Craving a slice of crisp, veggie-loaded, cheesy (vegan cheese, that is) pizza? Well, consider your craving soon-to-be-conquered: We’ve tracked down eight spots around Philly that cater to the vegan crowd with everything from Nacho pizza to seitan chicken pizza to plain ol’ Daiya cheese pizza—no boring tomato pies here. Read up, pick a pie and get your pizza party on.
507 South 6th Street, Society Hill.
If you’re vegan and living in Philly, chances are, you’re well-acquainted with Blackbird Pizzeria. The totally vegan restaurant serves up tons of drool-worthy grub, including a long list of creative pizzas. They’ve got everything from a nacho pie to a brunch pie to a plain ol’ veggie supreme pie. And while you’re there, you should probably order some of their vegan cheese fries—you won’t be sorry.
Dock Street Brewing Co.
701 South 50th Street, West Philly.
These guys don’t offer vegan cheese, but they do have a special vegan pie on the menu, piled high with enough veggies, tofu and herbs to make you forget about cheese altogether.
Ed’s Buffalo Wings & Pizza
3513 Lancaster Avenue, University City.
This University City pizza joint slings a handful of vegan pies with names like the Drexel Vegan and the Penn Vegan, all made with Daiya cheese. Bonus: They also offer vegan pie by the slice.
Jules Thin Crust Pizza
This spot’s menu boasts a whopping 15 (!!) veggie pies, and vegans have free range to substitute Daiya cheese for any and all of them. The Mexican pie, covered with a chili-lime black bean spread, sweet corn, chopped tomatoes, red onions, scallions and cilantro, is officially on my must-eat list.
2313 Frankford Avenue, Fishtown.
On Pizza Brain’s menu, you’ll see they offer a vegan pie aptly named the Tom. It’s served with with red sauce, roasted garlic and no cheese, but you can add Daiya cheese for five bucks. What the menu doesn’t say is this: Not only can you load the Tom up with whatever else you’d like—shiitake mushrooms, roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, granny smith apples, and so on—but, in lieu of a vegan slice, the Fishtown spot also offers a personal-sized Tom. Yes, a vegan personal pizza. It’ll cost you $7, plus more to add toppings. How awesome is that? Oh, and don’t forget to stop in to Little Baby’s for some vegan ice cream on your way out!
Locations in Rittenhouse, the Italian Market and Sewell.
At this pizza shop, you can opt for the veggie pie, which is served without cheese and loaded with all sorts of good stuff like eggplant, roasted peppers mushrooms and more. Or, if that’s not your style, you can choose to substitute vegan mozzarella for any of the pies on the menu or build your own pie.
The Couch Tomato Café
103 Rector Street, Manayunk, and 31 West Gay Street, West Chester.
Here, you can load a build-your-own pizza up with all sorts of delicious veggie toppings like artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, basil, arugula and more. Plus, you can top it off with Daiya mozzarella and seitan chicken. Mmmm.
845B West Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr.
This Bryn Mawr café is basically a vegan paradise: They offer a whole-wheat vegan pizza loaded up with squash, peppers, kale, vegan cheese, and more, in addition to tons of vegan sandwiches, wraps, burgers and rice bowls.
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