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Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants

Those in search of healthy choices will be thrilled with the region’s vast and ever-evolving vegetarian/vegan dining scene. Whether the craving is for tofu, falafel or soy, the possibilities are plenty. From upscale white tablecloth with inventive vegetable creations to raw foods and gluten-free dishes, Philly’s veg-friendly scene is growing.

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  • Zahav

    The critical favorite brings Israeli cuisine to Society Hill


    A modern Israeli restaurant, Zahav — which means gold in Hebrew — offers authentic Middle Eastern fare in a family-style dining setting typical of the region.

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  • Talula’s Daily

    High quality on-the-go grub on Washington Square

    Grab fresh, local ingredients and tasty, on-the-go meals at Talula’s Daily.

    Neighboring Talula’s Garden in Washington Square, Talula’s Daily offers the same fresh, high quality ingredients on-the-go.

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  • Saad’s

    Top falafel and killer kabobs

    “Best Falafel in West Philly,” and sometimes even best-in-Philly period, are superlatives tossed Saad’s way with some regularity.

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  • Tampopo

    Bento boxes and rice bowls in West Philly

    Tampopo’s second location brings West Philadelphia diners a range of Japanese and Korean cuisine, including sushi, bento boxes, soups and noodle and rice dishes, all at reasonable prices.

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  • Mizu Sushi Bar

    Sushi that is a cut above

    Trained sushi chefs use only the freshest ingredients to make their high-quality maki, nigiri, salads and soups.

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  • Wah-Gi-Wah

    Savory, spicy chicken and no frills dining

    This no-frills Pakistani eatery serves what might be the best chicken dish in all of West Philly, a spicy, savory, scored-breast fried whole bird called Lahori Chargha. To order it without fresh-baked naan is a crime.

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  • New Delhi

    Philadelphia’s oldest Indian restaurant

    Established in 1988, it’s the oldest Indian restaurant in the city.

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  • Manakeesh Cafe

    A wide variety of Middle Eastern eats

    A lively hangout and meeting place for locals, Manakeesh specializes in the oven-puffed, pizza-esque Lebanese flatbreads that give the cafe its name. They also hawk a wide variety of Middle Eastern eats and sweets, including some of the best baklava and ma’moul (shortbread date cookies) you’ve ever had. Vegan and gluten-free platters pack the evening menu, and crepes, fresh fruit juice and smoothies turn morning into a delicious trip to Beirut.

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  • Atyia Ola’s Spirit First Foods

    Relaxing vegan cafe on Baltimore Avenue

    This cozy cafe entices people with nutritional goodness, including fresh juices, sandwiches and raw vegan and vegetarian options. For those who’d like sit and sip, there’s free wireless Internet access.

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  • Sitar India Restaurant

    All-you-can-eat Indian cuisine

    Sitar has something for every palate on its all-you-can-eat buffet, filled with plenty of healthy and vegetarian options.

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  • Pho Cafe Saigon

    A bowl full of flavor

    Inexpensive pho and Vietnamese entrees entice people at this understated restaurant.

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  • King of Tandoor

    Casual, comfortable Indian BYOB

    KoT doesn’t limit itself by region, serving a mix of straight-up South Asian options in a casual BYO setting.

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  • Sabrina’s Café & Spencer’s Too

    Stuff yourself at Sabrina’s second location

    Outside of the second location for Sabrina’s Cafe.

    The Italian Market darling for brunch boasts an outpost in the Fairmount neighborhood, where hungry diners fill up on oversized portions of comfort food during brunch, lunch and dinner. Hint: The brunch line is worth the wait.

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  • Blackbird Pizzeria

    Pies for the vegan set

    An operation completely free of animal products, Blackbird specializes in takeout fare — pizzas, sandwiches, wings, fries — so rarely available to those who practice a vegan diet.

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  • Maoz Falafel

    Calling all fried chickpea lovers

    The South Street outpost of this Dutch chain does a mean (and cheap) falafel-and-fries combo, and it’s open super-late on weekends when you need that post-last call pita in your life.

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  • Lemon Grass Thai Restaurant

    Reasonable prices and extraordinary flavors

    Imaginative Thai dishes alongside creative drinks and a reasonably priced lunch make this simply decorated restaurant a West Philly hotspot. Customers end their meals with fun ice cream flavors, including coconut, ginger, green tea and mango.

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