Ethos Vegan Kitchen opened at the end of 2007, offering Central Floridians access to healthy, quick and inexpensive Vegan fare. Lucky for diners like me, the place has caught on. After operating for five years in a small storefront on Orange Avenue, they moved to a much larger space in Winter Park, just off the campus of Rollins College. Ethos used to be strictly counter service, now they are a full service restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner.
I call it their “new” location though they have been in Winter Park for quite some time now. The Orange Avenue restaurant was crowded and cramped and parking was near impossible. The newer Winter Park location is spacious and open and the parking is abundant on most days.
The first time we had ever visited we had ordered a ham and cheese pizza and it was so good, we doubted it was actually all Vegan. But it was. On a recent Saturday, I found myself craving tofu scramble. What better place to find such a thing than an all vegan kitchen?
At 9am there was a decent crowd dining at Ethos. We were able to sit right away in a booth and were greeted immediately by our attentive server. The first thing we ordered was freshly squeezed orange juice. I know from experience that having to squeeze a bunch of oranges for a single glass of juice is not fun, but it is so worth it.
There is not a huge selection for breakfast but they did have the Tofu Scramble I was craving. It is delicious and simple. Even the biggest fan of the scrambled egg can appreciate this dish. The tofu is seasoned with nutritional yeast, black pepper and sautéed onions. It is so simple yet so tasty. The side of sausage I had also ordered is of the Vegan variety but tastes just as hearty and meaty as the real thing. A perfect way to start the weekend.
My boyfriend Chad ordered the Double Stack. The man doesn’t go anywhere for breakfast without ordering something that requires syrup. For a small upcharge he topped his pancakes with strawberries and almonds. Choices for syrup are regular maple or agave.
He loved them. They were fluffy and golden and the fresh ripe strawberries were a nice addition.
He also ordered a side of the home fries which were served with a tangy side of organic ketchup. Everything was wonderful all around.
Ethos only serves breakfast on Saturday and Sundays until noon. However, Ethos is worth a visit at any time of the day, any day of the week. There is a large menu of appetizers, sandwiches, pastas and entrees that will please anyone. My favorite is the Vegan Philly Cheesesteak.
Don’t forget to check out the case of Vegan baked goods as well. I love that there is a great Vegan presence in the city of Orlando and I am sure we can thank Ethos for some of that.