Vegetarian Pho Coming to Fishtown

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If you’ve ever had a hankering for vegetarian pho in Philadelphia, then you know finding any is a frustrating, depressing, hanger-inducing challenge. The Vietnamese noodle soup is typically made with beef stock and usually has meat in it, so nine times out of 10, it’s a no-no for us meatless folks. But not for long: The vegetarian-friendly pho spot Stock is set to open its doors at 308 East Girard Avenue in Fishtown come April. Go ahead and shed a few tears of happy joy, vegetarian friends—I totally did.

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Foobooz After Dark: Vegan Steakhouse

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Philadelphia has its company of vegan darlings: Vedge, HipCityVeg, Grindcore House, Miss Rachel’s Pantry, Barclay Prime, Blackbird Pizzeria, Breezy’s Cafe. We love them because they never fail to impress. Being able to coax any semblance of umami out of nothing-from-an-animal is basically a magic trick, and these crews do it day-in and day-out. They’re the mind-blowers and the mind-changers, and they’ve diversified Philly’s dining scene so that it’s accessible to anyone: vegan, vegetarian, and not.

Wait, Barclay Prime?
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Opening Menu for East Passyunk’s Vegan Commissary

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Vegan Commissary will open just steps from the Avenue. Photo by Jeff Fusco

Friday, December 27th marks the opening of Steve Laurence’s Vegan Commissary at 1703 South 11th Street, just a half-block off of Passyunk Avenue. You may have already seen Laurence’s spreads, scrambles and sandwich fillings at Sook Hee’s Produce in the Comcast Center, the Last Drop coffee house or at Good Karma Cafe.

Laurence just sent over what will be on his opening chalkboard menu tomorrow. The menu features starters like edamame hummus with Togarashi won tons, salads, sandwiches and bigger dishes like Za’atar grilled eggplant.

For more on Laurence and Vegan Commissary, check out this article on Be Well Philly.

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Vegan Catering Now Available from HipCityVeg

Best Health Food goes to Rittenhouse to-go joint HipCityVeg. 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.

HipCityVeg Now Offers Catering [Be Well Philly]
HipCityVeg [Foobooz]

¡Juice! Opens in Graduate Hospital

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¡Juice! opened last weekend in Graduate Hospital. The juice shop replaces Betty’s Speakeasy at at 2241 Grays Ferry Avenue and offers a menu of juices and blends (shakes). There are also rotating selections of soups and starting Monday, November 25th, the attractive store will also offer vegetarian and vegan sandwiches. There’s also L’Aube coffee for those looking for a jolt from more than just fresh juices.

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Vegan Commissary Coming to East Passyunk

east-passyunk-manhole-coverBe Well Philly’s Emily Leaman has an interview with Steve Laurence who is opening a vegan restaurant near East Passyunk. Vegan Commissary is as you might guess, a casual vegan restaurant that will offer dinner and weekend brunch. But that’s just part of Laurence’s ambitious plan that calls for including gratuity in the price and paying wait staff a living wage.

For more on Vegan Commissary, check out Be Well Philly’s interview.

More Details on Passyunk Square’s Soon-to-Open Vegan Commissary [Be Well Philly]

Vedge Expanding To Rittenhouse

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With their L.A. expansion plans currently on hold, Vedge owners Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby have just signed a lease for a new restaurant in Rittenhouse Square.

The address is 126 S. 19th Street–which, yes, is right next door to Zama and currently home to a pop-up boutique (Smak Parlour), but will soon to be the location for Vedge’s smaller, cooler and more casual little-sister restaurant.

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