Monday, May 6, 2013

Ethos Vegan Kitchen in Orlando, Florida

Ethos Vegan Kitchen in Orlando, Florida (or more specifically Winter Park), is AWESOME. I'm so used to scouring the menu at a regular restaurant for something without meat or cheese that it is so satisfying to have a whole menu of options. And when there are plenty of vegan pasta options this dough-head is more than content.

We first learned of Ethos from Cadry's Kitchen. I was overcome with desire after seeing her pictures of the food. Everything looked so delicious that when we decided to take a little trip down south we knew we would have to hit up Ethos.

Without further ado....the food! 

Garlic Knots
These garlic knots were perfect. Crispy, crunchy exterior with a soft, delectable interior. 

Healthy Trio
Olive Tapenade, Tomato-Mango Salsa, and Hummus with bread, veggies, and tortilla chips
Oh! This may have been the best hummus I've ever eaten and I may have eaten most of it myself :)

Pumpkin Seed Pesto Penne Pasta
Ethos menu description: Penne pasta sautéed in a creamy pesto sauce and tossed with tomatoes, squash and zucchini. Sprinkled with roasted pumpkin seeds. 

This is a comforting and hearty dish while also having a delicate flavour profile. One of the best pastas Caitlin has eaten.

Laina's Special Pasta
Ethos menu descriptionPenne pasta and your choice of seitan or chickun (I chose the seitan) sautéed with onion, garlic, carrots, broccoli and peas in a white wine lemon butter sauce. 

The peas in this one were great little bursts of sweetness while the butter sauce definitely caused an umami tango with my taste buds.  Can you see how I'm totally beside myself with anticipation and trying to restrain myself from digging in before the photo is snapped. 

Pecan Encrusted Eggplant
Ethos menu description: A slice of eggplant encrusted with pecans, sautéed and finished with red wine sauce. Served with mashed potatoes and gravy and today's vegetable. 

The red wine sauce was absolutely scrumptious and the asparagus was beautifully cooked. This is a very rich, hearty meal - you need an empty stomach for this one! 

If we hadn't been staying so far away we would have frequented Ethos almost every day! There's lots to choose from on the menu but we picked some winners for sure. We love you Ethos! And Winter Park, you're not too shabby yourself ;)

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