Of course I start here with a green juice, called the Groovy Grub Green. It was yummy and gave me a shot of necessary green veggies before I dove into the gluttony of what was to come. (You can't help but over-order here because everything sounds so crazy good.) Then, in order to immediately counterbalance whatever good I ingested with the juice, I have the cinnamon buns.
One of the most creative menu items is also the most incredible - the poached avocado & tempeh hash. It's a platter of diced fried tempeh and potatoes, the 'hash', topped with a perfect poached avocado and covered in a decadent hollandaise sauce. Oh my goodness! It's like all my favorite non-kale foods. This is so good. I would have loved if a non-potato vegetable came with it for balance, but I guess we already took care of that need with the juice. This is ridiculously good.
Actually, the item I enjoyed most? Even more than the regular vegan scrapple? This corn scrapple! It tasted like a cross between a corn fritter and a polenta pancake. Oh man, SO freaking good!
Yet another ridiculous, over-the-top, must-order dish is the biscuits and gravy. I think every vegan feels the need to order biscuits and gravy whenever that amazingness is available, but here you must be warned: It's freaking huge. Huuuuuge. I couldn't actually finish it. It was really great. The biscuits are a little dense, not very light and fluffy, but they are perfect in this dish, with this delicious gravy smothering it. And it comes with more potatoes! Oh man. And it's topped with the most glorious fried onions, like huge onion ring-style almost.
I definitely recommend that you get your bottom out of center city and over to South Philly for a wonderful meal at Vegan Commissary. Everything is good if not great, and it will only improve with time (as it already has!). Philly is such a freaking vegan mecca nowadays, it's absolutely mind-blowing! I already miss this place and can't wait to go there when I visit home.
VEGAN COMMISSARY, PHILADELPHIA
Water speed: Good, because the servers are extremely attentive, but I just wish they used bigger glasses.
Service: Very good and super friendly.
Bathrooms: One single-serve very close to the kitchen. Pretty clean.
Food: Wonderful! Such an interesting variety with inspired ideas.
Bonus: Service and tax are included in the menu prices because they pay decent wages! Dessert, Veggs, pancakes, and scrapple! Can't go wrong.
Note: Cash only; closes at 4pm.