One of our last errands on our Florida to-do list was an important trip to Orlando. We had no interest in Disney or Universal Studios. We had to pay a visit to the Islamic Society of Central Florida to draft our will and last testament. As morbid as that may sound, having a will in place to allocate your possessions and sort out custody matters is a religious duty in Islam. Most people wait until near or post-retirement to start thinking about a will but we wanted all of our after-life expectations to be crystal clear and legally binding. So, for a cheery way to start our very serious day in Orlando, we met a friend for lunch at a very vibrant eatery at 618 N. Thornton Avenue.
Before entering Dandelion, we were drawn to the beautiful aqua hues of the property, Tibetan prayer flags, and community gardens. The property is shared with several wellness-related businesses to the rear of the property. The café itself is like a house-turned-restaurant with dining areas contained in separate rooms. After a brief orientation, we found a table in the furthest room from the entrance and then returned to the front counter to place our order. Their organic and plant-based menu was full of so many tantalizing options, it was hard to make a selection. Lil’ Z settled on the slightly spicy vegan black bean and cheese quesadilla served with blue corn chips and hemp hummus. I went for the chili tempeh wrap with spring mix greens and fresh seasonal fruit. My mother-in-law had a fruity Polynesian salad with walnuts on a bed of greens. Urbndervish and our Floridian friend both ordered buffalo tempeh wraps with quinoa, spring mix, blue corn chips with salsa and pea guacamole respectively. I think their selection was the best of them all. The portions and prices were appropriate lunch fare, costing about $7 – $9 per platter. Purified drinking water was served generously in mason jars.
Before our departure, there were three last temptations that we didn’t have the time to indulge before our appointment. The first and most appetizing was a selection of vegan frosted cupcakes and brownies, followed by an entire wall of homegrown organic tea selections. Lastly, there was the cutest little free library box on our way out. We left satisfied and enlivened by the tasty meal and uplifting atmosphere. The place was jumping for lunch and we could easily see why. Though we left abruptly, we conveniently had to pass Dandelion upon exiting Orlando, so we popped in for a brownie, a chocolate coconut banana cupcake, and a vanilla strawberry cupcake to take home for dessert. All of the baked goods were fresh, moist, and moderately sweet, just the way we like it. If we ever need to return to Disney town, we now know to start and end our stay with a pit stop at Dandelion.