Guys, chili season has officially arrived! At least at HipCityVeg: As of today, the restaurant’s über-popular vegan chili—loaded with a drool-worthy medley of quinoa, kidney beans, pinto beans, black beans, fire-roasted tomatoes and corn tortilla strips—is officially back on the menu. And in case you couldn’t tell by that description, it is basically perfection in a to-go bowl.
Just a quick redirect here: The folks over at Zagat Philly have a post this week about secret menu items (i.e. off-menu dishes you have to know to ask for) at 20 Philly restaurants. Color me surprised to find a delicious-sounding item from one of my favorite lunch spots, HipCityVeg: a vegan grilled chick’n club sandwich that apparently only people in the know have been enjoying for who knows how long. I feel robbed.
Over on Be Well Philly, the healthy people are all a-twitter over two things. 1) HipCityVeg‘s birthday is coming up (the place will officially celebrate its second birthday on April 16), and 2) they’re starting the party early by serving $5 vegan birthday cake milkshakes.
Yeah, that’s a picture of one right there. And yes, they are apparently just as good as they look. You can check out the details over on the Be Well Philly blog right now.
HipCityVeg Debuts New Vegan Birthday Cake Milkshake [Be Well Philly]
Everyone’s favorite fast-casual vegan lunch spot, HipCityVeg, will celebrate its second birthday on April 16th, but they’ve started the festivities early with a just-released birthday cake milkshake—with sprinkles on top, natch.
I just downed one with my lunch (evidence, left), and, yes, it’s as good as you can imagine. It’s made with vanilla cake-batter vegan ice cream. It’s hard to tell in the photo but the sprinkles have just the tiiiniest bit of sparkle, which makes it all the more fun.
Pick one up—and wish your friends at Hip a happy early birthday!—at the Center City location.
(University City might get it soon, so I’ll keep you posted.) UPDATE: I’m getting word that the shake is now available in University City, so have at it! The shake is $5 and will be available until the end of April.
Nicole Marquis’ HipCityVeg has recently rolled out catering. Now you can get everyone’s favorite quick-serve vegan fare at your location. HipCityVeg is offering miniature versions of its menu for groups from 8 to 10, as well as for large groups of more than 25.
Check out more of the catering details over at Be Well Philly.
Just in time for holiday-party season: HipCityVeg announced today that it is now offering catering services for office parties, family get-togethers and more. The menu includes mini versions of the regular HipCity offerings, with trays serving groups small (eight to 10) and large (25 or more). Pitchers of juice and a spread of desserts (right now, it’s seasonal cookies) are also available.
The service is available though both of the cafe’s locations, in Center City and West Philly. Staffers need at least 48 hours notice to get the goods ready.
More details are here.
I think this pretty much cement’s Philly’s status as a vegan powerhouse: We’re getting a new vegan bar. Our friends at Foobooz are reporting that HipCityVeg owner Nicole Marquis is teaming up with real estate developer Allan Domb to open a bar called Charlie Was a Sinner (Friends: What do we think of the name?) at 131 South 13th Street in Midtown Village.
It’ll serve cocktails made with juices and feature a menu full of plant-based food. They’re pegging March as the rough opening date, with construction beginning tomorrow.
More on the vegan-bar news here.
GAYBORHOOD RESTAURANT: Amis
You don’t have to spend the mortgage at Marc Vetri’s eponymous townhouse to get that delicious Vetri Italian cooking. This exposed-brick, slightly industrial-feeling space has food that will simply knock your socks off, including our fave, the addictive tonnarelli. Sit at the counter, sip some very good wine, and watch the masters do their thing. 412 S. 13th St., 215-732-2647, amisphilly.com.
NEW GAYBORHOOD RESTAURANT: Little Nonna’s
Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran’s latest is a step back in time to the cozy kitchen of some little Italian granny—one who wants to put some meat on those bones. Loosen your belt and dive head first into the homemade meatballs sopped in “Sunday gravy” and a plate of the fluffiest gnocchi this side of Trastevere. 1234 Locust St., 215-546-2100, littlenonnas.com.