Further afield, in Montco, is Pottstown's iCreate Cafe (130 King St., 484-312-0404), which comes recommended by Chris Reinke. "The menu is almost all vegan and items that aren't can be made vegan," he noted, adding that the baked falafel is a fave.
Continuing clockwise, both Norristown and Chalfont have an Aman's ( Aman's Authentic Indian Cuisine, 2680 Dekalb Pike, Norristown, 610-277-5565; Aman's Indian Bistro, 3326 Limekiln Pike, Chalfont, 215-997-6555). Neither is a vegan restaurant, but Rachel Bleefeld has found "lots of options," adding that the manager at Chalfont was "super helpful with ordering." She especially likes the Tadka Daal.
In Hatboro, Lisa Harris El Mouaquite wanted to be sure that the Mediterranean-themed Kasbah Cafe was included in our veg roundup. She offered that it's "my husband's place," adding that both husband, Karim, and his chef, Zach Ftouh, are "from Casablanca."
Intriguing. Did they come here for the waters? I neglected to ask, but did learn that Kasbah's vegetarian tagine is vegan - seasonal vegetables and "a great combo of spices" - plus homemade falafel, babaghanoush, lentil-&-yellow pea soup and iced hibiscus tea.
As for Southamption, several people spoke up for Blue Sage Vegetarian Grille (772 2nd Street Pike, 215-942-8888), which has served the area for many years with a vast selection of vegan or veganizable dishes. The first speaker-upper was Dr. Fred Birnbaum, who summed up the enduring appeal of Blue Sage in six words: "Eclectic menu, great soups, falafel, desserts."
Over in Newtown is Green Straw Smoothies (243 N. Sycamore St., 267-685-0539), which Charlie Minanno calls "the best smoothies I have ever had. The mango tree is one of my favorites, because it's tropical sweet but still green."
Minanno is an organizer of the Bux-Mont Vegan Society, a local meetup group that goes to various veg restaurants in the area. He said he's "very health conscious, so I love the fact that Green Straw offers fresh juices and wheatgrass shots."
In South Jersey, Dawn Carlock keeps track of vegan happenings, and recently posted on Vegan Fazool ( veganfazool.blogspot.com) with the latest. She gives shout-outs to the Tofu in Crunchy Lettuce Wraps and the Sauteed Five Spice Tofu with Chive Blossoms at the Cherry Hill Sang Kee Noodle House (1601 Kings Hwy. N., 856-310-2388), as well as the nearby Han Dynasty (404 Rte. 70, 856-428-0088), with "several entrees that can be ordered with tofu as the protein," and where the Spicy Crispy Cucumber and Cold Noodles (with Sesame or Chili Oil) is a favorite appetizer.
And in Collingswood, The Pop Shop (729 Haddon Ave., 856-869-0111) is "a family friendly modern diner with a 50's style soda counter and tons of ice cream (including vegan ice cream!)," says Carlock. She added: "Best vegan pancakes *ever!* Their 'Vegan Bettys' are soft, fluffy, redolent with vanilla and served with powdered sugar. Pop Shop also has a great vegan cheesesteak!"
That's all the mileage we can squeeze into our summer suburbs column, so get out, get some sun and try some of these, but keep your eye out for any others we should know about!
V for VeggieFest: Two of the suburban places from our spring column, Malvern's Su Tao and Devon's Raw Can Roll, will be exhibiting at CARE VeggieFest on Sat. Aug. 10 from 12-4 in West Chester. Info: ChesterCountyCare.com.
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