So we recently got back from a family holiday in Orlando, where we went to Disney, Universal and all the other great places. We had an amazing time and I’m already desperate to get back there.
One thing I knew we just had to do was visit an all-vegan eatery. Of course myself and Sam are vegans, but also so is my mum, and my sister and her boyfriend are vegetarian (my dad is the only meat-eater, but he’s getting there). They’re all open to vegan food though which is great. So before we went I made a big list of vegan places to visit if we had time, and so one day, off we went to Dixie Dharma.
Dixie Dharma is located in a small place called Market on South in Downtown Orlando, about 20 minutes from Universal Studios. It’s super cute and easy to get to, and they offer 100% vegan food with a Southern inspired feel.
They have a really interesting vegan menu. All the food comes with your choice of side (such as tater tots) or you can upgrade to a premium side for an additional $1 (mac and cheese!). So we sat down and had a look at the menu.
I decided to go for the Hillbilly Chilli Dawg, which was two vegan hot dogs in pretzel buns, covered in an Indian spiced chilli and cheese sauce, blackened onions, spring onions and a za’taar spice. I upgraded and had it with cashew mac and cheese. When we went to order they were offering premium hot dogs, the new Beyond Meat Italian Sausages, so of course I upgraded as I was desperate to try them. The rest of my family did the same and we all ended up with the exact same meal.
So I will start off my saying the Beyond Meat sausages are AMAZING, and if you have the opportunity to try them, then do. They’re so realistic (so if you’re not one for fake meat, then stay away). The restaurant had grilled them which gave them an authentic BBQ taste which made them even better.
The actual food was really nice. It was a massive portion. When the menu said two hot dogs, I thought they meant two hot dogs in one bun, but they actually meant two dogs in two buns, which was a lot. The chilli and cheese sauce was really nice with a bit of spice to it. Unfortunately my sister and dad can’t handle any heat at all, and when ordering the waitress said that it was very mild and had no spice to it. Maybe it was mild to her, but for two people who can’t handle any heat, it was too much for them and they could barely eat it, which was a shame. The other downside was that unfortunately the food was a bit cold. Not completely cold, but not piping hot how I would expect.
The mac and cheese was excellent, and I quite easily could have had that as a main. With such huge portions I only managed to eat half of my meal, and I understood why so many people had take out boxes.
Dixie Dharma also offered cakes and other sweet treats from Valhalla Bakery, a 100% vegan bakery also situated in Market on South. I don’t have a photo of the cakes we brought, but they were also really tasty, although perhaps a tad too sweet for us.
All in all, if you’re heading down to Orlando and want something a bit different and 100% vegan, then make sure that you put Dixie Dharma on your list. We highly recommend it and would have loved to go there twice, but simply ran out of time.