There are many delicious vegetables in the world, but few can stand alone as a main course. Eggplant is the first that comes to mind when thinking about a no-meat option to your meal. We’ve found some of the best options for eggplant lovers to chow down in Philadelphia. Not only is it a healthy option, but eggplant is popular among a variety of cultures. It’s a great way for eggplant lovers to experience the Moroccan, Israeli, American and Italian take on a delicious eggplant dish. We’ve found the best classic and original options, and they are all off the hook!

517 S Leithgow St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 925-5929

Marrakesh is an award winning Moroccan BYOB restaurant found in the heart of Philadelphia. With over 30 years experience, this family-owned establishment offers a true Moroccan atmosphere with vibrantly colored pillows and rugs. Be sure to try the Three-Salad Platter that includes cooked eggplant in tomato sauce, cucumbers and bell peppers in Mediterranean seasoning with oasis carrots and cucumber. It’s a favorite among the Marrakesh patrons.

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World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 222-1400

Not only does World Cafe Live offer excellent live music, but the restaurant offers some pretty delicious fare. Be sure to try their delicious eggplant fries. Not only do they taste good, but they are definitely a healthier option than potato fries. Stay for an intimate night of music and make a full night of it with friends and loved ones. World Cafe Live also offers an excellent happy hour, which may be a great idea for some after work or class option.

237 St James Place
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 625-8800

Zahav specializes in Israeli cuisine and is truly an original dining experience in Philadelphia. Zahav offers many eggplant dishes that are truly delicious. Be sure to try the eggplant garlic with tehina and vegetable harissa. It’s the perfect place to try something new and tasty and is a favorite among the people who call Philadelphia home.

Tre Scalini Ristorante
1915 E Passyunk Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 551-3870

The family-owned BYOB is located in the heart of the thriving East Passyunk neighborhood in Philadelphia. They offer traditional Italian cuisine in a homey setting. Tre Scalini Ristorante has been in existence since 1994 and is headed by chef Franca DiRenzo who creates dishes that can be found in her hometown of the Moise region in the Appennini Mountains of Italy. One dish you can’t pass up is the Rigatoni pasta with roasted eggplant. It is surely a standout dish at Tre Scalini.

1625 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA  19103
(215) 867-8181

The Israeli hummusiya is located in the Rittenhouse neighborhood of Philadelphia. It’s the perfect place to submit to your Mediterranean cravings. Home-baked pitas, hummus and salads can be found on the menu at Dizengoff. The restaurant only seats 25, so get there early to claim a seat. The hummus with eggplant is a must for the ultimate hummusiya experience. Dizengoff is the brainchild of the people behind Zahav and Federal Donuts. With such popular establishments on the list of accomplishments, you know it will be worth a try.

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