An illustrated guide to the 7 essential vegan dishes in Philly
Good vegan food is easy to find in Philly, but some dishes stand out from the rest. For exciting ingredients and compelling meat alternatives that are as affordable as they are delicious, here are the 7 Essential Vegan Dishes to Try in Philly, in pictured form.
Gudeg and Oseng Tempeh Plate
Hardena, 1754 S. Hicks Street
Most vegan jackfruit dishes these days are made to mimic pulled pork, but Hardena’s gudeg indonesian jackfruit stew only on weekends is the perfect sweet and savory stew that doesn’t try to be out of the ordinary. fake meat. You can add it to any combination dish, but it works best with vegan tofu and tempeh served over rice. Pro tip: ask for the homemade sambal hot sauce.
Vegan spicy sweet wings
Pizza Merle, 614 N. 2nd Street
Blackbird was once a pizza place, but turned to sandwiches and wings strictly during the pandemic. The spicy sweet seitan wings are so satisfying when you crave vegan bar food. Seitan wings run the risk of being too spongy, but Blackbird wings still have a fried crispy exterior with a meaty interior. Plus, they come with a ranch side of celery and cucumber that complements the entire dish.
Plain cheese pizza
20th Street Pizza, 108 S. 20th Street
20th Street Pizza, which is also owned by the folks at Blackbird, is a great all-vegan pizza place that makes naturally leavened sourdough pizzas. If you’re only ordering one pie, go for plain cheese for a vegan version of a traditional margherita pizza – but you really can’t go wrong with one of the 20th Street pies. If you want to try a bit of everything, you can also check out the in-store slice options.
Vegan cheese steak
Triangle Tavern, 1338 S. 10th Street
If you’re looking for top-notch vegan cheesesteak, you can’t go wrong with Triangle Tavern’s cheesesteak in South Philly. The seitan in the cheesesteak has a nice firm texture, it’s topped with grilled onions, and topped with a vegan Cheese Whiz sauce that’s as yellow as the real one. The sandwich is gooey but doesn’t fall apart thanks to the firm and fluffy roll from Italian bakery Liscio. Truly a well balanced and tasty vegan cheesesteak.
Luhv Vegan Deli, 51 N. 12th Street inside Reading Terminal Market
Luhv Vegan Deli is a family-friendly vegan deli counter that makes its own vegan meats and cheeses, and they all come together in the Italian hoagie, exclusive to its Reading Terminal Market location. This hoagie has a consistent meat / veg ratio and the greens are nicely dressed to provide the acidity and moisture you would expect from a typical Italian hoagie. You can even order the cold cuts by the pound to take home.
Banh Mi Tofu
Ba Le Bakery, 606 Washington Avenue
Head to South Philly for a hearty but light tofu banh mi from Ba Le Bakery, a family-owned bakery and Vietnamese sandwich shop established in 1998. Ba Le’s banh mi comes with a generous helping of thinly sliced fried tofu, of marinated daikon and raw carrots, cucumbers, cilantro and jalapenos. Aside from the savory topping, the star of the show is undoubtedly the on-site baked bun which has a crispy exterior and airy interior that makes this sandwich a necessary addition to any vegan lunch.
Vegan Yasai Ramen
Tomo Sushi & Ramen, 228 Arch Street
Vegan ramen can be drab, but Tomo Sushi & Ramen makes a vegan ramen that’s just as rich and decadent as its traditional counterpart. Tomo’s vegan yasai ramen has a creamy soy and vegetable broth topped with black garlic oil, bamboo shoots, shiitake, black mushroom, red ginger and green onions, but the most component unforgettable of this vibrant dish is the seitan teriyaki filling, which is crunchy and friable. Yasai ramen is the only bowl of ramen on the menu that comes with the seitan topping, so it’s a must-have.