govinda’s gourmet vegetarian – chicken cheesesteak


Sometimes I really miss having meat. More particularly, I miss having burgers and occasionally cheesesteaks. I heard Govinda’s had a popular soy chicken cheesesteak. It wasn’t too far from the office for lunch, so that’s where I went last week.

Govinda’s chicken cheesesteak comes on either a sesame or whole wheat roll, with mozzarella or soy cheese, grilled peppers, olive oil, and hing. The chopped soy chicken is cooked with the peppers on the grill where they top it with the mozzarella. Despite how it looked, it thankfully wasn’t dry. It had some good flavor, but was lacking something. There were so few peppers that it seemed nonexistent in the sandwich. I also believe this sandwich could benefit from a much meltier cheese.


They have a pepper steak amongst many other sandwiches on their menu. Has anyone ever had em?

Govinda’s Gourmet Vegetarian
1408 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
215.985.9303
215.545.5452 (take-out)

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sketch (vegetarian visit)


My housemate has never been to Sketch. We made sure to change that fact this past weekend. Part of me was upset I couldn’t have a burger made from meat, but the other part was looking forward to trying their vegetarian/vegan options that they had to offer.


On the burger side of the menu, the only options (for me) are vegan burger and seitan. The vegan burger is a housemate patty made from several different types of beans and spices. I asked about the seitan and was told that it was like “pulled pork” and could be served as a barbecue sandwich or even a cheesesteak. As soon as she mentioned cheesesteak, I jumped at the opportunity! I’ve been wanting a vegetarian cheesesteak for the past couple days.


The orders were in, mine was a seitan cheesesteak with grilled onions and cheddar and the housemate’s was a vegan burger with cheddar and chipotle sauce. We both went halfsies so I was able to try some of the burger, too. The burger came on the same LeBus bun that their other burgers are served on. It was topped with cheddar, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle sauce. The bean burger was tasty and very hearty. The outside had a slight, pleasant crisp to the outside. The inside had a lot of flavor and wasn’t dry. The seitan cheesesteak outshined the burger though, in my opinion. Firstly, the cheesesteak was served on a fresh roll, a definite plus. I originally had second thoughts about ordering it with the cheddar since I didn’t think it would end up as gooey as American. Sketch, however, served that cheesesteak with hot, gooey cheddar! The onions were delicious. They were grilled long enough that they had some caramelization to it. The seitan was some of the best seitan I’ve had. It was juicy and tasted like it was marinated. I’ve only had one seitan cheesesteak before which was good, but this was definitely superior.


Oh, we also got their belgian fries and an additional order of the green chili cheese fries. Yes, I’m aware it’s a lot of food, but I should mention that one of our friends joined us later to eat 70% of the fries! I won’t judge her.

Check out my last visit to Sketch.

If you’re vegetarian or just feel like abstaining from meat for a meal, Sketch has two excellent options for you!

Sketch
413 East Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
215.634.3466

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walt’s steaks


Since I inspect bridges, I often find myself in areas I don’t know much about. Last week, I happened to be in Clifton Heights, just west of Philly. One of my coworkers told me about this place in the area that was known for their steaks. That place is Walt’s Steaks.


My steak was ordered with whiz and fried onions. The steak was chopped finely and mixed in with the onions and whiz. The roll it was served on was fresh and tasty. Walt’s serves a solid steak. It’s off the beaten path if you’re in Philly, but if you head out west, it’s worth stopping in for a steak.

Also, in case you’re wondering. Their steak isn’t just good for the burbs. This steak is better than some of the ones I’ve had in Philly, like Jim’s.

Walt’s Steaks
329 E. Baltimore Ave
Clifton Heights, PA 19018
610.623.3355

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john’s roast pork – cheesesteak


I enjoy cheesesteaks. My normal order is a steak with whiz and onions, nothing else. John’s Roast Pork does not even offer their steaks with whiz. If you may or may not know, not every place in Philly serves whiz on their steaks and the typical alternatives are American or mild provolone. I’ve had steaks with American and mild provolone and they really haven’t done anything for me.

This South Philly establishment serves up a cheesesteak without whiz that wins me over. They serve a steak on a beautiful seeded roll with onions and sharp provolone. It’s so ridiculously good. I’m even inclined as to say it’s my favorite steak in the city. Unfortunately John’s is only open during the week and they close at 3 pm. If you pass by and they’re open, stop in for a one!

They also make a roast pork sandwich that is supposedly out of this world. I have yet to try it!

John’s Roast Pork
14 Snyder Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148
215.463.1951

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blackbird pizzeria


Located on 6th Street just a block north of South Street is Blackbird Pizzeria. Blackbird serves up vegan pizza, sandwiches, and salads. I’ve been meaning to try this place for a while, but I’m just never in the area. Since I was off last Friday and still vegetarian for Lent, I made it a point to go.


I got to try a lot of food. Slices of seitan pepperoni and bbq “chicken” pizza were ordered in addition to a seitan cheesesteak and a roasted eggplant grinder.


I’ve never had daiya cheese before so I wasn’t sure what kind of flavor to expect. Although not the same as regular cheese, I found nothing wrong with these slices of pizza at all. The pizza was made well and tasted great. The crust was also thin and crisp. Since I ordered slices, they were from the pizzas on the counter. I bet they’re even better when you get em fresh from the oven.

Several people have told me that the yukon pizza is the best. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much choice up front for those ordering slices. I’m definitely going to come back to try the yukon pizza. Anyone down to split it?


seitan cheesesteak

The sandwiches were both served on vegan Baker Street rolls. The eggplant grinder tasted good but the seitan cheesesteak was even better. The seitan was sliced thinly and did a great job resembling a cheesesteak. Daiya cheese, mushrooms, peppers, and onions accompanied the seitan on the roll.

Also, a lot of their desserts are suppled by Bethlehem’s Vegan Treats!


roasted eggplant grinder

I wish I was around this place more often. The food was great and even though Lent is over, I’m definitely looking forward to my next time back.

Blackbird Pizzeria
507 S. 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
215.625.6660

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