Restaurant Review – Vedge

Posted on October 11, 2012

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If you follow me on Facebook, you already know that I was in Philadelphia this past weekend and some for the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE). FNCE is the annual Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics gathering for Registered Dietitians.

This year my husband joined me and that was a real treat to have someone which with to explore a new city, especially when when trying out restaurants!

The first one on our list to try was Vedge. We both loved the concept: vegan fine dining. The location was beautiful, the staff beyond friendly and the food…delicious! We spent $47 (before tax and gratuity) for a meal consisting of an appetizer, two entrees and two deserts. We don’t usually order apps or desserts but decided to splurge. The food was light and I didn’t leave feeling stuffed.

When we arrived we were told it would be an hour wait but fortunately a table cleared up unexpectedly and we were seated within 15 minutes. Hooray! The restaurant recommends reservations and I would second that. While waiting I spoke with Kate Jacoby, one of the owners. I didn’t know it when I started asking her questions about the menu but as she spoke I quickly realized who she was.

She was so warm and clearly has a passion for the food she and her husband, Richard Landau, serve. Each dish she spoke about had a story especially the Autumn Squash Pierogies made from her grandmother’s dough recipe. The waiters were also knowledgeable of the menu and it was clear that they had tried every item on the menu. Even though the restaurant was hopping, we didn’t feel rushed and enjoyed a leisurely meal.

We left our camera in the car so here are some cell phone pics of our meal. Sorry…

We wanted to order one of everything!

The Dirt List – this menu changes daily based on the local produce available.

Fingerling Fries in a Creamy Worcestershire Sauce = so good I didn’t want to share with D 🙂

Autumn Squash Pierogies with Chanterelles, Madeira, Hazelnut Picada – I loved the crispiness of the picada mixed with the softness of the squash filling.

Salt Roasted Gold Beets stack with Avocado, Smoked tofu, Rye, Capers & a side of creamy cucumber sauce

Sticky Toffee Pudding with Pumpkin Ice Cream- I didn’t share this one! It was hard to believe the ice cream was vegan. Delicious and tummy friendly

Honey Crisp Apples topped with Smoked Maple Ice Cream & Walnut Streusel – D’s pick and the ice cream was amazing!

If you’re in the Philadelphia area this is a must-try gastronomical delight and not just for vegans. The flavors will please everyone’s palate.

– Kareen, MPH, RD

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