I feel like I start every blog post lately with “Disney keeps updating menus…” but here we are again – some new vegan options added to the Contempo Cafe menu. Contempo Cafe is the quick service food location inside Disney’s Contemporary Resort. In the heart of the action, it’s always been a favorite spot to monorail-watch, as they ride right through the Grand Canyon Concourse of this classic A-frame and original 1971 Walt Disney World Resort hotel.
The vegan options at Contempo Cafe now include the Breakfast Tofu Bowl – $8.99, which is vegan as is and consists of scrambled Just Egg, vegan sausage crumbles, grilled tofu, breakfast potatoes, seasonal vegetables and vegan cheddar.
Thanks to @crueltyfree_jersey who sent me the above photo on instagram! This looks delicious (altho it looks more like vegan mozzarella than cheddar) and I can’t wait to hop over and try this some morning!
Also available for breakfast are a side of the breakfast potatoes, steel-cut oatmeal, and vegan/gluten-free Mickey waffles on request (you can order one waffle by itself for $2.99 which is fun).
For dinner, there is a new Crispy Tofu Bowl – $12.99 (available after 4pm only), but this is
NOT VEGAN AS-IS. The “street corn” that comes with all of the bowls, contains dairy AND egg (mayo, sour cream and cotija cheese). When you order, you must request plain corn, not the street corn with the crispy tofu, to make it vegan. Now where this is misleading is, the menu board after 4pm lists all the bowls, and has the plant-based logo by the Crispy Tofu, since the tofu itself IS vegan, but the bowl ingredients are the same for all protein options, and therefore NOT plant-based as-is. For now.
UPDATE: As of 8/20/23, the bowl options have been updated so the standard option IS vegan as is with the crispy tofu. The street corn is now made with no dairy and just cilantro, lime juice, olive oil, white vinegar, and sugar. Thank you to Contempo Cafe for fixing this issue!
We spoke to a manager to point out that this may be misleading/confusing to most, and they agreed and said they were actually working on a plant-based street corn. This would be a great solution as the street corn (on the cob) for EPCOT’s Flower & Garden Festival is delicious, and is very easy to make. Fingers crossed Disney updates this asap. Until then, share this post to get the word out to your vegan and dairy-free friends to request the plain corn. We will update this post if the menu changes.
I LOVE a good crispy tofu and the add-ons of cilantro-lime rice, black beans, corn, avocado, pico de gallo, carrot and pickled onion make this a winner for flavors. Let’s hope it’s vegan as-is asap!
The bowl joins the existing Kale Power Greens Salad – $12.29 (available for lunch and dinner). We also checked on the Vegetable Flatbread – $12.29, which can be made vegan by removing the cheese (mozzarella and parmesan) as the dough is vegan as-is.
We’ve gotten the Kale Power Greens Salad in the past, and loved it.The different textures from the farro and quinoa along with the sweet potatoes and crispy chickpeas…so good! The salad includes greens, farro, quinoa, roasted sweet potatoes, avocado, pickled onions, toasted garbanzos and a lime vinaigrette. It is hearty and delicious. I wish it was available at every quick service location! This salad can be made gluten-friendly by removing the farro.
And last but certainly not least, we have a vegan dessert at Contempo Cafe! The new Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar – $5.99 is vegan as-is and gluten-friendly!
This beauty is made with a chocolate crust, peanut butter cream filling and chocolate ganache, topped with plant-based strawberry whipped cream and strawberry crisps! Chef’s kiss!
We are very excited by these new and existing vegan options at Contempo Cafe, especially since they are made with tofu or vegetables and not plant-based meats as the focal point. Let us know if you check out these new options and which is your favorite! Be sure to check out our other Contemporary Resort reviews of Steakhouse 71 dinner and off-menu vegan Steakhouse 71 burger for lunch! and California Grill before planning your next meal.
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