Blackbird Pizzeria

Location:

Blackbird Pizzeria

507 S. 6th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19147 

Blackbirdpizzeria.com

Atmosphere:  This place is casual, laid back, and the perfect place to chill and stuff your face with amazing vegan food.  Not just any vegan food, the BEST vegan food there is.  Blackbird Pizzeria is Philly’s first vegan pizzeria, and was voted to have 2 of the top vegan pizzas in the country! (Who voted and how do I get that job?!)

Anyway, I visited this place awhile ago, but if you ever find yourself in Philly, give this place a try. Their menu keeps getting better and more creative, and I can’t wait to try more.

Food:

I have to be honest, I almost died of excitement as I waited in line to order.  I had never been to a restaurant with so many vegan options before (in fact, they’re all vegan), and wanted to try absolutely everything. 

I ordered a slice of “The Haymaker” and a cheesesteak (Philly is home of the traditional cheesesteak so I was very curious to try a plantbased version).

  
Th Haymaker is a little piece of seitan sausage – red onion – garlic butter – Daiya cheese – tomato sauce – filled heaven.  The crust was thin and perfectly crispy. The zesty sausage was unbelievably delicious paired with the creamy Daiya, fresh onions and tomatoes, and garlic.  I usually like adding seasoning to my pizza, but this was perfect as is. An entire pie is $12 (I’d pay way more).

The Seitan Cheesesteak ($9.00) was awesome!  This baby features perfectly textured, rosemary flavored seitan, smothered in vegan cheese whiz, grilled peppers and onions, house made ketchup on a fresh, chewy roll. They hit this one out of the park! 

  
I also had a bite of my friend’s Cubano sandwich ($8.50). Unfortunately, I didn’t get a pic of it, but it had smoked tofu, seitan pepperoni, coconut bacon, onions, Daiya, and grain mustard aioli.  At this point, I was pretty full, but I wanted to order about 20 of these to go. All of the ingredients were fresh and flavorful, but the aioli, oh that fabulous- make-my-eyes-water-it’s-so-good grain mustard aioli, made this one of the best sandwiches I have ever eaten.  My friend said the same thing, and she happens to be a carnivore. 

Dig it or Ditch it?

Well I couldn’t hide my love for this place.  It’s a definite DIG IT!  Like Hampton Roads, Philly has a lot of great vegan food, and I can’t wait to go back!  Please visit Blackbird Pizzeria, it will change your life and inspire you to find and/or cook masterpieces of your own! 

P.S.  I ordered an entire Haymaker pie, and ate it on my drive back home to Virginia Beach. #iregretnothing

Cogan’s Pizza North

Location:

Cogan’s Pizza North

4311 Colley Ave.

Norfolk, Virginia  23508

Coganspizza.com

Atmosphere:

Upon entering this establishment, I was instantly thrown back to my days of taking shots of tequila in my dorm room and then stumbling to class in flops and an XXXXL t-shirt.

It was the perfect day to eat outside, so we asked to sit on the roof deck. Yup. I was right. College kids! College kids equipped with sunglasses and flannel! But that’s not all, there were little hipster toddlers and somebody even had their gigantic dog. Is that even allowed?  (No, it wasn’t a service dog).

Food:

At first, I thought my eyes were playing an evil trick. I saw vegan chiken or beef Philly subs on the menu!!!  Since I’m originally from Jersey, and have had more than a few Philly cheesesteaks in my pre-vegan and pre-vegetarian days, this was music to my little herbivore ears.  They also had vegan garlic knots, BBQ chiken pizza, and a veggie pizza made with Daiya.

Holy $!&@/!!!

After about 10 minutes of fierce battles in my head over what to order, I finally decided on the chiken philly sub for $8.99 (pictured above). Best decision I’ve made in a long time! The bread… Oh my Jesus, the bread! So soft and fresh, I nearly cried! The chiken had a nice, true-to-the-real-thing texture, and had a slight hint of garlic and white wine flavor. The sautéed peppers and onions gave the sandwich the right amount of “fill” (I don’t want any half-filled, wimpy, insult to my tastebuds, sandwiches). The only thing I did to it was add a little salt and pepper, and this thing was damn near perfect, if you ask me!

DIG IT or DITCH IT?

DIG IT! This one is a vegan treasure for sure! I’ll definitely return to this place to relive my college days of drinking and eating pizza like there’s no tomorrow.  The “beef” Philly sub is next on my hit list! Go, you won’t be sorry!