I always knew I loved Philly – it’s cute little streets, it’s European architecture and it’s relaxed vibe got me hooked the first time I visited a couple years ago. After this trip, I’m officially in love with this gem – mostly because the abundance and deliciousness of its vegan culinary world knocked my socks off.
Noah and I went there for literally 28 hours and managed to hit 4 vegan restaurants as well as 3 coffee shops and multiple snack places. We also saw some museums but I’ll have to start a separate blog for that 😉
First stop: PS & CO
We got in early in the morning and went straight to this quaint little breakfast/brunch place. A multitude of baked goods as well as smoothies and freshly made salads welcomed us. Their green juice was delish and the Dan Dan noodles (made out of zucchini) made a perfect morning snack (or second breakfast) for my husband 😉
Then: Nuts to You
Ok, I really can’t pass a nut store without stopping in and stocking up. Nuts to you sells a plethora of dried fruit as well as nuts in all shapes and sizes. Their specialty: freshly roasted peanuts that go from medium to extra extra extra dark roast.
Dinner #1: Charlie Was a Sinner
Omg! That’s all I can say. We went for an early dinner + drinks to Charlie was a sinner and felt like we never wanted to leave again. They have a variety of smaller and larger vegan tapas style dishes that you can easily share – which makes it so much better because you can try so much more 😉 we had the artichoke fries, the smoked cauliflower, the kale salad with oat granola (crunchy!), the homemade gnocchi on tomato reduction (divine!), the tea smoked tofu and the carrot mousse (ridiculous!).
Dinner #2: Vedge
Vedge has been name one of the best vegan restaurants in the US. We’ve been once before but felt like a little post dinner snack + cocktail + dessert. We went with the ramp hummus and the shaved Brussels sprouts with a smoked mustard dressing. Soooo good! The cocktail of choice was The Brigadier, a delightfully balanced blend of gin, mulled wine, Laird’s bonded, and cardamom – yum, and strong. Finally, dessert was insanely delicious: the sticky toffee pudding was our pick and it was simply haven. It comes with ceder smoked ice cream and tastes like the perfect sweet/savory pancakes.
Brunch: Hip City Veg
We decided to check out hip city veg for brunch and to try their Philly cheese steak which makes all traditional meat based versions blush. As you can see in the photo, it actually looks like a Philly cheese steak hero, but had so much more flavor to it as it was made with a homemade blend of spices; they also recommended using buffalo sauce, which was a welcome addition. This sandwich will seriously make you want to have two! In fact, my voracious husband was going to order a second, but opted instead to try the curry tofu wrap. This is also a killer option, packed with soft tofu cubes and veggies. The banana ice cream was great, and its creaminess is too good to be true.
Thank you Philly for your vegan friendliness and your plant based innovations: we will be back soon!