A Cry for Help: My Lunch Order Has Become Too Embarrassing to Bear

Curry Tofu Wrap from HipCityVeg | Photo via Facebook

Curry Tofu Wrap from HipCityVeg | Photo via Facebook

A few weeks ago, I walked into HipCityVeg and one of the lovely workers walked over to me and said “Adjua,” — because yes, we are on a first name basis — “I have some bad news to tell you.” I responded with, “If you tell me the curry tofu wrap is going somewhere, I will have a panic attack right here, right now.” And she said, “No, I’m going somewhere. I’m moving.” She looked sad, and I was sad. After all, she knew my order with all its annoying modifications by heart. And then I realized: I go to the same lunch spot and order the same thing so often that the people who work there feel like they need to tell me when they are moving.

#Embarrassing.

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This Is the Vegan Roadie’s Favorite Vegan Dish in Philly

vegan roadie leadIf you haven’t heard of the Vegan Roadie, also known as Dustin Harder, it’s time you get to know him. The plant-based chef (and theatrical dog trainer!), has been traveling around the country  trying all the vegan dishes he can at all the restaurants he can squeeze into his days, all so he can create a roadmap of sorts for vegans across America. So far, he’s made it to over 20 cities — and did I mention he’s been filming his travels for his web series, The Vegan RoadieRead more »

Awesome: HipCityVeg Is Celebrating Its Birthday By Giving Away Free Groothies Today

groothieI just trekked over to HipCityVeg in Rittenhouse for lunch, and when I got there, I found out that it’s their third birthday (Happy birthday! Thanks for bringing the Curry Tofu Wrap into the world!). And to celebrate, they’re giving away giant (and I mean giant) samples of their signature green smoothie, brilliantly named the Groothie, to everyone who stops in for food.  Read more »

HipCityVeg Owner Nicole Marquis to Open New Bar on 18th Street

Photo by Art Etchells

Photo by Art Etchells

If you find yourself at HipCityVeg just about every day (feel no shame—I am probably waiting in line behind you Every. Single. Day), then this news should make you jump with joy: Our friends over at Foobooz say it looks like owner Nicole Marquis (who also owns Charlie was a sinner.) is set to open another spot just a few steps away from HipCityVeg, where Crumbs bakeshop used to be—and this spot will have a liquor license.

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Hallelujah! Hip City Veg’s Chili Is Back for Fall

hipcityveg chili

Photo via HipCityVeg

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.

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Pssst! HipCityVeg Has a Secret Menu Item You’ve Never Tried

Hip City Veg | Photo by Christoper Gabello

Hip City Veg | Photo by Christoper Gabello

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.

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What The Healthy People Are Doing: Drinking Birthday Cake Milkshakes at HipCityVeg

HipCityVeg's birthday cake milkshake.

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]

HipCityVeg Debuts New Birthday Cake Vegan Milkshake

HipCityVeg's birthday cake milkshake.

HipCityVeg’s birthday cake milkshake.

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.

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