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Philadelphia: Blackbird Pizzeria

Like I said in my previous post: Vegan Mofo 8, I missed a total of one day in Philadelphia due to the missed flight (thanks a lot SFO Airport), so that left me 15 hours in Philadelphia (that includes my sleeping hours). I arrived late in Philadelphia, approx 9pm, and Blackbird Pizzeria was the first vegan restaurant I went to. We walked all the way there in the awful humid weather 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). And once I was trying to figure out my order after noticing there wasn’t any fungi pizza available. I didn’t like the customer service very much because the cashier was in a hurry. I randomly 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, but I prefer that vegan restaurants should make their own cheese, to make their foods ORIGINAL without having to rely on Daiya cheese. These toppings are a bit bland. No flavour at all because of the overpowering Daiya cheese.

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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