• Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Guide to Vegetarian Dining at Universal Orlando

Guide to Vegetarian Dining at Universal Orlando

Imagine finally getting your family or group of friends to agree on a place to stop for lunch and waiting 20 minutes for it to be your turn to order before finally realizing that there aren’t any vegetarian dishes on the menu. We’re here to help avoid that inconvenience with a park-by-park guide to the Universal Orlando Resort restaurants that are vegetarian diner friendly.

Universal Studios Florida

Hollywood

Beverly Hills Boulangerie is a Parisian bakery meets American sandwich shop located just inside Universal Studios in the park’s Hollywood area that’s perfect for grabbing a quick breakfast on your way to explore the park or for a light lunch along the parade route. Morning treats include a variety of croissants, pastries, and other light breakfast items. Later in the day, stop in for a Health sandwich, which is made of swiss cheese, sprouts, cucumbers, and avocado. Sandwiches are served with a side of potato salad and fresh fruit.

Also in Hollywood is Mel’s Drive In. The 1950s drive-in, inspired by American Grafitti, offers standard diner fare like burgers and chicken fingers. For vegetarians, they serve a meat-free garden burger with cheese.

Production Central

Located between Hollywood and New York is the Classic Monsters Cafe. Inspired by the  horror film industry,  the restaurant is decorated with spooky movie memorabilia and monsters galore. The scariest part of this dining location? Its only meatless meal is cheese pizza, which can be ordered by the slice or the whole pie.

New York

Finnegan’s Bar & Grill, a traditional Irish-American pub, is a full service restaurant and lively bar that regularly features live music.  If you’re looking to sit back with a pint and enjoy a traditional Irish meal, this is your spot. Start with a meat-free appetizer like Finnegan’s potato and onion webb, which is thinly sliced potatoes and onions that have been dipped in beer batter and fried, or a homemade misty isle potato and leek soup. For an entree you can choose from the Leprechaun’s Rainbow, a brightly colored variety of fresh fruit served with raspberry sorbet, or an all-veggie black bean burger.

Also in the park’s New York section is Louie’s Italian Restaurant, a family style quick service counter with tons of home-style Italian dishes to try. However, the best bet for vegetarian diners at this spot is cheese or garden vegetable pizza, available by the slice or the whole pie.

San Francisco

Universal’s flagship restaurant Lombard’s Seafood Grille, located on Fisherman’s Wharf in the park’s San Francisco area, offers an array of vegetarian friendly appetizers and entrees. Starters include a four cheese spinach artichoke dip, onion soup, and Lombard’s cheese bites, which are fried Wisconsin white cheddar cheese curds served with house made marinara sauce. Entrees are mostly all seafood based, so if you’re a pescatarian you’ll have an endless selection of fresh fish, shrimp, and crab dishes to choose from. The only totally vegetarian entree is a portobello quinoa dish, made of oven roasted mushroom slices, monterey jack cheese, quinoa, and vegetables with a green chili pepper sauce, topped with crispy fried onions.

Also found on the Wharf’s docks is Chez Alcatraz. Although mostly a local watering hole with handcrafted cocktails and refreshing beers, there is also a small selection of veggie friendly appetizers and entrees. Snack on a warm salted pretzel with jalapeno cheese or a bucket of house made potato chips topped with your choice of seasoning: season salt & a side of chipotle ketchup, salt & vinegar, parmesan garlic, or sour cream & onion. There are also two meatless flatbreads available, a margherita flatbread with mozzarella cheese, fresh tomatoes and basil or a veggie flatbread with mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, basil and alfalfa sprouts.

Richter’s Burger Co. is two-story dockside burger joint inspired by San Francisco’s infamous earthquakes. It’s unsurprising that a restaurant with the world “burger” in the name doesn’t have a ton of vegetarian meals on its menu but there is one option called The Fault Line, an all-natural chipotle black bean burger with fries. Guests can customize their sandwiches with toppings like guacamole, jalapenos, sauteed mushrooms, or sauteed onions.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley

The Leaky Cauldron is a small, dingy inn and pub, famous for housing Harry Potter for a few weeks before his third year at Hogwarts. This is one of the few restaurants throughout the resort that offers a full table service breakfast. Vegetarian guests can enjoy apple oatmeal flan with yogurt and fresh fruit or an egg, leek and mushroom pasty with potatoes and fresh fruit for breakfast.

Springfield: Home of the Simpsons

Another unlikely stop is Krusty Burger, Krusty the Clown’s famous burger joint. While the menu is mostly full of sandwiches loaded with meant, vegetarian diners can try the mother nature burger which is a 1/3 lb black bean burger topped with guacamole and tomato served with the signature Kurly fries. At “Springfield’s Finest” Italian eatery, Luigi’s Pizza, guests can choose from a personal vegetarian pizza, made up of fresh veggies, tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese piled onto a whole wheat crust or a personal cheese pizza.

Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone

As the lone restaurant in KidZone, the Kidzone Pizza Company is expectedly full of kid friendly faves like chicken fingers and hot dogs, but the menu does also offer a cheese pizza option for families with meat-free preferences.

Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Port of Entry

Adventurers from all over the world stop through the port of entry just through the gates of Islands of Adventure, where Confisco Grille is located. The restaurant’s menu features exotic cuisines from Italy, Mexico, Asia, Greece and America. Meat free appetizers include a Mediterranean spinach artichoke dip served with grilled french bread and Middle Eastern hummus accompanied by wood oven baked lavosh. For a full entree, vegetarian guests can choose from Greek salad served on a grilled flatbread, a seasonal fruit plate served with Very Berry yogurt, or a portobello veggie wrap, which is made up of roasted portobello mushrooms, roasted red peppers, caramelized onions, cucumbers, spinach, hummus and topped with a balsamic glaze.

Marvel Super Hero Island

Both Cafe 4 and Comic Strip Cafe, found in Marvel Super Hero Island, don’t have a ton of options in the way of vegetarian dining. However, both eateries offer pizza. At Comic Strip Cafe you can order cheese pizza by the slice, and at Cafe 4 you can choose between cheese or veggie pizza by the slice or order the whole pie.

Jurassic Park

In the Jurassic Park section of Islands of Adventure there are two dining locations that offer a limited selection of vegetarian meals. At The Burger Digs, half burger joint/half paleontology museum, you’ll find a chipotle bean burger listed among tons of burgers and chicken meals on the menu. If burgers aren’t your thing, the classic cheese pizza option is available at Pizza Predattoria.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade

The Three Broomsticks is another great option if you’re looking for breakfast inside the parks. Much like The Leaky Cauldron, this spot primarily offers traditional English dishes that have meat in them. However, in the mornings you can try a porridge breakfast, which is old fashioned steamed oats with fresh fruit and a croissant, or a continental breakfast made up of fresh fruits, a croissant, a scone, and assorted juices.

The Lost Continent

Hidden among rushing waterfalls and large rock formations on the Lost Continent is Mythos Restaurant, a casual but elegant full service restaurant that offers modern Mediterranean, Asian and American cuisine. For a meat free appetizer, you can choose the spanakopita dip which is a blend of spinach, feta cheese, lemon, and fresh herbs served fresh pita chips, cucumber, tomato and olives or the mezze platter, featuring house-made hummus, babaganoush, marinated fennel, kalamata olives, and charred pita. This dish is not only vegetarian, but also gluten free and vegan. A vegetarian entree option would be the seasonal risotto, also gluten free and can be made vegan, made with seasonal ingredients.

There is another Mediterranean restaurant on the Lost Continent, located near the Mystic Fountain, called Doc Sugrue’s House of Kebabs. The menu at Doc Sugrue’s boasts greek yogurt, fruit, warm pretzels and hummus as its meat free appetizers. The quick service restaurant also offers a greek salad with hummun and a vegetarian kebab, made with vegetables marinated in special house seasoning, pita bread, a Greek yogurt sauce, and chips on the side.

Seuss Landing

Unfortunately, Seuss Landing is not an ideal area to be in if you’re looking for lots of vegetarian dining options. Your best bet here is Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoopendous, where you can enjoy veggie or cheese pizza beneath the High in the Sky Trolley ride.

Universal’s Volcano Bay

Bambu Jungle Kitchen, located in the Rainforest Village area of the park, is a shaded hideaway that’s primarily known for burgers and hot dogs. Although the vegetarian options are limited at this spot, you can try the quinoa edamame burger which comes loaded up with shiitake mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, and sriracha mayonnaise with a side of fries. You can also purchase two different Grab ‘n’ Go salad options; a Caesar salad with roasted garlic Caesar dressing or a tropical fruit salad made up of fresh watermelon, papaya, mango, pineapple, honeydew, cantaloupe, strawberry and kiwi.

River Village’s Whakawaiwai Eats serves island-inspired pizzas, with two meat free options on its menu. Vegetarian guests can go with the standard cheese pizza, made with only tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese, or a veggie pizza made with fresh vegetables, tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese on a whole wheat crust. In addition to the Grab’n’Go salads offered at Bambu, you can also get a tropical baby greens salad with shaved carrots, hearts of palm, diced mango, grape tomatoes, cucumbers, tofu, black beans, toasted almonds and a soy garlic vinaigrette.

At the base of the Krakatau Volcano in Wave Village, you can find fresh island favorites served at Kohola Reef Restaurant & Social Club. Among the menu’s extensive options you’ll find the same meat free options offered at the water park’s other dining locations like the quinoa edamame burger, veggie pizza, or cheese pizza, and a variety of sides such as black bean soup, vegetable crisps, sweet plantains, coconut rice, and white rice. This restaurant also offers several Grab’n’Go meals including a tropical fruit salad, Caesar salad, arugula salad with fresh water melon, feta, shaved red onion and balsamic vinaigrette, a veggie wrap filled with slow roasted zucchini, yellow squash, grains, hummus, and black beans, or a veggie roll sushi plate with wasabi and soy sauce.

Heading to Disney World instead? Don’t worry, we’ve got your guide to vegetarian dining at Disney too. If Universal Orlando IS your intended destination, you can grab your discount tickets for all three Universal parks from tickets2you.com!

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