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When I first went vegan, I had no idea how many amazing options Philly has in terms of finding vegan-friendly food. And in the past year, the options have continued to multiply! So here is my guide to eating vegan in PHL, because I know I would have wanted one of these a year ago! (or if I were traveling here from far away!) Keep in mind these are just my favorite places out of many! Click the names to go to the respective website.
HipCityVeg: Vegan “fast food”, including a chick’n and ranch sandwich and their signature Ziggy Burger. All their mock meat products are gardein, and their shakes are to die for. Usually, though, I’ll grab one of their portobello wraps and a “groothie”– their take on the super nutritious green smoothie. It’s a place for vegans and non-veg’s alike.
Vedge: If you live in the Greater Philadelphia Area and have not yet been to Vedge, GO. NOW. It is quite possibly my favorite place in the whole world. This upscale and classy restaurant brings the luxury of easy dining out to Philadelphia Vegans. Every single item on the menu is amazing, even those that contain my blacklisted foods (beets, cilantro, etc.). And did I mention they have amazing Happy Hours? Delicious and unique cocktails and an absolutely awesome sangria. Even if you only go for dessert, make it to Vedge– and be sure to get their “cheesecake”, which tastes exactly like the real thing.
New Harmony: This vegan chinese restaurant has a buffet on Sundays and has probably the longest menu I have ever seen, with options ranging from dim sum to mock shrimp. It’s serious comfort food and the staff is so accommodating and friendly.
Blackbird: A 100% vegan pizzeria. Yep, you read that right. And don’t expect some fancy shmancy vegan concept restaurant– it’s your average pizzeria, and I love it. They have some tried and true pizzas, from “cheese” and margherita to “pepperoni”, but they also boast incredible and unique combos as well. Everyone’s favorite pie has no sauce, no cheese, just thinly sliced potatos with rosemary, olive oil, and salt. OH and they make all their mock meats from scratch, & they are to die for.
Jar Bar: A newer addition to Philly’s veg repertoire, Jar Bar is a 100% Raw Vegan juice and raw foods “bar”. They offer daily happy hours on their fresh juices and have some amazing “elixirs”– basically raw milkshakes, but so delicious. My favorite is the mint chocolate chip.
Pure Fare: Another non-veg place, but super health-conscious food in general. They’re on this list because they offer vegan frozen yogurt, made from brown rice milk. They also have plenty of other vegan options like cauliflower rice and a kale salad .
Ed’s: Not a vegan restaurant. At all. But this University City pizzeria does make a mean “Vegan Vegetarian Pizza”, a huge pizza topped with daiya and a ton of veggies. If you’re just in town for a visit, definitely go for Blackbird, but if you live in West Philly, Ed’s will do juuuust fine.
You can also find this list in my tabs at the top of the page for future reference!