The restaurant itself is in an old house that is full of mismatched tables, drawings of celebrities all over the walls, and a super friendly crowd. They have lots of events such as vegan/raw potlucks, live bands, and more. The place definitely attracts the "typical vegan" crowd (aka me) so I felt right at home there. I ended up sharing an outdoor table with an older couple and had an awesome conversation with them. The husband is vegan and they both started doing yoga at a studio conveniently located across from Dandelion. We talked about green smoothies and I even ended up even telling them about my blog (if you end up reading this, hi!). It was a groovy conversation with great people.
Onto the food! For an appetizer I got "summer of love rolls", which are pretty large summer rolls full of veggies and a peanut dipping sauce on the side. I must say, though these were fresh and light, they weren't my favorite. I think they were too big; when I bit into them veggies exploded all over the place. It was a nice, light starter though.
For my entree I ordered something that isn't on the regular menu, the vegan honey mustard tempeh wrap. You can have it as a salad, wrap, or wrapped in collard leaves they grow outside. I wanted collards but unfortunately they didn't have any available, so I went with a wrap. Verdict? DELICIOUS. The tempeh had an amazing flavor and texture and the vegan honey mustard sauce was creamy and not overly sweet. I also liked that the majority of the wrap was field greens and fresh vegetables and not just a mound of tempeh. It was fresh and filling.
With each entree you get a 'side' and a handful of blue corn tortilla chips. I got their "world peas guacamole" which was yum, but their hemp hummus is by far the best side available.
I loved the vibe and food so much that I ended up going back the following night and getting the same thing plus a cup of their famous chili. This chili is dynamite! It's not too spicy but has a nice flavor and is full of beans and tempeh. It's topped with vegan queso (which my nut butter radar suspects is made with peanut butter). The chili was wonderful but I ended up having indigestion most of the night; I think I overdid it.
Overall, I think this is my favorite vegan friendly joint in Orlando. Groovy people, relaxing atmosphere and good, healthy food.