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Jan 25, 2007 05:58 AM

need restaurant suggestions in philly

i have friends coming in from out of town - she's a vegetarian (no meat, no fish) and i'm not sure where to take them for dinner on saturday night.

i'm really into gastropubs and ethnic and i think that might be the way to go. but standard tap definitely doesn't cater to vegetarians. vietnam/chinatown might be okay, but too far from no.libs.

any ideas?

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  1. Azure is right in Northern Liberties, is very good, has a good beer list, and does cater to vegetarians. Get the seitan tips, they're great. If you feel like driving, take them to Horizons. No vegetarian should miss it.

    1. I wonder if a vegetarian could put enough together at Bar Ferdinand -- I think so.

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      1. re: Hardart

        bar ferdinand is tricky for vegetarians, i have been there with a few. as long as the vegetarians don't mind being limited to three items, it will be fine, but a saturday night wait is lengthy. azure is a must for veggies, they are the most veggie friendly in the city (non asian or italian food) and are known for it. the seitan tips are awesome and they have other veggie mains. the mushroom quesidilla kicks *ss too. check out their website.

        standard tap is even worse of an idea than bar ferdinand on saturday. the wait is longer and they do not take reservations though a veggie can find something on the menu there too. and azure is 50 feet from standard tap, so it is definitely walking distance. raddicchio doesn't take reservations either, though their food is the hizzie. sovalo is divine, but expensive italian in northern liberties. alot of people like north third but i am never satisfied there. they are veg friendly if i recall correctly though.

      2. Try Ansill in Queen Village. Reasonable, small plates with lots of veggie choices. Also, Radicchio in Northern Liberties, a great Italian BYOB.

        1. If you are into Ethnic, I would recommend Rangoon in Chinatown. It is Burmese and I have always enjoyed eating there. They have many vegetarian entrees and apps.

          1. If you like ethnic food and want both veggie and some meat dishes (for yourself), try Konak. I think it is on Vine St between 2nd and 3rd st.. The food is very good. I took a group of vegan folks there the other week and all left happy, except they probably didn't approve of my Souvlaki platter. They have a great beer selection and even some Turkish beers (which you should try if you like exotic beers.) They have belly dancers on Saturday nights.