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Aug 3, 2014 03:31 AM

Foodie + Vegan, where to go?

I'm a foodie and eat almost everything, but edge toward the healthier, pescetarian side of the spectrum. Favorites for me are places such as Zahav, Morimoto, Vedge, Volver, etc.

I'm dining out with a Vegan friend, and we've done that vegan sushi thing, Vedge is done to smithereens, any other places you'd recommend where we could both get by confidentially?

I'm thinking he'd like Zahav, but could we be confident that parts of the salatim would be vegan? I'm assuming they can forego the feta that they add to many items.

Another option is Kanella, but maybe dips and pita isn't quite fulfilling.


Thanks in advance!

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  1. If you would consider the Bala-Cynwyd area (only a 15 minute drive from center city), you will find Pescatore fits the bill for you.

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    1. re: arepo

      Hmm, looks interesting, not a ton of vegan friendly though...I have found that Italian restaurants struggle a little with vegans, as they will mix in cheeses in their sauces, etc. I'll check this one out, if only for the cool website!

    2. Nomad Roman pizza has a whole vegan pizza section. It's not fake cheese, they are just veggie based toppings and though I haven't tried them they actually sound pretty good.

      You could probably do pretty well at Han a Dynasty if you like tofu. You can definitely get good vegetarian things and they modify dishes like the Dan Dan to be vegetarian (even putting the pork on the side if you want it for yourself to mix in). But, it may be that there is egg hiding in stuff there that I don't know about, like maybe the noodles.

      If a more casual atmosphere is ok, some of the gastropubs have really good vegan options. Royal Tavern, Cantina, Johnny Brenda's and Memphis Taproom come to mind though all a little bit out of Center City.

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      1. re: barryg

        In Center City, Strangelove's (gastro pub) has some good vegan options.

      2. zahav is no problem for vegans. they have tons of vegan stuff.

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        1. re: alex1018

          I was just reading some reviews, and have been pleasantly surprised by the number of vegans enthralled by Zahav. I guess I'm so lamb focused there that I missed the multitude of veggie friendly dishes.

          1. re: dndicicco

            They have a ton of great dishes besides the lamb shoulder, and they change the menu often.

            1. re: barryg

              I was being somewhat facetious, but I have enjoyed their halloumi (best in the city), fried cauliflower, and of course salatim with hummus and laffa with regularity.

              Their eggplant and Turkish coffees are other highlights for me.

              On the flip side, I'm not crazy about the wine list, and the branzino is disappointing considering the central role this fish plays in Mediterranean cuisine.

          1. re: bumble

            Almost tried this place last weekend, but didn't have time. Has anyone been there yet?

            1. re: punkin712

              My vegan friend tried it and said it was good, not great. He said it was more of a "fat vegan" type of restaurant, which is his term for oily food. It looks as though they're trying to succeed through their drinks menu, and the food is a bonus. Not a foodie destination like a Vedge, but can be tasty.

              1. re: dndicicco

                Interesting feedback. I wouldn't have guessed the food was oily based on the menu. Although, now that you mention it, I do see a lot of "aioli" and "olive oil" in the descriptions. I'll have to give it a try next time.

                1. re: dndicicco

                  I would agree - they were all tasty bites (I'm not a vegan), but everything that we had (except some kind of fake ricotta spread) was deep fried - tofu like a chicken wing, chickpea fries, potato croquettes, etc. Better than your average fried bar food, though, not dripping in grease - but definitely deep fried. Drinks were nice. If you weren't told, you wouldn't necessarily figure out that it was strictly vegan.

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