Sustainable Living: Organic and Vegetarian Eateries

These local eateries have menus that offer either organic or sustainably raised or fair trade or vegetarian fare.
Loretta Wallace

15 S. 3rd St., Philadelphia, PA
Their focus has been on organic produce, much of which is grown in Pennsylvania, and sustainably produced meat and fish. But they stress it's not a health food restaurant. The cuisine is sophisticated and the decor is almost Japanese in its simplicity. The name Farmicia emphasizes the farm-produced food, but also the site's origin as a pharmacy.

White Dog Cafe
3420 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA
The White Dog Cafe is located in three adjacent Victorian brownstones in the University City section of Philadelphia. Known for our unusual blend of award-winning cuisine and social activism, the cafe presents numerous events throughout the year which please palates while raising consciousness. "Our cuisine is contemporary American and incorporates many influences in American culture from Native American to Southeast Asian. We emphasize high quality, farm fresh ingredients, purchased from local sustainable farmers whenever possible. All of our menus change frequently to reflect the freshest available ingredients. The menu balances the familiar with the new, presenting dishes with flair, originality, and outstanding flavor and freshness. Our Ingredients: The White Dog Cafe's support of sustainable agriculture is driven by both taste and food politics. Seasonal, local, and organically grown ingredients taste better. Humane and sustainable agriculture produces safe, wholesome food in a manner that is ecologically sound, economically viable, equitable, humane, and provides a healthy and safe environment for the present and future generations."

Essene Market & Cafe
719 S 4th St, Philadelphia
(215) 922-1146
Organic, natural foods, vegetarian buffet, priced by the pound

Natural Goodness Market and Cafe
2000 Walnut St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Health food store and cafe. Cafe is vegan-friendly but not 100% vegetarian, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Stocks organic and macrobiotic options. Accept credit cards.

VEGETARIAN (but not necessarily organic)

A Full Plate
1009 N. Bodine Street (Liberties Walk, Northern Liberties)
(215) 627-4068,
Chef and co-owner Shannon Dougherty lets her own vegetarian preferences influence the menu at A Full Plate Café and Catering, her quirky, casual eatery in Northern Liberties. Park the dog outside and enjoy toads in a hole (in veggie or meat variations), fried green tomato salad or a spinach and black bean burger.

1400 South Street, Philadelphia, PA
(215) 985-9303
At Govinda’s Gourmet Vegetarian, vegans can choose from a $14.95 buffet or order from the a la carte menu, featuring mock-meat dishes such as pan-roasted “duck” with sweet potato puree and peanut ginger sauce.

Ekta Indian Cuisine
250 E Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125-3929
(215) 426-2277
Local Fishtown Indian cuisine with a large vegetarian menu

Blue Sage Vegetarian Grille
772 2nd Street Pike, Southampton
(215) 942-8888
"Destination Dining". Vegetable lovers flock to Bucks County, where Holly and Mike Jackson turn out creative, big-portioned vegetarian food (no meat substitutes) in a cozy, romantic atmosphere.

611 South 7th Street
A nationally acclaimed "destination dining" vegan cuisine restaurant right here in the Bella Vista/South Street area. A half block from South Street, it is the city’s highest-rated vegan restaurant with a sumptuous upstairs dining room. Menu highlights include tapas, hearts of palm paella and saffron crème brulee.

Gianna's Grille
507 S. 6th Street, (215) 829-4448
106 S. 20th Street, (215) 568-1580
A favorite low-key hangout among young veg types is Gianna’s Grille, with two locations just steps off South Street and Rittenhouse Square. The signature sandwich is the freebird (vegetarian chicken), available barbequed, Italiano or Buffalo-style. Also pizza, stromboli, salad etc. Save room for one of the many excellent vegan baked goods, including cheesecakes, bombes, soft serve ice cream and cannolis.


Singapore Kosher Vegetarian Restaurant
1006 Race Street
(215) 922-3288
In the heart of Chinatown. Specialties include aux orange beef and more than two dozen veggie dim sum options, more than a dozen bean curd dishes and chef’s specials such as eggplant fritters, stuffed mushrooms and mock chicken and shrimp in a garlic mango sauce.

Kingdom of Vegetarians
129 N. 11th Street
(215) 413-2290
Another Chinatown destination, the$10 all-you-can-eat dim sum is a big draw of starving artists and students. An array of dumplings and the jumbo walnut “shrimp” are popular choices at this kosher vegan eatery.

Su Xing House
1508 Sansom Street
(215) 564-1419
Inexpensive lunch specials with menu options of Kung Pao tofu, soybean nuggets with sweet and sour sauce and sesame seitan. There are also veggie versions of favorite soups, noodle and rice dishes.

New Harmony Vegetarian Restaurant
135 N 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107-2410
(215) 627-4520‎

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