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Old 04-10-2013, 01:10 PM   #16
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As PP stated, I'd try to go heavy on buffets for her variety. We ate at quite a few hotel-based restaurants (Jiko, Artist Point, etc) and I remember thinking that while I'm not a vegetarian, some of the dishes they offered sounded really really good.
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Old 04-10-2013, 01:44 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by BirdOnAWire View Post
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My 9-year-old is a vegetarian. Has been for many years. Does it for ethical reasons and there is definitely absolutely NO WAY she will eat meat.

Here at home, we know which restaurants she can get a decent meal at-- even those can be few and far between.

I'm looking at the Disney menus and I'm starting to get concerned. The child can't (and won't, might I add) eat mac and cheese for every meal. That's pretty much the only thing offered that's vegetarian at every restaurant, and I'm not sure what to do.
I, personally, don't eat red meat, pork, or most poultry. (I'll do seafood and some dairy). My 8 year old doesn't eat ANY meat and she's always been that way. She does do some dairy, and doesn't do well with Soy. I understand your concerns! lol Not only is it easier at home when you know the restaurants, but it's also easier when she refuses to eat because in the back of your head you know that you can always feed her at home.

My older two and my husband will eat nearly anything put in front of them. Well, hubby is a pain about veggies.

Originally Posted by princessallegra View Post
Will you be on a dining plan? If not It makes it a bit easier. I am not vegetarian but I enjoy a lot of vegetarian foods a lot like salads and sandwiches and soups, risottos, etc. Columbia Harbor House at Magic Kingdom has a hummus and broccoli slaw sandwich which is delish. There is a great salad that can be made without chicken at The Plaza in MK, also Liberty Tree Tavern has a great salad that can omit the chicken. There is a veggie quiche with salad at Be Our Guest for lunch in MK. The Wave at the Contemporary has some great vegetarian dishes. However if you are only looking to order children's menu items, i would recommend letting the server know you wish to speak with a chef about her dietary concerns. I'm sure the chef can make something vegetarian that would be a children's menu item. The children's menus can be a bit limiting. My parents always ordered me adult food and shared with me, but I was a big eater and usually finished all my food and more hahaha!

Ohana can do great things for vegetarians, the chefs are happy to accommodate. Via Napoli or Tutto Italia have pasta and pizza which is vegetarian. There are quiches in France which are veggie.

Eta: does she eat fish? If so that also opens up some options at columbia harbor house and ohana too.
Bolding is mine - I emphatically agree. My kids all hate the kids menus and for that reason, the dining plan has never worked out for us. In addition to these rec's Teppan Edo has a vegetarian kids plate.

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Here is a great link from allears re:
vegan/vegatarian meals at Disney World



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Originally Posted by BringingUpDisney View Post
When we went with my vegetarian niece who was 8 they had no problem giving her a kid-sized portion of the adult vegetarian entree at the TS restaurants. We were pleasantly surprised about how accommodating they were. She refuses to eat traditional "kid" meals, called them junk food.
bolding mine - that's EXACTLY what my kids call it!

Originally Posted by Marionnette View Post
My daughter (now 23) has been a vegetarian since she was 5. Our first visits to Disney were harder to work around her diet than it is today. Disney has certainly wised up and now offers a vegetarian option at every dining venue.

Our personal favorites:
Hacienda de Saint Angelo - perhaps my daughter's favorite and she isn't a big fan of Americanized Mexican food; they have an entire vegetarian menu apart from the regular menu
Tangierine Cafe - Vegetable platter with falafel
Plaza Restaurant - vegetarian sandwich with fresh mozzarella and pesto
Columbia Harbour House - Lighthouse Sandwich
Yak & Yeti - vegetable lo mein
'Ohana - vegetarian meal can be hit or miss. When it's good, it's very good. When it's bad, it's really, really bad.

The only place that we ran into problems finding vegetarian food that appealed to my daughter was in HS at the CS locations. But then, I find the CS options in HS to be rather uninspired regardless of diet limitations.
bolidng mine - yes! what is it with that park? I hate being there over a meal.

OP - you've gotten some great advice already, I'm only going to add a little.

I've found Chef Mickey's to be HORRIBLE for vegetarian offerings. (breakfast & dinner) The vegetable choices are slim to begin with and then many of them have pork or bacon in it. So unless you want to carb load - not a good choice.

Crystal Palace on the other hand, has a great selection, particularly for breakfast - lots of fruit, yogurt, pastries, it's not as heavy on the bacon, ham, sausage as most breakfast buffets.

Teppan Edo is great. As I mentioned above they do have a vegetarian kids option, they also serve salad (Ask for the dressing on the side) and it's a fun place to eat.

Sunshine seasons has a tofu & noodle bowl, a vegatable sandwich & some salads.

Most places can do salads without the meat on them.

Cosmic Rays has a veggie burger that is good. They also have a veg sandwich, but I haven't tried it.

I found a lot of options at Boma.

The Caprese sandwich at Earl of Sandwich is really good. They also have vegetable and tomato soups plus salads (ask for no meat) and a grilled cheese. I've also found tasty options next door at Wolf Gang Puck Express.
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I went with my parents a few years ago, and my mom is vegetarian (I barely eat meat also but will at restaurants) and we never had any problems! I can't remember everywhere we ate, but I do remember we had a dinner at Chefs de France. In WS, France is great for vegetarians. Also Morocco - we loved Tangerine Cafe.

I am taking my daughter in Dec and she does not eat meat. My parents are also coming with us again and we are going to try California Grill. (Not sure when you are going - it is closed right now I believe.)
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