Yellow Dog Eats – Gotha, Florida

I needed fuel the night before my triathlon, so what did I do? Went out to eat! I absolutely LOVE Yellow Dog Eats in Gotha. It takes a little time to get to it, but it’s worth it. The menu features barbeque, sandwiches and salads with several vegetarian/vegan options. The atmosphere is eclectic and music plays overhead. You order at the counter and go get your food when your name is called. There’s a lot to look at while you wait! You can sit downstairs near the new wine bar (there is a large wine selection, or bring your own), upstairs or outside in the garden. This place is comfort food with a twist. It’s one of my favorite places to take out of town guests (which means I get to go again next week!).

Entrance through the garden from the parking lot.

Entrance through the garden from the back parking lot.

Order at the counter

Order at the counter

1st level dining area and wine bar.

1st level dining area and wine bar in the corner.

Sitting outside is a great option.

Sitting outside is a great option.

For some reason, my pictures came out a little blurry, but you can go to their website for more photos if you like. On this visit, Dan and I got our food to go.

I had Fido’s Feast, veganized. “Veganize” is a cute term on their menu and there are multiple options for this. For most of the sandwhiches it means holding the cheese. This is a smoked marinated portabella served on a kaiser bun with smoked red onions, sprouts, tomatoes, leaf lettuce, and a chipotle sun-dried tomato pesto. AND since I didn’t get cheese, the cashier asked me if I wanted to add avocado – uh YES. And oh YUM. Great juicy (not greasy!) mix of flavors, sweet and mildly spicy, and a wonderfully cooked portabella. Instead of a bag of chips it came with a bag of Stacy’s Pita Chips and hummus, one of my favorite snacking combos.

Fido's Feast

Fido’s Feast

Dan had the Classic Mexican Mutt, subbed oven roasted potatoes for meat (option is on the menu), and held the carmelized onions, sour cream and cheese. He was left with a Southwestern chipotle wrap with the potatoes, black bean spread, shredded lettuce, local tomatoes, and homemade chunky salsa. He veganized it himself and the result was yet another great and hearty (and messy) sandwich. It is also moderate to very spicy, depending how sensitive you are. This sandwich came with a bag of Mrs. Vickie’s Simply Sea Salt Chips, although I’m sure if you asked you could get the pita chips instead.

Classic Mexican Mutt (vegan)

Classic Mexican Mutt (vegan)

The Mutt sandwich looks prettier when you eat in (though it's the same great taste)

The Mexican Mutt sandwich looks prettier when you eat in the restaurant (same great taste)

Both dishes also came with coleslaw, but while not heavy on the mayo I think it was still there so we skipped that.

On another visit I ordered the Downward Dog which is already vegan. It is a blend of portabella mushrooms, water chestnuts, peanuts, and onions mixed with shredded lettuce, fresh carrots, scallions, red onions, and sriracha in a spinach wrap with our homemade peanut sauce (that I would describe as mildly spicy). Large portion and another delicious option.

Downward Dog

Downward Dog

I love the variety and uniqueness of Yellow Dog Eats. Go there.

**Update: Our out of town guests loved YDE as well, they both had BBQ based sandwiches with some craft beers.

Ratings from a plant-based eating perspective (1-5 scale, 1=Terrible  5=Excellent)

Ambiance: 5        Service: 3             Choices: 5           Taste: 5                Overall: 5

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