While Philly may be home to cheesesteaks, Italian hoagies, and stromboli, its culinary scene is more than just a haven for carnivores and cheese lovers. These five vegan dishes are so appetizing, you’ll forget they’re good for you, and the planet, too.
As the seasons change, so do ingredients on the menu at this popular all-vegan restaurant. For those looking for hearty and tangy vegan fare, the slow roasted and smoked eggplant braciole with Italian salsa verde and a cured olive puree is currently on the menu. It's a flavorful and filling veggie take on a traditional Italian meat dish that can't be missed. 1221 Locust St., 215-320-7500
Mega Dose of Vegetables & Grains and Risotto Croquettes at FARMiCiA
At this Old City hot spot, the cuisine features local, organic, and artisanal ingredients; the food tastes so fresh that it's as if they farmed everything right in their own backyard. While there are several great vegan options offered here, we suggest opting for their mega dose platter filled to the brim with veggies and grains, and ordering risotto croquettes made with butternut gravy, exotic mushrooms, apples, and almonds, on the side to round out your meal. 15 S. Third St., 215-627-6274
Sweet Potato & Kale Stew with Roasted Peanuts at Flora
When you’re looking for something to warm your insides on a cooler winter evening, it’s worth making a trip to this cozy, vegan restaurant in Jenkintown serving a prix-fixe menu that changes seasonally. We’re loving the tasty, slow cooked stew made with sweet potato, kale, and roasted peanuts, which is sure to make all your winter blues disappear. Just be sure to save room for their equally delicious vegan desserts. 207 York Rd., Jenkintown, 215-779-7945
This dark and mysterious café and bar from HipCityVeg founder Nicole Marquis offers countless vegan small plates that change seasonally. But the one that always remains is this classic pasta dish. Tossed with fra diavolo sauce and fresh basil, the buccatini comes complete with meatballs that are just as finger-licking good as the originals. 131 S. 13th St., 267-758-5372
If you’re thinking about hopping on the no-noodle pasta bandwagon, get your fix at this always bustling Rittenhouse Square staple. The unique combination of spaghetti squash salad with a delicious mushroom and leek vinaigrette can be ordered sans the crispy egg as it appears on their menu. 2031 Walnut St., 267-639-6644