Philadelphia Restaurants that are Vegan Friendly

Philadelphia Restaurants that are Vegan Friendly

February 12th, 2016

Written by: Andy Battaglia | Nation’s Restaurant News

“The capital of cheesesteaks and roast pork sandwiches is showing its versatility”

Full Article  here.

In Fishtown, a favorite for breakfast expanded to lunch and then also healthy, hearty dinner offerings with a wide range of inflections and influences that are vegan friendly.
Number of seats: 120
Average per-person check: $20
Popular dishes: Front Street Big Vegan Breakfast: Tofu scramble with smoked black beans, oven fried potato, porridge bread and choice of vegan scrapple or mushroom bacon; barbecue pulled mushroom sandwich with smoked oyster mushrooms, veggie slaw, pickles and vegan brioche bun; Skuna Bay salmon with soba noodles, shiitake dashi, kohlrabi, baby bok choy, nori and miso butter.
What people come for: Organic juice bar, 16 local beers on tap, private event space, outdoor garden
Address: 1253 N. Front St.
Phone number: 215-515-3073

Philadelphia Vegan Friendly Restaurants for Vegans, Vegetarians and everyone.

Top Picks for Brunch Philadelphia

FSC top pick for Best Brunch Philadelphia

Could FSC be one of the Best Brunch Philadelphia ?

Well Uwishunu chose Front Street Cafe (FSC) as one of the top picks for “Where to Brunch in Philly this Winter.”   Full article by Julian Wilson here. And Chose Front Street Cafe as one of the Best Brunch Philadelphia.

It’s no secret that Philadelphia does brunch very, very well thanks to brunch-focused restaurants serving eggs and bacon all week long and fancier establishments that serve meticulously crafted brunch only on the weekends.

During the winter, brunch takes a majorly cozy turn with soul-nurturing egg hashes topped with braised meat, stacked burgers, wood-fired meals and overflowing biscuit sandwiches.

A number of Philly restaurants even up the ante with fireplaces, close-knit seating, open stoves and flickering candles to keep the warmth in for brunchers all around.

Make plans to check out Philly’s great brunch scene this winter.

Those looking for healthy alternatives during brunch should look to Front Street Cafe, a farm-to-table restaurant with everything from warming coffee and fresh juices to the FSC vegan eggs Benedict and quinoa oatmeal porridge.

Eggs Bennie with Vegan Mushroom Bacon Yum!
Eggs Bennie with Vegan Mushroom Bacon Yum!


Full Front Street Cafe menu is here

Phila Style Magazine “Veggie Based Dishes”

Thanks to Michelle Cassidy (Yelp) and Philadelphia Style Magazine for their mention of Front Street Cafe in their recent article “5 Veggie Based Dishes Everyone Will Love”

Full article here.

Michelle Say’s:

“Whether you’re feeling peckish in the morning, noon, or night, Front Street Cafe has your veggie based dishes covered. Start the day with the vegetable hash, though you shouldn’t miss out on their oven fried potato, a deliciously genius twist on traditional breakfast potatoes” 1253 N. Front St., 215-515-3073

Veggie Hash w:poached Egg Best Veggie based Dishes

Check out Front Street Cafe full menu here.

Popular dishes: Front Street Big Vegan Breakfast: Tofu scramble with smoked black beans, oven fried potato, porridge bread and choice of vegan scrapple or mushroom bacon; barbecue pulled mushroom sandwich with smoked oyster mushrooms, veggie slaw, pickles and vegan brioche bun; Skuna Bay salmon with soba noodles, shiitake dashi, kohlrabi, baby bok choy, nori and miso butter.
What people come for: Organic juice bar, 16 local beers on tap, private event space, outdoor garden
Address: 1253 N. Front St.
Phone number: 215-515-3073

Not only is Front Street Cafe great for Veggie Based Dishes but Front Street Cafe is also aunique full service neighborhood Cafe open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. The Cafe offers residents of Fishtown and surrounding neighborhoods a friendly atmosphere and fresh menu featuring farm-to-table, locally sourced and organic New American cuisine with international influences. This unique space houses a coffee shop, fresh juice bar, European beer garden, outdoor terrace with garden seating, indoor & outdoor bars and private upstairs event space.

Front Street Cafe strives to offer the highest quality foods possible and utilizes local plant based farm to table and organic ingredients whenever available.

Make your next event one to remember in one of our private event spaces.  Our second floor can accommodate 60 seated and the outdoor garden space can accommodate up to 80 seated guests or 120 with the bar.  Flexible catering packages available to fit any type of gathering.

Reservations here.

Star newspaper notices the Front Street Flea

Front Street Flea

Wheth­er you’re on the hunt for loc­ally craf­ted jew­elry or ar­tis­an­al soaps and lo­tions, Front Street Flea, hos­ted by Front Street Cafe, 1253 N. Front St., of­fers a wide ar­ray of items pro­duced by makers and en­tre­pren­eurs in the River Wards.

Great original article by Amanda Staller/Star Newspaper is here.

The first of a reg­u­larly sched­uled monthly event took place on Sunday, Jan. 31, pulling in dozens of loc­als in search of hid­den gems.

Front Street Flea Vendors

“This is just a beau­ti­ful of­fer­ing to give the com­munity and the artists of the com­munity a place to show their gor­geous­ness,” said Nicole Barclay, own­er of Front Street Cafe.

With Barclay’s love of the arts and Front Street Cafe’s vi­brant second floor space, the own­er de­cided the Front Street Flea would be a per­fect event for not just vendors, but the sur­round­ing com­munity to be ex­posed to artists and busi­nesses they may have not yet en­countered.

“I’m an artist my­self,” Barclay said. “I just  en­joy cre­at­ing and paint­ing and mak­ing all kinds of stuff. We had this ex­tra second floor space so we figured we would of­fer people in the com­munity a space to of­fer their things too.”

Barclay re­cently began reach­ing out to vendors and word kept spread­ing. The idea of Front Street Flea began to spread among many ar­tis­ans in the River Wards; the event is already booked with vendors for the next six months.

Front Street Flea is set to take place the fourth Sunday of every month at Front Street Cafe from 4 to 8 p.m.

The big vis­ion for Barclay is to move the event out­side, where vendors and pat­rons could take to the cafe’s out­door garden and bar.

“I’m hop­ing that when it warms up, we can double the size of what it is right now and really sup­port the com­munity in that way,” Barclay said.

The first Front Street Flea drew in dozens of neigh­bors, with vendors lin­ing the walls of Front Street Cafe. The Tin Goat, a Fishtown-based com­pany pro­du­cing all nat­ur­al soaps and oils, was one of the many busi­nesses that came out to show their products and sup­port the com­munity.

“This is fant­ast­ic, ac­tu­ally,” said J.R. Raudabaugh, co-own­er of The Tin Goat. “We’ll be back here again next month. This is an awe­some space.

With The Tin Goat up-and-run­ning for just a little over a year now, Raudabaugh is selling his product in sev­en shops in the city. Many of the products pro­duced are made with goat milk, in­clud­ing candles, lo­tion bars and lip balm.

Aside from bath and beauty products, many vendors dis­played hand­craf­ted jew­elry. Monk E. Burn­swell, 49, gave neigh­bors a glimpse at the nov­el jew­elry his busi­ness HM Pyro­tech­nics is pro­du­cing.

“We build ef­fi­gies in the sum­mer­time,” Burn­swell said. “In the win­ter­time, we play with fire an­oth­er way.”

In­stead of full-blown sculp­tures, Burn­swell sold items a little more port­able for those look­ing for their next buy.

“This is cus­tom bling. It’s jew­elry,” Burn­swell said. “I’m selling hand-torched stain­less steel medal­lions.”

If you’re look­ing for something even more off the beaten path than goat milk soaps and hand-torched medal­lions, Hedy Sirico, 46, gave cus­tom­ers a look at her take on ter­rari­ums.

“I design terra-scapes,” Sirico said. “It’s not quite a ter­rari­um be­cause it’s not en­closed so I call them terra-scapes. I like to put ar­chi­tec­tur­al ele­ments in­side of them like bones and little an­im­al skulls. It’s just something dif­fer­ent.”

Neigh­bors young and old came to browse the in­ter­est­ing ar­ray of items, pick­ing up hand-made trinkets as they made their way around the room. Fishtown res­id­ent Liz Palmer, 33, picked up a few items for her­self and dis­covered loc­al busi­nesses that she had not been aware of un­til vis­it­ing Front Street Flea.

“It’s nice to meet people from the busi­nesses around the neigh­bor­hood,” Palmer said. “I wasn’t even aware that some of these places were around here, but this has de­fi­antly en­cour­aged me to try to shop more loc­ally.”

With a huge amount of pos­it­ive feed­back for the first Front Street Flea, Barclay hopes that the event con­tin­ues to grow and that the com­munity and loc­al artists con­tin­ue to be­ne­fit.

“People have been lov­ing it. Even all the vendors are just so grate­ful to be here,” Barclay said. “There’s so much love go­ing on right now in this space and it feels really good.”

Front Street Cafe starts First Friday Art Gallery Openings

Fishtown’s Front Street Cafe starts their First Friday art Gallery openings this Friday February 5th 2016 in the upstairs second floor gallery space.

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This month Front Street Cafe is excited to be showcasing the Artwork of local Fishtown artist Kimberlee Traub on the second floor of the Cafe. Her work is exciting, brilliant and powerful and we are honored to be working with her.


~ Please join us in a show as Kimberlee reflects back on the art she has created in Philadelphia over the past decade. Art on view will include pieces recently shown at various PEX events. Many of the drawings have been inspired by the local Burning Man community. Merchandise such as candles and jewelry featuring her work will be for sale opening night.

see more of her work here:
Recent projects on view here and on Instagram:

Facebook Event here

Front Street Flea at Front Street Cafe on Sunday 1/31/2016

Our new monthly “Front Street Flea” starting this Sunday at Front Street Cafe from 4-8pm, will feature custom hand made jewelry, vintage goods, handmade soaps, sculptures, clothing, accessories and art of all kinds. This month Artisans include Tin Goat, Concrete Polish/Ritual Ritual, Red Pine Shop, Hedy Sirico & Monk E Burnswell, Retro Relics, Nue Organics, Sue White, Jessica Koob, Oracular Design and more! Please come in and check out amazing work form local artists! Running from 4-8pm on the 4th Sunday of every month in 2016. Looking forward to seeing you!

Facebook Event here

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Front Street Cafe helping to revitalize Fishtown

January 20th, 2016

Written By Phillybite Magazine

The Front Street Café, a vibrant new eatery opened last year on the corner of Thompson and Front streets, is the latest on a growing list of restaurants revitalizing the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Drawing inspiration from the unique character of the neighborhood, the creators of the Front Street Café aspire to do more than serve great food. From its inception, the restaurant has been designed to nourish this growing community, satisfying both body and spirit from sun up to lights out.

Long-time Fishtown resident Nicole Barclay, was driven by a strong sense of place and purpose to create a restaurant built around fresh, sustainable ingredients, with ample choices for people who have dietary preferences for health or lifestyle reasons.

A juice bar and coffee shop will open early to serve morning commuters, offering freshly made juices, smoothies, coffee from Counter Culture Coffee, as well as grab- and-go breakfasts and lunches, just one block away from Girard Station.

Casual brunch service will begin early and run through mid-afternoon seven days a week, with a menu offering sandwiches, salads, burgers … and breakfast tacos with more than 18 topping choices, including heirloom tomatoes, organic baby kale, mushroom bacon, avocado and nacho cashew cheese. All of the ingredients down to the condiments are made in-house or sourced organically and sustainably. Free WiFi is offered in a comfortable second-floor community space overlooking the El, while a backyard garden retreat has table seating for 80.

A full bar will serve creative cocktails made with freshly squeezed juices and local ingredients, an array of craft beers drawing from both local and west-coast breweries, and a selection of organic and biodynamic wines designed to match the menu and pair well with artisanal cheese selections sourced from creameries across the U.S.

The dinner menu puts a fresh spin on comfort food, including:

  • Wild Rice Collard Dolmas: with citrus hemp dressing.
  • Avocado Citrus Salad: Organic baby kale, avocado, mango, radish greens, hemp, pumpkin seeds, citrus jalapeno dressing
  • Mediterranean Tofu: Pan-seared fennel, sage, chili-rubbed tofu, wilted garlic kale, fresh tomato marinara, salt-cured olives and crispy capers
  • Heirloom Tomato Zucchini Lasagna: Thinly sliced zucchini, Macadamia ricotta, basil-arugula pesto, sundried tomato, olive oil
  • Organic Rotisserie Half Chicken: Orange-brined chicken, roasted baby potatoes, stewed collard greens, chicken jus, house-made biscuits

“We really want to have a neighborhood café where people can eat many times a week, and instead of weighing them down, it actually makes them healthier,” Nicole said.


The space Front Street Café will occupy is one of the few 19th-century brick buildings to survive along the Front Street train corridor. During design and construction, building owner and builder Lee Larkin retained all of the original architectural details, including an intricate 3rd story tin cornice and Schuylkill Pine hardwood floors. Almost all of the additional building components where sourced and reclaimed from old Philadelphia buildings. Steps were built from joists taken from a home being demolished at Temple University, while wooden beams for the outside bar came from a warehouse at 25th and Oxford. A display cabinet on the second floor pays homage to the history of Fishtown and the Riverwards by showcasing hundreds of pre-Civil War artifacts that were discovered under the property during construction.

“Everything in this place has a story to tell,” Lee said. “And the story of this restaurant is tied to the story of this neighborhood – refreshed, revitalized and bursting with energy.”

Full article here.


Front Street Cafe “What the Neighborhood Needed”

Original Article by the Inquirer’s Michael Klein, article here

As Fishtown’s development progressed, moving west into Kensington, Lee Larkin and Nicole Barclay were watching.

He owned a grand, 19th-century building on the southeast corner of Front and Thompson Streets, a block north of the Girard Street El stop. And as the influx of new residents reached a critical mass, they began developing what they imagined to be “what the neighborhood needed”:

A cafe serving organics and sustainably raised foods, catering both to omnivores as well as to vegetarians and the lactose-intolerant and gluten-free crowds. And while the mission of Front Street Cafe is clear and respectable, it appears they have avoided much of the preachiness that has a way of turning off mainstream audiences.

Front Street Cafe (1253 N. Front St., 215-515-3073) opened in stages this fall, and now that dinner service has been added, it’s gotten around to marking its grand opening.

This roomy spot has it all: a coffee/pastry counter opening at 6 a.m. weekdays (7 a.m. weekends) for locals who need a cup and even a quiet table, breakfast starting at 8 a.m., lunch and dinner that is served on two floors, a moderately hopping bar that is open past midnight six days a week, a patio/garden set out back in the nicer weather – and for no additional charge, the rhythmic chug-chug of the El as it rumbles past at the building’s roof line.

Larkin says they’re experimenting with live music upstairs one or two nights a week.

About 90 percent of the building materials were reclaimed, recycled, or repurposed: the Schuylkill pine floors and third-story cornice remain, old wooden doors cover the bottom of the bar, benches from the bar come from a shuttered restaurant, steps were built from joists taken from a home being demolished at Temple University, tin was cut and pieced together to create a ceiling, reclaimed brick was used on exterior walls. The irrigation system was set up to funnel rainwater to the plantings.

Chef Andrew Petruzelli, who helped write the menu, is general manager.

About 85 percent of the menu – executed by chef Chris Rubinstein – is vegan/plant-based, and produce is purchased from the local distributor Riverwards Produce. Organic chicken, free-range grass-fed beef, and sustainably harvested seafood are offered.

Two lunch recommendations: the vegan burger (a mildly seasoned quinoa base, studded with mushrooms) and the buttermilk fried chicken sandwich (with mustard maple aioli, pickles, applewood bacon, butter lettuce, and tomato jam on a toasted brioche bun), served with a Hasselback-style, spiral-cut oven-fried potato that’s a conversation-starter in itself.

Original Article by the Inquirer’s Michael Klein, article here

Best Place to eat in Fishtown

Foobooz “Field Guide: The Best Place to Eat and Drink in Fishtown and Kensington”

The Best Place to Eat and Drink in Fishtown

Front Street Cafe was recently included in the Foobooz “Field Guide: The Best Place to Eat and Drink in Fishtown and Kensington”  Original Article by Arthur Etchells here.

We hope you’re hungry, and thirsty Photo by | Jeff Fusco
We hope you’re hungry, and thirsty Photo by | Jeff Fusco


Our field guide takes you on an eating and drinking tour of the rest of the best on the food mecca that is the Frankford Avenue — a full day’s worth of delicious debauchery.

For Breakfast (The Best Place to Eat and Drink in Fishtown)

The recently opened Front Street Cafe represents one of Philadelphia’s best new trends, the all-day cafe. In the morning the vegan-friendly cafe offers quinoa porridge, breakfast tacos of the vegan or sausage variety, and an interesting take on shrimp and grits. And since the cafe has a liquor license, a Bloody Mary or Maria (with tequila) is a must.
An eater’s tip: In nice weather, the enclosed outdoor garden and bar is the place to dine.

The Best Place to Eat and Drink in Fishtown

Full Front Street Cafe Menu Here