Living in a cheesesteak paradise, it can be hard to even consider going vegan. But it’s do-able, and becoming easier every day.
That being said, Philly has seriously become a top vegan and vegetarian destination with amazing meatless dishes that would make even Rocky consider converting to plant-based.
Check out these spots and bring your eating pants!
If you’re like us, your biggest concern with veganism is the whole “pizza issue”. Trust us — we get it, but Blackbird Pizzeria makes it easy to make the switch thanks to all-vegan pizzas. And if we don’t have your attention yet, head down to South Philly or up to NoLibs and order the Balboa: Seitan (wheat gluten), arugula, pumpkin seed pesto, and tofu ricotta. No one will judge you for ordering a whole pie to yourself.
This 100% plant-based, fast casual restaurant is a vegan’s dream. Just let us drop some knowledge on you: HipCityVeg has menu items like ranch chicken sandwiches, vegan cheesesteaks, and even vegan milkshakes. Can you say, YAAAAS QUEEN?! (We can and often do.) Take it to go, and have yourself a beautiful plant-based picnic in Rittenhouse Square.
Dammit, Mike Solomonov, you’ve done it again. The man behind Philly favorites like Federal Donuts, Dizengoff, and Zahav managed to surprise the entire city with a vegan falafel shop that, even more surprisingly, is regularly spotted with lunch lines out the door. The limited menu may seem simple — falafel (in a salad or wrap), fries, and tahini shakes — but the flavors are anything but, and folks can’t get enough of the Israeli spice blends, the rich 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. Did we mention there’s an awesome happy hour with drinks featuring Turkish coffee, coconut water, and horchata? See? Vegans can have fun, too!
A major complaint among vegans and vegetarians is that there’s not enough variety—not that we don’t love you, tofu. But Midtown’s Bar Bombon brings in vegans and non-vegans alike for its delicious and creative Latin-inspired menu. Sure, there’s some seitan, but Bombon “beefs” up their dishes with other substantial ingredients like maitake mushrooms, roasted cactus, buffalo cauliflower, and fried yucca. Did we mention they’ve got a killer brunch menu and a full bar, so go ahead and enjoy that veggie-friendly Sunday Funday!
Even vegans like to get fancy every so often, and that’s when Vedge is the place to be. This Midtown spot is super popular among the Philly foodie scene, even for non-vegans. It’s even been called one of the best 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 something so decadent can be dairy-free. Just make sure you make a reservation because this destination fills up fast.
P.S. & Co.
Upon entering P.S. & Co., you’ll think you’ve stumbled into a Pinterest-friendly version of Narnia or The Secret Garden. It’s just that beautiful. It’s only after you take a glimpse at the organic, gluten-free, plant-based menu that you’ll realize you’re in a vegan paradise. Order the French Bread Pizza or Mac and Cheese, and you, too, will become a believer.
Are you sitting down? There is an entirely vegan coffeehouse in trendy South Philly. Ah! We know! Naturally, this means you can get your white chocolate lattes with coconut, almond. or soymilk. But it’s the bagels and vegan cream cheese that make Grindcore House a Sunday brunch must. Fitt Tip: this place also sells Dotties vegan donuts — a crown jewel even non-vegans devour in seconds.
Vegan steak shop. Not three words you’d normally expect to see together, but Wiz Kid’s all about exceeding expectations. Fans already know of their legendary Wiz Kid Philly (Vegan cheesesteak featuring seitan and rutabaga “wiz”), but their new Rittenhouse location is also serving up new items like the Roast Rabe, a spicy mushroom and broccoli rabe sammy. Fitt Tip: Wiz Kid’s one of the few fast-casual spots with a liquor license, so pair your sammies with a spiked Waterade (watermelon-lemonade).
Front Street Cafe
If you’re looking to take your vegan adventure to Fishtown, look no further than this cozy café under the El. With kombucha on tap and menu items like banana chocolate bread pudding and buffalo cauliflower, you’ll say, “I can’t believe it’s not dairy!” Or, you’ll just say “Mmm!” Either way.
Charlie Was a Sinner.
Bar food has long been a category that has remained staunchly meat-based. Until now. Thanks to Charlie was a sinner., patrons can order avocado toast and the famed zucchini “crab cake” sliders. They’ve got some of the tastiest mocktails in the city and, did we mention you also can get an alcoholic wheatgrass shot? Somewhere, Hannah Montana is telling you this is the best of both worlds (yes, we just dropped a Disney Channel throwback).