1505 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

Govinda's Gourmet To Go

Neighborhoods: Rittenhouse Square

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 Chicago, IL

A Fun Veggie Experience

Determined to get a vegan sampling of Philadelphia before we left, my friend and I stopped in at Govinda’s Gourmet To Go. (Well, we actually got confused and went to the Govinda’s next door, which is a sit-down place that was absolutely deserted at 6 PM. It was creepily dark, and the entrees were really expensive. Soy duck? For $16?)
So we got things straightened out and ended up back to the more casual Govinda’s, and we ordered a soy philly cheesesteak with soy cheese.

First of all, it was good. The cheese they use is like a nacho cheese, very oily, and the seitan is oily, and the peppers on it were oily, so my friend and I were both a little stomach-achy when we finished, but that’s kind of the cheesesteak experience, right?
That being said.

A couple of problems: there weren’t really any side dishes (that I saw) beyond soup and salad. No fries or anything? Chips, even?
It’s a very, very casual place – honestly, a little too casual for me. Not a place to take someone you want to impress. We ate with plastic forks, we picked up napkins that were in a pile at the counter, and there were some flies in the place.

Service seemed friendly enough – when I dropped the first plastic fork that the guy behind the counter gave me, he saw it and handed over a new one without me even having to ask, which was sweet.

Philly Cheesesteak

Very oily, but definitely the experience you probably want from a cheesesteak. Not many peppers, toasted bread, tasty seitan. No sides. Bring a toothpick.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake

A very solid vegan cheesecake (all the desserts are vegan) that tasted like apple and caramel. Nice crumble topping and crust. Go for it!

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Govinda's Gourmet To Go is located near the cities of Middle City East, Rittenhouse, Middle City West, and William Penn Annex East.
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