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I Tried It: The Vegan and Gluten-Free Soups at Metropolitan Cafe

Metropolitan Cafe's Thai Vegetable Soup // Photo courtesy of Metropolitan Cafe

Metropolitan Cafe’s Thai Vegetable Soup // Photo courtesy of Metropolitan Cafe

You wouldn’t expect a business best known for baking some of the best bread in the city to be home to a host of gluten-free soups, but Metropolitan Cafe—the much-loved Metropolitan Bakery’s only sit-down location, which opened in February 2013—offers just that: A steadily rotating seasonal soup selection, with a great deal of those soups boasting “gluten-free” and “vegan” titles.

And in case you’re wondering if they’re any good, the answer is Oh. My. Gosh. Heck. Yes. Last week, I went into the Cafe—located just a few steps away from Metropolitan’s Bakery’s Rittenhouse location—to get a taste of a few of their soups, and let me tell you, the cafe’s’ super seasonal and creative offerings are not the run of the mill tomato-basil concoctions you find at many cafes this time of year.

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Metropolitan Cafe Is Now Open (Kind of)


We swung by the brand, spanking new Metropolitan Cafe this morning to take a look. The cafe isn’t completely finished but while the Metropolitan Bakery is being renovated down the block, you can pop in to take a look, have some coffee and of course get some Metropolitan bread.

The cafe will be fully functional by the end of the month.

Metropolitan Bakery Opening a Cafe Off of Rittenhouse Square

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Metropolitan Bakery is turning 20 years old in 2013 and is celebrating the milestone by opening a cafe. The Metropolitan Cafe will be just steps away from their Rittenhouse Square shop, in the former Avanda Flower Shop at 264 S 19th Street.

When the cafe opens in January, 2013, expect to be able to enjoy cappucino, soups, salads, sandwiches and of course Metropolitan goodies. Owner Wendy Smith Born, who owns Metropolitan along with James Barrett,  says it will be a communal space where customers will be welcome to “hang your hat for as long as you wish.”

Check out the announcement video from owner Wendy Smith Born.

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