Philadelphia carnivores can find hundreds of restaurants that serve indescribably delicious burgers, but when it comes to the perfect veggie patty, only a few chefs can equal their mouthwatering meaty counterparts. Where’s the beef? Not in these succulent burgers. For the best of the best in meatless patties, place your order at one of these veggie burger bistros.
15 S. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
For simple, fresh flavors and a friendly, relaxing atmosphere, FarmiCia is the place to go. This BYOB features a veggie burger with locally grown, organic ingredients served on an artisan roll. Topped with Amish cheddar and all the fixings, take one bite and you’ll swear you’re in paradise. It’s served with fries or salad – take your pick.
Honey’s Sit ‘N Eat
2101 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
It’s like eating at grandma’s house. The home-style cooking at Honey’s is familiar, flavorful and memorable. Known for its bountiful breakfasts and savory soups, Honey’s also has a rockin’ veggie burger. It’s homemade, of course, and is served with red onion, lettuce and tomato on a brioche bun. Coleslaw and a pickle come with your order, and unbelievably, ask for free seconds of the eatery’s homemade sides, and it’s yours for the eating.
Lacroix At The Rittenhouse
210 W. Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Sitting at an elegant table overlooking Rittenhouse Square can only add to the flavor of Lacroix’s already exquisite vegan burgers. Executive Chef Jon Cichon has created a scrumptious chickpea veggie burger with a twist. Organic greens and a cucumber tzatziki sauce act as tasty toppings to spice up this tantalizing dish. For clueless carnivores, tzatziki is a cool, creamy sauce made with Greek yogurt and fresh, grated cucumber.
264 S. 16th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Monk’s Cafe calls itself “the soul of Belgium in the heart of Philadelphia.” With more than 200 types of ale, primarily Belgium, and a menu that includes frites and Flemish grilled scallops, Philly patrons whole-heartedly attest to that claim. While you’re belting down a bottle of Orval or Kasteel Brown, chow down on Monk’s Vegan Burger, a herbivore’s $12 slice of heaven. Topped with caramelized leeks and bleu cheese, this is just one of five delicious vegan burgers on the menu. You can also choose such toppings as boursin and sprouts, truffle cheese and shitake mushrooms, sauteed broccoli rabe and cheddar or goat cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion. Yummy!
White Dog Cafe
3420 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
This one-of-a-kind Philadelphia eatery is such a hit that its owners have written a cookbook bearing the restaurant’s name. Only farm-fresh, environmentally sustainable foods are served at this popular cafe. You won’t find food like this anywhere. The veggie burger is created with a marvelous medley of smoked tomato relish, mornay sauce, long hot peppers, mixed greens and a sunny side up egg. Pure ambrosia!
Susan DeFeo has been a professional writer since 1997. She served as a community events columnist for New Jersey’s “Cape May County Herald” for more than a decade. A writer for numerous online publications, Susan has covered health, fitness, beauty and travel, all subjects that are near and dear to her as a married mother of seven children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.