gradhospvegan's Reviews


Great Addition to Local Food Scene

entered by gradhospvegan on Feb. 15, 2014

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We tried Vegan Commissary shortly after it opened on a Saturday night. The restaurant is sparely appointed, open and perhaps too well-lit. We talked to the owner for a bit and his vision seems to be to create a reasonably priced place with great vegan food; the sort of place one can rely on as a stalwart for lunch, dinner or brunch. It was our opinion that he has achieved just that.

The food was across-the-board great. We started with edamame hummus, which pairs the hummus with delicious freshly fried wonton wrappers which are coated in this indescribably tasty, salty coating. Not sure what was in the coating but it was fabulous. Other highlights of the mean included a wilted spinach salad which rested on a bed of herby, delicious nut-based cheesy something-or-other and was perfect in presentation and taste. I had the pasta bolognese which was great and dessert was the Myers Lemon Cheesecake which was the best vegan 'cheesecake' I've had to date. All in all it's great to see restaurants like the Vegan Commissary dotting the Philly landscape.

A Standard for Faux Meat Cheesesteak

entered by gradhospvegan on Feb. 08, 2014

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The chicken cheesesteak is as good as everyone says. They use great rolls which are always fresh. (If you're willing to forego whole wheat, the sesame encrusted rolls are reminiscent of Sarcone's...) Most of the menu items (and soups) are solid, although I haven't tried any of the fried stuff. Their desserts and cookies are amazing, although some of those cakes probably aren't exactly health food.

I don't love the atmosphere, is its on a pretty loud and grimy corner, where South meets Broad. But it's truly an institution and does have some of the best soy meat stuff in the city...

Awesome

entered by gradhospvegan on Feb. 08, 2014

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If you're skeptical that vegan pizza can be as tasty as it's meat-and-cheese laden cousin, try Blackbird. Their Haymaker and Balboa pizzas have become staples in our house. I've had the tempeh chili, as well, and it is equally delicious. As people have noted, it's a bit of a hole-in-the-wall but it's not the sort of place one goes for atmosphere. The food is the draw.

This place should be more popular

entered by gradhospvegan on Feb. 06, 2014

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Mi Lah is one of the few vegan places I've found where culinary skill combines with innovation. As much as I love Vedge, I can never get a table there and it is pricey. Mi Lah offers similar quality, with less emphasis placed on presentation (slightly) and a more mundane atmosphere.

But the food is simply awesome. The truffled cauliflower and Tom Yum soups they make are awesome. For appetizers, I love their summer rolls, which come with a very tasty basil dipping sauce. There are too many great entrees to mention, but some of the highlights include the Vietnamese hoagie for lunch and the Brazilian Feiojada with Polenta for dinner.

Vegan foodies will consider this a welcome addition to the stable of Center City restaurants.