I can’t go home for break without making a stop at Dandelion Communitea Cafe, a vegan/vegetarian restaurant that has a lovely selection of teas and healthy yet filling foods. I typically get the same thing each time I go, although this time I changed it up.
For my dinner, I got a cup of Henry’s Hearty chili, which is the chili inside of their Giddyup. It is artisan organic tempeh, tomatoes, kidney beans, bell peppers, sweet corn, red onions, and spices. It’s topped with scallions and tomatoes, and organic blue corn chips come on the side, and I added vegan queso for $1. I was excited to try the chili on its own and I loved it, because it was just as good on its own as it is in the Giddyup. It tasted just like chili, so you wouldn’t even guess it was vegan. If I want something lighter than the wraps I normally get, I would order this again because the cup was the perfect small size, although they also have a larger bowl option.
To go with my cup of chili, I also got a simple side salad with curryous dressing, which is a curry dressing. The salad was comprised of spring mix, tomatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, and sunflower seeds. The salad itself was delicious, and I really liked the curryous dressing on it. I ordered the curry dressing because I figured it would be interesting, although I was a bit worried that a curry salad dressing would taste odd. I was very pleased with the curry flavors and it wasn’t as overwhelming and heavy as one might think. Between the cup and the small salad, this was the perfect amount of food and didn’t leave me too full.
My friend, Cortney, ordered the black bean burrito, which is black beans, tomatoes, corn, red onions, peppers, cilantro, their Sassy Salsa, whirled peas guacamole, quinoa, and she got it with dairy cheese. For her side, she got vegan queso with blue corn chips on the side. I’ve had that burrito many times and it’s always fabulous. It tastes like a typical bean burrito, although you feel much healthier eating it. The queso was also great, and it tasted like typical dairy queso. Cortney loved the burrito, and she gets it every time we go because it’s so scrumptious.
Cortney also ordered a simple side salad like I did, but got it with balsamic vinaigrette. I didn’t taste it, but she said it tasted great, although I’m sure it tasted like most salads of similar structure.
As always, I loved the vibe of Dandelion. I typically go for lunch, but this time I went for dinner so it was a lovely quaint yet quirky dinner atmosphere. It’s also more quiet than it is at lunch, although they sometimes have fun events during dinner time such as live bands and moon circles. The people who work there are always friendly and very helpful. It’s no wonder I go back every time I go home.
Dandelion Communitea Cafe
618 North Thornton Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803
Mon-Sat 11am-10pm; Sun 11am-5pm