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Apr 23, 2008 10:43 AM

Vegetarian Spots in Philly

I am new to the boards, so please forgive me if this topic has come up several times. I did try and search, but sometimes information is outdated due to chef’s leaving, restaurants closings, and the like.

Anyhow, I work in South Philly and she works in Center City. We drive in together each day, and a few times a month we like to stop on the way home for a bite to eat. My wife is a vegetarian. So we are looking into trying a vegetarian spot or spots. While I am not a vegetarian, I do not HAVE to have meat in order to enjoy a good meal, so the place can be total vegetarian.

She is slowly expanding her tastes, heck, when I first met her I don’t think she ate much more than cereal, milk, cheese, and bread. Now she is willing to try a variety of things.

Thanks in advance for any info you can provide!


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  1. Go to Horizons, on 7th between South and Bainbridge.

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    1. re: Buckethead

      The best meal I've had in 12 visits to the USA was in Horizons last year.
      Everything about the place is just fantastic.

    2. I've spouted the same recommendations on a number of other threads, so to avoid sounding like a broken record, I'll provide a link:

      Horizons is far and away the best. And, you can eat their bar for a more laid-back atmosphere. Great food for carnivores and veg'ns alike.

      A few addendums -- for cheap eats in the Italian Market, I recently tried the new(ish?) Vietnamese hoagie place near Pat's/Geno's. Pretty good. Lots of other places I'd love to explore around there for Vietnamese, but haven't yet.

      Tried Su Xing again recently and was pretty disappointed.

      As you discover some spots, please consider posting! Happy hunting...

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      1. re: spyturtle008

        O sandwiches is really good. Not as good as the one in West Philly, but very good.

      2. For a great and decidedly NON-formal meal, go to Gianna's on 6th and Lombard. They have cheesesteaks, pizzas, hoagies, and vegan and vegetarian cheesesteaks, pizzas, hoagies. All are awesome. AND they have really delectable vegan desserts!

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        1. re: rachelef

          Thanks for the recs so far, we have been meaning to go to Horizons, heard good things about it from some friends. Does Horiizons get crowded during the week? Long wait time or reservations needed? I drove by it on the way to pick up my wife tonight, if I remember right, it use to be Franks Seafood way back when :)

          I will also try Gianna, a lot of times we just like a fast bite and let the traffic on 95 thin out before the ride home. LOL.

          1. re: GDFLS

            I've only been to Horizons on one occasion, a Tuesday evening and had to make a reservation.

        2. Where have you been already that you have liked? I could go on and on with options but need to get a better sense of what you are looking for.

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          1. re: saturninus

            Well here is a list of the places we have hit in the past couple of months. Unfortunately circumstances prevented us from exploring more often, but hopefully ‘life’ is calming down now and we will have the time again to hit some new spots.

            La Fourno
            On South Street between 5th & 6th Streets.
            Good spot, decent meals each time we have visited. Wait staff is pretty attentive and good. Most of the time you will find the owner walking around and checking in with you to see how everything is going. Also they have some wine storage on the second floor, the owner invited me to go check out the stash and said if I wanted a sample to see if it would go with my meal, he would be more than happy to provide one.

            The cannolis are very good, like I remember having when I grew up with my grandmother. They say they make them there on site.

            Pietro’s Coal Oven Pizza
            South Street between Front and 2nd Streets

            Good food there as well, good service, and the coal oven makes the baked goods nice and crisp as well as flavorful. It has been a while since we have been there, so things may have changed.

            258 So15th Street

            Nothing over the top or exceptional, just Good basic chain food.

            So as you can see its mostly Italian joints. Not that I mind that, as my wife loves pasta, but I am trying to get her to expand her culinary experiences :)

            1. re: GDFLS

              OK, we need to help you out!

              Here is my go to list:

              Reading Terminal Market
              El Fuego
              Devil's Alley
              Caffe Casta Diva
              Good Dog
              Morning Glory
              Beau Monde
              Cantina Los Caballitos
              Nam Phoung
              Latest Dish
              Shiao Lan Kung

              1. re: saturninus

                Thank you for the list, seems like we have some fun work ahead of us! :)