Ya always gotta ask. Apparently when I said no dairy it didn't ring the chef's bell. Okay.
|Yes, that is MY Daiya cheese. I try to always have Daiya cheese and vegan coffee creamer. Then life can commence.
|The kitchen had a few of these patties left over from an affair where a vegan option was requested. I thought it was
so very nice that they dug these out for me but in all honesty, (and the executive chef agreed), they were pretty bad.
|How my day starts when there are no trips happening.
I then went on to the Philly Cheese Steak made with seitan. I was in ooey gooey heaven with this one. Both sandwiches had perfectly matched bread and the hero, (ha grinder), was great. The seitan had a meaty feel and the cheese added a nice fatty mouth feel to the whole bite. All of the wrapping is biodegradable and marked as such in case you feel that eating 100% plant based food doesn't skew your carbon footprint far enough towards "minuscule."
The chicken was amazing. It all just came together perfectly between the bun and the contents. I'd like to see a smudge more lettuce for a bit more crunch but ok, so what. The chick'n had a nice thick crusty crust reminiscent of buttermilk southern fried and the soft crunch soft crunch was actually taking too long to chew because I wanted the next bite. I'm really raving over this. The onions, pickles and peppercorn ranch worked incredibly well together. Texture was also amazing and too close to real chicken to ever need to kill another bird.
Just look at this sandwich. The only thing missing is a sink to wash your hands and face when you're done.
HCV is a small place. The line was out the door and Nicole told me that the Yelp word on the street is, "Want to go to Hip City Veg?"
"Nah, the lines are too long!"
So Nicole, start cranking the stuff out the door!
There are a few tables but it's not the kind of place you really want to sit and eat at during lunch hour. People are standing around waiting for their orders or waiting on line to order. Rittenhouse Square is just down the block and is a really nice place to people watch and enjoy the food. In a few months maybe not but I'd drip this stuff all over a rental car if I had to.
The menu on the wall is pretty limited and right now there seems to be a balance of food offered and diners wanting it.
Even if I enlarge it it's still a pretty selective menu.
I had the Groovy, (take on a smoothie, get it?) and it was as good a green smoothie as I've had. They either hit the mark or they don't and this one did.
|The action behind the counter and grill is non stop.