UPDATED FEB 11, 2020
In the past few years, Philly— the land of cheesesteak and roast pork—has become a serious plant-based paradise. With so many amazing meatless eateries even Rocky might consider going vegan. Here's a guide to some of our favorites!
This 100% plant-based, fast-casual restaurant is a vegan’s dream. The multi-location HipCityVeg has a menu that might surprise you with items like ranch chicken sandwiches, vegan cheesesteaks, and even vegan milkshakes. Take it to go, and have yourself a beautiful plant-based picnic in Rittenhouse Square.
This entirely vegan coffeehouse in South Philly easily makes the list as one of our favorite places to swing by after a long run. The white chocolate lattes with coconut, almond, or soy milk will deliciously satisfy your caffeine fix. But it’s the bagels and vegan cream cheese that make Grindcore House a Sunday brunch must. Fitt Tip: this place also sells vegan donuts — a crown jewel that even non-vegans devour in seconds.
If you’re like us, your biggest concern with veganism is the whole “pizza issue”. Trust us — we get it. But, Northern Liberties’ Blackbird Pizzeria makes it easy to make the switch thanks to vegan cheese and fresh produce. Our suggestion? Try the Balboa: seitan (wheat gluten), arugula, pumpkin seed pesto, and tofu ricotta. No one will judge you for ordering a whole pie to yourself.
The man behind Philly favorites like Federal Donuts, Dizengoff, and Zahav also created this vegan falafel shop that’s consistently spotted with lines out the door. The limited menu may seem simple—falafel (in a salad or wrap), fries, and tehina shakes—but the flavors are anything but. People just can’t seem to get enough of the Israeli spice blends, the addictive milkshakes, and the perfectly crisp falafel.
You won’t meet a vegetarian in Philly who doesn’t love V Street. This Rittenhouse restaurant features vegan takes on diverse ethnic street eats, like Dan Dan Noodles and Korean Fried Tempeh Tacos that keep people talking for months after. Plus, there’s an awesome happy hour featuring Turkish coffee, coconut water, and horchata. Fitt Tip: as of May 2019, V Street and vegan cheesesteak phenomenon Wiz Kid have merged into one plant-based powerhouse.
A major complaint among vegans and vegetarians is that meals lack variety — not that we don’t love you, tofu. But Midtown’s Bar Bombón attracts vegans and non-vegans alike with its delicious and creative Latin-inspired menu. Sure, there’s seitan, but Bombon “beefs” up their dishes with other substantial ingredients like maitake mushrooms, roasted cactus, buffalo cauliflower, and fried yucca. They have a killer brunch menu and a full bar as well, so go ahead and enjoy that veggie-friendly Sunday Funday!
Vedge takes vegan to the next level, making plants totally posh. This Midtown spot is super popular among the Philly foodie scene, even for non-vegans. Vedge has even been called one of the best vegan restaurants in America (judge for yourself). Save room for dessert because their ice cream sampler—with rotating flavors like spicy Mexican chocolate and strawberry-rhubarb—will make you wonder how this decadence can be dairy-free. Just make sure you make a reservation because this destination fills up fast.
Take two steps into P.S. & Co., and you’ll think you’ve stumbled into a millennial's version of Narnia, complete with exposed brick and greenery everywhere. But one glimpse at the organic, gluten-free, plant-based menu, and you'll realize the dishes are just as amazing and impressive as the decor. And, after a bite of the French bread pizza, you too will become a believer.
Choolaah has some of the most flavorful and healthy eats in the city. This King of Prussia Town Center eatery combines Indian favorites with BBQ, and their menu features both vegan and vegetarian-friendly options. We recommend the veggie masala bowl with rice or the legendary Choolaah Salad with veggie croquettes. It’s good to be plant-based here, but with so many options, it may take some time to make up your mind.
If you’re looking to take your vegan adventure to Fishtown, mark down this cozy café under the El. With kombucha on tap and menu items like banana chocolate bread pudding and vegan waffle bites, you’ll forget all about meat. The buffalo cauliflower might not have addictive ingredients, but for some reason we can’t stop eating it.
Mozzarella sticks, wings, pigs in a blanket. Bar food has never been known for being particularly vegetarian-friendly. Until now. Thanks to Charlie was a sinner. (we don’t talk about Charlie), patrons can order from an all vegan bar menu, and that includes avocado toast and the famed zucchini "crab cake" sliders. They’ve got some of the tastiest mocktails in the city, too. Did we mention you also can get an alcoholic wheatgrass shot? That's pretty sinful.
When MOM’S Market opened in Philadelphia, we were pretty thrilled. So we were beyond stoked to find Naked Lunch, their in-store restaurant that is vegetarian and all-organic! Grab a Jammed Yam (stuffed sweet potato) or a sushi bowl packed with miso-tofu. Plus, with draft kombucha and raw juices, you can sip while you snack — all after you shop!
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