Great Vegetarian Options in Unexpected Places

When I first started planning dining reservations at Disney I searched online to see what others recommended as the best places for vegetarians. While some places that were expected to be great were, Tusker House, others fell short, Boma (that one made me sad). But as we began visiting Walt Disney World more frequently, I expanded my horizons and gave other restaurants a chance and I was rewarded with some awesome vegetarian meals at some unexpected places.

Whispering Canyon Cafe
Whispering Canyon is known for their skillets filled meat, meat, and more meat. I initially made the reservation because I knew my husband would enjoy eating there. In September they changed up the menu some and were offering a new vegetarian/vegan option, sauteed red quinoa cakes. I loved it! The quinoa cakes came with a edamame salsa that was delicious and a beautiful salad. It looked and tasted like a meal from a signature restaurant.

Le Cellier
We visited Le Cellier before the recent menu changes. I wasn’t too thrilled with the vegetarian option but we had an awesome server so I decided to ask if there was another option. She said she would be happy to ask the chef and came back with several options. I decided to go with a custom veggie risotto. It was amazing! The chef even came to our table to make sure we were enjoying out meals. So the lesson here is it never hurts to ask.

50’s Prime Time Cafe
This was another reservation I made with my husband in mind. I knew he would enjoy the fried chicken and while I wasn’t too keen on the vegetarian option I thought I would give it a try. Luckily this was another restaurant that had a menu changes that included something new for vegetarians, spaghetti and “meatballs” a multigrain pasta, vegetarian meatballs, and marinara sauce. I’m looking forward to having it again in a few weeks.

Flying Fish Cafe
We have a goal to eat at all of the signature restaurants at Walt Disney World. Since we stayed at the Boardwalk in September we decided to try out Flying Fish Cafe. They are of course known for their seafood, my husband loved his, but they have a nice vegetarian option as well. You can choose from four of the sides and they will create a vegetarian bento box. Their menu is always changing but I had grilled summer crop asparagus, risotto, herb roasted mushrooms, and aged Gruyere and Parmigiano potato gratin. Everything was delicious and I highly recommend saving room for dessert.

I hope this helps with some of your planning. What I’ve learned is that you never know where you might have an awesome vegetarian meal, it could be at a steak house. I think Disney and their chefs have done a great job making sure no matter where you eat that you have a great option. And remember, if you don’t see something that appeals to you just ask your server if there are other options available.

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