Update on Best Vegan Cheesesteak in Philly

Posted: February 28, 2014

WITH 18 venues nominated and more than 200 votes cast so far, the first round of the V for Veg Best Vegan Cheesesteak in Philly is buzzing.

Two recent entries to the top five are making their mark as fans (and proprietors!) keep spreading the word. Blackbird Pizzeria is clearly out in front, but that first-place position doesn't look as unassailable as it did at first.

In descending order: Carmen's at Reading Terminal Market, Govinda's Gourmet to Go, HipCityVeg and Hibiscus Juice Bar are also strong contenders.

Other nominees include Taproom on 19th, Vge Cafe, The Abbaye, Monk's Cafe and a tie for last between P.O.P.E. and Palm Tree Market.

Voting in this round continues through March 11, when the top three vote-getters move on to the judged tasting finale.

Remember, venues can vote for themselves. Use email, Twitter and philly.com comments to vote. (See philly.com/veganblog for rules and updated rankings.)

Vance Lehmkuhl is a cartoonist,

writer, musician and 12-year vegan. "V for Veg" chronicles plant-based eating in and around Philadelphia.

VforVeg@phillynews.com or

@V4Veg on Twitter.

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