Philadelphia, The Americas, United States

Philadelphia: Blackbird Pizzeria

We arrived late in Philadelphia, approx 9pm, and Blackbird Pizzeria was the first vegan restaurant we went to in Philly. We walked all the way there in this awful humid weather (about 30 minutes walk from the hotel) and it was in early September. Awful.

Blackbird Pizzeria

After hearing the good parts about their “fungi pie”, that was one of the primary reasons I wanted to go to Blackbird Pizzeria. When we came in, it wasn’t that busy. There was no line. I noticed there wasn’t any fungi pizza slices in the display that people spoke of. Nothing special. So I was a bit disappointed…

My partner made his order: Marinated Tofu Cubano sandwich (marinated tofu cubano: baked tofu, seitan pepperoni, pickles, caramelized onions, dijon aioli, Daiya cheese). I didn’t like the customer service very much – it felt like we were in a hurry to order. I chose a pizza slice from the glass display, and I believe it was: South Philly pizza slice (seitan sausage, broccoli rabe, fennel, eggplant, red sauce, daiya cheese).

1. The pizza has way too much Daiya cheese (mozzarella). I have huge respect for Daiya Cheese and I eat it almost everyday on my usual sandwiches and breakfast, and vegan restaurants should try to make their own cheese, to make their foods more ORIGINAL without having to rely on Daiya cheese. Toppings are a bit bland.

Blackbird Pizzeria

2. The marinated Tofu Cubano sandwich was greasy. There was absolutely no Cubano flavour within the sandwich or the tofu itself (which was marinated with sweet sauce). But the bread was overall good. I think I liked the toasted bread more than the filling.

marinated Tofu Cubano sandwich

marinated Tofu Cubano sandwich

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