There are many specialty dining experiences in Orlando, from the fancy to the farm-to-table. If you’re looking for something with a little more substance than your regular fast-food chain, you don’t have to look too hard to find something good in The City Beautiful. However, none of them quite compare to Dandelion Community Café. With homegrown food, organic ingredients, the chilliest vibe around, Dandelion is simply a hippie’s paradise.
Built in an old 1920’s home in the Mills50 Mainstreet District, Dandelion has been fostering community and sustainability in Orlando since 2006. Their values revolve around environmental responsibility, supporting the local economy, and the power of community. Looking around the quaint and peaceful café, it’s not hard to see that those values seep directly into their business.
Sourcing only organic, fair-trade foods, partnering with other local businesses, and weekly food donations to local organizations make it an easy choice to spend your money at such a generous and delicious place. In true hippie fashion, they also hold weekly poetry nights and monthly drum circles. Outside in the garden, a massive banyan tree stands with all kinds of trinkets and offerings from patrons under its roots.
When you eat at Dandelion Café, you know you’re getting the freshest foods, the best vibes, and an instant karma boost.
Dandelion operates under the assumption that food should be fun, wholesome, vibrant, and delightful. One look at their menu, and you can see they’ve done exactly that. Since 2017, they eliminated all dairy products from their menu and are entirely vegan.
Don’t worry meat-eaters, you probably won’t even be able to tell.
Foods are minimally prepared, simple, and fresh, so you know you’re only getting the cleanest ingredients, without sacrificing taste or aesthetic.
The folks at Dandelion know that to change the world for the better, you have to start with yourself, and that’s why so much emphasis is put on their personal values.
Besides delicious food, they also have a wide selection of desserts, organic teas, and coffee. They also have “Dandy Hour” specials every Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., with $1 off all beers, and $2 off glasses of wine.
Not to mention just $5 appetizers.
So what are you waiting for? Recharge your chakras at this local hidden gem.
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Dandelion Community Cafe
When: Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. -5 p.m.
Address: 618 N Thornton Ave, Orlando FL
Why You Need To Go: You won't find such delicious food paired with such a karmically positive vibe anywhere else!