Agave Azul – Orlando, Florida

Agave Azul is a Mexican restaurant located in an unassuming strip mall off Kirkman Road in Orlando. Because of this, the wait is always minimal to none, which I love. From the outside the restaurant looks like nothing special, but the atmosphere inside has a cool vibe with decor done in blues and silver and water fall panels throughout the interior. I’ve been going to this restaurant since way before I stopped eating dairy/eggs, and have enjoyed it thoroughly with both eating styles. My husband loves their margaritas. This is another restaurant where I’ve heard good things about every item on the menu, including meat and seafood based dishes. In true Mexican restaurant style, the food comes out quickly once you order, though we did have to ask for more salsa a couple times with our chips.

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Sangria anyone?

Agave Azul claims to offer authentic Mexican from classic favorites to new trends. I would say that’s accurate. Their Guacamole Fresco bowl appetizer is HUGE and very good. I’ve also had the Tropical Ceviche Martini in the past and it was also delicious and fresh tasting.

They have a vegetarian section on the menu, though not surprisingly there is a lot of dairy in these selections. So you have to customize a bit. One of my favorites, with a portion size that is PLENTY big enough for two people, is the Fajitas Vegetarianas. In addition to the typical onions, bell peppers and mushrooms you see at other restaurants, Agave Azul’s version has large pieces of cauliflower, broccoli, squash, zucchini and tomatoes. It’s served with more of that yummy guacamole and rice. My substitutions are: corn rather than flour tortillas, black or pinto beans rather than refried beans, and no sour cream or cheese. The flavor is wonderful, although it is a bit heavy on the oil, so be forewarned.

Agave Azul

They will substitute whole beans (black or pinto) anywhere on the menu for refried, so you could get a pinto bean burrito or enchilada as an example.

So get your creative juices flowing and come here when you’re craving Mexican food.  It’s my go-to place when I’m in Orlando.

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

Ambiance: 5        Service: 4             Choices: 3           Taste: 5                Overall: 4

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