Friday, April 8, 2011

Vegan Philly Cheesesteak

My boyfriend, sister and I made a trip up to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania last summer in search of vegan donuts at Vegan Treats bakery. We decided that while we were in the Pennsylvania area, we might as well head over to Philadelphia and see the sites. Before we even got there we lamented over not being able to try a famous Philly Cheesesteak and joked that maybe we'd be able to find a vegan one. Turns out, they do exist! And we happened upon it purely by accident. We were just walking down Walnut Street towards the end of the day and my sister nearly tripped over a folding chalkboard sign that was sitting outside this little cafe/grocery store called Citi Marketplace. Guess what the sign was advertising. Yep, vegan philly cheesesteaks! We promptly went inside and ordered three. They were delicious. We even went back again before we left to grab a couple more. I have no idea what real cheesesteaks taste like, but I do know that the vegan ones were really good. The bread was flaky on the outside and soft in the middle. The "cheese" was perfectly melted. The "steak" was some of the best fake steak I've ever had and I've had my fair share. If you're in the area, Citi Marketplace is definitely worth checking out. Not only for the vegan cheesesteak, but also for the quaint little market vibe and the very friendly employees.

(The photo above was taken of a cheesesteak that my boyfriend brought back after a business trip in Philadelphia (yeah, he's pretty great). This was actually a Veggie Chicken Cheesesteak with soy cheese, Vegenaise, lettuce, tomato, fried onion, salt, pepper, and ketchup. The chicken is good, but if you go, definitely get the regular Veggie Cheesesteak.)

Citi Marketplace
1318 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 545-4085


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