Monday, July 5, 2010

Guide to Gluten Free, Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Philadelphia

For those in the Philadelphia area on the fourth of July, here's a guide to gluten free, vegan and vegetarian restaurants:

Dining is big business in Philadelphia, with visitors spending $1.3 billion on food and beverage in 2009, according to Tourism Economics. Those in search of healthy choices will be thrilled with the region's vast and ever-evolving dining scene. From upscale white tablecloth with inventive vegetable creations to raw foods and gluten-free dishes, Philly's veg-friendly scene offers possibilities a-plenty. Here are some spots worth checking out:


Destination Dining: -- Vegetable lovers flock to Bucks County, where Mike Jackson's Blue Sage Vegetarian Grille turns out creative, big-portioned vegetarian food (no meat substitutes) in a cozy, romantic atmosphere. 772 2nd Street Pike, Southampton, (215) 942-8888, bluesagegrille.com -- Horizons, a half block from South Street, is the city's highest-rated vegan restaurant with a sumptuous dining room and outdoor seating. Menu highlights include portobello carpaccio, hearts of palm cakes and saffron creme brulee. Even the wine and beer are vegan. 611 S. 7th Street, (215) 923-6117, horizonsphiladelphia.com -- Weekend brunch draws vegans from all over the city to Mi Lah Vegetarian, home to a completely vegan menu featuring favorites like beer-battered seitan and waffles (made with a local brew), tofu benedict and oversized pancakes with blueberry soy butter. Their eclectic dinner menu features tofu, seitan and inventive vegetable dishes. 218 S. 18th Street, (215) 732-8888, milahvegetarian.com



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