Where to Eat Cruelty-Free & PETA Friendly in Philadelphia

Where to Eat Cruelty-Free & PETA Friendly in Philadelphia

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Quick, Casual & Cruelty-Free:

  • Blackbird Pizzeria, an entirely vegan and certified kosher pizza shop right off of South Street, serves up can’t-resist favorites such as nacho pizza with caramelized onions, jalapeños, avocado and dairy-free cheese, along with sandwiches such as the smoked tofu Cubano with seitan pepperoni and pickles. 507 S. 6th Street, (215) 625-6660, blackbirdpizzeria.com
  • Vegans crave peanut butter banana bacon donuts too. Dottie’s Donuts sweetens up their daywith its luscious goodies (blueberry coconut, chocolate-coffee-cardamom). 4525 Springfield Avenue
  • Govinda’s To Go, a casual eatery that servessandwiches and wraps (such as the “chicken” cheesesteak and “tuna” salad wrap), also attracts omnivores (and nostalgic vegetarians) with specialties like vegan “tuna” and a case full of baked treats. 1400 South Street, (215) 545-5452
  • Vegans and the otherwise dairy-free eaters seeking a boost are welcome at Grindcore House in South Philly. The only local cafe with a nearly comprehensive range of milks (soy, almond, coconut, hemp), Grindcore also whips up tasty sandwiches and baked goods with nary a hint of animal byproduct. 1515 S. 4th Street, (215) 839-3333, grindcorehouse.com
  • HipCityVeg, a popular 100% plant-based fast-food cafe with locations in Rittenhouse Square and University City, has a legion of fans for specialties like its crispy jerk “chick’n” Caesar salad and its Philly “steak.” Focusing primarily on take-out, the restaurant also offers a delivery option. 127 S. 18th Street, (215) 278-7605; 214 S. 40th Street, (267) 244-4342, hipcityveg.com
  • The line of lunch eaters outside of Kung Fu Hoagies never lies.The mobile operation caters to the cruelty-free crowd with tofu meatball banh mi, Vietnamese pho and other delicious eats. Location varies, (267) 344-6259, kungfuhoagies.com
  • Local, artisanal, delicious and vegan-friendly sums it up at Little Baby’s Ice Cream. The fun flavors include chocolate salt malt, balsamic banana, smoked cinnamon and cucumber dill. 2311 Frankford Avenue, (267) 687-8567; 4903 Catharine Street, (215) 921-2100, littlebabysicecream.com
  • A vegetarian haven since 1984, Magic Carpet caters to students and locals in the University City neighborhood with oodles of meat-free options at two street-side vending locations. Fresh offerings include budget-priced platters of tofu meatballs, rice, veggies and cheese and the exquisitely light spinach pies with fresh Greek salad on the side. 36th & Spruce Streets; 34th & Walnut Streets, magiccarpetfoods.com
  • Nothing soothes the veggie appetite like falafel, and Mama’s Vegetarian serves up some of the best in the city. The Israeli fast-fooder bakes its own pita, which is the perfect foil for crisp chickpea patties, latkes and sabich (eggplant and hardboiled egg) fillings. 18 S. 20th Street, (215) 751-0477, mamasvegetarian.com
  • Open to the public on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., South Philly’s Vegan Commissary proves that prepared foods can be animal byproduct-free and satisfying. Brunch and lunch eats such as smoked beet sandwiches and breakfast hash with tofu can be taken to go. 1703 S. 11th Street, (215) 964-3232, vegancommissary.com
  • Fast and fresh rules the day at South Street’s Vegan Tree. The bounty includeswraps, “steak” sandwiches, pasta and noodle dishes, juices, smoothies and bubble teas. 742 South Street,
    (215) 454-2898, 742vegantree.com
  • University City’s light-bite cafe Vegetate sates the meatless masses all day long. Favorite menu items include pancake breakfast sandwiches, tofu tacos and sweet potato cupcakes.
    3210 Chestnut Street, (215) 895-6929
  • Fast and casual, Bryn Mawr’s Vgë Café operates from a simple premise: People want to be healthy. All of the menu items, from falafel to buffalo tofu, can be ordered as a wrap, salad or over brown rice. 845B W. Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr, (610) 527-3091, vgecafe.com
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