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Jun 20, 2009 12:08 PM

Philadelphia bachelorette dinner for a picky vegan

This is kind of a tough one. I have a very close friend who is getting married, and of course the other bridesmaids and I are throwing her a bachelorette party. The plan is dinner for 10-15 girls, followed by burlesque at World Cafe Live in university city. I'm the big foodie of the group, so its fallen to me to pick the restaurant. About the bride: she's very picky, vegan, and loves Fridays, Applebee's, and diners. I'm ideally looking for a place with very well done simple food. I would really like to find a nicer restaurant, tapas might be good, and spend $40-$60 per person, factoring in one drink. Any suggestions would be most appreciated!

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  1. For Mexican influenced tapas, you can hit Distrito on 40th and Chestnut and still be close to World Cafe Live.


    1. Not tough at all! The best vegan restaurant in Philadelphia is Horizons (611 S. 7th St). Make sure to make reservations in advance. The food is top-notch gourmet and more on the expensive side. As a vegan myself, it's actually the most sophisticated and delicious food I've ever tasted (vegan or otherwise). http://www.vegguide.org/entry/1496

      If your friend likes Fridays and Applebee's, it doesn't sound like she's vegan, as those places don't have anything vegan. Do you mean lacto-ovo vegetarian?

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      1. re: condekedar

        Seconding Horizons. Besides being the premier vegan eatery in the city, the atmosphere and service are on-par with the better places in town. And, they have a full bar.

        And, yeah, what does she order at Fridays??

        1. re: barryg

          She orders fries, pasta (theirs is apparently egg-and taste- free), potatoes.. basically lots of carbs, and their veggie burger. She's not an incredibly strict vegan, I'm sure those chains use their deep fryers for chicken wings and french fries. I will check out Horizons though, it looks like a great option!

      2. Two other good options:

        Mi Lah Vegetarian, 218 S. 16th St (http://www.vegguide.org/entry/7167


        The Black Olive, 24 E. Mount Airy Avenue (http://www.vegguide.org/entry/8204)

        1. a vegan loves friday's and appleby's? i think we all want to know how that's possible!

          if she is that picky of an eater, i wouldn't go to horizon's since it might be too much for her. it is all vegan though, and meat-eaters love it too, but it might be too much. distrito is a good idea, and close, though not sure if there will be many vegan things on the menu. check it out on philadelphia.menupages.com mi lah is also a good idea....

          1. A picky vegan who likes lousy chain restaurants. I do not envy you. It sounds like you should not go overboard to find anything good since she likely will not appreciate it. Good luck.

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