Up for Nutritious Noshing? Hit Up Some of Orlando's Healthiest Venues

Sure, we do a bit of junk-food worship here in the states. And Orlando, being the undisputed king-destination of family vacationing has more than a few burger joints and soft serve stands, but that’s hardly all that’s here. Right alongside the city’s massive uptick in creative, independent restaurants and fine-dining venues, there's been a steady increase in restaurants where healthful ingredients take center stage. Orlando now has 100 percent vegan venues and vegetarian favorites (even meat-eaters dine there!). It has restaurants that meld meat- and plant-based dishes, but with good, nutritive eating in mind. Ethos Vegan Kitchen, in fact, was so successful that not long ago they moved from their charming Ivanhoe Village digs (now occupied by the decidedly less vegan but no less charming Hammered Lamb) to an expansive, modern space in Winter Park. Altamonte Springs has its very own organic juice haven, with a fresh, raw, vegan menu for breakfast and lunch in Wheat Berry Café. Veg-heads on the fly (along with those who enjoy a nice turkey wrap) can grab and go at the Green Day Café and those looking for a fun, casual all-vegan experience might want to give Market on South a try. Serving a creative array of small plates – some more decadent than others – among other dishes, allows mixed-interest diners to enjoy their preference or sample either. A daily happy hour makes many of them available at a more palatable price point and the spacious modern venue works for a date night or a business lunch.

Super Veggie, Holy Guacamole and the Big Tahuna are just some of the fun salads (make it a wrap, regular or gluten-free, it's your choice!) available at the Green Day Café, a healthy fast-food franchise with an outpost in North Orlando. Vegans...  Read More

"You have brains in your head..." Dr. Seuss wrote in one of his most beloved books. Wheat Berry Café borrows the phrase for one of its cold-pressed juice creations (a combination of carrot, apple, ginger and cinnamon) and perhaps carries the...  Read More

Vegetarians and vegans will find much to crow about with their morning, afternoon or evening tea at Infusion Tea, a College Park favorite. Its menu runs the gamut – from rich burrito breakfasts to crisp, fresh salads, tea-sandwich snacks to...  Read More

Audubon Park

Ready to dive head-first into the joys of raw food? How about a taste of fresh-from-the-tap kombucha – an effervescent fermented tea (reportedly with all kinds of health benefits)? Whether you're all-in for the raw-foodie experience or prefer...  Read More

Ethos Vegan Kitchen
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There aren't many restaurants anywhere that can claim a 100 percent vegan menu, let alone in Orlando, but Ethos has been carrying the plant-based diet torch here in town since 2007. After several years building a devoted following, Ethos moved...  Read More

The regulars here honestly wouldn't mind placing crowns on the heads of the falafel artisans here. Whether your passion is a well-seasoned gyro, a creamy platter of hummus or those crispy-delicious pita ensconced fried balls of chick-pea...  Read More

This neighborhood stop in Audubon Park, known by many its many proponents more simply as "B3," was borne of a love of cycling – along with that of good food and community. It's part coffee shop and cafe, part beer and wine bar, a cozy little...  Read More

The Sanctum really does feel a little sacred in the way they do things; its beautiful plant-based plates are colorful and fresh and alluring. And while there are loads of options for the vegan members of the populace, this place isn't that...  Read More

The dandelion, an edible flower that we're quick to call a weed, is a mascot of sorts for this quirky organic teahouse. You'll first be reminded of the café's namesake when you view the exterior (bright green with yellow shutters) and then...  Read More

There's absolutely no denying that the all-vegan, all-the-time fare at Market on South is decidedly healthy, from their phenomenal use of the versatile jackfruit in everything from tacos to sloppy joes to the delicious T.L.T. sandwich (where...  Read More


Meet A.D. Thompson

A.D. Thompson has spent more than 20 years as a professional writer and roughly 15 as a Floridian. The words, she has found, come easier with bare feet and rum.

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