Vedge Restaurant, Philadelphia

 

Last week, I shared a photo recap of my weekend trip to Philadelphia with my sisters. We had the most perfect weekend, eating our way through the city (our favorite way to travel), going on long river walks, and getting a little taste of springtime in Philly!

So, I told you guys I had to write a separate post recapping our dinner at Vedge, an award winning vegan restaurant smack dab in the heart of Philly. Because, believe me when I say, it was one of the BEST vegan meals I’ve ever had (totally up there with Plant and Millennium).

Now there’s something you should know— it can be pretty tricky getting a reservation at Vedge. My sister and I called 2 months before I was visiting (yep, 2 months) and they were already fully booked for the weekend. I suggest going during the week, but still making reservations OR getting there 30 minutes before they open and snagging one of their clutch high top tables that they don’t use for reservations. That’s what we did and it worked out perfectly, even on a Saturday night. Other people had the same idea as us, so most of the high tops were filled before 5:00, when the restaurant opened. Aka get there at 4:30!

 

Vedge, Philadelphia {vegan travel} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

 

As soon as we walked into Vedge, we knew we were in for something special. The restaurant is simple, elegant, and sheik, and the service is impeccable! Before even trying their food, we knew this restaurant was a cut above most other vegan restaurants just from their service alone.

Our table was right near the “open kitchen” where the chefs cooked all our food, so it was really fun watching them work their magic. Ok… now let’s talk FOOD!

PS Sorry in advance for the quality of the photos… I’m sure you know what restaurant lighting is like.

 

Vedge, Philadelphia {vegan travel} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

 

Of course we started off with cocktails 🙂 I ordered the Baby Boomerang, which was made with blood orange, black tea, rosemary, and curaçao— not too sweet and super refreshing. I swear I could have sipped one of these all day!

Vedge features a variety of appetizers and small plates, which are best shared amongst the table (then you get to try a little bit of everything!). They suggested ordering 3 small plates per person, which would have been 9 dishes for us 3 girls, but we ended up only ordering 5 and were totally satisfied. Their small plates are certainly not so small!

 

Vedge, Philadelphia {vegan travel} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

 

As we were waiting for our dishes to come out, our waitress brought us this “shot” of celery root and leek soup to start off the meal. It sounded intriguing just hearing the name of the soup, and as soon as we took our first sip we were blown away by the flavor! It was smooth and creamy and  comforting— almost like chicken soup— but, obviously, vegan. We were basically licking our glasses clean it was so good!

After that start, we knew we had a LOT to look forward to in the next hour.

 

Vedge, Philadelphia {vegan travel} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

 

For our first small plate, we chose the Rutabaga Fondue with Soft Pretzel, Pickled Vegetables, and Charred Onion. I know what you’re thinking, rutabaga fondue?!? You guys. This was freakin’ incredible! The fondue was rich and creamy, with an almost cheesy taste, but not like super cheesy (because I’m not a big cheese person). Paired with that warm, fresh-from-the-oven soft pretzel bread to slop up every ounce of that dip— ohhh I was in vegan heaven! The pickled vegetables and charred onion were also a nice touch for the dish and added a beautiful freshness and pop of flavor.

 

Vedge, Philadelphia {vegan travel} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

 

Ok, next up were these Shaved and Grilled Brussels Sprouts with Smoked Grain Mustard Dressing and Crispy Fingerling Potatoes with Creamy Worcestershire Sauce. Although the brussels sprouts were delicious, especially with that smoked grain mustard dressing, they were probably the least exciting thing we ate all night. They tasted fantastic, but they were something I probably could have made at home, so I would go for a different, more unique dish next time.

The fingerling potatoes, however, were out of this world! Tender on the inside, yet crispy on the outside, and loaded up with the most flavorful, creamy Worcestershire sauce— by the end of the meal, we were all fighting for the last potato, we loved them so much! I would definitely order these again— maybe even two orders!

 

Vedge, Philadelphia {vegan travel} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

 

Ok, so I have to start with a disclaimer on this dish: please ignore the phallic vibes on this plate. My sisters and I were dying when we looked at my pictures from this meal— but there was just NO good way to photograph this dish without it looking like… well… you know 😉

Ok, moving on.

Our next lovely dish pictured above is the Wood Roasted Carrot with Pumpernickel Toast, Sauerkraut, Carrot Mustard, and Carrot Kimchi. Right?!? Doesn’t that sound phenomenal?!? Believe me… it was. The carrot had that perfect meaty texture and tasted like it came straight off the grill (or I guess the oven!). It was perfect dipped in the carrot mustard, with a bite of pumpernickel toast and sauerkraut to finish it off. I don’t have a ton of experience with kimchi, but I am a huge fan now after trying this carrot kimchi! Tangy, spicy, and so, so fresh!

 

Vedge, Philadelphia {vegan travel} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

 

Our last dish of the evening was this Stuffed Avocado with Romesco, Pickled Cauliflower “Fried Rice”, and Black Salt. How could you go wrong with a dish like this?!? Every bite was packed with creamy avocado, tangy and bright pickled cauliflower, and a rustic, savory roasted red pepper sauce (I think that’s what it was). Again, we were almost licking the plate by the end because these flavors were almost addicting! This was a great way to end our meal because those healthy fats filled us up and we felt totally satisfied calling it a night (even though there were a million more things we wanted to try on the menu).

 

So if you live in Philly, or happen to visit there in the near future, DEFINITELY stop at Vedge for one of the best plant-based meals of your life! So many friends and family had hyped this place up for me before we finally got the chance to go, and I totally understand why now. It’s definitely a cut above most vegan/ vegetarian restaurants I’ve been to and I already can’t wait to go back!

If you’re looking for more plant-based restaurant reviews and ideas, check out my TRAVEL tab above for lots of cities and delicious eats!

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pumpkinandpb

Hi, I’m Liz and this is my food blog where I share my love of healthy foods and whole ingredients. You will find mostly vegetarian dishes, plenty of sweets, and lots of love from this little kitchen in Durham, North Carolina!

15 Comments

  1. Okay, that rutabaga fondue sounds INCREDIBLE. Plus pretzel bread?! Ahhh all this food looks SO good!!! Sounds like one seriously awesome restaurant!

    • Right?!? It was so unique and every dish surprised us with the amazing flavor! So so good!

  2. Your review left me drooling! I love your word choices.
    The dishes all look so yummy! Especially the stuffed avocado, those potatoes, and that pretzel bread! Oh my gosh that wood carrot dish…. too funny, especially the name. Was that on purpose? 😉
    Your review makes me want to book a ticket to Philadelphia to eat at Vedge! Have you read their cookbook?

  3. Wow! I wanna book a plane ticket right now! Everything there sounds AMAZING! And the carrot picture/description 😂 thanks for giving me a Monday morning laugh! Hah!

    • hahah yeahhhh there was no way around that one 😉 If you ever find yourself in Philly, it’s totally worth it!

    • hahah right?!? It was SO SO good! You definitely have to go here— especially because you live in Philly, right??

  4. These photos are making me so hungry!! ; ) I went to Philly for a short bit earlier this year but did not come here! I think I need to take a trip back and eat here for sure. I love small plates restaurants because then you can taste a bit of everything!

    • Definitely need to make a trip back! Totally worth it 😉

    • Right?!? I’m still dreaming of that meal 🙂

  5. This place sounds SO GOOD. I’m dying to try carrot kimchi, totally calling to my Asian roots hehe. The whole meal sounds incredible!!!

    • You would LOVE it!! The carrot kimchi was fantastic— so many unique dishes there, I already can’t wait to go back!

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