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alexia Jan 25, 2007 05:58 AM

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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    Buckethead Jan 25, 2007 06:10 AM

    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.

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      Hardart Jan 25, 2007 08:00 AM

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

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        mazza3 Jan 25, 2007 10:43 AM

        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.

        http://www.azurerestaurant.net/

        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.

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        laxitmom37 Jan 25, 2007 08:07 AM

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

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          Main Line Tracey Jan 25, 2007 08:57 AM

          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. juice Jan 25, 2007 09:33 AM

            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.

            1. spyturtle008 Jan 26, 2007 07:02 AM

              Seconding the recommendations for Azure and Horizons. Azure is more casual (I think they bill it as 'vacation food') -- lots of variety. The seitan tips are great, as was mentioned. Might be tough to get a reservation at Horizons at this point, but if you want to impress your friend and have a few extra dollars to drop for a delicious, creative dinner, give it a shot. There's plenty to choose from here to impress anybody, veg or no (my carnivore brother practically licked the plate). If you find yourself looking for a really quick bite near South St., you might try Maoz for a falafel sandwich. (Very little seating there, though.) And I like Tamarind up near Front on South St. for thai (excellent basil mock duck).

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