I finally made it over to the Memphis Taproom, arguably Philadelphia's most vegan-friendly gastro pub. Atmosphere: gregarious. Service: super friendly. Beer and wine lists: extensive. And the menu featured plenty of vegan, veg- and veg-possible options. I opted for the BBQ sandwich. The fries were sublime, but to be honest, I've had better BBQ seitan. Although tasty, the BBQ sauce was timid and somewhat watery, and the seitan's texture was one step away from synthetic.
Hold the sauce, and the deep-fried pickles are vegan
The deep-fried pickles were a nice surprise: puckery dills blanketed with a good-n-greasy, perfectly crisped batter.
The onion rings were tasty and, as you can see, plentiful.
Best of all, they offered a vegan dessert option...gasp!...other than sorbet or liqueur. They titled this super-sized confection "Vegan Chocolate Cake," but with its decadent damp, mustiness, it was more akin to "Devil's Food Cake." A hellishly tasty finish to a fun night in "Port Fishington" [In case you didn't figure it out, that's the intersection of Port Richmond, Fishtown and Kensington. Really, these ever-expanding neighborhood nicknames are getting a bit tiresome].