There are three vegan options available for both lunch and dinner at The Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Today we’re going to share our review of them.
Vegan Options at The Hollywood Brown Derby in Walt Disney World
The Hollywood Brown Derby is a full-service, signature dining restaurant located on Hollywood Boulevard in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
When you step into the Brown Derby, you step into the “Golden Age” of Hollywood.
The walls are adorned with caricatures of famous faces, a tradition that began with the original restaurant from which Walt Disney World’s version was fashioned after.
Upon entering the dining room you are greeted with smartly dressed cast members serving guests seated at dark wood booths and tables with crisp white tablecloths.
The restaurant does not have an indoor lounge. It’s lounge area is outdoors along the front of the restaurant.
This is rather unfortunate as there are only a few months out of the year that it is comfortable enough to sit al fresco in Central Florida.
Here’s a look at the service bar located inside the Brown Derby.
The restaurant has an extensive list of wine and craft cocktails along with beer and non alcoholic beverages.
The Hollywood Brown Derby Vegan Options
The menu at The Hollywood Brown Derby recently underwent a change and two new options were added.
The restaurant now boasts a vegan as-is appetizer, entree and dessert.
Your meal will start with Complementary Bread Service. The rolls here are vegan. You’ll just need to ask your server to bring you Earth Balance butter. Ours was kind enough to sprinkle on some of the special salt that is given to guests who opt for dairy butter.
The appetizer option is a Curried Butternut Squash Soup ($12). This is a very thick, blended soup filled with warm spices.
It’s garnished with apple chutney and a drizzle of achiote oil.
We didn’t find the oil to be spicy at all and were happy to have warm crusty vegan rolls for dipping.
The entree, which replaces the Vegetarian Pho served here for years is a Plant Based Chopped Steak ($29).
It’s an Impossible “meat” patty served over crushed Yukon Gold potatoes.
It’s topped with sautéed wild mushrooms and mushroom gravy and garnished with sweetie drops and fresh parsley.
We absolutely loved this offering. The potatoes were nice and creamy. The gravy was divine and the sweetie drop peppers added a nice bit of acid and texture to the dish.
The chopped steak was a tad bit pink in the center for my liking, but overall it was a very well rounded dish.
For dessert you’ll want to order the Chocolate Coconut Cake ($12).
The Chocolate Coconut Cake, which reads almost like a brownie, is plated with chocolate sauce, fresh raspberries, cocoa nibs and hazelnut cream.
We didn’t taste any coconut in the dish so we assume that the chocolate sauce is made with a coconut milk.
Because this is a Disney Signature Dining location, it will take two table credits off of your Disney Dining Plan. Annual Passholder and Tables in Wonderland discounts are available here.
Check out our YouTube video for an in depth review of the new options along with our thoughts.
For a list of all the vegan options available in the Disney’s Hollywood Stuidios theme park check out our comprehensive guide here: What’s Vegan in Disney’s Hollywood Studios?