Vegan Eats in Philly 2015

4th March 2015

We always love to visit Philadelphia and every time we go back we get the opportunity to try a few new places. At the center of it all though, within a 1 mile radius of one another, are four exquisite vegan restaurants. First there was fine dining at Vedge followed by fast food at HipCityVeg. Then Nicole Marquis, the founder of HipCityVeg, opened the vegan bar Charlie Was a Sinner; while Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby, the chefs and owners behind Vedge, opened their globally inspired vegan street food restaurant V Street. All four are in Center City and within reasonable walking distance of one another and many hotels. (*HipCityVeg also has a second location further from the city center, near Penn)

In the last month we returned to Philadelphia for two quick trips and have a recap of our visits to all four of these restaurants.

Vegan Eats in Philly

Happy Hour

If Happy Hour is your thing, you’re in luck because Vedge, Charlie Was a Sinner and V Street all offer happy hour menus. Vedge has the most substantial food offerings for a happy hour menu while Charlie Was a Sinner had the best deals. V Street offers small nibbles that left us feeling like you’re better off ordering food from the main menu.


Happy Hour at Vedge Restaurant

Philadelphia, PA

Vedge Restaurant Philly

We’ve had dinner at Vedge on a few occasions but for this trip we decided to do something different and try their happy hour. The food on the happy hour menu delivered the same flavor and creativity that you get from the main menu, just with more casual offerings like the ‘Maitake Steak Wit’, their version of a Philly Cheesesteak. If you arrive early enough to hit happy hour it’s worth it to take a seat at the bar since you can still order off of the dinner menu and enjoy a little bit of everything.

Cocktails Vedge Philly

Happy Hour at Vedge Restaurant: Winter Doe (Old Overholt, ginger, lemon and demera); Princeton Club Punch (Vodka, dark rum, bergamot, pomegranate, curry leaf and lemon)

Vegan Happy Hour Vedge Philly

Clockwise from bottom left: Today’s Toast (truffled lentil ‘pate’, pickled kohlrabi and pickled/smoky sauteed shiitakes); Maitake Steak Wit with rutabaga-based cheese sauce; mildly spicy Korean Seitan Taco; Fried Kimchee Potato Salad with aioli

Vedge Restaurant【Philadelphia】

address: 1221 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
contact: (215) 320-7500; info@vedgerestaurant.com
connect: Website + Facebook


V Street

Philadelphia, PA

V Street Philly

V Street is the casual cousin to Vedge with smaller bites and globally-inspired flavors brought back from the international travels of chefs Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby. The interior has a vintage industrial feel, with painted brick in the back, concrete counters at the bar and rustic metal chairs and wood stools. The footprint is fairly long and narrow with an open kitchen at the back. The place is vibrant, busy and casual and yet retains the friendly and attentive service of Vedge.

V Street Vegan Food

We tried dishes from the lunch, happy hour and dessert menus at V Street. The food at V Street was full flavored and actually spicier than Vedge. Presentation was clean, casual and appealing. Lunch and dinner represent a better value than happy hour since the happy hour dishes were just small snacks. For dessert, it’s impossible to compare these light bites at V Street with the stunning and technically refined desserts at Vedge. We loved V Street and won’t hesitate to return the next time we’re in Philadelphia.

V Street Philly Vegan Food

Lunch at V Street: Spicy Dan Dan Noodles Bowl with charred broccoli salad, pickled tofu and peanuts (mildly spicy); Pho French Dip with grilled mushrooms, bean sprouts, jalapeno, thai basil and mushroom pho jus; Togarashi Fries with gochujang mayo, scallion and cilantro (not spicy at all)

V Street Happy Hour

Happy Hour at V Street (Clockwise from left): Chilled Kung Pao Noodles; 5:00 Sichuan Pretzels with ginger mustard and black salt; Batada Tots with spicy ketchup (it wasn’t spicy)

V Street Vegan Desserts

Desserts at V Street (Clockwise from bottom left): Sesame seeds balls (complimentary to celebrate Lunar New Year); Waffle with chocolate ganache, spiced banana ice cream, miso caramel, Sriracha peanuts; Samoa Soft Serve with salted ice cream, coconut, chocolate shell and a house made girl scout cookie

Richard Landau and Kate Jacoby

Exterior of V Street: OOPSIES! I didn’t realize I took pictures of the owners of Vedge and V Street. That was pretty random when I was browsing them!

V Street【Philadelphia】

address: 126 S 19th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
contact: (215) 278-7943; info@vstreetfood.com
connect: Website + Facebook


Charlie Was a Sinner

Philadelphia, PA

Charlie Was  Sinner Philly

Dark yet inviting interior. So dark it was tough to get proper photographs of the food but it was comfortable to sit around by candlelight in this long, narrow bar with a speakeasy vibe to it. Service was exceptional considering how busy it was as times. The menu has a number of intriguing and appealing options but we mostly tried the happy hour menu. Portions are small for dishes on and off of the happy hour menu, but the food on the happy hour menu is a great deal. We especially loved the ‘Bahn Mi Slider’ and ‘Our Ricotta’ makes the perfect bar snack to share. They also serve proper drinks here.

Cocktails Charlie Was A Sinner Philly

Happy Hour at Charlie Was a Sinner: Seasonal punches

Charlie Was A Sinner Vegan Happy Hour

Charlie Was a Sinner (Clockwise from left): Potato Gnocchi with butternut squash barigoule, beech mushroom, sage gremolata; Our Ricotta with agave, black peppercorn and olive oil, served with charred, salted, oiled and garlic brushed toast; Bahn Mi Slider with charred tofu and pickled vegetables (one portion); Maryland Style ‘Crab Cakes’ – Brioche bun, tangy remoulade, bibb lettuce served with Old Bay chips (2 portions)

Charlie Was a Sinner【Philadelphia】

address: 131 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
contact: (267) 758-5372; inquire@charliewasasinner.com
connect: Website + Facebook


HipCityVeg

Philadelphia, PA

HipCityVeg Philadelphia

This entirely vegan fast food jawn is a favorite of ours for their quick service, convenient location and near perfect sandwiches and burgers. If sandwiches and burgers aren’t your thing, they also have some impressive looking salads. We ordered our favorites again though – the Crispy HipCity Ranch Burger and Philly Steak. The seasonal ‘Five Dollar Shake’ was Vegan Chocolate-Covered Cherry and was so good we didn’t even care we were drinking a milkshake is sub-freezing temperatures. The Sweet Potato Fries with Cilantro-Black Bean Dip make the perfect pair with any sandwich or burger. We don’t often like sweet potato fries since they tend to be softer or soggier than regular fries but these were sliced thin and had a proper crunch to them that we loved.

HipCityVeg Vegan Chocolate-Covered Cherry Smoothie

That milkshake needs to make its way from the seasonal special onto the full-time menu because it was the best milkshake we’ve ever had.

HipCityVeg Philly Steak

HipCityVeg

HipCityVeg【Philadelphia】

address: 127 S. 18th Street Philadelphia, PA. 19103 (2 locations).
contact: (215) 278-7605 ; hello@hipcityveg.com
connect: Website + Facebook


Everyday Fresh & 7-Eleven

Philadelphia, PA

Everyday Fresh Grocery Philly

Everyday Fresh (1222 Walnut St., aka The Stapler Building, Philadelphia, PA). This recently opened micro-grocer just off Broad Street, and around the corner from Charlie Was a Sinner, is a new concept store apparently owned by an international grocery store chain. It’s small, maybe twice the size of a bodega, but is packed with higher quality groceries and a variety of vegan options including sandwiches and wraps from Sunneen and Macro Vegetarian products (sushi, etc). Prices were surprisingly reasonable, the staff were friendly and helpful and they even have convenient self-checkout registers. Since it’s relatively new, managers were inside taking surveys and signs were posted requesting that no photos be taken.

7-Eleven Philadelphia Vegan Food

Sandwiches and wraps reminded us of the Moshe products available at 7-Eleven and other convenience stores in Philadelphia, I mentioned these Moshe products in a post on Philadelphia last year.


P.S. & Co

Philadelphia, PA

P.S. & Co

I adore the buildout and aesthetic at P.S. & Co. This 100% organic, vegan, gluten-free eatery is on Locust Street in Center City Philadelphia. They make organic cold press juices and have a variety of clean eating options. They’re even open for breakfast.

I look forward to trying P.S. & Co the next time we’re in Philadelphia.

Ps and Co Cold Press Juices

Ps and Co Vegan Food

Seedlings Pantry Market

P.S. & Co【Philadelphia】

address: 1706 Locust Street Philadelphia PA 19103
contact: (215) 985-1706 ; info@puresweets.com
connect: Website + Facebook

Other Vegan Philadelphia Eats Posts:

2013 – Philadelphia: 7-Eleven, Le Pain Quotidien, Strangelove’s and Whole Foods
2013 – Philadelphia: Vedge Restaurant and HipCityVeg
2011 – Philadelphia: Memphis Taproom
2011 – Philadelphia: The Abbaye

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