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Here’s Where To Eat Cauliflower In Philly Right Now

ICYMI, Cauliflower is the new "it" vegetable.

Buffalo cauliflower at Front Street Cafe. Photograph by Instagram user @rachlapchak.

Remember, as a kid when the only time you would see cauliflower was on a veggie tray with carrots, broccoli, and ranch dressing? And naturally, cauliflower would be the only thing left on the tray at the end of the party because no kid wants to eat raw cauliflower (and honestly, I still kinda feel that way).

But despite it’s past, cauliflower has reinvented itself in the last year or two, gaining a delicious reputation in health-focused communities. Time called it the “new ‘it’ vegetable” and you don’t have to tell us twice. The cruciferous vegetable is not only a great way to lower carb and fat levels in some of your favorite comfort food dishes but it’s also fairly bland in flavor on it’s own, making it the perfect blank canvas for delicious (and healthy!) creations. Not to mention it’s meat-free friendliness.

But because not everyone is a chef, nor does everyone have time to try, we decided to gather some awesome cauliflower-centric dishes being served up all over Philadelphia. Some are vegan, some are vegetarian, and all of them look delicious. Below you’ll find 11 downright tasty cauliflower dishes, all of which can be found right here in Philly.

Buffalo Cauliflower

WhereFront Street Cafe; 1253 North Front Street, Fishtown

What: Buffalo cauliflower is a staple in vegan bar food here in Philly, but no one does it better than the Front Street Cafe. Choose from buffalo sauce or garlic Sriracha sauce to coat your wings, then dip in their refreshing cucumber dill dressing. You’ll be surprised at how enjoyable big hunks of cauliflower can actually be!

Cauliflower and Almond Hummus

aaaand we’re back. #inhummuswetrust

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WhereDizengoff; 1625 Sansom Street, Rittenhouse

What: I mean, it’s Dizengoff hummus, so it’s destined to be delicious, but the cauliflower is truly a prime addition to their oh-so creamy hummus. Plus, you’re getting an extra serving of vegetables AND the protein from the almonds may keep you full for longer. What we’re trying to say here is that the cauliflower almond hummus is a win-win-win.

Roasted Cauliflower Steak

WhereCharlie was a Sinner; 131 South 13th Street, Midtown Village

What: Cauliflower steaks are popping up in restaurants and Pinterest feeds alike, and Charlie was a Sinner is where you can try it for yourself. Topped with a creamy almond puree and served over a bed of curry rice, this cauliflower dish is one for the books.

Buffalo Cauliflower Taco

WhereBar Bombon; 133 South 18th Street, Rittenhouse

What: Because, Taco Tuesday can be any day of the week, you must stop in for Bar Bombon’s good-to-the-last-crumb buffalo cauliflower tacos. These bad boys are served with avocado (duh), drizzled with a green goddess sauce, swiped with a creamy black bean puree, topped with a mirepoix (that’s a fancy word for carrots, celery and onions FYI) and, of course, delicious pieces of cauliflower tossed in buffalo sauce. YUM.

Cheesy Cauliflower Grits

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WhereSnap Kitchen; Multiple locations

What: Is there anything more comforting than cheesy grits? We think not. Except for maybe these cheesy cauliflower grits from Snap Kitchen because, well, they’re not so bad for you! If you’re ordering online or through the app, find this tasty addition to any meal under their “sides” section.

Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Kicking the cold to the curb with vegan Roasted Cauliflower SOUP❗️

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WhereRooster Soup Co.; 1526 Sansom Street, Rittenhouse

What: Soup season is in full swing, friends. Grab a pipping hot bowl of Rooster Soup’s roasted cauliflower soup to warm up and 100 percent of the proceeds from your purchase will go to the Broad Street Ministry’s Hospitality Collaborative. Nothing feels better than eating for a good cause, right?

Curried Cauliflower

WhereVegan Commissary Market; 1429 Wolf Street, Melrose

What: This South Philly vegan hub offers a wide variety of vegan meals, snacks and sweets. Their curried cauliflower salad is a fan favorite for all of the right reasons — in particular its distinct flavors. They marinate their roasted cauliflower in curry, with cabbage, currants and cilantro. This concoction is sure to surprise your mouth.

Shaved Cauliflower Salad

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WherePizzeria Vetri; Multiple locations

What: This refreshing cauliflower-centric salad is alllll we want for lunch. The shaved cauliflower is tossed with baby kale, golden raisin, scallions, pistachios and a honey white wine vinaigrette. It’s perfectly refreshing and a manageable choice for the cauliflower-averse.

Fried Cauliflower

#glutenfree fried cauliflower.

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WhereBocconcini; 1334 Pine Street, Washington Square West

What: This scrumptious fried creation is a prime vegetarian or appetizer option for those visiting this Washington Square West spot. The cauliflower is tossed in a gluten-free breading, fried and served with a “fra Diavolo” sauce, which is basically a spicy tomato sauce.

Cauliflower Hummus

WhereHeart Beet Kitchen; 29 Haddon Avenue, Westmont

What: This interesting take on hummus will leave you pining for another bowl — trust. Heart Beet Kitchen’s cauliflower hummus delight is a lovely way to start off any meal at the healthy Westmont cafe and, guess what? You can make it yourself because the owner of Heart Beet Kitchen, Ashley Coyne, gifted us all with her recipe.

Salt Baked Cauliflower and Meatball Pizza

WhereP.S. & Co.; 1706 Locust Street, Rittenhouse

What: Just look at that creation! P.S. & Co.’s perfectly crispy pizza crust is topped with house-made sauce, roasted cauliflower, mushroom meatballs and fried scallions. And it’s gluten-free to boot!

Correction: A former version of this post incorrectly stated that Bocconcini is owned by Slice. 

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