Why should only meat-eaters get to chow down on Philly's most famous food? Some of the city's most essential vegetarian and vegan restaurants, along with a few quality spots that dabble in vegan dishes, are offering up their own steak-less, cheese-less version of the Philly cheesesteak. Here's where to find them.
Where to Eat Vegan Cheesesteaks in Philly
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This charming, retro-styled vegan diner is appropriately named. Go for the top-notch Cheezsteak, with caramelized onions and dairy-free mozzarella, or choose from chik'n (with the option to make it buffalo style) or barbecue steak versions.
The revamped Triangle Tavern may have kept the same vibe as the long-running original — while adding some hipsters to the neighborhood crowd — but the vegan cheesesteak is all new. It's customizable with spinach, long hots, and broccoli rabe.
There are many, many reasons to go to Royal Tavern, among them the mushroom-enhanced vegan cheesesteak, with seitan, fried onions, and vegan mozzarella.
South Street’s vegan-only Chinese eatery serves an Asian-inspired rendition of a classic cheesesteak with whole wheat bread, soy beef, sautéed onion, dairy-free cheese, soy sauce, and sesame oil.
Blackbird Pizzeria (multiple locations)
Its bright yellow Cheez Whiz-style sauce separates Blackbird's cheesesteak from the competition. The original location, in Queen Village, is temporarily closed, but there's a second shop in Northern Liberties (614 N. 2nd Street) serving the same menu.
Govinda's Gourmet Vegetarian
One of the city’s older meatless destinations, Govinda’s is known for its "chicken" "cheesesteak" with soy chicken, peppers, and vegan mayo — or try the pepper steak hoagie, which is topped with house-made gravy.
HipCityVeg (multiple locations)
Nicole Marquis founded this plant-based chain to supply fast vegan food to the community in 2012. Fast forward to today, and she's serving up a vegan cheesesteak with grilled onions, mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, and ketchup on a whole wheat roll out of locations in University City, near City Hall, and Washington, D.C., as well as the original Rittenhouse address.
The Nile has been cooking up meatless soul food in Germantown for years. While it’s not the traditional style, the pepper steak with collard greens and okra definitely hits the spot.
Wiz Kid, from Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby of Vedge and V Street, is open in Rittenhouse and serving the signature Wiz Kid Philly: seitan, mushrooms, fried onions, and rutabaga “Whiz” on a potato roll. (Vegans in the know are likely already familiar with the cheesesteak from Wiz Kid’s first location inside the Fairmount Whole Foods.) The new quick-serve spot, which sets itself apart by offering alcohol, also sells a spin on Philly’s classic roast pork sandwich. The Roast Rabe comes with broccoli rabe, trumpet mushrooms, and long hots.
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