Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Foods Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada
§ Reviewer's choice
22 N. 7th St., Akron, PA 17501
Natural foods store. Formerly a one-room schoolhouse, Akron Nutritional Center has veggie on-the-go items made fresh every day. From vegetarian and vegan sandwiches, couscous, hummus, vegetarian chicken salad, and even tasty vegan cookies, this is a great place to stop when you need a quick bite for the road.
138 Montgomery Ave., Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
Chinese/Japanese. Shangri-La's large menu features a vegetarian selection with such delicacies as Szechuan Bean Curd, Mock Chicken with Cashew Nuts, and Curry Vegetables and Bean Curd. There are also a number of sushi rolls and soups.
15 Broadway, Bangor, PA 18013
Vegetarian/natural foods. This family owned and operated café and bakery offers a casual laid back atmosphere with perfectly paired breads, pastries, and home style dishes. Try the black bean burger with vegan mac and "cheese" or the sweet coconut bread. If you’re lucky, they’ll be running the vegan chicken and waffles special!
201 E. 3rd St., Bethlehem, PA 18015
Vegan/Asian/organic. Shankara is an all-vegan restaurant serving Asian fusion cuisine. The ingredients used in the dishes are organic and local but are made into exotic delicacies. Patrons receive an eight course meal in a calm and peaceful environment with a palate cleansing sorbet after the first four meals. They also feature an organic juice bar. Reservations are accepted. Shankara is located in the South Bethlehem area.
1444 Linden St, Bethlehem, PA 18018
Vegan bakery. Vegan Treats is a family-owned bakery in Pennsylvania, but their desserts are available in various restaurants on the East Coast. Vegan Treats has everything you could possibly imagine in a bakery! Their extensive menu includes cakes, pies, cheesecakes, brownies, cookies, doughnuts, pies, French pastries, cupcakes, and more! Their cheesecakes are also available gluten-free. They welcome special orders for wedding or birthday cakes or for any reason at all!
1039 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Vegan/bakery. Sweet Freedom Bakery is a completely vegan bakery that is also gluten-free. This allergy-friendly bakery wants everyone to enjoy their treats which is why they are also corn-free, wheat-free, peanut-free, soy-free, casein-free, and use no refined sugars. But the good news is that they are not free of taste! Enjoy cakes, cookies, loaves, muffins, brownies, blondies, & more!
845 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Vegan/fast food/eco. Vge Café (they pronounce it veegee) is a vegan eatery offering soups, sandwiches, and salads. Try menu items like Baked Organic Falafel Wrap, Cheesesteakless Sandwich, or Organic BBQ Seitan on Greens. They rotate their soup selections but offer 2 freshly-made soups daily. Vge is an eco-conscious café. They use recyclable and compostable packaging, bags, utensils, and cups, and they have selected energy-efficient lighting and appliances. Vge Café is the perfect place to grab a quick bite of fresh, made-from-scratch, vegan eats!
100 W. High St., Carlisle, PA 17013
Vegetarian/natural foods store. Appalachian Whole Foods Market offers natural and organic food products, fresh produce, dry goods, and more. Their grab-n-go section features sandwiches and other items when you need a quick bite on the run. The store is located in downtown Carlisle, near Dickinson College.
57 W. Pomfret St., Carlisle, PA 17013
Vegetarian/café/juice bar. Gaia Fresh Food Café is a fruit-loving, vegetable-squeezing café. It's a great spot for studying, meeting friends, or having a quiet cup of tea. They also offer salads, hummus, wraps, and baked goods. Special requests are welcome so remember Gaia when it's time to get that vegan birthday cake. Free Wi-Fi is available as well as meeting space for the community.
426 S. State St., Clarks Summit, PA 18411
Natural foods store. Everything Natural is a natural foods store offering a full range of grocery items including many that are vegetarian and vegan. They also have organic produce, environmentally-friendly cleaning products, fair-trade coffee, herbs, natural bath & body products, and Grab-and-Go sandwiches & meals. Located near Steamtown National Park, lakes, skiing, and other northeastern Pennsylvania attractions, Everything Natural is a friendly and inviting store with an extensive product selection as well as weekly classes and events.
20424 Route 19, Cranberry Township, PA 16066
Middle Eastern/Lebanese. Aladdin's Eatery is a popular regional restaurant franchise offering Middle Eastern cuisine. Their website boasts that over 70 menu items are vegetarian or vegan. These include Lentil Soup, Vegetarian Chili, Hummus, Tabbouleh, Dawali (stuffed grape leaves), Baba Ghanouj, Falafel, and Vegetarian Rolled Pitas. Enjoy Lebanese cuisine, a relaxing atmosphere, and friendly service at Aladdin's Eatery.
Village Shoppes of Cranberry, 20510 Perry Highway, Cranberry Township, PA 16066
Mexican/American. Mad Mex is a fun and funky place featuring a combination of Mexican, American, Southeast Asian, and Spanish cuisines. Vegetarian and 'veggie-possible' options are noted on the menu. All items can be made with vegan soy cheese and/or tofu sour cream. Mad Mex has several locations and while they all have the same basic menu, please note that hours and services offered may vary.
14 Main St., Delaware Water Gap, PA 18327
Creole. This Creole fusion restaurant offers many vegan options that change regularly. Sample vegan dishes have included Vegetable Pazole Soup, Grilled Polenta Platter, Vegan Pastelon (a plantain and vegetable dish), coconut rice pudding, and coconut ice cream. They also offer a 3-course fixed menu special with vegan options.
18 W. State St., Doylestown, PA 18901
Vegan/natural foods/organic/juice bar. Doc Bakers features cold-pressed juices and plant-based foods. They are completely vegan and organic and mostly raw. The juice bar is situated in the Doylestown Inn, just west of the Inn's main entrance.
526 Northampton St., Easton, PA 18042
Vegetarian/juice bar. Greenmouth Juice Cafe has a passion for health and nutrition which shows in their carefully crafted fresh juices, smoothies, and lemonades. Beyond their beverages, the café offers a quinoa and kale salad each day as well as desserts. Try the “Vegan Frappuccino” smoothie with espresso, banana, dates, cacao, and almond milk or the “Sweet Green” juice with celery, cucumber, spinach, apple, pineapple, and orange.
526 Northampton St., Easton, PA 18042
Vegetarian/juice bar. Greenmouth Juice Cafe has a passion for health and nutrition, which shows in their carefully crafted fresh juices, smoothies, and lemonades. Beyond their beverages, the café offers a quinoa and kale salad each day as well as desserts. Try the Vegan Frappuccino smoothie with espresso, banana, dates, cacao and almond milk or the Sweet Green juice with celery, cucumber, spinach, apple, pineapple and orange.
151 W. Lincoln Hwy., Exton, PA 19341
Vegetarian/Indian. Devi Restaurant serves authentic South Indian vegetarian cuisine. Popular menu items include uthappam (rice & lentil pancakes), vegetable cutlets, masala dosa, and samosas. They have a daily lunch buffet and a dinner buffet on weekends. Devi offers great food, reasonable prices, and friendly staff in an open and pleasant atmosphere. The restaurant is located in the Whiteland Towne Center. Devi is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
569 W. Uwchlan Ave., Exton, PA 19341
Chinese. Guo's Garden has extensive vegetarian menu items with many being vegan. Portions are large and prices are very reasonable; it's no wonder that the restaurant is so popular with locals. They also have facilities for banquets or meetings.
285 Commerce Dr., Fort Washington, PA 19034
Indian. Espresso Café & Sushi Bar is a quaint bistro featuring a large variety of foods and ethnic dishes. Greek salad, falafel, wraps, mushroom Portobello pasta, and veggie sushi rolls are served at this kosher dairy eatery. Outdoor seating is available. The café is located in the Rhawnhurst area of Philly.
614 N. 2nd St., Harrisburg, PA 17101
Vegetarian/coffeehouse. Enjoy organic coffee, baked goods, walnut and lentil burger, kale and quinoa, raw beet salad, hummus, and more.
405 Walnut St., Harrisburg, PA 17101
Natural foods. HealthyWay is a small natural foods eatery with vegan options. Try the Mushroom (faux steak) Fajita with pickled radish. They offer a really good homemade soy mayo. The owners take the time and care to prepare great food while striving to accommodate special diets. Make sure to enjoy their homebrewed tea with ginger and herbs. Outdoor seating is available.
525 S. Front St., Harrisburg, PA 17104
Indian. Choose from a large selection of vegetarian options, like Chana Masala (chickpeas cooked with onions, tomatoes, and spices) and Aloo Methi (potatoes cooked with mustard seed, fenugreek, and other spices) at this restaurant, which overlooks the Susquehanna River.
1233 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg, PA 17102
Polish/ethnic. This deli stand, run by a mother-and-son duo, serves traditional Polish cuisine with a veg-spin. While they do serve fish, most of their dishes are vegetarian and there are some vegan options as well. Try the vegan "pigs in a blanket" with one of their various cold vegan salads like potato, lentil or beet. Their vegan rhubarb crumb cake is another favorite! Located in Broad Street Market.
1153 Gravel Pike, Hereford, PA 18056
Vegan/Supper Club. The Honey Underground is a vegan supper club featuring organic and local ingredients. They offer an ever-changing menu of seasonal foods. Please note that they are only open on select Friday and Saturday evenings so make sure to confirm ahead of time that they are open. Checks are accepted, however, credit cards are not. Reservations are accepted.
216 E. 8th Ave., Homestead, PA 15120
Vegetarian/natural foods/organic. The Tin Front Café is a cozy café & coffeehouse in the heart of Homestead's historic shopping district. Enjoy comfort foods from their all-vegetarian menu including Butternut Squash Lasagna and Polenta Pizza. Locally-owned & operated, Tin Front is truly part of the community. The building itself includes many salvaged items from local landmarks and features folk paintings of Pittsburgh. They also offer an extensive menu of Pennsylvania craft beers. Enjoy dining on the outside patio in warmer weather.
947 Main St., Honesdale, PA 18431
Health foods store deli. Nature's Grace serves homemade soups, enchiladas, salads, baked goods, hoagies, and other entrées available daily.
2450 Warren Rd., Indiana, PA 15701
Natural foods. Get back to nature in this friendly, clean café with breakfast available anytime, vegetarian and/or vegan salads made with organic ingredients, and sandwiches. Don't miss the fresh-ground organic coffee with free refills, herbal teas, and fresh fruit smoothies.
16 McGovern Ave., Lancaster, PA 17602
Bakery. Fresh breads made daily with only the finest organically-grown grains in a variety of types, such as fruit nut, multigrain, sun-dried tomato, and olive. Though primarily take-out, they do have a few small tables.
2481 Lincoln Hwy. E., Lancaster, PA 17602
Thai. Lemon Grass Thai Restaurant offers fine dining in Amish country with several vegetarian items. Try the entrée, 'Jack & Sue,' named for a vegetarian couple who inspired the chef; the dish is made up of steamed vegetables & baked grains in a mushroom & herb sauce. Lemon Grass is located in the Cocalico Outlet Center across from the Rockvale Square Shopping Outlets on Route 30.
1521 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601
Natural foods store. Rhubarb's Market is a natural foods store with many vegetarian and vegan items. For a quick lunch, pick up one of their prepared vegetarian sandwiches for take-out.
443 N. Mulberry St., Lancaster, PA 17603
Juice bar/café. Skinny Park Juice is a café and juice bar with fresh juices, smoothies, bagels, soups, salads, and sandwiches. From organic fruit and vegetable juices to all-natural smoothies, anyone can find a delicious and refreshing beverage at a great price. Try the Peanut Butter Express smoothie with banana, cocoa, espresso, maple syrup, and peanut butter. Enjoy a bagel with vegan cream cheese or a kale salad. And if you have a child, he or she can pick from their menu section and get an organic almond butter and banana sandwich. They also feature over 40 flavors of loose tea to drink in-house, take to-go, or purchase in bulk.
2080 Bennett Ave., Lancaster, PA 17601
Indian. Vegetarian entrées are listed separately on Taj Mahal's extensive menu.
52 N. Queen St., Lancaster, PA 17603
Vegetarian/café. The Seed is a worker-owned cooperative, community space, and vegetarian café in downtown Lancaster City. They serve mainly sandwiches, wraps, and paninis with seasonal sides and soups. All dishes on the menu are vegetarian and can be made vegan; all soups, sides, and baked goods are always vegan. They use local and sustainably-sourced foods and beverages and feature a fair trade tea bar. The Seed has a colorful atmosphere with a warm and friendly community feel. They consider themselves to be 'radically inclusive' which is why they are also a community space where various events are held and organizations are welcome to gather. A radical library along with Wi-Fi is available.
319 W. Main St., Lansdale, PA 19446
Vegan/raw foods/organic. Arnold's Way serves vegan raw foods made from organic ingredients. Enjoy Maya's Chili, Gazpacho, or a Mediterranean Wrap. For dessert, try a delicious Banana Whip! Arnold's Way sponsors many events including classes, films, and speakers.
63 Main St., Luzerne, PA 18709
Vegan/raw foods/organic. Offers raw smoothies and main dishes. Smoothies are customizable with unique ingredients like date caramel sauce, maca powder, and cacao nibs, along with staples like berries, greens, and nuts. Try any of the open face sandwiches made with carrot-buckwheat-flax bread, drizzled with cashew cheddar cheesze. They also offer salads, pizza, and spaghetti made of spiralized zucchini. Check their Facebook for featured items.
81 Lancaster Ave., Malvern, PA 19355
Vegan/Chinese. SuTao Café is an all-vegan Chinese restaurant. They have wonderful lunch and dinner buffets offered daily. Or enjoy fine dining with a selection from their extensive menu. All veggie meat and seafood dishes are made with Textured Soy Protein, Seitan, or Konjac. SuTao is located at the corner of Routes 401 and 30 in the Great Valley Shopping Center. Reservations are recommended.
100 Adams Shoppes, Mars, PA 16046
American/bar. Located in a vintage gas station turned restaurant, Double Wide Grill is a barbecue eatery and sports bar. They offer an extensive selection of vegetarian and vegan items, clearly marked on the menu. Enjoy foods like BBQ Pulled Seitan, Caribbean Coconut Tofu, Vegan Chili, or Meatless Stroganoff. At Double Wide, they teach their employees about the many reasons people choose to be vegetarian. Additionally, they have a separate fryer for their deep-fried vegan foods and use a separate elevated section of their grill to prepare vegan wood-grilled foods. Outdoor seating is available.
130 Gallery Dr., McMurray, PA 15317
Natural foods store/café/juice bar. Sunny Bridge is a natural and organic food market with café and juice bar. Try the almond butter & jelly wrap or the Happy Hippy (hummus, red pepper, cucumbers, lettuce, and Vegenaise dressing in a wrap). They also feature an online store and nutrition seminars. Outdoor seating is available. Sunny Bridge is just off Route 19.
5103 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
Thai. At Chalit's, each dish is prepared fresh to order, and they will adjust almost any menu item to make it vegan or to cater to any allergies a customer may have. Their curries are coconut milk based and loaded with flavor and veggies. Some tasty foods to try include Fresh Ginger & Mushrooms or Roasted Cashew & Chilies Spicy Wok. Chalit's is closed on weekdays between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours. Reservations are accepted.
Miracle Mile Plaza, 4100 William Penn Hwy., Monroeville, PA 15146
Mexican/American. See description under Cranberry Township, PA.
4141 Old William Penn Hwy., Monroeville, PA 15146
Vegetarian/Indian. Udipi Café serves authentic South Indian vegetarian cuisine. Their extensive menu includes Dosai, Curries, Pullavs, Uthappa, and Indian Breads. They offer inexpensive and delicious weekday lunch specials. Udipi is near Sri Venkateswara Temple in order to provide easy access for temple visitors. An ATM is available.
3505 Birney Ave., Moosic, PA 18507
Indian. Amber offers many Indian vegetarian appetizers, entrées, and freshly baked breads. Dishes include samosas, baigan bhartha (baked eggplant), mushroom mutter (mushrooms and green peas in a sauce), and dal saag (yellow lentils with cooked spinach).
450 Union Square Dr., New Hope, PA 18938
Vegan/gourmet. Sprig & Vine is an all-vegan restaurant offering fine dining with creative, gourmet cuisine. Some of the tantalizing lunch items include Caraway-Crusted Tempeh Reubens, Spicy Vietnamese Cauliflower Banh Mi, Edamame Falafel Wraps, and Sweet Potato-Black Bean Chili Burritos. For dinner, try Blackened Tofu, Miso-BBQ Eggplant, or Cajun-Crusted Green Tomatoes. At brunch, don't miss the Cornmeal French Toast or Warm Doughnuts. Sprig & Vine is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours. Reservations are accepted.
8 S. 2nd St., Newport, PA 17074
Café/coffeehouse. Espresso Yourself Café is a cozy eatery and coffeehouse with a separate vegetarian and vegan menu. Enjoy gourmet food with organic ingredients that support area farmers. Espresso Yourself offers Wi-Fi, specialty beverages, and daily specials. They frequently feature visual and performing artists and rotating art exhibits. Across the street is an art gallery that showcases local artists and sells unique gifts.
(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Ardmore, Bala Cynwyd, Fort Washington, Malvern, Narbeth, Southampton, West Chester, and Willow Grove.)
229 S. 45th St., Philadelphia, PA 19104
Ethiopian. Ethiopian vegetarian specialties are available at Abyssinia.
1210 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19107
Japanese. Aki Japanese Fusion Restaurant & Sake Bar offers some vegetarian dishes on their menu.
536 W. Clapier St., Philadelphia, PA 19144
Vegan/raw foods. All The Way Live Café serves all-vegan meals: 75% are raw and 25% are cooked foods. Try Soulful Greens, "No Meat" Nutmeat, or Forbidden Black Rice. Make sure to save room for a delicious raw dessert like apple pie or carob cheesecake.
507 S. 6th St., Philadelphia, PA 19147
Vegan/pizzeria. All menu choices at Blackbird Pizzeria are vegan! Pizza toppings include Daiya cheese, seitan sausage & pepperoni, cornmeal crusted portobello, carmelized onions, and fresh oregano. Pizza is available by the pie or slice.
234-236 N. 10th St., Philadelphia, PA 19107
Chinese. Charles Plaza Chinese Restaurant is completely MSG-free and geared towards vegetarians. Though the restaurant serves meat dishes, more than half the menu (including 53 entrees) are vegetarian. The restaurant is smoke-free and health-conscious. Recommended dishes include mock beef & vegetables, vegetarian dumplings, and sweet & sour "spare ribs."
131 S. 13th St., Philadelphia, PA 19107
Vegan/natural foods/bar. Charlie was a sinner is a vegan bar with a full vegan menu. Enjoy creative foods like Saffron Artichokes, Korean-Style Fried Tofu, and Confit Potato Cup & Mushroom. The restaurant/bar is located in Center City. Reservations are accepted.
7814 Castor Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19152
Kosher dairy. Café & Sushi Bar is a quaint bistro featuring a large variety of foods and ethnic dishes. Greek salad, falafel, wraps, mushroom Portobello pasta, and veggie sushi rolls are served at this kosher dairy eatery. Outdoor seating is available. The café is located in the Rhawnhurst area of Philly.
719 S. 4th St., Philadelphia, PA 19147
Natural foods store/café. Essene Market & Café is a large natural foods store and a café. The café offers a wide variety of vegetarian dishes, including soups, salads, Gingered Tofu and Grilled Vegetables, Tempeh Burgers, Sautéed Tofu-Teriyaki Burger, Vegetable Lasagna, and a Macrobiotic Plate.
1515 S. 4th St., Philadelphia, PA 19147
Vegan/coffeehouse. Grindcore House is a laid-back café, a place to sit and relax while enjoying their selection of vegan sandwiches, baked goods, and coffee. They have free soy, almond, and coconut milks to add to your drinks and reasonably-priced food. Additionally, there's an anarchist bookshelf for you to peruse, constant metal music playing, and free Wi-Fi. Grindcore, located in South Philly, has a unique ambiance and is a fun hangout spot.
127 S. 18th St., Philadelphia, PA 19103
214 S. 40th St., Philadelphia, PA 19104
Vegan/fast food. HipCityVeg is a vegan fast food eatery with inexpensive yet delicious fare. Although there are a few tables for dining, the restaurant is mostly for take-out. Enjoy the Ziggy Burger (made with smoked tempeh), Curry Tofu Wrap, or the Classic Veg Burger. The café uses recycled and compostable packaging. HipCityVeg on 18th is located near Rittenhouse Square in Center City. The location on 40th is in University City.
1233 N. 31st St., Philadelphia, PA 19121
Café/coffeehouse/eclectic. Located in Philadelphia's Brewerytown, iMunch Café is a cozy place to grab breakfast, lunch, or a smoothie. Try the Veg Sandwich, loaded with hummus, cucumber, red onion, shaved carrot, oven roasted tomatoes, and sweet pepper relish. For a sweet treat afterwards, enjoy a mango strawberry smoothie!
3401 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104
Mexican/American. See description under Cranberry Township, PA.
18 S. 20th St., Philadelphia, PA 19103
Vegetarian/Middle Eastern/kosher. Known for fresh homemade kosher meals, Mama's Vegetarian is the perfect place to go for low-key dining with big taste. Locals have said that "the falafels are as good as in Israel." Mama's makes two 'Soups of the Day,' each served with delicious homemade pita. They also have a nice selection of fresh fruit nectars, juices, Turkish mint tea, and non-alcoholic malt beverages from Israel. Mama's is located between Market and Chestnut Streets. Cash only.
248 South St., Philadelphia, PA 19147
1115 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19107
Vegetarian/fast food. Maoz is a mostly vegan restaurant. Each meal is served with chips and juice. One of the most highly recommended items on the menu is the falafel. The restaurant originated in Holland and is vegetarian for ethical reasons. Cash only.
218 S. 16th St., Philadelphia, PA 19102
Vegan/international/kosher. MiLah Vegetarian, located in the Center City area of Philadelphia, offers international vegan fare. Most dishes are available without onions or garlic and gluten-free selections are also offered. Try the Caribbean Grilled Seitan, BBQ Tofu and Eggplant, or Cajun Corn and Barley Soup. MiLah is closed between lunch/brunch and dinner so please call ahead for hours. Reservations are recommended for Friday and Saturday evenings.
1732 W. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19145
Vegan/café/eclectic. Walking into Miss Rachel's Pantry, you'll feel as if you've entered into someone's adorable, cozy home - filled to the brim with vegan goodies! Located in South Philly, Miss Rachel's offers an extremely varied vegan menu, as well as customized catering, cooking classes, and farmhouse table dinners on Saturday nights (by reservation only). The restaurant is closed between brunch and dinner on Saturdays, so please call ahead for hours.
1925 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19130
Coffeehouse/café. Mugshots Coffeehouse is a vegan-friendly café and coffeehouse. Try the vegan blueberry coffee crumb cake or the Vegan BLT (made with tempeh strips, soy mayo, lettuce, and tomato on multigrain toast or whole wheat wrap). Their bagels are vegan and they offer Tofutti cream cheese along with mock meats and lots of vegan desserts. Mugshots tries to be as sustainable as possible by supporting organic agriculture and serving only fair and sustainable, organic coffee and tea. Outdoor seating is available.
135 N. 9th St., Philadelphia, PA 19107
Vegan/Chinese/kosher. Any vegetarian who visits the City of Brotherly Love will undoubtedly hear, "Make sure you visit Harmony!" This highly-rated, completely vegan, Chinese restaurant has a very extensive menu. Many delicious soups, appetizers, and countless vegetable, tofu, and mock meat dishes are featured. The service is friendly and the atmosphere is pleasant. Weekends are usually very busy, however, reservations are accepted. New Harmony is located in Chinatown.
6008 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144
Vegetarian/soul food. Located near High Street, the Nile Café offers delicious soul-inspny delicious vegetarian dishes, such as their roast soy duck and wheat gluten pepper steak. The café specializes in sandwiches, wraps, and salads, as well as non-dairy desserts, like sundaes and cheesecake.
1706 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19103
Vegan/natural foods/organic/juice bar. Located in Rittenhouse Square, P.S. & Co. is an all-vegan, gluten-free, and mostly organic café. They promise to serve up food to satisfy any type of appetite, whether you are stopping in for breakfast, lunch, or some sweets. Popular items include the Vegan Quiche and Caesar Salad. All of their juices are organic and cold-pressed. Some items may change seasonally, so be sure to stop in and check for availability. The space is warm with refurbished woods and an open airy feel. They also offer classes and workshops. Outdoor seating is available.
630 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19123
Café/coffeehouse. Stop by Soy Café for an espresso or a full 4-course meal (even though it is only a café)! Start with a bowl of Mushroom Veggie Dumplings accompanied by an Avocado Grapefruit Salad. For your main course, a Grilled Eggplant Wrap with soy cheese and soy mayo will hit the spot. Finish it off with the Elvis Special (toast with peanut butter and bananas). Cash only.
1508 Sansom St., Philadelphia, PA 19102
Vegetarian/Chinese. Enjoy Su Xing House's extensive menu with over 50 items to choose from. Generous portions are served and great lunch specials are offered through the week. They have one of the best miso soups around.
1424 South St., Philadelphia, PA 19146
Vegan/bakery. See description under Bryn Mawr, PA.
10863 Bustleton Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19116
Vegetarian/Indian. A variety of authentic South Indian dishes are served here including samosas, vegetable cutlets, dosas, and vegan curries made with tomato and onion gravies. Vegan items are specified on the menu. Taj-India is located in the Bustleton-Somerton Center.
4550 Mitchell St., Philadelphia, PA 19128
Southwestern. The Adobe Café is a Southwestern bar & grill featuring many vegetarian and vegan menu items. Enjoy dishes like Seitan Tacos, Blackened Tofu Fingers, Santa Fe Black Bean Soup, or a Fire Grilled Veggie Burger. Dine on their outdoor patio in warm weather.
8826 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19136
American. The Dining Car offers some vegetarian meals.
1221 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19107
Vegan/American. Vedge Restaurant offers an elegant dining experience of globally-inspired vegan cuisine. They use locally-sourced ingredients and their menu changes to reflect the seasons. Vedge is from the same husband and wife team of the popular Horizons. Reservations are accepted.
1703 S. 11th St., Philadelphia, PA 19148
Vegan/organic. Vegan Commissary is a neighborhood café offering house made meals, sides, salads, and desserts, which differ from day to day. Some delicious selections include edamame hummus, miso soup, kale salad, wild rice salad, the Commissary burger, crisp polenta, baked ziti, grilled tofu, and roasted cauliflower. Tasty desserts and pastries include Key lime pie, Meyer lemon cheesecake, cinnamon buns, crème brûlée, and chocolate peanut butter cups. This is a small space with an open kitchen that offers table service and an eating bar in the front window. The menu is printed on a chalkboard for easy viewing. They feature an extensive non-alcoholic drink menu. Cash only.
742 South St., Philadelphia, PA 19147
Vegan/Asian/American. Vegan Tree, formerly Loving Hut, is an all-vegan café serving a menu of American and Asian cuisines. Enjoy Lemongrass Tofu, Grilled Seaweed, Happy Pasta, or Lucky Chowmein. Reservations are accepted.
3210 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104
Vegetarian/American/eclectic. Vegetate offers fresh and colorful foods. Their menu features grains, vegetables, and beans and although certain menu items change daily, you can always check out some of their staple dishes. Try their Grilled Vegetable Wrap or Three Vegetable Lasagna. And don't pass up on dessert! Vegetate has a great selection of sweets, including their signature Sweet Potato Cupcake. The eatery is located in Chestnut Square in University City.
225 N. 11th St., Philadelphia, PA 19107
Vegetarian/Chinese. Located near the Philadelphia Police 6th District, Veggie Lovers specializes in all-vegetarian Chinese fare. Enjoy items like Ginger 'Chicken' with Broccoli, Sweet & Sour 'Fish' or 'Pork,' and Crispy Tofu & Dried Bamboo Shoot. Veggie Lovers also has a tea bar.
Manatawny Rd., Pine Forge, PA 19548
Natural foods. Gracie's goal is to provide a place where both vegetarians and non-vegetarians can be comfortable and share a delicious meal. Offerings include Black Bean Chili, Middle Eastern Sampler, Saffron Curry, and Broccoli with Ravioli. The atmosphere has a Southwestern flavor with an outdoor dining terrace.
(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Mt. Lebanon and Shadyside.)
5878 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15217
4885 McKnight Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237
630 Washington Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15228
Middle Eastern/Lebanese. Aladdin's Eatery has three locations in Pittsburgh: Forbes Avenue in Squirrel Hill; Washington Road in Mt. Lebanon; McKnight Road in Ross Township. See description under Cranberry Township, PA.
404 S. Craig St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Middle Eastern. Located in the Oakland section, Ali Baba offers a variety of vegetarian Middle Eastern dishes, including a noteworthy couscous dish.
2339 E. Carson St., Pittsburgh, PA 15203
American/bar. See description under Mars, PA.
7516 Meade St., Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Vegetarian café. The vegetarian café in the East End Food Co-op offers soups, hot entrées, sandwiches, and a salad bar. On weekends, the brunch bar includes tofu scrambler and roasted potatoes. The Co-op itself is not completely vegetarian but has many vegetarian and vegan grocery, frozen, and bulk items as well as organic produce.
735 Copeland St., Lower Level, Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Natural foods. Eden offers locally-sourced and seasonal foods on their mostly vegan and raw menu. The staff is very knowledgeable about vegan diets and diet sensitivities. Don't miss their weekend brunch. Outdoor seating is available. Eden is located in Pittsburgh's Shadyside neighborhood. The restaurant is closed on Saturdays between brunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
5474 Campbells Run Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Vegan/Asian/American. Loving Hut is an international vegan restaurant chain with the slogan, "Be Veg. Go Green. Save the Planet." They offer gourmet vegan cuisine "for those making the noble transition to a plant-based diet." Although the menu varies by location, it typically includes appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts, and special beverages. Both Asian and American meals are served including mock meat and vegetable dishes. Loving Hut was created with a vision that all beings could live in peace, love, and harmony with each other and the planet.
7905 McKnight Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237
370 Atwood St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
220 S. Highland Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Scott Towne Center, 2100 Green Tree Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237
2 Robinson Plaza, Park Manor Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Mexican/American. See description under Cranberry Township, PA.
6736 Reynolds St., Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Vegetarian/coffeehouse/café. Make Your Mark Artspace & Coffeehouse offers a completely vegetarian menu and often has vegan specials and desserts. The atmosphere is relaxed and frequently includes live music and poetry readings.
5107 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Pizza/American/eclectic. Spak Brothers Pizza and More is a pizzeria with many vegan options including vegan cheese and pizza toppings. They are committed to offering sustainable food options, and feature many alternatives to typical meat-based foods. Try their Seitan Cheese 'Steak' or Seitan 'Wings.' Spak is located in Pittsburgh's Garfield neighborhood.
2107 Murray Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Vegetarian/Indian. Though the Sree family owns several establishments in the area, this is the only one that is entirely vegetarian. The menu includes Spinach Tofu, Masala Tofu, Mixed Vegetable Curry, Menthi Carrots, Green Beans with Lentils, Beets with Lentils, Chickpeas, and Potatoes, and a variety of creative chutneys. All are made with vegetable oil, the samosas are sealed with water (not eggs), and the breads are vegan.
7795 McKnight Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Indian. Informal atmosphere serving typical Indian entrées.
86 S. 26th St., Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Vegetarian/eclectic. The Zenith offers a different menu each week. Options often include grape leaves, a Greek platter, Caribbean rice salad, a Scandinavian apple soup, West African groundnut stew, tofu pepper steak, spinach and cashew casserole, and vegan desserts. In addition to the menu, this restaurant features antiques, an art gallery, and a tearoom in an informal setting.
2401 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Vegan/sandwich shop. Vegan ABC is a food booth in the Pittsburgh Public Market that is stocked with many prepared foods to go. Try one of their sandwiches, wraps, or paninis with any of their mock meats (pulled pork, buffalo chicken, and golden chicken). They sell their products packaged and recipe-ready. Be sure to check out their various other products like Kale Chips or Green Tea Sugar Cookies.
(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Clarks Summit and Honesdale.)
344 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18503
Vegan/café. Eden is an all-vegan café in downtown Scranton. Offering sandwiches, salads, soups, desserts, and more, it's a great place to stop for a delicious meatless meal. Eden is in walking distance of the University of Scranton.
206 N. Main St., Shavertown, PA 18708
American. The Brown Barn Café uses fresh, local ingredients on their menu of American cuisine. Their limited dinner menu changes weekly but includes vegetarian/vegan choices. Previous dishes have included Baba Ghanouj and Ginger-Miso Yam Wraps. The Brown Barn is located in, no surprise, a brown barn; they share the space with Ah! Some Chocolates. The café is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours. Reservations are recommended.
772 2nd Street Pike, Southampton, PA 18966
Vegetarian/international. Blue Sage Vegetarian Grille carries a small but delightful menu offering items such as Green Curry Shepherd's Pie, Macadamia Black Bean Cakes, and Crispy Smashed Plantains (all vegan). Blue Sage is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours. Reservations for dinner are recommended.
240 S. Pugh St., Days Inn Hotel, State College, PA 16801
Mexican/American. See description under Cranberry Township, PA.
767 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, PA 19087
Vegan/raw foods/café/juice bar. Raw Can Roll Café is a vegan, raw foods café & smoothie/juice bar. They offer soups, salads, sandwiches, flatbreads, hummus, and more! There's an earthy vibe at the café, which is decorated in the style of the 1950's. Service is friendly and prices can't be beat; check out their daily Blue Plate Specials!
505 E. Gay St., West Chester, PA 19380
Mexican. Senora's Authentic Mexican Cuisine offers great prices and many vegetarian items. Enjoy vegetarian-style tacos, burritos, and nachos. What isn't already vegetarian, can often be prepared so. All of their fried dishes are made with low-fat, cholesterol-free, canola oil.
155 W. Gay St., West Chester, PA 19380
Indian. Open since 1992, this Indian restaurant is located in quaint downtown West Chester and has many vegetarian options.
709 Penn Ave., West Reading, PA 19611
Vegetarian/Chinese. Chen Vegetarian House serves an all-vegetarian menu of Chinese cuisine along with some Thai dishes and has a juice bar. Try entrées like Black Pepper Seitan, Basil Soy Protein, and Mango "Chicken." Don't miss their terrific weekday lunch specials.
701 Penn Ave., West Reading, PA 19611
Café/bakery/organic. Good Eatz Green Café features gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and vegan selections as well as locally-sourced ingredients. Their mostly organic menu includes breakfast items, sandwiches, wraps, pastas, and homemade soups. They have a gluten-free bakery on-site that includes vegan options. Good Eatz features Open Mic Night on Thursdays and live music on Saturday evenings.
2300 E. 3rd St., Williamsport, PA 17701
Natural foods. This establishment offers whole foods cuisine with integrity in a take-out self-serve deli case. You'll find made from scratch soups, organic chef salads, whole wheat pitas, wrap sandwiches, and entrées. Also features made from scratch muffins, cookies and other baked goods as well as organic, fair trade coffee to go.
2862 W. Moreland Rd., Willow Grove, PA 19090
Mexican/American. See description under Cranberry Township, PA.
2070 Springwood Rd., York, PA 17403
Pizza/American. Nittany Pizza serves pizza, subs, and wraps with many vegetarian and vegan choices. They offer vegan cheese to enjoy on your pizza, quesadillas, and sandwiches. Don't miss the very popular BTO (Baked-To-Order) Sandwiches; several vegan selections are available. Nittany is located in the Queensgate Shopping Center.