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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