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Old 02-04-2013, 09:39 PM   #1
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Vegan Options at DLR

Hello! We're planning a trip for Spring Break (maybe Summer . . . we'll see), and I have a question about vegan options at Disneyland and the surrounding area. We're actually new to veganism . . . we started about two months ago and are still going strong!

Anyway . . . any other vegans on the board? Anyone know where/what we can eat while we're at DLR?

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Old 02-04-2013, 10:05 PM   #2
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It is very limited when it comes to Vegan food at Disneyland, especially if you want to get counter service.

If you do a search you can come up with a couple of older thread with suggestions. I used to have it bookmarked but it got deleted
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:07 PM   #3
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Yeah, veggies will have more success than full vegans. It's things like sauces that will get you. Just be upfront and ask, they can provide you with suggestions or at least tell you where else to look. As the PP said I know there are a few threads. Try searching "vegan" in our search bar.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:39 PM   #4
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Yeah, veggies will have more success than full vegans. It's things like sauces that will get you. Just be upfront and ask, they can provide you with suggestions or at least tell you where else to look. As the PP said I know there are a few threads. Try searching "vegan" in our search bar.
Something to be aware of: The Fried Green Tomato sandwich at Hungry Bear is not Vegetarian, let alone vegan, due to the sauce used (contains fish) and last time I asked, the sauce could not be left off, as it was already on one of the components.

As others have said, Vegan options will be limited. Most table service locations will be able to come up with something, but most of them will be pasta with marinara sauce. The one exception that I know of is Carthay Circle, the chef will come out and work with you to come up with something that you will enjoy. He came out to our table after our meal and while he was there told is that He purposefully left vegan and vegetarian options off the menu so that he could make special dishes for those with dietary needs.

From what I hear, Napa Rose will do the same, but I have no first hand experience.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:58 PM   #5
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I am going to DL in 3 weeks for the first time as a vegan (last time I went was 2011 about 6 months before I became vegan). I have been researching what I will be able to eat and here are the things I wanted to try:
Rancho del Zocalo - soft tacos Monterrey with veggies, no sour cream or cheese
Carnation Cafe - Chef's vegan burger
Royal Street Veranda - vegetarian gumbo
Lucky Fortune Cookery - Asian rice bowl with veggies, tofu, and teriyaki sauce

And I am not sure about this one but I saw one post online where someone mentioned this as a vegan option:
Paradise Garden Grill - Mediterranean skewers (vegetable with tofu) with Moroccan Chili sauce served with rice pilaf and pita bread
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:35 PM   #6
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Something to be aware of: The Fried Green Tomato sandwich at Hungry Bear is not Vegetarian, let alone vegan, due to the sauce used (contains fish) and last time I asked, the sauce could not be left off, as it was already on one of the components.
Thank you for posting this. The fried green tomato sandwich has been recommended quite a few times as a good vegetarian option, and was something I was considering for our trip next month, but I'll be passing on it now.
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:56 PM   #7
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Thank you for posting this. The fried green tomato sandwich has been recommended quite a few times as a good vegetarian option, and was something I was considering for our trip next month, but I'll be passing on it now.
If you really do want it, You can ask if they can leave the sauce off now or have reformulated it to be truly vegetarian. I know they had a lot of complaints about this and last I heard were working on a solution.

I honestly haven't asked again since and this was a couple of months after the new menu. But I thought it was important to let people know that it's not vegetarian, especially since the menu indicates its the vegetarian item the last time I looked.
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I am going to DL in 3 weeks for the first time as a vegan (last time I went was 2011 about 6 months before I became vegan). I have been researching what I will be able to eat and here are the things I wanted to try:
Rancho del Zocalo - soft tacos Monterrey with veggies, no sour cream or cheese
Carnation Cafe - Chef's vegan burger
Royal Street Veranda - vegetarian gumbo
Lucky Fortune Cookery - Asian rice bowl with veggies, tofu, and teriyaki sauce

And I am not sure about this one but I saw one post online where someone mentioned this as a vegan option:
Paradise Garden Grill - Mediterranean skewers (vegetable with tofu) with Moroccan Chili sauce served with rice pilaf and pita bread
I do recommend Carthay Circle for vegetarians and vegans, the food is amazing and they really work with you to make something you will LOVE. Yes, it's a bit pricey, but worth it in my opinion.
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Old 02-05-2013, 05:35 AM   #9
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The last couple pages of the veg dining thread under Disney restaurants have a few DLR veg links

I appreciate this topic, as a vegetarian who just gave up dairy. Except for not flipping out about occassional egg (ie baked in bread,) I am essentially vegan. I see lots of salads in my future
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:09 PM   #10
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veggie here

I'm a veggie and eat pretty well at DLR. I think vegan will be tougher but not impossible.

Snack options- Mickey pretzels, popcorn, fruit bars, veggie skewers at Bengal BBQ, sourdough bread at DCA wharf

meals- salads at most places, Mexican food on DCA wharf, Asian place at DCA (very good), veggie Gumbo is yummy, veggie chili at wharf is ok

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My bf and I are going to try Thunder BBQ...I'm excited to try the tofu skewers

Outside of Disney will be easy...If you have a car there is a Target just down the road to get groceries at.
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:54 AM   #11
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I'm a veggie and eat pretty well at DLR. I think vegan will be tougher but not impossible.

Snack options- Mickey pretzels, popcorn, fruit bars, veggie skewers at Bengal BBQ, sourdough bread at DCA wharf

meals- salads at most places, Mexican food on DCA wharf, Asian place at DCA (very good), veggie Gumbo is yummy, veggie chili at wharf is ok

DTD-Tortilla Jo's--awesome food!, Jamba Juice, Earl of Sandwich

My bf and I are going to try Thunder BBQ...I'm excited to try the tofu skewers

Outside of Disney will be easy...If you have a car there is a Target just down the road to get groceries at.
The Gumbos, fruit bars, popcorn and Veggie Skewers are definitely not Vegan. The veggie skewers are grilled in a butter sauce. The popcorn now contains dairy solids in the topping to make up for the change in oil from what I have been told. The fruit bars contain dairy solids as well. The Gumbos may contain dairy, as well as other non vegan ingredients.

I would strongly recommend asking though, as the ingredients do change from time to time.

One that isn't listed here for Vegans is Dole Whip. Last I heard they have switched to a formula that is 100% vegan. I recommend asking before purchasing, as sometimes the formula contains milk solids. Overall though people have been liking the version that doesn't have milk solids more (its actually creamier, which makes no sense), so they have been making the switch.

As for the other places, be sure to ask first, they may or may not be completely vegan.
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Old 02-09-2013, 10:45 AM   #12
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woody's roundup bbq can make items vegan. My wife is vegetarian but we went with vegan friends once-they can make the skewers vegan (which makes me think bengal bbq could do the same maybe?) and they will steam the corn (so no butter or milk) and I believe the beans were vegan. They were totally accomadating and very nice about making changes!
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Old 02-09-2013, 02:30 PM   #13
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I have been with vegan friends before, but it has been a few months. So the suggestions below were what they were able to eat at the time, but Disney does change things around a lot. So I would definitely check before ordering.

DCA:

Pacific Wharf Cafe: Vallejo Vegetarian Chili
Oatmeal for breakfastl

Paradise Garden Grill: Mediterranean Skewers with tofu and veggies, but only a couple of the sauces were vegan, so check! Of course, the yogurt sauce is not, but there was another that wasn't vegan either. This was one of my friends' favorite meals at DCA for sure. We ate here twice.

Lucky Fortune Cookery: Asian rice bowl with tofu and veggies, ask about the sauces again, they do have a vegan one.

Fidler, Fifer, and Practical: Starbucks coffee with soy!

Cocina Cucamonga: ended up with a LOT of substitutions here, but ended up with the Soft Tacos Monterey with veggies, no cheese, no side of sour cream, and steamed veggies on the side with no beans or rice. There was a bit of a communication problem, so I don't know for sure that the beans/rice aren't vegan, so double check.

Wine Country Trattoria: pasta dish with broccolini, sorry my notes are vague on this one. But there was a vegan option!

Disneyland:

Jolly Holiday: Grilled veggie and whole grain salad. My notes says basil vinaigrette was very good.
Coffee with soy milk!

River Belle Terrace: Becky Thatcher Fruit Plate, generous portions of fruit.

Royal Street Verandah: Vegetarian gumbo (I have no idea if this has changed, but it was one of the best vegan options that my friends liked while were at Disneyland, definitely worth asking if it is still vegan.)

Carnation Cafe: Chef's Vegan Burger

Rancho Del Zocalo: Veggie Fajita Style tacos or burrito, they also said they could make the tostado salad without cheese and it would be vegan. Obviously, no cheese and no sour cream. Here, they were very certain the beans were vegan, but there was some disagreement regarding the rice. No problem, they gave us double beans.

Blue Bayou: didn't eat here, but were told the Portabello Mushroom and Couscous Maque Choux was vegan. Obviously, double check.

Cafe Orleans: Vegetable Ragout without the corn cakes OR the cheese on top. Substituted with side salad with no problem.

Mickey Mouse shaped pretzels at the stands, no cheese obviously.

Plaza Inn Breakfast with Minnie: Chef came out and said the gluten free Mickey waffles could be made dairy free and would be vegan. This was fine with the fake syrup (lol) and the tons of fresh fruit available.

Bengal BBQ: the veggie skewers themselves are vegan, but cooked on a grill with meat, so fyi.


---There are lots of fruit stands throughout both parks that sell many different kinds of fresh fruit. These were very helpful as snacks.

---Definitely double check, but we were told that the pre-packaged kettle corn sold at the candy stores is vegan. Didn't try it.

---We also had the steel cut oatmeal for breakfast from the Jamba Juice in Downtown Disney. They make it with soy milk and have tons of fruit options. Also, Jamba Juice makes some great vegan smoothies that really helped in the afternoon.


Hope you have a great time!
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Old 03-24-2013, 01:48 PM   #14
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This thread is great! My DH and I recently started eating vegan, so it's great to know what our options are.
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Old 03-24-2013, 02:26 PM   #15
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I was on a trip last year with a vegan and she would not even eat the veggie skewers cuz they were cooked on the same grill as the meat.

...me, I love me some dead cow but wish ya the best!
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