May 22, 2015
So what's a foodie in Philly to do when meat and dairy aren’t part of their diet? Don’t fret, the City of Brotherly Love wouldn’t allow leave to go ‘witout.’
Here is a handful of the most sought-after spots serving vegan versions of Philly's classic sandwich. Take a culinary food tour and find your favorite. But be warned, there's a strong sense of rivalry about who's the best.
The restaurant off of South Street won first place in the inaugural Philly best vegan cheesesteak contest last year, dominating over23 Philly-area eateries with its seitansandwich smothered in dairy-free cheese whiz served on a roll baked in house.
Royal Tavern's vegan cheesesteak (Royal Tavern)
The restaurant stole the coveted first-place spot and bragging rights in this year's V for Veg contest, hosted by the Philadelphia Daily News with its vegan cheesesteak made with seitan, smothered mushrooms, fried onions and dairy-free mozzarella cheese.
Vegan Chicken Cheesesteaks with Soy Cheese.(Govinda's/Yelp)
Govinda'svegan cheesesteak might not have a trophy, but according to Buzzfeed, it's one of the 11 sandwiches you need to eat in Philly -- and this isn't even a vegan list, people. So that's saying something.
Usually parked near Drexel University at 33rd and Arch streets
Vegan cheesesteak made with seitan steak. (Jerry's Kitchen/Yelp.)
Here's a riddle: What has five wheels and makes a killer faux cheesesteak? Jerry's Kitchen, a food truck can usually be found on the campus of Drexel University at 33rd and Arch streets. Because you're probably wondering, the steering wheel counts as a wheel, too.
Jerry's serves carnivores and vegetarians alike, but this sandwich promises to impress even the most meat-lovin' foodies. Just look at that photo!
Two Locations: Rittenhouse - 127 S. 18th Street; University City - 214 S. 40th Street
Nothing says power lunch quite like a Philly 'steak' loaded with grilled onions and mushrooms and topped with lettuce and tomato and paired with a side of sweet potato fries with a cilantro black bean dipping sauce.
To make it even better, the city-centered spot has two locations and it delivers.