Ethos Vegan Kitchen in Winter Park provides one-hundred percent vegan meals and desserts as well as a small selection of vegan beer and wine. For many of us who live a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, our dining experience at many restaurants is often limited because of the animal by-products that are commonly found in dishes. Luckily, Ethos solves this problem in a delicious way for people who love comfort food but prefer to have a plant-based diet. And, trust me, you will leave feeling satisfied with all of the amazing menu items that they offer!
After our final exams, my friends and I reunited for lunch at Ethos. I ordered the Fiesta Salad, which I decided to try since it is a new item on their menu. It was prepared with black beans, tomatoes, bell peppers, red onions, vegan cheddar cheese, avocados, and grilled, seasoned chickun (vegan chicken) over mixed greens. The salad was drizzled with spicy ranch dressing and garnished with blue corn tortilla chips. It was a healthy way to have all of the flavors that I love in a taco salad, and the best part was that I honestly didn’t feel like I was eating “vegan”! The chickun had a meat-like texture and was seasoned very nicely. I used the blue corn tortilla chips to scoop up the black beans and vegetables. Overall, I was very happy with trying this! The only thing I recommend is to ask for the dressing on the side if you are picky about how much dressing is on your salad.
One of my friends ordered the Samson Burger. The burger patty was made from black beans and was served with lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, sprouts, spicy mustard, ketchup, and veganaise (vegan mayonnaise). The burger was finished off on a Kaiser roll, and it came along with a side of fresh fruit as well. The patty was very thick and filling, and my friend really liked it! There was a good balance between the bread roll and the toppings.
My other friend ordered the What’s the Dilly, Philly? which is Ethos’ vegan version of a Philly Cheese Steak sandwich and is a customer favorite. I had to try a bite of my friend’s sandwich because I had to see how a “philly cheese steak” could possibly go vegan! I was really taken by surprise. The french deli roll was amazingly soft and fresh, and it had marinated seitan sautéed with onions, red and green bell peppers, mozzarella cheese and veganaise. I definitley recommend this to avid carnivores who are eating at Ethos for the first time.
Ethos has so much more to offer, from vegan ice cream to vegan pizza. They also have lunch specials. If you’re looking for a new place to be good to the environment and also satisfy your craving for comfort food, then Ethos is the place to be.
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