In terms of rides, hotels, and snacks, Disney World has a little something for everyone. Lately, we’ve been seeing more food options for plant-based eaters in the parks, but we just found a vegan dish that we think EVERYONE would want to try.
We’re heading to an unexpected spot to find the newest plant-based snack. This restaurant is usually known for theme park staples, like burgers and chicken tenders. But after the lunch we just had there, we can honestly say that the real reason to come here is the TOFU!
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is actually a great park to find plant-based eats. We’re often tempted to get the Zuchii Wrap from Ronto Roasters (even in the place of the delicious Ronto Wrap), and the “Lobster” Roll at Rosie’s All-American Café shouldn’t be ignored even if you do eat meat.
Today, we’re heading to Backlot Express to try out a menu item that’s only been there for about a month now. It arrived as part of the big menu updates that hit this restaurant back in March. Let’s dig in to the Teriyaki Tofu Bowl!
We mentioned before that Backlot Express is typically known for more basic theme park food options. This quick-service spot has cheeseburgers, pulled pork burgers, chicken tenders, and Cuban sandwiches on the menu. The fast service and large dining room make it a popular spot for guests to come in and relax during a busy day. So how does their new vegan option measure up?
The new Teriyaki Tofu Bowl is made with Seasoned Jasmine Rice, Marinated Tofu, Yuzu-pickled Edamame, Carrots, Cucumber, and Onions, and it’s all drizzled with House-made Lemon-Tahini-Chipotle Vinaigrette and Sesame Seeds. You can get it for $12.99. The ingredients remind us a lot of a poké bowl, and our reporter (who is a plant-based eater) said that it tasted exactly like one! They were very excited about this new dish since they hadn’t seen a vegan poké bowl before.
Specifically, our reporter said that the bowl gave them everything they missed about normal poké, just with plant-based ingredients. The veggies were super fresh and delicious (although the edamame didn’t really taste pickled). And the rice was a little bit sweet and perfectly cooked, just like good sushi rice usually is.
The tofu was super flavorful, and the vinaigrette drizzle over the entire dish really brought a whole other level of flavor to the dish. It tasted just like the sauce on regular poké bowls.
Our only complaint? We needed a dish like this in another Disney World park! There are already some great vegan options in Hollywood Studios, and we would’ve loved to see this awesome snack come to a different park that needs more help in the plant-based department. That being said, we’re still happy that this dish exists and we’ll be back for seconds again.
If you’re a plant-based eater or just a fan of tofu, we think you’ll love this snack! If you like simpler flavors, you might want to pass on this one — between the tofu, veggies, and sauce, there was a lot going on. Head to Backlot Express if you want to give the Teriyaki Tofu Bowl a try. And keep following DFB for more reviews of the newest eats in Disney World.
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What’s your favorite plant-based snack in Disney World? Let us know in the comments.