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.
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