Toasted — Orlando, FL

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a face full of truffle fries

a face full of truffle fries

I found myself in Orlando with a hankering for some grilled cheese and tomato soup (the fat kid in me eating his way out), and so I took to Yelp to find where I might satisfy this craving. To my surprise, Yelp yielded this gem of an establishment pretty close to my location. With both my mom and my appetite as passengers, we loaded into the Spark Mobile (my car) and raced (meandered) the 7 miles to our cheesy destination.

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Yelp a brother out, why don’t you?! Take me to vegan cheese paradise!

I was smitten with the place the minute we barged in (entered quietly). The whole room was clean, spacious, inviting, and one of the walls was made to look as though it were made of cheese.  I asked the high-school-aged waitstaff for menus, and explained that mum and I have never dined there before. They pointed out the vegan options for me, which wasn’t hard to find; the V word was all over the place. #winning. Sadly, the tomato soup contains dairy, so I opted for the truffle fries with rosemary to accompany my Vegan Roasted Vegetable Grilled Cheese. Not sorry about it! No wonder pigs love that shit so much; truffle is life-changingly delightful.

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Vegan Roasted Vegetable Grilled Cheese with Truffle Fries

My mom, the non-vegan, went with The 101, a classic grilled cheese sandwich with sliced tomato. She also got a dipper-size portion of their tomato soup. Now if only they can figure out a way to ditch the dairy in the soup! #itsnotrocketscience.

The 101 and Housemade Roasted Tomato Soup (not vegan)

The 101 and Housemade Roasted Tomato Soup (not vegan)

Fun things to know:

  • there are two Toasted locations, neither of which, sadly, are in Tampa.
  • Toasted makes their own vegan cheeses in-house, which is kinda neat.
  • if you fit your whole tray of truffle fries into your mouth, you win a prize. Okay, not really. But please attempt it anyway and send me a photo.
  • http://www.igettoasted.com
  • After your meal, take mom over to Ethos Vegan Kitchen, buy her some vegan snickerdoodles, then eat them together in the beautiful Mead Botanical Garden in Winter Park. Don’t forget your selfie stick.
Mead Botanical Garden, Winter Park, FL

Mead Botanical Garden, Winter Park, FL