CLOSED: Vge Cafe

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 15 reviews )



845 W Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA, 19010

Pronounced "vee-gee," this is a fast-casual vegan restaurant, opened Apr 2012. Makes soups, sandwiches, and salads. CONFIRMED CLOSED, OCT 2016.

Categories: Vegan, American, Organic, Fast food, Take-out, Kosher

15 Reviews

First Review by Midori

want to love this place - Edit

Everyone was so friendly but I was not impressed... No filling in cheese steak, ice cream was wierd, cake was dry. No flavor.

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Great concept, food was just okay - Edit

Let me start by saying that the service was great - very friendly - and the cafe style restaurant was clean and cheery. However, my daughter and I were underwhelmed by the food.
Everything was fresh and vegan. However, out menu selections didn't taste as expected. I ordered the Banh Mi sandwich. It came on an untoasted, whole grain bun with very thinly sliced pieces of baked tofu. On it's own, it tasted okay but nothing like an authentic Vietnamese banh mi (think crispy toasted sourdough type roll and thicker pieces of crispy tofu). My daughter had a similar experience with the Buffalo Vge - okay but not what she expected. The soft serve vegan ice cream was tasty, though it was a bit in the soft and melty side.
Now, we've only been to Vge once and so have only tried these few items on the menu ... Other menu options might be great. I do like that it is all vegan and will reiterate the big "thumbs up" to the friendliness of the staff.

Pros: All vegan, Friendly staff, Fresh ingredients

Cons: Food tasted just okay, Food didn't taste as expected

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Delicious and many options! - Edit

I had the Vge burger, which was awesome and came with a side of homemade kale chips. They also have a local natural soda fountain with flavors such as Italian lemon and ginger. And a vegan soft serve machine! I would definitely go back.

Pros: All vegan, Spacious atmosphere, Vegan soft serve

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Great food - Edit

I went here for lunch. I tried the felafel rice bowl. It was really good. And fast. The carrot cake is really good, too. The place is very nice and clean. Nice people, too.
Updated from previous review on Saturday July 25, 2015

Went back on Sunday, October 11. The food is still good. Enjoyed it more the second time.

Pros: good food, nice interior, good carrot cake!

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So close... - Edit

I want to love this place.

I really, really do.

I love that they serve funky and delicious "natural" sodas. I love that I can get vegan chow that I don't have to cook without fighting my way into Philadelphia. I love Fernando, the owner.
...I just don't love the food.

Don't get me wrong: it's decent. Much of is as damn tasty (get the bean burrito! Or the bahn mi over rice!) but it's not GREAT. It's not delicious. "Hey, let's go to Vge," doesn't make me happy.

That said, here are some must-eats:
The kale chips. I mean, duh.
The black bean soup.
The reuben.
The bahn mi rice bowl.
The burrito.
And, yeah, on a hot day-- the soft serve.
Updated from previous review on Sunday August 30, 2015

Pros: Awesome owner & staff, Kid-friendly, Kale chips someone else made

Cons: Food is not swoon-worthy, The kale gazpacho, The "maki" oh god

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Great Vegan Cafe - Edit

Grabbed lunch here for the first time today. Amazing! Everything in the cafe is vegan. I had the Buffalo seitan sandwich with kale chips. Both were not a disappointment at all. I will be a repeat customer! Looking forward to trying out other items on the menu.

Pros: Excellent Food, Staff is very friendly/helpful

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their bbq seitan is fabulous! i had it on the rice bowel. i love the sauces he makes. wonderful place. wish it was closer.

Pros: sauces, bbq seitan, employees

Cons: too far away

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Good, but wouldn't bring average eaters here. - Edit

I enjoyed this place. The food was good and most of it was healthy. Although the food could use more flavor. I appreciated how they provided nutritional information.

That said, I don't think someone who eats the Standard American Diet would enjoy this restaurant, so it probably isn't a good place to go with friends and family.

Pros: 100% vegan, healthy, provides basic nutritional info

Cons: not good for bringing friends/family

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i went in here and the atmosphere was great the food was great the employees were great everything was great i enjoyed a sit down lunch with my mom. it was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. of all the vegan places I've gone this is by far my favorite. i must go for vegans and non vegans.

Pros: inexpensive, great 100% vegan food, great atmosphere: big place

Cons: none!

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Delicious Reuben - Edit

Stopped into Vge Cafe at 8:15pm on a thursday night when the staff was getting ready to close. They graciously offerred to make us anything on the menu and we treated ourselves to reuben sandwiches. These were excellent. We topped them off with the chocolate peanut butter cake. Will go back when we are in town again. The place was neat, clean and comfortable.

Pros: varied menu, reasonable pricing, eco conscious

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Now solely veg place in Main Line but food just ok - Edit

Now there is a veg only restaurant in the Main Line and don't have to drive to Philly all the time. They focus on healthy food that also is not bad for the enviornment (uses eco-friendly silverware and plates, bowls, etc). They also serve Vegan Treats desserts who makes AMAZING vegan desserts which I love because they are convenient and don't have to drive to Center City or Bethlehem where the bakery is to get them. My favorite is the cheesecake, and YES, it is 100% vegan.

Their actual food isn't my top favorite place to eat. However, the foods I really enjoy there are some of the soups (they do a great job in making "cream of" soups taste creamy and also vegan at the same time) and the tofu scramble wrap (sorry, only made on Sundays; not any other day).

Their entrees are okay. My favorite is the cheesesteak wrap. I would not recommend their salads.

Most of their food is made in a health-conscious way. They serve "cream of kale" soup sometimes, which is really good. Just be aware that the cheese on the sandwiches and the desserts are nowhere near health food even though they advertise as being a health restaurant. Veg food can be bad like non-veg food too.

Pros: Only veg restaurant on Main Line, Has Vegan Treats desserts, Friendly owner

Cons: Some food just okay or bad, Some foods not health foods

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Much needed vegan spot on the Main Line - Edit

I wish Vge had been around when I lived on the Main Line! There is nothing else like it anywhere in the area. An all-vegan counter-service cafe with an appealing menu, a nice clean area for dining in and super yummy vegan treats.

I sampled a good handful of their menu items on a visit with my family. We shared a Tofu Banh Mi, a BBQ Seitan sandwich, a Falafel wrap and a Ceasar Salad. Of the three sandwiches, my favorite was the Banh Mi. The tofu could have been spicier, but it was a lovely blend of savory baked tofu, cool crunchy veggies and a tango aioli on a slightly sweet multi-grain roll from Le Bus. I bet their Sea Salad Sandwich is really good too, because I had a taste of their chickpea-based mock tuna and it was phenomenal. The Ceasar was excellent, thanks to a superior dressing, and you can't go wrong with a peanut butter bomb! The other thing that was really nice and unusual was their "New Hope" soda fountain. I had a fizzy glass of huckleberry heaven and tasted the refreshing Italian lemon as well.

What a treat to go to a restaurant where everything tastes healthy, wholesome and prepared with care!

Pros: all vegan, healthy, New Hope soda fountain!

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Great vegan on the Main Line - Edit

Vge is an awesome new cafe on Lancaster Ave. My wife works close by and we have been there about six times and it has always been great. They have salads,wraps,soups,and veggie
burgers. We are working our way through the menu and we are really pleased with everything. This cafe is a must for any vegan but meat eaters will also love it.

Pros: excellent food, healthy cuisine, great value

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Win-Win: Very Delicious and Very Healthful - Edit

The restaurant is clean, bright, and comfortable. The menu has a great selection of various vegan soups, salads, and sandwiches. The price point is very inexpensive considering the quality of the ingredients and the food. The service was prompt and timely.

Now to the most important part: the food....

My dining companion and I shared a Creamy Cauliflower soup, Baked Falafel Salad, Cheesesteakless With Vge Sandwich, and Vge Burger Sandwich. All were delectable! It's hard to believe that nothing is fried because the baked falafel and vge burger were both moist with wonderful flavors and texture. We really loved all the items we ate. My (meat-eating) companion and I left the restaurant feeling full, satisfied, and thrilled to have found food that is extremely healthful and extremely delicious. We grabbed some cupcakes to-go and look forward to our next trip there!

Pros: Taste of Food, Quality Ingredients,

Cons: None

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Affordable vegan cafe in Bryn Mawr - Edit

Really, that's enough to recommend this place: the only vegan restaurant in town, and a good value, as well. Vge is clean, bright, and casual, with personable staff and a reasonably varied menu of salads and sandwiches. I ordered the banh mi, which was good as long as I thought of it as a European tofu sandwich, and not as the usual Philly rendition of the Vietnamese hoagie. It was served on a grain-topped hoagie roll that was spread with dill-flavored vegan mayonaise, and it contained no spice. It was the kind of thing I'd be happy to stumble across in a European city, though I like the usual Vietnamese kind better. I plan to return to see what the European spin on a seitan cheesesteak is like.

Pros: freshness, service, cleanliness

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