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Jun 28 2017

How To Dine Out—And Stick To A Diet—In Philadelphia

The Region Brims With Delicious Choices For Vegan, Gluten-Free & Other Eaters With Dietary Restrictions

In a city whose best-known culinary contribution has long been the cheesesteak, Philadelphia’s vast number of health-conscious restaurants can surprise visitors. Center City is home to both one of the world’s most renowned vegan destinations (Vedge) and lauded chefs (Michael Solomonov, Zahav; Marc Vetri, Vetri) who gladly adapt menus to diners whose diets prohibit gluten, soy, nuts, dairy, meat and more. More recently, the region has welcomed a host of quick-serve spots (HipCityVeg, P.S. & Co., Vegan Commissary, Sweetgreen) and gluten-free bakeries (Sweet Freedom, Taffet’s) that redefine the concept of fast food for a healthier generation.

Vegan Spots In Center City:

  • Vedge – Culinary couple Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby make veggies haute at one of the world’s most acclaimed vegan destinations. Vedge’s unforgettable plates always feature the freshest seasonal ingredients; Landau and Jacoby are especially conscientious about customizing dishes to multiple dietary needs. 1221 Locust Street, (215) 320-7500, vedgerestaurant.com
  • Bar Bombón – Latin fare goes plant-based at this chic, chill Rittenhouse Square bar and restaurant. Mushroom empanadas, Buffalo cauliflower tacos and sweet plantains accompany lively cocktails like the cosmopolita (vodka, cranberry or rosemary shrub, orange liquer and lime) or the red sangria (red wine, brandy, apple and orange). 133 S. 18th Street, (267) 606-6612, barbombon.com
  • Charlie was a sinner. – Sure, there are strong drinks and fried artichokes at HipCityVeg owner Nicole Marquis’ Midtown Village nighttime spot. But there are also heirloom beet salads, pomegranate-touched Brussels sprouts and wheatgrass shots. 131 S. 13th Street, (267) 758-5372, charliewasasinner.com
  • HipCityVeg – This popular 100% plant-based fast-food cafe has locations in Rittenhouse Square, Broad Street and University City. Fans line up for specialties like its crispy jerk “chick’n” Caesar salad and its Philly “steak.” 121 S. Broad Street, (267) 296-9001; 127 S. 18th Street, (215) 278-7605; 214 S. 40th Street, (267) 244-4342, hipcityveg.com
  • P.S. & Co. – Organic purists and gluten-free vegans can rest easy while sampling any of the fare at Center City’s P.S. & Co. The 100% organic avocado toasts, acai bowls, artisanal pizzas, salads and sandwiches on freshly baked bread showcase the best of plant-centric cuisine, and the desserts put ordinary baked goods to shame. 1706 Locust Street, (215) 985-1706, puresweets.com
  • V Street – This delightful global street food pub from Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby pushes the boundaries of vegan flavors and textures, with Korean fried tempeh tacos, carrot “asado” and waffles with miso caramel wowing diners. 126 S. 19th Street, (215) 278-7943, vstreetfood.com

Vegan Beyond Center City:

  • Grindcore House – In the heart of South Philly’s Pennsport neighborhood, this hip vegan coffeehouse stands out for its comprehensive range of plant-based milks (soy, almond, coconut, macadamia and oat), tasty sandwiches and baked goods—all with nary a hint of animal byproduct. 1515 S. 4th Street, (215) 839-3333, grindcorehouse.com
  • Miss Rachel’s Pantry – This South Philadelphia destination is a vegan catering and meal service—and a kitschy-chic dining room for private events and Friday/Saturday communal prix-fixe dinners (by reservation) enjoyed around a reclaimed wood farmhouse table. 1938 S. Chadwick Street, (215) 798-0053, missrachelspantry.com
  • The Tasty – Across from Columbus Square in South Philly, this retro diner has become known for its flavorful breakfasts—berry waffles, tofu scrambles—and lunches—Buffalo chik’n sandwiches, limeades. 1401 S. 12th Street, (267) 457-5670, thetastyphilly.com
  • Vegan Commissary – This deep-in-South Philly market and luncheonette outdoes itself on the daily with creative veggie burgers, tofu egg sandwiches and a reliable grab-and-go section of salads, spreads and such. 1429 Wolf Street, (215) 964-3232, vegancommissary.com
  • Vegan Tree – Fast, healthy meals include wraps, “steak” sandwiches, pasta and noodle dishes, juices, smoothies and bubble teas at this South Street spot. 742 South Street, (215) 454-2898, 742vegantree.com

Vegan In The Region:

  • Arnold’s Way – This longtime health food store and vegetarian raw cafe in Montgomery County, takes healthy eating to new heights with wraps made from nori and with salads so finely minced they require no dressing. The store shelves are packed with food, vitamins, books and videos. 319 W. Main Street, Lansdale, (215) 361-0116, arnoldsway.com
  • Blue Sage Vegetarian Grille – Vegetable lovers head to Bucks County, where chef Mike Jackson turns out creative, big-portioned vegetarian food (no meat substitutes) in a cozy, romantic atmosphere. 727 2nd Street Pike, Southampton, (215) 942-8888, bluesagevegetariangrille.com
  • Flora – Animal products are the only things missing at this petite bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) spot in Jenkintown. Whether it’s a la carte or prix-fixe, dinner here is seasonal, fresh and inventive (lentil plate with caramelized onions, mixed berry sauce and toast; roasted and pickled cauliflower with white bean puree, crunchy quinoa, lemon zest and cilantro; zucchini and roasted mushrooms tossed in balsamic agrodolce with crushed nuts and golden raisins). 307 Old York Road, (215) 779-7945, florajenkintown.com
  • Raw Can Roll Cafe – The Main Line has taken to this petite and vibrantly colorful vegan and raw spot, where pad Thai, nachos and more are thoroughly fresh, completely plant-based—and, by the way, gluten-free, down to the coconut nutty brownie. 767 W. Lancaster Avenue, Wayne, (484) 580-8454, rawcanrollcafe.com
  • Mi Lah Vegetarian – Weekend brunch favorites—beer-battered seitan and waffles, tofu Benedict and oversized pumpkin pancakes with blueberry soy butter—draw vegans from all over the region to this Montgomery County destination. The eclectic dinner menu features tofu, seitan and inventive vegetable dishes, and the three-course lunch specials are a tasty bargain. 40 W. Skippack Pike, Ambler, (215) 646-1808, milahvegetarian.com
  • Sprig & Vine – New Hope’s premier vegan dining destination is a BYOB spot, offering a Sunday brunch menu (multigrain French toast and fried oyster mushrooms over biscuits with cashew-herb gravy) and an elegant dinner menu filled with delicacies such as cornmeal-crusted tempeh served over three-potato mash. 450 Union Square Drive, New Hope, (215) 693-1427, sprigandvine.com

Juice Bars:

  • Animo – This juice bar serves organic kale and quinoa burritos, breakfast burritos, soups made from scratch, organic salads, fruit- and veggie-blended beverages, frozen-banana custard bowls and smoothies galore. 1701 Arch Street, (267) 519-0949, animojuice.com
  • B2 – One of South Philly’s original hipster coffee shops is known for its white vanilla teas, veggie sandwiches—and gluten-free pastry and vegan soft serve. 1500 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 271-5520
  • Sip-N-Glo Juicery – This creative, homegrown juicery and smoothie maker sates hunger and thirst with dairy-free and vegan options made with blends of dandelion leaves, parsley, mint and mix-ins such as almond milk, hemp seeds and chia seeds. 1700 Sansom Street, (215) 988-9876; 257 S. 20th Street, (215) 372-7555; 932 South Street, (267) 273-0639, spinglo.com
  • Soy Café – Vegan cheesesteak wraps and egg-topped ramen complement an all-day, vegetarian- and vegan-friendly breakfast menu, along with an array of smoothies (black sesame and tofu, peanut butter and blueberry), coffee drinks and teas at this Northern Liberties shop. 630 N. 2nd Street, (215) 922-1003, mysoycafe.com
  • Yellow Juice – The natural, vitamin-packed rainbow of drinks at this Rittenhouse-area spot includes sweet potato smoothies with ginger and cinnamon. 2046 Sansom Street, (267) 519-8296, yellowjuicebar.com

Gluten-Free Spots In Philadelphia:

  • Hai Street Kitchen – Sushi meets burritos at Philly’s homegrown fast food concept. Burritos are wrapped in nori, and bowls and salads are topped with a variety of proteins, pickled veggies and zesty sauces like spicy mayo and ginger miso dressing for maximum flavor. 1625 Chestnut Street, (215) 234-3000; 32 S. 18th Street, (215) 964-9465; 125 S. 40th Street, (215) 349-9482, haistreetkitchen.com
  • Lolita – Chef Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran’s Midtown Village Mexican hotspot offers a wholly gluten-free dinner menu (except for occasional dinner specials), from achiote roasted chicken to mahi mahi tacos—and mostly gluten-free lunch menu (except for the tortas). 106 S. 13th Street, (215) 546-7100, lolitaphilly.com
  • Paesano’s – Gluten-free eaters rejoice at Chef Peter McAndrews’ legendary Northern Liberties hoagie shop, where the signature beef brisket with fried egg or chickpea pancake sandwiches can be served on gluten-free bread. 152 W. Girard Avenue, (267) 886-9556, paesanosphillystyle.com
  • Sweet Freedom – Philly’s first allergen-free bakery stocks naturally sweetened, gluten-free, kosher and vegan sweets—from donuts to cupcakes and blueberry bars to whole cakes. Customers won’t find any corn, soy or nuts in any recipe either, making it one of a kind in the area. Another location in Bryn Mawr widens the fan base. 1424 South Street, (215) 545-1899; 1039 W. Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr, (610) 527-SFB3, sweetfreedombakery.com
  • Taffets Bakery – With everything from baguettes, multigrain loafs, pretzels and sourdough boules to muffins, cookies, brownies, carrot cakes and cupcakes made in-house, this Italian Market bakery offers loads of gluten-free goodness. 1024 S. 9th Street, (215) 551-5511, taffets.com

Gluten-Free Spots In The Region:

  • Boston Style Pizza – The gluten-free menu at this Montgomery County spot includes fresh mozzarella, hummus platters—and classic pizzas with homemade sauce on gluten-free crust. 447 N. Sumneytown Pike, North Wales, (215) 699-3977, pizzabostonstyle.com
  • Jules Thin Crust – Locations across the suburbs allows this family-owned restaurant to corner the market on limited-diet delights. All Jules’ pizzas, including 15 different vegetarian options, can be made on gluten-free crust. 149 W. Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, (610) 896-6100; 78 S. Main Street, Doylestown, (215) 345-8565; 114 E. Lancaster Avenue, Wayne, (484) 580-8003; 817 Old York Road, Jenkintown, (215) 886-5555; 300 N. Sycamore Street, Newtown, (215) 579-0111; 1460 Bethlehem Pike, North Wales, (484) 808-2223, julesthincrust.com
  • Velvet Sky Bakery – The small, scratch-style boutique bakery located in Jenkintown specializes in custom cakes and cupcakes, as well as gluten-free and vegan choices. Velvet Sky also offers a relaxing cafe space with cupcakes, muffins, scones, quiche, artisanal coffee and teas. 307 Leedom Street, Jenkintown, (215) 884-0254, velvetskybakery.com

Casual Eats For All Diets:

  • Farmer’s Keep – This fast casual eatery emphasizes all things local, sustainable and fresh with sensitivity to allergies and eliminations. Patrons can build their lunch or dinner at a make-your-own-salad station. An array of hot and cold side dishes and a variety of rotating proteins give customers plenty of options to complete their meals. 10 S. 20th Street, (215) 309-2928, farmerskeep.com
  • Front Street Café – This all-day Fishtown spot accommodates any eater looking for nutritious but tasty sustenance. Morning açai bowls, midday quinoa and mushroom-bacon salads and evening soba noodles with tuna and miso butter, match various preferences and predilections. 1253 N. Front Street, (215) 515-3073, frontstreetcafe.net
  • Fuel – Owner Rocco Cima challenges the notion that fast food can’t be healthy with his menu of wraps, panini and salads, all made from organic ingredients and all under 500 calories. Fuel also offers a juice and coffee bar, as well as desserts. 1225 Walnut Street, (215) 922-FUEL; 3200 Chestnut Street, (215) 608-FUEL; 1917 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 468-FUEL; 5 W. Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, (610) 896-FUEL, fuelrechargeyourself.com
  • Green Soul – Brothers Robert and Ben Bynum of South, Warmdaddy’s and Relish operate this healthy, soulful comfort foodery known for its signature green smoothies, shrimp and edamame salads, turkey chili and black bean burgers. 8229 Germantown Avenue, (215) 242-2300, greensoulliving.com
  • Honeygrow – This casual build-your-own stir-fry and salads spot earns favor for its stylish interior. Veg and non-veg, gluten-free and whole-food options abound, along with cold-pressed juices and a create-your-own-sweet-treat bar. 15 S. 11th Street, (215) 845-5592; 1601 N. Broad Street, (215) 279-7823; 110 S. 16th Street, (215) 279-7724; 3731 Walnut Street, (215) 222-0400; 169 E. City Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, (610) 667-2573; 230 N. Radnor Chester Road, Radnor, (610) 688-8393; 100 Main Street, King of Prussia, (484) 322-2918, honeygrow.com
  • Puyero Venezuelan Flavor – South America’s answer to gluten-free bread comes in the form of deliciously doughy arepas that cradle fried sweet plantains, roast pork shoulder, avocado and more savory combinations—all found at this petite Society Hill foodery. 524 S. 4th Street, (267) 928-4584, puyeroflavor.com
  • P’unk Burger – The gourmet burgers need not go without buns at this casual East Passyunk eatery, where the owners make sure to keep fresh, gluten-free options on hand. 1823 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 468-7865, punkburger.com
  • Pure Fare – This stylish Rittenhouse spot serves 100% gluten-free food, including veg dishes made with seasonal, organic ingredients. Try the kale salad with chickpeas and sunflower seeds and any of the delicious smoothies. For dinner, the build-your-own yoku bowls delight those looking for something Asian-inspired. 119 S. 21st Street, (267) 318-7441, purefare.com
  • SliCE – This popular mini chain of pizzerias doesn’t just offer deliciously crispy gluten-free crusts; it also bakes gluten-free pies separate from its standard brethren, as to avoid cross-contamination. 1180 S. 10th Street, (215) 463-0868; 1740 Sansom Street, (215) 557-9299; 431 E. Girard Avenue, (215) 425-1555, slicepa.com
  • Sweetgreen – Simple, seasonal, healthy food fills the menu at this lines-out-the-door salad sensation. Patrons can make a custom salad or choose from the curated menu of salads and hot bowls—some of which change by the season. 10th & Walnut Streets, (215) 454-6770; 1601 Market Street, (215) 447-7200; 1821 Chestnut Street, (215) 665-9710; 3925 Walnut Street, (215) 386-1365; 68 Coulter Avenue, Ardmore, (610) 642-9400; 350 Mall Boulevard, King of Prussia, (610) 312-0195, sweetgreen.com

Upscale Eats For All Diets:

  • Garces Group – Even a chef known for his roast suckling pig can be flexible. From his Old City Spanish standard-setting Amada to 30th Street Station neighbor all-American JG Domestic, Jose Garces has trained his kitchens to accommodate all kinds of diets and demands. Various locations, garcesgroup.com
  • Fork/High Street on Market/a.kitchen – Accepting culinary challenges has long been part of restaurateur Ellen Yin’s repertoire, and her Old City original American bistro Fork, along with casual next-door three-squares-a-day High Street on Market and a.kitchen on Rittenhouse Square gladly meets demands and needs. a.kitchen, 135 S. 18th Street, (215) 825-7030, akitchenandbar.com; Fork, 306 Market Street, (215) 625-9425; forkrestaurant.com; High Street, 308 Market Street, (215) 625-0988, highstreetonmarket.com
  • Lacroix – The Rittenhouse hotel’s elegant breakfast-through-dinner fine-dining destination accommodates all manner of dietary needs and will arrange for vegan breakfasts, gluten-free afternoon teas and more. The executive chef has an affinity for vegetable dishes, and the Sunday brunch here is legendary. 210 W. Rittenhouse Square, (215) 790-2533, lacroixrestaurant.com
  • Vetri/ Family – Chef Marc Vetri is outspoken about his willingness to accommodate all manner of eaters—Kosher, nut-allergic, Celiac suffering, vegan, pescatarian—at Vetri, his elegant Center City namesake, as well as his more casual Italian spots throughout town. Vetri, Various locations, (215) 732-3478, vetrifamily.com
  • Zahav – Owned by Chef Michael Solomonov, recipient of the 2017 James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef, and restaurateur Steven Cook, this Society Hill destination satisfies veg-lovers, carnivores and gluten-free diners alike with modern Israeli fare: hummus, vegetable salads, skewers and much, much more. 237 St. James Place, (215) 625-8800, zahavrestaurant.com

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