An illustrated guide to the 8 essential vegan dishes in Philly

It’s easy to find great vegan food 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. 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.

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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’re served with a ranch side of celery and cucumber that completes the dish.

an illustration of chicken wings with carrots, celery and ranch on the side

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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 natural sourdough 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.

an illustration of a pizza slice from the 20th street pizza

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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 sticky but does not fall apart thanks to the firm and soft roll from the Carangi bakery. Truly a well balanced and tasty vegan cheesesteak.

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Italian hoagie

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.

an illustration of an italian hoagie with grated lettuce, meat and a seed bun

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Banh Mi Tofu

Ba Le Bakery, 606 Washington Avenue

Head to South Philly for a hearty but light banh mi of tofu from Ba Le Bakery, a family-owned bakery and Vietnamese sandwich shop established in 1998. Ba Le’s banh mi is accompanied by a generous helping of thinly sliced ​​fried tofu , marinated daikon and raw carrots, cucumbers, cilantro and jalapenos. Aside from the flavorful topping, the star of the show is undoubtedly the baked bun which has a crispy exterior and airy interior that makes this sandwich a necessary addition to any vegan lunch.

a banh mi of tofu with marinated carrots and daikon

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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.

an illustration of a bowl of vegan ramen

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Tomato pie

Gaeta’s Tomato Pies, 7616 avenue Castor

Tomato pie is often tricky for vegans because cheese is included in many traditional recipes. Fortunately, Gaeta’s Tomato Pie can easily be vegan if you order ahead and don’t ask for cheese on top. Gaeta’s tomato sauce is sweet, salty and covers a crispy dough from edge to edge. Pick up one of Gaeta’s Tomato Pies for a classic Italian treat you can’t miss in Northeast Philly.

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