer. A good, quick way to cool down on those days is with a cold delicious treat. If you find yourself in Epcot on one of those days you should head over to the France pavilion for a refreshing snack.

Image from DisneyFoodBlog.com
Image from DisneyFoodBlog.com

When you wander back into the streets of the France pavilion you will find a hidden gem, L’Artisan des Glaces. Here you will find a wide assortment of ice creams and dairy-free sorbets. The flavors change pretty often so be sure to check the board when you walk in.

L'Artisan des Glaces menu
L’Artisan des Glaces Menu

When we were visiting in May 2015 we informed the cast member at the register that we were looking for dairy free sorbet. They told us that each sorbet flavor was in fact dairy free and that they will scoop ours separate in the back of the shop.

Sorbet selection
Sorbet Selection

We opted for mango, strawberry and lemon sorbets. We got our sweet treats in waffle cones as they too are vegan. After a few minutes a cast member came out of the back with our cones of sorbet.

Mango, Lemon and Strawberry Sorbet
Mango, Lemon and Strawberry Sorbet

These sweet snacks hit the spot. The mango was delicious, I would definitely get it again. The strawberry tasted just like fresh strawberries and the lemon had a pretty intense tart flavor to it. The waffle cone with it was a little weird, you can get their sorbets in cups too. This is a great snack option while in Epcot that isn’t a savory one.

Would we go again?
Yes! These were relatively cheap, quick and delicious.

Price?
$

Corey & Melissa

What’s your favorite sorbet flavor at L’Artisan des Glaces?

Be Our Guest, for breakfast!

Have you watched Beauty and the Beast and been jealous of Beast’s Castle? Well now you can experience it at Be Our Guest restaurant in Disney’s Magic Kingdom. It is quite large, with three uniquely themed rooms featuring an elegant ballroom and the west wing of the castle. During breakfast and lunch hours, Be Our Guest is quick-service, but functions as a table-service restaurant for dinner. The cuisine is French themed and French wine and beer are available at dinner. This is the only restaurant where you can find alcohol inside the Magic Kingdom.

Image from DisneyFoodBlog
Image from DisneyFoodBlog

Be Our Guest recently started serving a quick service breakfast, and we were lucky enough to get an early morning reservation. The regular adult menu did not have any vegan offerings, however, on the children’s menu, there is oatmeal offered with soymilk, which may be vegan. We had planned to speak to a chef upon arrival, but noticed a pre-order option when logged into My Disney Experience. This offered an “allergy-friendly” menu. When checking off allergies for milk and eggs, an option for waffles and fruit appeared. We pre-ordered waffles and fruit and hoped for the best!

Upon arriving, we were directed to the pre-order line. I asked the Cast Member if the waffles were vegan, and she told us yes. We paid and were given a magical rose, which would help our server find our table. One of our dining partners chose a table in the Beast’s West Wing. This room is smaller, dark, and richly themed and even includes thunder, lightning, and a portrait that shifts from Prince to Beast.

Erin McKenna's Bakery Loaves
Erin McKenna’s Bakery Loaves

A few minutes later, our food arrived. My husband (also vegan) and I were pleasantly surprised to each receive a plate of allergy-flagged slices of sweet breads.I asked the server if the loaves were vegan, after checking he told us that they were! The breads were from Erin McKenna Bakery NYC and included lemon cake with icing, a chocolate chip loaf, and a cinnamon sugar toasty loaf.

Allergy Free Waffles
Allergy Free Waffles

The waffles were the standard “allergy” (non-Mickey) waffles found elsewhere in the park. The fruit was a good sized portion with a nice variety. The surprise sweet breads were the best part, although this made the meal quite heavy on starch and sugar, but still delicious!

Would we go back?
Probably not, but mostly because the vegan choices were too sweet for our taste. We were impressed by the quality, however.

Price?
$

Tara & Paul

An Evening At Citricos

If you are looking for a five star meal while in Disney World you should stop by Citricos in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Citricos is a Signature Dining experience, which requires two Disney Dining Table Service credits. To dine in Citricos you’ll have to observe the dress code, which basically means semi-formal clothing, no flip flops, jeans or tank tops. The cuisine offered at Citricos is described as “Mediterranean-style”. The dining room is lively and bright, with beautiful views of the elegant grounds of the resort. Our friends Tara and Paul ate here in April of 2015, here is their review.

Tara and Paul
Tara and Paul

My husband and I first came to Citricos as a special treat for our 5th wedding anniversary in 2012. We loved it so much, we made a point of having one meal here during every trip since! We have been lucky enough to have Chef Phil come out to speak with us each time, and even prepare a few special appetizers for us. The wait staff are very knowledgable, bringing only vegan bread to the table and making a point of noting that they have Silk brand soy milk for coffee, etc.

Seared Tofu
Seared Tofu

The menu has always had one fantastic vegan tofu dish, which has changed two or three times over the past couple of years. The current offering is seared tofu, served with ratatouille, roasted mushrooms, lentils, spiralized veggies with a sun-dried tomato purée. The dish is incredibly flavorful and fresh-tasting, and the portion is large enough to leave you feeling full, but not stuffed.

Seared Tofu
Seared Tofu

For dessert, Citricos has Tofutti (usually both chocolate and vanilla), which is served with loads of delicious fresh berries.

Fresh Fruit and Tofutti
Fresh Fruit and Tofutti

We both agree that it is the best dish we have ever had, which is good considering the price tag ($30.00 for the entree). However, we agree that it is worth the price for the quality of food and service.

Would we go back?
Yes, we would go back, enthusiastically!

Price?
$$$$

Tara & Paul

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