Can the Meat: The Top 5 Vegetarian Restaurants in Philadelphia

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Go green doesn’t just apply to recycling and tree planting — healthy eaters everywhere are opting for fruits, veggies and grains as the stars of their daily meals. But going vegetarian, or even vegan, does not have to mean loosing flavor. These Philadelphia area restaurants have won followers thanks to their delicious dishes that have so much punch you won’t even miss the meat.

1 Horizons

This favorite family-owned spot seamlessly blends two worlds many wouldn't combine: gourmet and vegan. Their South Philly restaurant is warm and inviting, their dishes flavor-packed and hearty. From colorful chopped salads to Asian-inspired grilled tofu with edamame puree and mushrooms, the dishes here are fine dining.

611 South Seventh St.

Philadelphia, PA 19147


2 Govinda's Vegetarian

Creativity wins at this spot at the tail end of the Avenue of the Arts, surprising diners with more than just vegetables. Try the decadent fresh papradelle with avocado cream sauce or gooey eggplant Parmesan. Save room for cakes and ice cream that you won't believe are vegan.

1408 South St.

Philadelphia, PA 19146


3 Blackbird Pizzeria

Pizza is traditionally vegetarian, so long as you avoid some of the toppings. The options at Blackbird are vegan, from the simple dough to the soy-based "cheese." Plenty of zesty options fill the menu, like the Nacho topped with jalapeno, caramelized onions and avocado. Vegan cheesesteaks also make an appearance, so can still feel like a Philadelphian even after you've cut the whiz.

507 South Sixth St.

Philadelphia, PA 19147


4 MiLah Vegetarian Restaurant

This hidden spot off Rittenhouse Square charms with a crisp, clean dining room and cute little Buddha statues, but the food is what wins even meat-eaters over. Sweet potato patties, pad thai and yellow curry all deliver approachable, flavorful bites that don't seem to be missing a thing.

218 South 18th St.

Philadelphia, PA 19102


5 Blue Sage Vegetarian Grille

The 'burbs are often a sea of chains, and unhealthy ones at that. Thank goodness for this Bucks County beauty, which serves up tantalizing tastes in a casual, rustic, yet refined setting. Who can say no to adobo goat cheese nachos? Or eggplant-stuffed peppers doused with pumpkin seed pesto and cheese? Who would want to?

772 Second Street Pike

Southampton, PA 18966


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