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Where to Eat Vegan Cheesesteaks in Philly

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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.



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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Tasty

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1401 S 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(267) 457-5670
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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.

2. Triangle Tavern

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1338 S 10th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 800-1992
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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.

3. Royal Tavern

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937 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 389-6694
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There are many, many reasons to go to Royal Tavern, among them the mushroom-enhanced vegan cheesesteak, with seitan, fried onions, and vegan mozzarella.

4. Vegan Tree

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742 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 454-2898
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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.

5. Blackbird Pizzeria (multiple locations)

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507 S 6th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 625-6660
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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.

6. Govinda's Gourmet Vegetarian

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1408 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 985-9303
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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.

7. HipCityVeg (multiple locations)

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127 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 278-7605
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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.

8. The Nile

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6008 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144
(215) 843-6453
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.

9. Wiz Kid

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124 S 19th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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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1. The Tasty

1401 S 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
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.
1401 S 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

2. Triangle Tavern

1338 S 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
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.
1338 S 10th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

3. Royal Tavern

937 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147
There are many, many reasons to go to Royal Tavern, among them the mushroom-enhanced vegan cheesesteak, with seitan, fried onions, and vegan mozzarella.
937 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19147

4. Vegan Tree

742 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, Philadelphia, PA 19147
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.
742 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Philadelphia, PA 19147

5. Blackbird Pizzeria (multiple locations)

507 S 6th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
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.
507 S 6th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

6. Govinda's Gourmet Vegetarian

1408 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146
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.
1408 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

7. HipCityVeg (multiple locations)

127 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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.
127 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

8. The Nile

6008 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144
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.
6008 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144

9. Wiz Kid

124 S 19th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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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.
124 S 19th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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