While Philadelphia is known for its cheesesteaks, there are also healthier options for those who are looking to avoid, the grease, calories and cheese.
Over the past decade, the number of vegetarians in the U.S. has increased from one in 100 to nearly one in 30 according to polls conducted by the Vegetarian Resource Group and the Vegetarian Times.
If you are a vegetarian and live in the City of Brotherly Love, there are plenty of vegetarian options to love as well and these range from casual choices to upscale dining.
Here are some of our top picks.
1221 Locust Street, Philadelphia PA
The brainchild of Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby, Vedge features small plates and a patented “Dirt List” where diners can choose from the diner’s freshest specialties. The bar is known for its fine-dining options and offers elegant dining rooms, and a bar that has several custom cocktails.
450 Union Square Drive, New Hope PA
New Hope’s Sprig & Vine encourages diners to bring their own bottles and offers a Sunday brunch menu that includes cinnamon sugar doughnuts and berry French toast. There is also a dinner menu available featuring porcini-seared tofu with English pea cream sauce.
237 St. James Place, Philadelphia PA
While Zahav offers great vegetarian options, it is a great Philadelphia choice because it also offers meat options as well meaning that a couple that has one vegetarian and one meat-eater can both. The modern Israeli restaurant uses Middle Eastern vegetables and includes the best hummus in the city. They also specialize in “salatim” which is a collection of bulgur, greens, friend cauliflower and roasted eggplant in a Middle Eastern salad.
507 S. 6th Street, Philadelphia PA
A pizza shop that only features vegetarian options? Sign us up! This certified kosher pizza shop features mouth-watering pies including a nacho pizza with caramelized onions and jalapenos along with dairy-free cheese. If you’re not in the mood for pizza without the pepperoni, there are also sandwiches available like the smoked tofu cunabo with pickles.
1651 E. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia PA
Known for its beautiful people and hip crowd, Cantina Los Caballitos offers innovative vegan and vegetarian dishes. These include seitan and smoked chicken tacos. The food is just as great as the inviting vibe of the place as a great jukebox and bar leaves everyone smiling.