REVIEW: New Vegan Plant-Based Hot Link Smokehouse Sandwich at Flame Tree Barbecue in Disney’s Animal Kingdom
In an effort to appeal to a wider variety of tastes and dietary preferences, Walt Disney World recently rolled out a ton of new vegan, plant-based menu items, complete with a cute new leaf icon to help vegan and vegetarian guests easily pinpoint their options. That’s right, the days of obscure vegan menus and having to stand around waiting for a chef are a thing of the past, and with vegan food items now out in the open, even the omnivores are getting curious.
Today, we’re at Disney’s Animal Kingdom (because what better place to offer plant-based offerings than the crunchiest park on property) checking out all of the new vegan offerings. So far, we’ve surprisingly enjoyed the new Sicilian-Style Pizza Slice at Pizzafari. Next, we’re headed over to Flame Tree Barbecue for the only vegan entree on the menu: the Hot Link Smokehouse Sandwich!
At first, it was hard to detect the vegan offering amidst all the barbecue…
Oh, there it is. Let’s eat! [Puts on leaf-icon bib.]
Hot Link Smokehouse Sandwich (Served with French Fries) – $10.99
The sandwich features a robust, smokey sausage that’s bursting with flavor. It’s nice and spicy, and pairs excellently with the slaw and soft roll. Breads from quick service spots are usually a hit or miss, but this vegan roll was definitely fresh.
The French fries rounded out a meal we’d definitely consider having again. You still get that feeling of having tasty barbecue, without the heavy feeling of half a rack of ribs in your stomach.
While vegan brands vary greatly throughout property (one moment it’s Daiya and Gardein, the next it’s Chao and Lightlife), the sausages used for these hot links are Beyond Sausage brand, which explains why they have that great crisp exterior and hearty interior.
We’d definitely recommend this sandwich to anyone looking to switch it up while at Flame Tree Barbecue, vegan or not. If you try out any of these new plant-based offerings, let us know what you thought in the comments!