While I was home in Florida, I went to lunch with my mom at one of my favorite places to eat – Dandelion Communitea Cafe. Dandelion is an organic and vegetarian teahouse, and I always make a point to go there whenever I’m home. Their food is delicious and fresh, and they have a great variety of tea.
When I went there, I got my usual order. To start, I got the Green Garden of Eden, which they describe as “sinfully delicious sencha blended with chamomile, hibiscus, calendula & purple mallow flowers reveals a hint of cinnamon spice.” I get a little bit if agave nectar (a sweetener that is similar to honey) in it, and I couldn’t agree with them more when they say it’s sinfully delicious.
To go with my tea, I ordered the Giddyup. You can get this dish as a bowl or in a wrap, and get it with spring mix and/or quinoa. I ordered it as a wrap with spring mix. The Giddyup is comprised of tempeh chili topped with crumbled blue corn tortilla chips, and diced tomatoes and scallions. I got it with vegan queso, although you can get it with organic dairy cheddar cheese. I also added the Green Goddess dressing on the side for $1. The dressing is tahini, olive oil, sesame oil, sesame seeds, scallions, soy based liquid aminos, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, parsley, garlic, sea salt, black pepper, and filtered water. I also ordered it with fresh fruit on the side. When you eat this wrap, you wouldn’t even guess that’s it’s all vegetarian, and the cheese tastes just like regular dairy cheese. The chili is delicious, making this the perfect Mexican flavored burrito. The chips in it also add a nice crunch, and the Green Goddess dressing adds and extra creamy flavor. I would suggest ordering this with spring mix instead of quinoa, because it tends to be too fulling with quinoa.
My mom ordered the black bean burrito, which is my second favorite thing to order there. It is black beans, tomatoes, corn, red onions, peppers, cilantro, their Sassy Salsa, whirled peas guacamole, quinoa, and vegan or dairy cheese. My mom ordered it with dairy cheese, and more of the guacamole with celery on the side. This is another great Mexican flavored burrito, but very different tasting from the Giddyup. This burrito is similar to most bean burritos, while the Giddyup has a different dimension of flavors because it’s a chili-based dish. The whirled pea guacamole is absolutely delicious, which is why my mom always orders more on the side.
What’s really great about these burritos is that even though they’re vegetarian, you’re stuffed if you eat it all. They’re also cut in half so if you only eat half of it, you’re comfortably full and you have leftovers. Dandelion’s menu consists of salads, sandwiches, wraps, desserts, and much more. All of it is organic and vegetarian, with some dishes also being vegan (everything on the menu is vegan actually except for the dairy cheese), soy free, and gluten free. The food is slightly pricey, but that’s to be expected of organic and vegetarian restaurants. The food is delicious and filling, and you wouldn’t guess it’s vegetarian. The people who work there are so nice, and the restaurant itself has a quirky, fun, and artsy atmosphere. They also have fun activities throughout the month such as art openings and moon circles. Once you go, you’ll fall in love with it as much as I have.
Dandelion Communitea Cafe
618 North Thornton Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803
Mon-Sat 11am-10pm; Sun 11am-5pm