Restaurant Review–Ethos Vegan Kitchen

Ethos

I visited Winter Park (in Florida) this past weekend and ate at an amazing restaurant.  I was so impressed by the vast menu, the friendliness of the staff, the cleanliness and decor of the restaurant, and the reasonable prices.  But most of all, I was impressed by how delicious and fresh all the food was.

If you live in Florida or are ever planning a trip, make sure to add a stop to Ethos on the list.  It is just north of Orlando and well worth the visit.

Here is a link to their website.

http://www.ethosvegankitchen.com/

Every month the restaurant features a new beneficiary and 5% of all checks on one Saturday go to a good cause.  They have been in business for six years and for the sixth year in a row have been voted Best Vegetarian Foodie in the Orlando Anual Foodie Awards.

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This is a picture of their Pumpkin Seed Pesto Penne Pasta and their Samson Burger……yum!

Here is a description from their website about the restaurant.   “Featuring healthy and hearty fare, we are one of Central Florida’s few fully vegan restaurants. We also feature a small selection of vegan beer and wine, plus vegan bakery items made from scratch on-site daily.  The intent of Ethos is as follows: 1) to improve the diversity of vegan cuisine offerings in the Central Florida area, 2) to provide good food at a reasonable price in a comfortable atmosphere, and, 3) to showcase the variety, freshness, and flavor of vegan dining.”

They are a socially responsible business and are very environmentally aware.  They prefer regionally-grown and organic produce.  They minimize disposables and use biodegradables.

Here is a sample of their mouth-watering menu.

All Menu Items Are 100% Vegan (made without meat, dairy, eggs, or any other animal derivatives or byproducts).

Light Bites

Favorite! Healthy Trio GF* SF
Black and green olive tapenade, house made hummus and tomato-mango salsa served with toasted bread, blue corn tortilla chips and cucumber, carrot and celery sticks. $6.95Crispy Green Beans

New! Vegetable Galette
Seasoned carrots, potatoes, and broccoli wrapped in a layer of flaky pastry and baked until golden brown. $4.95

Bruschetta
Tomatoes, whole-leaf basil, garlic and mozzarella marinated in olive oil and served with mixed spring greens atop toasted bread. $5.25

Crispy Green Beans GF
Fresh green beans sautéed until crisp and sprinkled with sesame seeds. $3.95

Boxty
Irish potato pancakes dressed with sour cream and topped with scallions. $4.95

Homemade Soups

Black Bean Soup GF SF*
Black beans, onions, carrots and red and green bell peppers seasoned then slow-cooked to perfection. Topped with sour cream and diced red onions. Cup $2.95, Bowl $3.95

Soup of the Day
Made from scratch in our kitchen everyday. Cup $2.95, Bowl $3.95

Salads

Favorite! Crispy Chickun Salad
Baby spinach and mixed spring greens topped with crispy chickun, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, cucumbers, carrots and red onions. Drizzled with your choice of Ranch or Agave Mustard dressing. $9.95 

Fiesta Salad
Black beans, tomatoes, red and green bell peppers, red onions, cheddar cheese, avocados and grilled, seasoned chickun over mixed greens and baby spinach. Drizzled with Spicy Ranch dressing and garnished with blue corn tortilla chips. $10.95

Spinach Salad GF SF*
Fresh apples, crunchy raw walnuts, plump raisins and sliced red onions tossed with fresh spinach and finished with Orange-Ginger dressing. Small $4.95, Regular $7.95

Sandwiches

All sandwiches are served with choice of side: Blue Corn Tortilla Chips & Tomato-Mango Salsa, Fresh Fruit, or Cole Slaw.
Upgrade your side to Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, sautéed Vegetables or Black Beans & Rice for +$1.00
Gluten-Free Brown Rice Wrap available for +50¢

Hippie Wrap GF* SF
House made hummus with sprouts, cucumbers, banana peppers, tomato, and lettuce. Wrapped in a spinach tortilla. $6.95

Chickpea Salad Sandwich GF*
Chickpeas, celery and dill relish tossed in veganaise and topped with lettuce, tomato and Monterey Jack cheese. Served on levain toast. $8.95

Chickun Bruschetta Sandwich
Grilled chickun and our house made bruschetta mix (chopped tomatoes, basil, garlic and mozzarella) topped with spring mix and balsamic veganaise. Served on potato chive bread. $9.95

Samson Burger SF*
A generous, made-from-scratch black bean patty served with lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, sprouts, spicy mustard, ketchup and veganaise. Served on a Kaiser roll. $7.95

What’s the Dilly, Philly?
Marinated seitan sautéed with onions, red and green bell peppers, mozzarella cheese and veganaise. Served on a French deli roll. $9.25

Favorite! Coconut Curry Wrap GF*
Grilled tofu coated in curried veganaise and tossed with celery, raisins, raw walnuts, coconut and mixed greens. Wrapped in a spinach tortilla. $8.95

A Fungus Among Us GF* SF*
Grilled marinated portabella mushroom topped with lettuce, tomato, roasted red peppers and veganaise. Served on a French deli roll. $9.25

Pastas

Favorite! Pumpkin Seed Pesto Penne Pasta
Penne pasta sautéed in a creamy pesto sauce and tossed with tomatoes, squash and zucchini. Sprinkled with roasted pumpkin seeds. $10.95 Add seitan or chickun +$2.50

Yo Mama’s Lasagna
Five layers of lasagna noodles, mozzarella, marinara sauce and vegetables (zucchini, squash, spinach and onions). Served with garlic bread. $11.25

Chickun Marsala
Sautéed chickun and button mushrooms covered in a Marsala wine sauce on a bed of spaghetti. $11.95

New! Rustic Italian Pasta
Penne pasta sautéed with Italian sausage, onions, garlic, red peppers, green peppers, black olives and artichokes and lightly tossed in marinara sauce. $12.95

Main Dishes

Favorite! Pecan Encrusted Eggplant
A slice of eggplant encrusted with pecans, sautéed and finished with red wine sauce. Served with mashed potatoes and gravy and today’s vegetable. $13.25

New! Blackened Tempeh GF
Tempeh coated in our special blend of Cajun seasonings and seared in a cast-iron skillet. Served over basmati rice and layered with black beans with carrots and peppers, collard greens and tomato-mango salsa. $12.95

Sheep’s Pie
A meat-free version of Shepherd’s Pie for our sheepy friends. sautéed onions, carrots, broccoli and peas smothered in gravy, covered with mashed potatoes and oven-baked to perfection. Served with Potato-Chive bread. $9.95 Add seitan or chickun +$2.50

Bay Cakes
Our rendition of crab cakes is made with chickpeas, chopped celery and fresh herbs. Dressed with a spicy remoulade and served with basmati rice and today’s vegetable. $13.95

New! BBQ Chickun
Grilled chickun brushed with our house made barbecue sauce. Served with coleslaw, mashed potatoes and gravy and slow-cooked collard greens. $11.95

Pizzas & Calzones

Improved! 10″ Pizza Pie SF*
Our house made pizza dough is hand-tossed and prepared with your choice of marinara or pesto sauce, mozzarella, and up to three toppings. $10.95 Additional toppings: +50¢ each

10″ Calzone SF*
Italian-style calzone stuffed with mozzarella, marinara sauce and your choice of up to three toppings. Baked to perfection then brushed with herbed garlic butter and served with a side of marinara. $10.95 Additional toppings: +50¢ each

Choose from the list of toppings below:

Artichokes Banana Peppers Black Olives Broccoli Chickun
Garlic Green Peppers Green Olives Ham Mushrooms
Onions Pepperoni Red Peppers Roasted Red Peppers Sausage
Seitan Spinach Squash Tomatoes Tofu
Zucchini

Desserts

Chocolate Amaretto Mousse GF
Silky smooth chocolate mousse laced with Amaretto. Topped with whipped cream and sliced almonds. $3.75

Ethos Sundae GF
Two scoops of vanilla ice cream with whipped cream, chocolate syrup, chopped walnuts and a cherry on top. $4.25

Cake SF*
A slice of today’s flavor dusted with powdered sugar. $2.50

New! Milk Shake GF
Made the old-fashioned way with vanilla ice cream and soy milk. Topped with a dollop of whipped cream and a cherry. Choose vanilla, chocolate or strawberry. $4.95

Cookies
Our cookies are made from scratch and baked fresh daily. $1.00-$1.50 each

**This is not the entire menu…believe it or not there are more items on the menu!  Plus they also have a brunch menu, kids menu, daily specials and an array of drinks including organic beers and wine.

Check them out if you get a chance, you won’t be disappointed.  I can’t wait for my next visit.  Hand me a napkin….I’m drooling again!

-Kristen
Choosing healthy living over dying 🙂

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