One of the best kept vegetarian secrets in Orlando is The Sunflower Cafe located right inside Hoover’s Market in Altamonte Springs. Hoover’s Market has been in the area for 40 years and offers organic produce and a wide selection of vegan groceries. The Sunflower Cafe offers a variety of sandwiches, vegetarian sides, soups and a juice bar.
Some of the offerings include Vegetarian Chicken Salad, Vegetarian Ham Salad and Vegetarian Turkey cold cuts. You do not have to be a Vegetarian to enjoy this little cafe however, they also offer tuna salad, oven roasted and smoked turkey slices. The Sunflower Cafe is more of a deli than a cafe – any of their meats or salads can be ordered by the fraction of a pound just like a true deli. And like most delis they will turn your choice of ingredients into a delicious sandwich or wrap.
I ordered just a simple veggie and cheese sandwich on sourdough bread. Nothing special you say? Well- it was. My sandwich was STUFFED with all the veggies- alfalfa sprouts, sunflower sprouts, spinach, bell peppers, black olives, cucumbers, leaf lettuce, onions, tomatoes and jalapenos. The only thing missing was the avocado which they normally offer but were just out of the day of my visit. For spreads, they offer Vegenaise, Hummus and 4 types of mustard (stone ground, Dijon, honey or yellow.) And just like a real deli they offer a variety of seasonings from apple cider vinegar to cayenne pepper and everything in between.
Chad ordered tuna salad on 7 grain bread. They did not skimp on the tuna (which I am guessing was made with Vegenaise) and Chad loved it.
We also ordered a few containers of the Vegetarian Chicken Salad and their curry-coconut bean salad. I actually did not care for the chicken salad (it was very smoky- too smoky) but I really loved the bean salad. They offer a variety of sides that change daily from lentils to veggies to curried beans.
In addition to being a Vegetarian type deli, the Sunflower Cafe has a raw juice bar. I ordered the X Cellerator– a mix of beets, kale, carrots, apples, molasses and dandelion. Since beets and kale are among my favorite foods I thought why not? Well, perhaps somethings are better left unjuiced. It was a very powerful flavor and as much as I love veggies, I didn’t like that particular beverage. However, we saw many people ordering the Green Supreme (kelp, broccoli, kale, celery, bell pepper, parsley and apples) so I will try this the next time.
We loved this deli simply because it is just one stop shopping for all things veggie. It is nice to have a place where you can order an overstuffed veggie sandwich from a place that offers more than just lettuce, tomatoes and onions. And even better- the prices are just right- my overstuffed sandwich cost me $4 (my juice was more expensive at $5.)
The next time you are feeling super healthy check out the Sunflower Cafe located just off the main drag in Altamonte Springs. And by the way, Hoover’s Market is also a great place to pick up your Vegan items. I have found things here that not even my local Whole Foods carries. The only downside is that despite its name being a “cafe”, it really is a deli counter only type place. There is seating outside but sometimes it is just too hot to eat outdoors!! 4 out of 5 sprouts.