Hun­gry Pants of­fers veg­e­tar­ian, ve­gan, more healthy op­tions

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duf­fel I’d silently covet at the Ep­cot Food & Wine Fest (but never spend the money on), Hun­gry Pants is a gi­ant flirt that wants me to like it.

And that was they of­fered me a sparkling wa­ter op­tion.

“They’re both free,” I was told at the reg­is­ter. Po­litely. Cheer­ily. In a way that didn’t make me feel like I ap­peared wor­ried that it wasn’t.

Ques­tions were an­swered. Fun small talk was made. I took my num­ber and went to the pic­nic­style table be­neath those gar­denin­spired green pants, where my lunch com­pan­ion and I spread out lux­u­ri­ously.

The place was packed, but we’d scored a large, re­cently va­cated table. Sparkling wa­ter was poured and left for us to re­fresh as needed. I sighed out the breath of fresh air this place seemed to be, not­ing the clean­li­ness and moder­nity and the deep color of the tea our neigh­bors were drink­ing one table over.

Then the apps ar­rived. The BBSP Won­tons ($8) are a

AMY DREW THOMP­SON/OR­LANDO SEN­TINEL

The Shi­itake Soba Noodz are among the menu’s most pop­u­lar dishes. It’s ve­gan if you don’t add a poached egg like I did. Gluten free, too.

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