Florida’s Best Veg Friendly Chain Restaurants

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Florida Veg Living’s Top Picks for Veg Friendly Chain Restaurants

FVL com­piled a con­ve­nient list of quick and largely acces­si­ble casual chain restau­rants avail­able through­out Florida. These restau­rants were cho­sen for their vari­ety of veg­e­tar­ian and vegan options that offer a well-balanced nutri­tional meal. Most of the restau­rants also focus on organic prod­ucts and envi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­able prac­tices in their com­pany and din­ing estab­lish­ments. Plan ahead also for your next cross coun­try road trip… all the fol­low­ing estab­lish­ments have loca­tions in other states or even coun­tries too!

If you are seek­ing a more upscale din­ing expe­ri­ence, read Florida Veg Living’s top picks for upscale veg friendly chain restau­rants article.

 

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jasons deli vegetarian

Jason’s Deli is a deli restau­rant for all tastes. Their large menu and excel­lent salad bar makes Jason’s Deli a top choice for veg­e­tar­ian and vegan options. They pride them­selves in using only the high­est qual­ity ingre­di­ents, USDA cer­ti­fied organ­ics, whole grains, extra vir­gin olive oil and more. The fol­low­ing menu items are highly rec­om­mended for max­i­mum veg enjoyment:

Jason's Deli Salad Bar vegetarian

Jason’s Deli Salad Bar

  • Veg­e­tar­ian French Onion
  • Organic Veg­e­tar­ian Veg­etable Soup
  • Por­to­bello Gar­den Pasta with Mushrooms
  • Salad Bar: Organic Field Greens, Organic Gra­nola, Roasted Red Pep­per Hummus
  • Veg Muf­falet­tas
  • Giant Baked Potatoes
  • Grilled Por­to­bella Wrapini

Find a Jason’s Deli loca­tion near you.

Counter ServiceGluten Free items availableVegan FriendlyKid friendly activity or diningOmnivore options availableRaw Living Cuisine Friendly
 
 

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Mellow Mushroom

Mel­low Mush­room is great for any occa­sion and for a vari­ety of tastes. Expe­ri­ence fresh pizza, ice cold beer, col­or­ful art­work, eclec­tic music and com­fort food in a relaxed, veg friendly, fam­ily friendly atmos­phere. They also offer many micro-brew and local brews on draft and in the bottle.

mellow mushroom pizza vegetarian

The ‘Mega Veg­gie’ pizza at Mel­low Mushroom

 

 

Rec­om­mended veg menu items include:

  • Veg­e­tar­ian Tor­tilla Soup
  • Hum­mus with pita
  • Fresh baked soft pretzels
  • Stuffed por­to­bella
  • Bruschetta
  • Entree sal­ads
  • Cal­zones
  • Hoa­gies

Rec­om­mended spe­cialty pizza include favorites such as:

  • Mega Veg­gie pizza: spinach, sun-dried tomato, arti­choke hearts, black olives, tofu and many more veggies
  • Mag­i­cal Mys­tery Tour pizza: Pesto, mush­rooms, spinach, feta, jalapenos
  • Build your own piz­zas: top­ping choices include 20+ veg­gie and fruit options, bbq tofu, tem­peh, tofu, avo­cado, pesto

Good to know: Many vegan and gluten-free options avail­able includ­ing dairy-free Daiya cheese. Call ahead to loca­tion for availability.

Find a Mel­low Mush­room loca­tion near you.
Full ServiceVegan FriendlyGluten Free items availableKid friendly activity or diningOmnivore options available
 
 

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Sweet TomatoesSweet Toma­toes offers mostly veg­e­tar­ian friendly items includ­ing fresh pro­duce and sal­ads, vari­ety of soups, pas­tas, freshly baked breads and muffins, fresh fruit, frozen yogurt, and more.

Sweet Tomatoes Vegetarian

Fresh peas at Sweet Tomatoes

Sweet Toma­toes prides them­selves on offer­ing an all-you-care-to-eat din­ing expe­ri­ence where guests can cre­ate a meal tai­lored to their indi­vid­ual tastes.

Good to know: Sign up for Sweet Toma­toes Club Veg and receive din­ing coupons such as buy one get one free.

Find a Sweet Toma­toes loca­tion near you.
Raw Living Cuisine FriendlyGluten Free items availableVegan FriendlyKid friendly activity or diningOmnivore options availableCounter Service

 

 

 

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Chipotle vegetarianChipo­tle Mex­i­can Grill offers veg­ans and veg­e­tar­i­ans made to order bur­ri­tos, bur­rito bowls, crispy or soft tacos: choice of cilantro-lime rice, veg­e­tar­ian black beans, gua­camole, salsa, romaine let­tuce, cheese or sour cream.
Try a Chipo­tle salad with freshly made chipotle-honey vinai­grette. The chips are made fresh every day, with a squeeze of real lime and kosher salt. The gua­camole is made from per­fectly ripe avo­ca­dos, and hand mashed, up to three times a day.

Good to know: the cheese is made with veg­etable based ren­net, pinto beans are not veg­e­tar­ian (they con­tain bacon) and the sour cream is 100% cul­tured cream.

Find a Chipo­tle loca­tion near you.
Counter ServiceGluten Free items availableVegan FriendlyKid friendly activity or diningOmnivore options available

 
 

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pizza fusion vegetarian

Pizza Fusion prides itself in serv­ing up deli­cious, gourmet pizza in its purest form — untainted by arti­fi­cial addi­tives, like preser­v­a­tives, growth hor­mones, pes­ti­cides, nitrates and trans fats (to name a few). They offer many vegan, veg­e­tar­ian, kid-friendly and even gluten free menu items. They’re famous for their pizza and their 75% organic menu which fea­tures an eclec­tic vari­ety of:

Vegetarian Pizza

Veg­e­tar­ian pizza at Pizza Fusion

  • Organic white or multi-grain wheat pizza crust
  • Flat­bread and dip trio: arti­choke, olive tape­nade and mari­nara dips
  • Por­to­bello grill gourmet sandwich
  • Fusion Salad: arugula, romaine, cucum­ber, red onions, toma­toes, basil and carrots
  • Pear and Gor­gonzola salad
  • Vegan, Gluten free brownies
  • Nat­ural sodas, teas and juices

Pizza Fusion offers a truly vegan soy cheese that is casein-free to accom­pany the wide vari­ety of organic veg­gie top­pings. Their sauce is always vegan and other doughs, exclud­ing gluten-free, are vegan, as well. They make veg­e­tar­ian wraps and sand­wiches, sal­ads, and bread sticks, and even have vegan brown­ies for dessert!

Find a Pizza Fusion loca­tion near you.
Counter ServiceGluten Free items availableVegan FriendlyKid friendly activity or diningOmnivore options available

 

 

 

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pita pit vegetarianPita Pit’s slo­gan is “fresh think­ing and healthy eat­ing,” which is great for a veg lover since they offer a vari­ety of veg­e­tar­ian and vegan options. Many loca­tions open until very late in the night for that night-owl veg­gie crav­ing. Pita Pit offers made to order tasty Lebanese-style pitas. They have a larger choice of crisp, fresh veg­gies, exotic top­pings and zesty sig­na­ture sauces.

Pita Pit Vegetarian

Pita Pit’s veg­e­tar­ian pita

Sig­na­ture veg­e­tar­ian pitas include:

  • Gar­den Veggie
  • Falafel (rolled chick­peas with spices)
  • Hum­mus
  • Babaganoush (roasted egg­plant spread)
  • Feta
  • Amer­i­can Swiss
  • Ched­dar

Find a Pita Pit loca­tion near you.
Counter ServiceVegan FriendlyKid friendly activity or diningOmnivore options available

 

 

 

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pei wei vegetarianPei Wei offers veg­e­tar­ian selec­tions of freshly pre­pared Asian items influ­enced by the cuisines of China, Japan, Korea, Viet­nam, and Thai­land. All of Pei Wei’s dishes are made to order and offer cus­tomiza­tion. Veg friendly items are marked with a leaf on the menu to indi­cate a veg­e­tar­ian item when ordered with veg­eta­bles and tofu. Pei Wei is a fast casual con­cept owned by P.F. Chang’s. Pei Wei doesn’t guar­an­tee any item is vegan because many items con­tain refined sugar and the teriyaki sauce con­tains honey.

 

 

Pei Wei Vegetarian

Veg­e­tar­ian Spring Rolls at Pei Wei

 

Pei Wei Vegetarian

Edamame in the pod at Pei Wei

Great veg­e­tar­ian menu items include:

  • Veg­etable Spring Rolls: cab­bage, gin­ger, car­rots, cel­ery, scal­lions, onions, black mush­rooms, glass noo­dles, rolled in a crispy wrapper
  • Veg­etable Spring Rolls
  • Steamed edamame
  • Japan­ese teriyaki rice bowl: Sweet soy glaze, onions, napa cab­bage, car­rots, spinach, scal­lions, toasted sesame seeds, white or brown steamed rice
  • Honey Seared tofu and veg­eta­bles: Honey gar­lic sauce, chile oil, rice sticks, scal­lions, red bell peppers.

Good to Know: The “honey” in the name is used to describe the mild, sweet fla­vor of the sauce, but there is actu­ally no honey in the Honey Seared dish.

Find a Pei Wei loca­tion near you.
Counter ServiceGluten Free items availableKid friendly activity or diningOmnivore options available

 

 

 

 

 

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first watch vegetarian

First Watch Day­time Cafe is FVL top pick for a Florida break­fast chain. First Watch takes pride using only the finest ingre­di­ents avail­able for the fresh­est taste pos­si­ble. Although, most all veg­e­tar­ian menu items con­tain dairy and/or egg, they do offer some vegan options such as fresh fruit, First Watch pota­toes, (vegan mod­i­fied) Cran­berry Nut Oat­meal and (no cheese) Not Guilty Your Honor lunch wrap.

First Watch Vegetarian

Fresh fruit crepes at First Watch

Rec­om­mended veg­e­tar­ian menu items:

  • Cran­berry Nut Quaker® Oat­meal: cran­ber­ries and pecans served
    with low-fat milk, sliced bananas, brown sugar and an Eng­lish muffin
  • Fresh Fruit Crepes: sweet crepes wrapped around fresh fruit, topped with
    low-fat organic straw­berry yogurt, gra­nola, cin­na­mon and sugar.
  • Veg’d Out omelette or fresh veg­etable skil­let : onions, mush­rooms, cel­ery,
    zuc­chini and broc­coli. Topped with melted cheeses and diced tomatoes
  • First Watch potatoes
  • Fresh sea­sonal fruit bowl
  • Florid­ian French Toast: Sour­dough french toast cov­ered with fresh bananas,
    kiwi and berries
  • Not Guilty Your Honor: a wheat tor­tilla filled with cucum­ber, spinach leaves,
    mush­rooms, roasted red pep­pers, tomato slices, feta cheese and a side of hummus

Good to know: First Watch serves Stony­field Organic yogurt which doesn’t con­tain gelatin.

Find a First Watch loca­tion near you.

Full ServiceVegan FriendlyGluten Free items availableKid friendly activity or diningOmnivore options available
 
 

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Tijuana Flats vegetarian

Tijuana Flats is a Florida orig­i­nal offer­ing Tex-Mex cui­sine and a serve your­self hot sauce bar. Made to order bur­ri­tos, chimichangas, tacos, enchi­ladas, sal­ads and nachos. The black beans are veg­e­tar­ian (made with only water and spices) and the hot sauce bar can kick up the heat on any of their deli­cious items.

Tijuana Flats Vegetarian

Veg­e­tar­ian Black Bean Tacos at Tijuana Flats

Good to know: Dur­ing Taco Tues­days you can get two tacos, chips and a drink for $4.99 plus tax.

 

Find a Tijuana Flats loca­tion near you.

 

Counter ServiceGluten Free items availableVegan FriendlyKid friendly activity or dining

 

 

 

 

 

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panera bread vegetarianPan­era Bread offers a bakery–café quick casual restau­rant expe­ri­ence. They offer loads of sweet pas­tries, spe­cialty cof­fee drinks (even soy milk lattes!) a vari­ety of breads, sand­wiches, soups and salads.

Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich

Panera’s Mediter­ranean Veg­gie Sandwich

Veg friendly items to try:

  • Veg­e­tar­ian black bean soup
  • Gar­den veg­etable with pesto soup
  • Veg­e­tar­ian creamy tomato soup
  • Tomato and moz­zarella hot panini
  • Mediter­ranean veg­gie sandwich
  • Greek salad
  • Clas­sic hand-tossed salad with bal­samic vinaigrette

Good to know: FVL inquired with Pan­era Bread about vegan friendly items. Pan­era Bread’s response was, “Although veg­e­tar­ian soups and sand­wiches are noted on our menu, we do not keep a sep­a­rate list of vegan prod­ucts. How­ever, you can find nutri­tional pro­files and com­plete ingre­di­ents for our cur­rent menu items on our website.”

Find a Pan­era Bread loca­tion near you.

Counter ServiceGluten Free items availableKid friendly activity or diningOmnivore options available

 

 

 

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On Florida Veg Living’s Wish List…

 

Noodles & Company vegetarianNoo­dles & Com­pany offers veg­e­tar­ian friendly made to order dishes of Asian, Mediter­ranean and Amer­i­can influence—each con­tain­ing spe­cific pasta, soup and salad choices. Tofu can be added to any dish. Sadly, Noo­dles & Com­pany hasn’t made it to Florida (yet!), but if you are travel out­side the state be sure to stop by a location!

Japanese Pan Noodles Vegetarian

Veg­e­tar­ian Japan­ese Pan Noodles

Find a Noo­dles & Com­pany loca­tion in the U.S.

 

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