Finding a delicious and unique vegetarian meal at Walt Disney World doesn't have to be a chore, especially since more and more options have been popping up around the resort in recent years. And the restaurants at Disney's Hollywood Studios in particular certainly deliver when it comes to vegetarian fare. From fresh sandwiches on the go to fancy table service meals, here are the top 5 vegetarian dishes at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Fried Green Tomato Sandwich
This unique take on a southern favorite is not only a great option for vegetarians visiting Hollywood Studios, but it's a stupendous sandwich that everyone should try. Found at the outdoor Rosie’s All-American Cafe on Sunset Boulevard, the fried green tomato sandwich is made up of battered green tomatoes that are perfectly crisp outside and soft inside, set inside a hearty ciabatta bun. It's topped with arugula, tomatoes, pepper jack cheese and jalapeno ranch dressing. The pepper jack and jalapeno ranch give it a nice kick, but the sandwich is actually not very spicy. And the creaminess of the ranch is nice with the crispy fried tomatoes. You can order this yummy sandwich with a side of fries or coleslaw.
For a fresh tasting meal at Hollywood Studios, you can't go wrong with the Caprese Sandwich from Backlot Express. This quick service location is themed like a prop shop and scenic department for a film studio, and there are plenty of interesting things to look at while you dine. The sandwich is a light and wonderful Italian-style dish featuring marinated fresh mozzarella cheese, vine-ripe tomatoes and arugula. Also served on ciabatta bread, this sandwich has a heaping helping of delicious herb-cheese pesto spread onto the bread, complimenting this Italian sandwich perfectly with the crisp taste of basil. You can order it with a side of fries or carrot sticks.
If you're in the mood for a somewhat fancier meal from a sit-down restaurant, the Hollywood Brown Derby is a great place to relax and enjoy the upscale dining experience set to the backdrop of classic Hollywood. The Vegetarian Pho is a new modern classic here. With a fragrant ginger-lemongrass broth and pho noodles, carrots and bok choy, this dish doesn't disappoint. The broth has a little bit of a spicy kick to it, but that adds a unique note to the overall flavor profile of the dish. The meal also includes a plate of vegetarian spring rolls with a tangy ginger-soy sauce for dipping. These crispy spring rolls are filled with tofu, mushrooms and cabbage, and they compliment the meal perfectly.
Vegetarian Falafel Burger
The Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant is one of the most fun and distinct places to eat in all of Walt Disney World. You're seated in a booth that's shaped like a car, and all the "cars" are facing a theater screen like an old-fashioned drive-in theater! The specialties here are their burgers and shakes, just like a classic drive-in, and the Vegetarian Falafel Burger is a top notch option. It's a crispy chickpea falafel patty served in a brioche bun and topped with arugula and tomatoes. There's a creamy tzatziki sauce on the bottom bun and a red pepper aioli on the top bun for that extra zing. The restaurant offers other vegetarian-friendly dishes like Tofu Lettuce Wraps and a veggie burger than can be ordered off-menu by request.
7-Layer Rice Bowl with Vegan Chili
Found near the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at the end of Sunset Boulevard, Fairfax Fare offers quick Spanish-style and barbecue meals with outside covered seating. Their 7-Layer Rice Bowls are loaded with a ton of ingredients and make a great meal, or the perfect shareable snack for two or more people. The rice bowl can be ordered with vegan chili, (which can also be ordered on your Totchos from Woody's Lunch Box at Toy Story Land). This massive dish is also layered with cilantro rice, black beans, fire-roasted corn medley, Pico de Gallo, sour cream and cheddar. Plus, there are warm tortillas served on the side that are perfect for dipping.
While most of these dishes are vegetarian, many do contain dairy products. However, many of the meals listed here can be made vegan by swapping out certain ingredients. Just speak with your server when placing your order to see what accommodations can be made. They even serve vegan milkshakes at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater, so never be afraid to ask!