the abbaye


It’s been almost a year since I’ve visited The Abbaye. I had a great time last year when I went even though it was just for a drink or two. There is no good excuse for why I haven’t been in so long and after last night’s dinner, I will not forget about this place again.

One of the reasons I chose to come here last night, besides the fact that it’s been too long, was that they have some great vegetarian/vegan food options. Some of my friends have raved about their vegan wings in particular. That being said, vegan wings were ordered for our appetizer (pictured above). They were delicious. The Abbaye makes these in house! The wings were full of flavor and had a crisp outside, a texture almost dead on with fried chicken skin. These were some of, if not the best, faux meat experiences I’ve ever had! After Lent is over, I’m still going to order these…they’re THAT good.


seitan cheesesteak

In addition to the wings, I ordered the seitan cheesesteak. I’ve had other sandwiches made with seitan before and enjoyed them, however, this was the first time I’ve had a vegetarian cheesesteak. The cheesesteak is served on a roll with melted gruyere, grilled onions, grilled tomato, and a roasted garlic aioli. I haven’t had other veg cheesesteaks to compare but this was delicious as well. The chopped up pieces of seitan were tasty and not dry at all. The cheesesteak came with a pickle, frites, and a dipping sauce.

The menu is pretty huge. Even though I could easily eliminate the meat options, I still read through everything and started to wonder how some of the stuff would taste once Lent is over (ex. Abbaye Burger, Smokey Chimay Wings). I NEED to come back to try those. Seriously had an awesome time last night. I’d like to apologize to my stomach for ignoring this fantastic place in NoLibs for almost a year. Hope to be back soon!

Also, I got to try one of their pâtés at this year’s Brewer’s Plate and it was great! Looking forward to trying the non-vegetarian ones!

The Abbaye
637 N 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
215.627.6711

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sonny’s famous steaks


In the past, every time I’d be out in Old City and had the craving for a cheesesteak, I’d end up going to Campo’s for one. I’d debate going to Sonny’s but always went over to Campo’s instead.

More recently, a friend and I had a talk about chicken cheesesteaks. I always looked at chicken cheesesteaks as gross, dry, and unappetizing. This is most likely due to the crap frozen, pre-cut chicken steak strips that I consumed at those Lehigh University dining halls…

Anyway, my friend recommended Sonny’s as a place to get a good chicken cheesesteak. So there I was last Friday, at Sonny’s.


I am now a believer that a good chicken cheesesteak does exist. I kinda want one now actually…

Sonny’s Famous Steaks
228 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215.629.5760

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