Emily Dean

Vegan & Veggie 🥗 🌿
Scouring the menu for the vegan option

I never thought I would be vegan. Growing up as a meat-eater, I used to think vegans were crazy.
I was raised in Northern NJ, where I became vegetarian during my high school years after realizing that eating meat just wasn't for me. I moved to Philly for college and became vegan after my freshman year. Since then, I haven't looked back.
Making the transition to veganism was easier than I expected. Learning as much information as I could about the meat and dairy industry and the health benefits of veganism, making the switch to a plant-based diet was a no-brainer.
One year later, @phillysplantplate was born. I noticed that I had so many pictures of the food I've eaten in the Philly area just taking up space on my iPhone, and I wasn't doing anything with them. This Instagram page was a way for me to share the food I eat while also keeping track of places I like to go.
I never thought it would get as much attention as it has in less than a year. I'm happy to know that I help people find vegan options in Philly, and I hope I can show that finding vegan options is easier than you think. Here's to eating more delicious vegan food!

Emily's Top Spots

bar bombon

What you need to know:

This is my top recommendation for many reasons. I've taken many of my non-vegan friends here, and they love the food as well. Bar Bombón is an entirely vegan restaurant that serves Latin-inspired food and also accommodates gluten-free preferences. My favorites on the menu are the brussel sprouts, cauliflower tacos, and the Spanish meatballs. They also serve brunch on the weekends! Even though the food is phenomenal, Bar Bombón is still under the radar. To my surprise, I don't hear many people talk about it.

Making reservations is always a good idea, but you can get away with walking in on a week night or you can sit at the bar. Besides the food, the location is so convenient. It's right across from the Anthropologie store in Rittenhouse Square.

Dottie's 3

What you need to know:

Dottie's Donuts is the vegan version of Dunkin Donuts. The texture and airiness of the donuts remind me of Dunkin. They make so many cool flavors that change day to day. Dottie's even made themed donuts for the super bowl last year. They also have cinnamon rolls and various cafe type beverages to order. You can order online for delivery or go to one of the two store locations to pick up some donuts. Dottie's also stocks their donuts in various locations throughout Philadelphia. If you're in a cafe, you might find that they sell Dottie's in their bakery display.

Sabrina's 2

What you need to know:

Sabrina's cafe is so warm and cozy, and there is a food option for everyone's dietary needs! I love a place that welcomes all diets. The weekends can be very busy, so I advise checking in to the waitlist through the Yelp app and seeing the wait time. Sabrina's makes my favorite tofu scramble. No one, not even myself, can make it better. The tofu scramble is flavorful and comes with fresh breakfast potatoes and toast. Always get breakfast potatoes when you go to Sabrina's. Sabrina's also has other vegan options, but the tofu scramble is my favorite by far.

v street

What you need to know:

Two words - Brunch Bun. While V Street has a fabulous dinner menu, their brunch takes the cake. The brunch bun is a vegan version of a lox bagel breakfast sandwich. I also love the Peruvian fries, which is offered at brunch and dinner. Make sure to reserve a spot, because brunch is only on the weekends, and it's a small space so the tables fill up quickly at dinner.
Oh, and it's all vegan!

Pro tip: If V Street doesn't have a table open, head next door to Wiz Kid (owned by the creators of Vedge and V Street) and order some delicious wiz fries.

vedge brussel sprouts

What you need to know:

You haven't had the true Philly vegan experience without going to Vedge. This award-winning restaurant is famous for serving the best vegan food in Philly. The only downside to this restaurant is that it's so good reservations have to be made months in advance. However, if you go on the early side you might be able to snag a spot at the bar.

You really can't go wrong here. No matter what you order it will be amazing. My favorites are the rutabaga fondu, brussel sprouts, glazed tofu, and, for dessert, the sticky toffee pudding.

the tasty breakfast

What you need to know:

The Tasty is an entirely vegan diner located in South Philly. It's a small space and it tends to get more crowded in the afternoon, so I like to go in the late morning. Compared to the other vegan spots I've mentioned, this one is super casual. You order and pay at the register, receive your food, and grab a table.

One of the reasons I love The Tasty is because they serve breakfast all day. They also have a gluten-free menu for those with that dietary preference. My absolute favorite menu item is the deluxe breakfast burrito. Everything about it is amazing, including the spicy cheese sauce and breakfast potatoes.

ps and co

What you need to know:

P.S. & Co. serves all organic, plant-based cuisine in a cute cafe type of environment. It is a few streets away from both Bar Bombón and V Street, right around Rittenhouse Square. I love going for brunch on the weekends and getting the breakfast nachos. They also have a great selection of beverages, from smoothies and juices to tea.
P.S. & Co. has a great bakery section. I recommend ending your meal with a slice of cake or a cookie!

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