Philadelphia is definitely a town for foodies.
From the Philly Cheesesteak to hoagies and soft pretzels this city knows how to throw down its food. Though the most popular foods out of Philly tend to be meat based, it is not at all surprising that the town is home to some awesome vegetarian dining spots as well. Though they might get lost in the world of grilled meats and buns, these spots are definitely worth checking out.
If you are looking for a Kosher, Middle Eastern restaurant in the middle of Philadelphia walk yourself over to 18 S. 20th Street and check out Mama’s Vegetarian. Both the price and the food are well worth the walk. If you like kebabs, eggplant, and stuffed grape leaves you are in for a delectable experience. The food is fresh, the portions are ample and the prices make it so you can get a good meal for two for under $20. The full menu and hours of operation are available at mamasvegetarian.com.
Open in the fall of 2011, this unique, high-end, Vegan restaurant is located in the historic Tiger Building on Locust. The menu focuses on locally sourced vegetables and seasonal ingredients. Husband and wife team, Chefs Richard Landau & Kate Jacoby, refrain from using animal products in their kitchen. Instead, they look to put vegetables at the forefront of the dining experience. The restaurant, located at 1221 Locust Street, has an extensive gourmet wine and food menu. The full menu is available online at vedgerestaurant.com.
Front Street Café
This café prides itself on offering the residence of Philadelphia a friendly atmosphere and fresh farm-to-table, organic cuisine. The space includes a coffee shop, juice bar, restaurant, and indoor and outdoor seating options. The raw brick, steel and wood interior combine to create a cozy setting for guests. The dine-in menu includes dishes like Lean Green Hotcakes and Vegan Tacos. There is also a fine wine list, craft beers and cocktails and a complete coffee menu. The full menu is available at fronstreetcafe.net.
Many of these spots offer meat-based versions of their dishes, in case you are traveling with friends who prefer a carnivorous option. That being said, the vegan and vegetarian dishes are satisfying for your stomach and your soul.