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Eat Without Worry: Allergy-Friendly Restaurants in the Philadelphia Area

Take the worry out of dining at one of these allergy-friendly spots in the Philadelphia area.

When you or your child has allergies, you know meals are sometimes served up with a heaping side of stress. Dinner at home can be tough enough, but going out to a restaurant often means coming armed with a long list of questions to ask the server about substitutions and how items are prepped and cooked.

Lucky for you, more and more eateries are beginning to cater to customers with food allergies and sensitivities. Enjoy a delicious meal in the city without any worries — check out these allergy-friendly restaurants in the Philly area!

Allergy-Friendly Philly Area Restaurants

20th Street Pizza

108 S 20th Street, Philadelphia

This unique pizza parlor offers a variety of options for those who love pizza but have allergies or dietary restrictions that usually keep them from enjoying it. Known for their naturally-leavened vegan square and circle pies, 20th Street Pizza is sure to satisfy your cravings without any of the risk (or gluten).

VEDGE

1221 Locust Street, Philadelphia

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If you’ve lived in the Philly area for a while, chances are you’ve heard of VEDGE. This high-end restaurant, which is housed in a charming old mansion, is famous for their vegan and vegetarian small plates & entrees. Menus continually change throughout the year to reflect seasonal flavors and trends.

P’unk Burger

1823 E Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia

P’unk Burger is a contemporary burger joint in the East Passyunk area that serves up fresh and locally-sourced patties with a variety of sauce options. This BYOB restaurant prides themselves in sourcing organic, non-GMO, all-natural, and antibiotic-free, and hormone-free ingredients for all of their dishes.

Vientiane Cafe

4728 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia

2537 Kensington Avenue, Philadelphia

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This relaxed Laotian-Thai BYOB restaurant, which has two locations in the Philadelphia area, has a delicious vegan and gluten-free menu. Dig into some soups, salads, seafood dishes, and more authentic Thai cuisine without worry — stop by the Kensington or West Philadelphia location for a night out with friends that you won’t forget.

Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse

200 Main Street, King of Prussia

With an entire gluten-free menu at both lunch and dinner, you’re never left questioning whether the item you ordered is safe for you to eat. The seared George’s Bank sea scallops and pork belly served over lavender fava bean risotto is even better than it sounds (and it sounds pretty delicious!) Staff members are educated about allergies and food sensitivities, and can always make substitutions or omissions for their items on the regular menu.

Franklin Fountain

116 Market Street, Philadelphia

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Don’t let a dairy allergy keep you from enjoying a delicious frozen treat! Franklin Fountain serves up a variety of coconut milk-based ice cream flavors each day. They also offer the Vegan Hydrox, which is a scoop of coconut cream sandwiched between two Hydrox cookies. The staff at Franklin Fountain always makes sure to sanitize scoops between flavors and will always do their best to accommodate any other allergy you may have.

Dottie’s Donuts

4529 Springfield Avenue, Philadelphia

509 S 6th Street, Philadelphia

This retro walk-up bakery offers vegan donuts in mouth-watering flavors. Not only do they serve fresh chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon sugar, Boston Cream, apple fritter, cinnamon bun and brownie donuts every day, but they’re always introducing new flavors to their daily menu. While Dottie’s does not use dairy or eggs in their donuts, they do include soy and wheat. They also regularly use peanuts as toppings for some of the flavors, so individuals with nut allergies should be cautious when visiting.

Front Street Cafe

1253 N Front Street, Philadelphia

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Located on Fishtown’s famous Front Street, this healthy and sustainable cafe “strives to offer the highest quality foods possible and utilizes local plant based farm to table and organic ingredients whenever available.” Enjoy a meal inside the brick-and-wood accented restaurant or grab a bite in the green & gorgeous outdoor garden for an authentic and soul-satisfying dining experience that will make you feel miles from the city.

High Fidelity Bakery

932 E Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia

High Fidelity Bakery, headquartered in the East Passyunk neighborhood, creates sweet and savory baked goods using seasonal and honest ingredients. All menu items, from red velvet donuts to chocolate bundt cakes to tofu pot pies, are always 100% vegan and gluten free.


Now that you have a list of allergy-friendly restaurants to choose from, it’s time to hit the town and get to eating! We hope you enjoy a one-of-a-kind meal that accommodates your needs and preferences.

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Writer for Philadelphia Family. Email tips to lani@familyfocus.org.

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