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Top Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-Free Restaurants in Philadelphia

Delicious meat-free dining sure to satisfy

Over the past decade, the number of vegetarians in the U.S. has increased from about one in 100 to nearly one in 30, according to polls from the Vegetarian Resource Group and the Vegetarian Times.

Veg-loving visitors to Philly have plenty of options from which to choose—upscale white tablecloth restaurants dishing out inventive vegetable creations to casual spots serving up raw foods and gluten-free dishes.

Whether you are conscious about your cuisine or looking for flavorful meat-free meals, browse our favorite spots for vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes in the interactive guide below.

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HipCityVeg

All vegetarian take-out

HipCityVeg, a popular 100% plant-based fast-food cafe with locations in Rittenhouse Square and University City, has a legion of fans for specialties like its crispy jerk “chick’n” Caesar salad and its Philly “steak.” Focusing primarily on take-out, the restaurant also offers a delivery option.

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Charlie was a sinner

Craft cocktails and vegan small plates

From celebrated HipCityVeg owner Nicole Marquis comes Charlie was a sinner, Midtown Village’s stylish vegan tippling spot. On the menu are small bites such as tofu crab cakes and house-smoked “sausage,” paired with unusual and veggie-centric cocktails.

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PS & Company

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Gluten-free, vegan cafe in Rittenhouse Square

Gluten-free vegans can rest easy while sampling any of the fare at Center City’s PS & Company. The organic muffins, soups, salads and wraps showcase the best of plant-centric cuisine, and the desserts like rosewater cardamom macaroons put ordinary baked goods to shame.

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Blackbird Pizzeria

All-vegan comfort food near South Street

Blackbird Pizzeria, an entirely vegan and certified kosher pizza shop experience right off of South Street, serves up can’t-resist favorites such as nacho pizza with caramelized onions, jalapeños, avocado and dairy-free cheese, along with sandwiches such as the smoked tofu cubano with seitan pepperoni and pickles. Veggie cheesesteak!

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Zahav

Celebrated modern Israeli cuisine in Society Hill

Zahav is a great choice to satisfy veg-lovers and carnivores alike. The modern Israeli restaurant in Society Hill celebrates vegetables Middle Eastern-style, with chef/owner Michael Solomonov at the helm. The mezze includes terrific hummus and “salatim” (collection of vegetable salads), along with creative takes on the likes of golden beets, crispy haloumi cheese with dates, asparagus and kale tabouli, fried cauliflower and grilled eggplant with lovage tehina and vegetable harissa.

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Dizengoff Philly

Heavenly hummus in Center City

Israeli food takes the plate at Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook’s hummusiya Dizengoff. The Center City West quick stop focuses on rotating hummus variations, many vegetarian-friendly, served in platters of fresh-baked pita, salads and Israeli-style pickles.

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Mama's Vegetarian

Comforting and convenient vegetarian fare

Few eats soothe the veggie appetite like falafel, and Mama’s Vegetarian serves up some of the best in the city. The Israeli fast-fooder bakes its own pita, which is the perfect foil for crisp chickpea patties, latkes and sabich (eggplant and hardboiled egg) fillings.

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Govinda’s To Go

Meat-free sandwiches packed with flavor

Govinda’s To Go, a casual eatery that serves sandwiches and wraps (such as the “chicken” cheesesteak and “tuna” salad wrap), also attracts omnivores (and nostalgic vegetarians) with specialties like vegan “tuna” and a case full of baked treats.

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Grindcore House

Grindcore House

Rock out to heavy metal tunes, coffee and vegan treat in hand

Vegans and the otherwise dairy-free seeking a boost are welcome at Grindcore House in South Philly. The only local café with a nearly comprehensive range of milks (soy, almond, coconut, hemp), Grindcore also whips up tasty sandwiches and baked goods with nary a hint of animal byproduct.

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New Harmony Vegetarian

All-you-can-eat vegetarian fare

A $12 Sunday dinner buffet and daily all-you-can-eat dim sum specials make New Harmony Vegetarian a filling destination for vegetarians, vegans and their omnivorous dining companions alike. Those in the know save room for the vegan dessert offerings, including dairy-free “cheesecake.”

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Magic Carpet

A whole new world of veggie-only deliciousness

A vegetarian haven since 1984, Magic Carpet caters to students and locals in the University City neighborhood with oodles of meat-free options at two street-side vending locations. Fresh offerings include budget-priced platters of tofu meatballs, rice, veggies and cheese and the exquisitely light spinach pies with fresh Greek salad on the side.

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Miss Rachel’s Pantry

Communal dining and vegan catering

Miss Rachel’s Pantry calls South Philadelphia home. The vegan catering and meal delivery company offers a kitschy-chic dining room for private events and Saturday communal pre-fixed dinners (by reservation) enjoyed around a reclaimed wood farmhouse table.

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Sweet Freedom

City's first allergen-free bakery

Philly’s first “allergen-free” bakery, Sweet Freedom is stocked daily with naturally sweetened, gluten-free, kosher and vegan sweets—from cupcakes to blueberry bars to whole cakes. Another location in Bryn Mawr widens the fan base.

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Essene Market & Café

Health conscious eatery in South Philly

At Essene Market & Café, a hot-and-cold meatless buffet and dining area share the generous space with local and organic produce and healthy grocery items. Plus, they squeeze fresh juices to order, boast baked goods created with multiple dietary restrictions in mind and host an array of events, lectures and classes.

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Memphis Taproom

Serious beer bar with creative vegan fare

A gastropub with vegan leanings, Memphis Taproom takes bar food to new heights with smoked coconut club sandwiches, spaghetti and lentil meatball sandwiches and roasted cauliflower mac and cheese.

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Khyber Pass Pub

Southern vegan eats in Old City

No one need take a pass at the Khyber Pass in Old City. The modern Southern cuisine delights all eaters with choices such as vegan fried chicken po’ boys, grilled seitan sausage sandwiches and vegan buttered popcorn.

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Cedar Point Bar & Kitchen

Vegetarian and vegan fare with a side of nostalgia

Cedar Point Bar & Kitchen in Fishtown offers a myriad of retro-American vegetarian and vegan options. Regulars come for the craft beer and specialties like the kale burger, fried green tomato po’ boy and veggie wings.

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Animo

Fresh juices, shakes and hand-rolled burritos

Guests at this juice/burrito bar indulge in hand-rolled burritos, made-from-scratch soups, fresh-squeezed juices, protein shakes and other organic items that are so yummy, it’s easy to forget they’re healthy.

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Fuel

Fast food to keep you moving

Fuel owner Rocco Cima challenges the notion that fast food can’t be healthy with his menu of wraps, panini and salads, all made from organic ingredients and all under 500 calories. Fuel also offers a juice and coffee bar, as well as desserts.

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Pure Fare

Breakfast and lunch for your health

Open for breakfast and lunch, Pure Fare boasts two locations serving mostly veg dishes, all made with seasonal, organic ingredients. Try the kale salad with chickpeas and sunflower seeds and any of the delicious smoothies. Bonus: There’s nothing over 500 calories on the menu.

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Underdogs

Fun on a (gluten-free) bun

Haute dogs deliver a powerful flavor wallop at Underdogs, a wiener joint that diversifies its offerings with vegan dogs and gluten-free rolls. Toppings include avocado, tomato, pepper hash, green papaya slaw, barbecue sauce and spicy Thai peanut sauce.

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Honeygrow

Build-your-own stir fry or salad

Honeygrow, a casual build-your-own stir-fry and salads spot, earns high marks for its stylish interior design. More bragging rights include a menu designed by chef Shola Olunloyo. Veg and non-veg options abound, along with smoothies and a buzzing fruit and honeybar.

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Farmicia

Farmicia

Delicious, organic cuisine in Old City

One of Philly’s longest-running farm-to-table spots, Old City’s Farmicia applies its credo to an omnivore’s range of dishes all day long. However, the vegetarian and vegan section of the menu is extensive enough—with choices such as a vegetable and grain platter, roasted maitake mushroom over celery root mash and vegan cakes—to merit repeat visits.

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Su Xing House

Veggie packed noodles, soups and more

Inexpensive lunch specials are popular at Center City’s Su Xing House. Menu options include kale and spicy tofu, soybean nuggets with sweet and sour sauce and sesame seitan. Diners can order veggie versions of their favorite soups, noodle and rice dishes, and gluten-free options are available.

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Ratchada Thai & Laos Cuisine

Vegetarian and vegan-friendly BYOB

Ratchada Thai & Laos Cuisine devotes an entire page of its menu to vegan and vegetarian dishes. Located in South Philadelphia, the intimate BYOB serves up an inexpensive lunch.

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