Orlando Nabs Spot on PETA’s ‘Vegan-Friendly Cities’ List

O-Town Earns Top Honors for Vegan Scene in and out of Disney World

For Immediate Release:
November 15, 2019

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Orlando, Fla. – The results are in for PETA’s 2019 ranking of the top 10 vegan-friendly cities in the U.S.—and for the first time, Orlando has secured a spot on the list, coming in at number six thanks to its many magical vegan options. PETA has sent Mayor Buddy Dyer a framed certificate to display.

“From fish-free tacos to vegan chicken burgers to doughy pretzels shaped like everyone’s favorite mouse, Orlando is one of the happiest places on Earth for vegan dining,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “The number of American vegans grew by 600% in just three years, and the cities on PETA’s list are meeting the skyrocketing demand for animal-friendly fare.”

At Disney, one of the most vegan-friendly theme parks in the country, visitors can drop in at Aloha Isle in Adventureland for a Pineapple Dole Whip or swing by Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe in Frontierland for the vegan Southwest Cheeseburger topped with dairy-free jalapeño jack and vegan avocado aioli. And Universal Orlando Resort has recently upped its vegan game, too, now offering guests a Spaghetti Bolognese with Gardein Italian sausage crumbles at Louie’s Italian Restaurant, a Chick’n & Avocado Sandwich Platter topped with dairy-free Follow Your Heart cheese at Burger Digs, and more. Out in the real world, many of Orlando’s restaurants offer vegan fare, including Dixie Dharma’s Florida Fried Green Tomato; Leguminati’s Foxtail Sandwich, a vegan spin on the classic breakfast sandwich; and Dandelion Community Café’s Buffalo ’66, which consists of cashew-encrusted tempeh tenders smothered in Buffalo sauce and vegan ranch dressing. Other must-try restaurants include Ethos Vegan Kitchen—try the Pecan Encrusted Eggplant drizzled with red wine sauce and served with mashed potatoes and sautéed asparagus—and the Jacked Up Vegan food truck, whose standouts include Soy Chorizo and Baja Fysh Tacos.

Rounding out PETA’s list are San Francisco; Los Angeles; New York City; Portland, Oregon; Detroit; Dallas; Nashville, Tennessee; Washington, D.C.; and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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