The Dandelion Food Cart

Madison, Wisconsin

Vegetarian and Vegan food cart on Library Mall M-F, and Capital Square Farmers' Market on Saturdays

Food Court or Street Vendor

Located on Library Mall near UW/Madison campus and in front of the University Bookstore, from about 10:30am - 2:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

Dandelion has a NEW Menu, which still includes Sweet Potato Wrap and Homemade Chocolate/Peanut Butter Cups from the old menu. New items include a Mushroom Reuben, a Teriyaki Tofu sandwich with lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado and chreez. Other entrees as well. Entrees are $6.50 to $7.50. Vegan friendly.

Added by conde.kedar on Jun 3 08 (last updated Apr 14 13)

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With a fast-growing line in front, the Dandelion seemed to garner the most attention out of the many food carts: a positive sign! One look at the menu and I fully understood why the bright green truck merited its popularity. Complete with five sandwiches inspired by multiple wordly cuisines (all of which can be served on a whole-wheat pita), two hearty entree-style plates, raw oatmeal and fruit for breakfast, and a chocolate peanut butter cup for dessert, this cart knew what vegans craved.

Cilantro-topped black eyed peas, smoky rich collard greens, and a saute of sweet potatoes, onions, and poblano peppers surrounded three hearty slabs of tofu slathered in a tangy barbeque sauce to form a Southern medley of vegan happiness in my Texas Style BBQ Tofu entree. The tofu offered the only downside to the dish: while the texture skirted the perfect line between chewy and firm, I suspect that the tofu was not fresh, but rather freeze-dried reconstituted tofu that may or may not have been fried. A dash of refined sugar may have also weasled its way into the spicy-sweet sauce, though I sincerely hope (probably in vain), that the Dandelion chef used agave nectar or maple syrup instead. Despite the two soy-based flaws, I wholeheartedly enjoyed my trip down South at the Dandelion.

The Baked Tofu Sandwich came on a ciabatta roll topped with baked tofu, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, and avocado drizzled with a spicy veganaise aioli served with a side of tortilla chips and pico de gallo. My eating companion rated the sandwich as a definite 10 on the yummy scale.

What could easily constitute an entire meal (especially when adding the optional tofu for a dollar extra), a bed of spinach topped with brown basmati rice, corn, grated carrots, radishes, cucumbers, purple cabbage, pico de gallo, and edamame drizzled with Bragg's Liquid Aminos and sesame oil is much much more than just a side. The vegetable-and-whole-grain rainbow tasted fresh, crunchy, and very wholesome-I may become a regular patron of the Dandelion just for the "side" of vegetables.

Meeting all of my pent-up food cart anticipation, the quality of the Dandelion's food exceeded that of a few non-wheeled restaurants in Madison and was certainly on par with a good many regular sit-down eating establishments. It is a wonderful destination for a fast, cheap, healthy, and simply mouthwatering lunch.

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The food here is so satisfying! I highly recommend the sweet potato wrap and the bajio's style seitan. My dishes have been served with beans and steamed greens, or chips and fresh salsa on the side. Their "side" of vegetables is quite substantial, and can be considered a light meal to itself!

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At the west end of State Street, near the intersection of Lake Street and State Street, on Library Mall near University of Wisconsin campus, in front of the University Bookstore, from about 10:30am - 2:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Close to buslines #3, 4, 6, 9, 14, 15, 38, and others.

Wheelchair Accessible

Cash Only


  • American
  • Eclectic (Varied)


2011 Dandelion Menu

2011 Dandelion Menu

Taken April 21, 2011 Summer 2012 Menu


10:30am - 2:30pm
10:30am - 1:30pm

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