Cafes and food carts in the city of brotherly love extend the caring to farm animals by making meat- and dairy-free versions of the classic sandwich

A few things are obligatory for visitors to Philadelphia: run up the Art Museum steps, Rocky-style; rap the entire Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme; and eat a Philly cheesesteak. What many do not realise is that Philly is also a centre for vegan dining – so much so that the vegan Philly cheesesteak is now a thing. Yes it sounds like a contradiction, but that hasn’t stopped Philadelphians from taking plant-based versions of this usually meat- and dairy-laden sandwich to heart.

In downtown Philly, Blackbird Pizzeria uses seitan, a wheat gluten, to replace the meat, and dairy-free cheese whiz to recreate the slippery creamy texture. They’re not the only ones playing around with the classic. Round the corner, Govinda’s does a vegan chicken cheesesteak, and if you’re willing to track down Jerry’s Kitchen, a food truck usually parked at 33rd and Arch on the Drexel University campus, you’ll find another seitan variation.

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Source: The Guardian

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