BBSP Wontons
SPICY WONTONS. “BBSP Wontons” contain black bean, sweet potato, garlic, ginger, lemongrass and served with a spicy sweet chili sauce. photo/ Samar Baig

Hungry Pants adds a freshness to the SODO area as it offers a unique atmosphere, fresh food that’s affordable and a variety of options that can accommodate most dietary restrictions and allergies.

Hungry Pants, located on Orange Avenue, prides itself on providing healthy and great tasting food making them a new local favorite.

Walking into the restaurant one might first notice the pink floors. The walls, covered with creative murals are a perfect picture opportunity. The white chairs and wood tables add class to the colors that are presented in the room and ties the furniture with the rest of the room together.

Although the outside of the restaurant may seem small, the inside is inviting and larger than one might anticipate. However, the restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor settings. The place is perfect for any occasion due to the variety of sized tables perfect for a casual date or a group outing.

Turmeric Tahini Noodles
COLD NOODLES. “Turmeric Tahini Noodles” are chilled udon noodles, kale, sweet peppers, purple cabbage, carrots with turmeric tahini sauce. photo/Samar Baig

Looking at the menu, there is a variety of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. The menu is divided into seven sections: “Thirsty Pants” (drinks), “Nibble” (appetizers), “Hungry” (cold foods), “Nosh” (entries), “Famished” (grilled items), “Lil’ Hungries” (kids menu), and “Sweet Tooth” (desserts). Nothing on the menu items cost more than $12, and most of the items are made with healthy ingredients.

While Hungry Pants doesn’t serve typical soft drinks, like Pepsi products, they offer a variety of handcrafted drinks: including kombucha, iced tea and sodas. Their drinks are creative and refreshing, especially on a hot day. Drinks range from $2.75 to $4.50.

Yummy Drinks
ICE COLD. “Unsweet Iced Tea” of the Day (left) is a perfect pairing with a dessert item and cost $2.75. “Cucumber Ginger Housemade Soda” (right) has a hint of sweetness and costs $3.25. photo/Samar Baig

There are four appetizers for customers to choose from “Cauli Tots”, “BBSP Wontons”, “Mezze Plate” and “Seasonal Toast.” All the appetizers range from $6 to 10. They offer primarily both vegan and vegetarian options that are perfect for sharing with anyone regardless of one’s dietary restrictions.

Hungry Pants entries are under the “Hungry, Famished”, and “Lil’ Hungries” for kids, ranging from $4.50 to $5.50. There are multiple items for gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options, as well as pescetarian and meat; something for everyone to enjoy. Each entree is between $8 to $12 for the “Lil’ Hungries.” For the quality of food, Hungry Pants provides, their prices are reasonable. Most of their entires try to include vegetables, making it a healthier option compared to fries. Unlike other restaurants, Hungry Pants is the first plant curious restaurant in Orlando. It strives to provide plant-based food that tastes good too.

In addition to their appetizers that are shareable with anyone, regardless of their dietary restrictions, the same goes for the desserts they offer. The majority of their desserts are vegan or vegetarian-friendly and big enough to share. They range from $2.50-$4.25 and each of them provides a unique tasteful experience for the customer.

Ice Cream
SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM Sweet Cream ice cream from the Greenery Creamery photo/Samar Baig.

While Hungry Pants strives to achieve a plant-based meal that tastes good, it is often missing a wow factor that can classify their food as amazing. Although many of the items taste great, they miss an original amazing taste that would make one crave a specific item enough to want to come back. For example, the veggie burger tasted good, but it missed the mark when it came to amazing. It was a good burger but one could get the same burger at another high-quality restaurant of the same sort.

Overall, Hungry Pants provides the SODO area with quality, great healthy tasting food that has something for everyone and is perfect for a casual dining experience.

The Hilights

Who: Hungry Pants

To Try:  Mac n’ Cheese n’ Squash ($4)

Where:  3421 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32806

Cost: $2.50-$12

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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