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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Subject: 'Useful Philly Article / Reviews'
Posted by JohnnySensible on: Sunday, July 20, 2008 at 11:52 AM PST
Posted on Thu, Jul. 17, 2008

Memorable Vegan Meals

I found it surprisingly easy to eat out as a vegan after my recent transition to meat-and-dairy free eating. Below are some of my favorite spots.

> In this city, Horizons Restaurant, 611 S. 7th St., 215-923-6117, is vegan heaven (that is, they have both a vegan menu and a liquor license). Landau's love of the Caribbean is in evidence in his Hearts of Palm Cakes, with their fluffy interior and crispy exterior, and spicy-sweet Jamaican BBQ Seitan. Both are legendary among his loyal clientele.

> A few other spots come through in a pinch:

> Grab-and-go lunches belong to the Basic 4 Vegetarian Snack Bar, Reading Terminal Market, 215-440-0991. Their Mock Tunafish and Vegeburgers are made of real vegetables and taste nothing like the rubbery soy-based stuff you buy anywhere else. Govinda's Gourmet Vegetarian, 1408 South St., 215-985-9303, is another favorite lunch spot, with vegan sandwiches and new twists on Indian favorites.

> Chinatown's Singapore Restaurant, 1006 Race St., 215-922-3288, is my favorite for vegan Chinese, with a friendly atmosphere and an owner who makes you feel like an old friend, but there are others, too. New Harmony, 135 N. 9th St., 215-627-4520, and Kingdom of Vegetarians, 129 N. 11th St., 215-413-2290, with their expansive dim sum menus (and you thought you had to give up steamed pork buns) are also worth a visit. Dahlak Eritrian Bar Cuisine, has two locations 4708 Baltimore Ave., 215-726-6464 and 5547 Germantown Ave., 215-849-0788 and a vegetarian mesob, or platter, that's overflowing with vegetables, spices and sauces. Once you try the spongy injera bread, which is used instead of utensils, you'll daydream about it.

> For suburban dining, Southampton BYOB Blue Sage Vegetarian Grille, 772 Second St. Pike, 215-942-8888, is always packed, and for good reason. They'll leave out dairy if you like, but with vegan choices like sweet, chewy, crunchy Green Curry BBQ Summer Rolls and the Cubano Supper, which features plantain pastries stuffed with sunflower seed and red pepper pesto, why bother?

Full article here - http://www.philly.com/inquirer/food/20080717_Memorable_Vegan_Meals.html

Subject: 'Horizons Restaurant'
Posted by Guest on: Sunday, May 07, 2006 at 11:41 PM PST
Horizons restaurant has recently moved from Philadelphia suburbs to center city. It has a fully vegan menu, excellent proffesional service, a comprehensive wine list which features vegan wines and wines made from organically and biodynamically grown grapes. The menu focuses on seitan, tofu and tempeh dishes. The restaurant has a full bar and number of delicious specialty drinks, including mohitos and key-lime pie martinis. The downstairs lounge offers a different menu than the restaurant located upstairs. Lounge menu is focused on small plates and Tapas. The food at the place is excellent, and completely vegan and cruelty free. The wait staff is knowledgeable and courteous. This is the only vegan restaurant of its kind in Philadelphia area at moment as it offers its patrons an upscale vegan dining expirience. Downstairs lounge prices are $5-8 per plate and upstairs restaurant prices are $15-19 per plate.

Subject: 'Gianna's'
Posted by Guest on: Tuesday, July 05, 2005 at 02:08 AM PST
They do take credit cards now. I LOVE Gianna's, especially the desserts, which are all vegan and awesome! I recommend this place to anyone. Seriously, go there now!!

Subject: 'Sunwishes'
Posted by Guest on: Tuesday, June 28, 2005 at 11:36 AM PST
We just had a fantastic meal at Sunwishes. The staff provided lots of personal attention and answered questions. The food was amazingly good, with a fantastic mix of flavors. Be advised, the grilled seitan sandwich is huge and worth every bite, with fresh vegetables and wonderful vegan mayo.

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