Text Size


Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2014 JoomlaWorks Ltd.

Vegetarian Options Improving for the Meatless Many

I’ve found over the years that people who describe themselves as vegetarian aren’t always. I’ve also found that people who follow -- or attempt to follow -- a vegetarian diet do so for one of two reasons. 

Some choose to be meatless for health reasons. Animal based protein tends to be higher in cholesterol, and hormones and steroids used to raise the animals to slaughter age may also be cited as reasons to eschew meat. But it often comes out in conversation that someone who identifies as a vegetarian will admit to eating seafood or even chicken, keeping a distance only from red meats. 

Then you’ve got your ovo-lacto vegetarians, who do not eat even seafood but will partake of eggs, milk and other dairy products.

Other vegetarians follow the regimen for humanitarian reasons, choosing not to eat meat because they consider it cruel to do so. I actually know people who claim to be humanitarian vegetarians who still eat seafood, which I find curious. But I don’t judge. 

Strict vegetarians are the ones who say they won’t eat anything that has a face. Or used to.


Vegans take vegetarianism to a higher level and swear off any kind of animal product whatsoever, including eggs, milk, cheese and even honey, which few people think of as an animal product. But bees are animals, too.

Whatever one’s reason for keeping vegetarian or vegan, more options for dining out are available than in the recent past.

In fact, it’s rare to find a restaurant these days, even a steakhouse, that doesn’t offer at least one option for the vegetarian at the table. Granted, that option can sometimes be a literal translation of the term and be nothing more than a plate of vegetables, but at least they’re making an effort. Pasta dishes are also a stand-by option that many restaurants will offer as a go-to vegetarian option, but these are not always completely animal product free, especially when eggs are used in the noodles and cream or stock in the sauces. 

One restaurant that does well with offering meat, vegetarian and vegan options is Anatolia, a Turkish and Lebanese restaurant on Sand Lake Road.

To be completely sure you’re getting the best vegetarian options, choose a vegetarian restaurant. Indian restaurants are good options for all vegetarian, and even Indian restaurants that serve lamb and chicken tend to have a better sensibility for real meatless dishes.

But we have some very good all vegetarian Indian restaurants in the area, including Woodlands and Bombay Cafe, both on South Orange Blossom Trail. 

For vegan options, consider Ethos Vegan Kitchen in the Ivanhoe Row area north of downtown, and Dandelion Communitea Cafe in the Mills50 district.

And then there’s Cafe 118, a raw food restaurant. If veganism can be seen as extreme vegetarianism, raw food might be considered extreme veganism. That’s because not only is everything on the menu at this Winter Park restaurant totally animal product free, nothing has been rendered over 118 degrees and so is technically raw. Proponents of raw foodism contend that cooking food removes many of the plant’s nutrients.

But before any of you out there reading this while nibbling on a piece of bacon start to feel sorry for veggies and vegans, you should know that some of this food is pretty darned tasty, and I would wager that some dishes could be placed in front of a confirmed carnivore who would swear there was meat in the dish. I’m not talking about trying to replicate the taste and texture of meat, although some vegetarian restaurants do just that with processed tofu and other products. I think that’s just odd. But really good vegetarian restaurants have a creativity to make the ingredients available to them taste wonderful.

Related Articles/Posts
California Grill 2014, Created by Scott JosephCalifornia Grill 2014...
It's different than before. The "new" California Grill, the top-floor restaurant at Disney's Contemporary Resort, reopened almost a full year ago, after a maj...
Lots of New Restaurants Opening, Created by Scott JosephLots of New Restaurants Opening...
New restaurants all around, some now open, some up and coming. Atlantic Beer and Oyster, the first of the three reported new restaurants to occupy the former...
Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month is Sooner Than You Think, Created by Scott JosephVisit Orlando's Magical Dining Month is Sooner Than You Think...
September used to mean it was Magical Dining Month, but no longer. Now Magical Dining Month is September and the last week of August. This year, the dining be...
Smashburger to Join Local Burger Battle, Created by Scott JosephSmashburger to Join Local Burger Battle...
What's that? You say we don't have nearly enough burger joints in Central Florida? Well, hang on, another franchise is moving into the area. Smashburger, whi...
New Indian Restaurant in Hannibal Square is Mynt, Created by Scott JosephNew Indian Restaurant in Hannibal Square is Mynt...
The name of the restaurant that will replace Fresh Cafe, which closed recently in Winter Park's Hannibal Square, is Mynt. The name was originally to be Blue Gin...
Tuesday, 2nd September 2014

What is a Flog?

A flog is a food blog with news and reviews of restaurants. Here you'll find all things edible, lots of things to drink, including expert wine advice, and lots of other stuff.

Follow Scott ...

Scott's Newsletter

Please register to the site before you can sign for a list.
No account yet? Register

Flog Advertisement

Featured Links: