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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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