Saturday, July 23, 2011

Vegan Dad on the Road: Blackbird Pizzeria

Today I walked around Philadelphia hitting all of the historical sites I could. Yes, I visited the first AND the second Bank of the United States because that's how I roll. For lunch I stopped by Blackbird Pizzeria, a completely vegan pizza place that sits just south of the historical district on South 6th Street and Lombard. This was actually the second time I ate here (well, third because I came a few years ago when it was Gianna's Grille), but this time I had my camera. I just love the concept as well as the simple yet sufficient menu.
The first time I got a simple pepperoni and cheese slice and a mushroom slice. This time, cherry tomatoes, garlic, and tofu topped with Daiya, and a red onion and sausage slice.
All in all, not bad. I love the big slices and super thin New York style crust. The mushroom slice was a touch greasy, and I prefer the pieces with less Daiya rather than more. My only complaint is that the crust is dry. I like a pliable crust that can be folded to accommodate its thinness. Still, I love the convenience of being able to drop in and choose a variety of pizza slices and will be sure to visit one more time before I leave the city.

20 comments:

Carolyn said...

Concur on the less cheese, not more, verdict. Perhaps vegan enterprises have to learn that they do not need to reproduce the excesses of omni cuisine. Too much cheese is just that, too much, whether it is plant or animal based. A topping should not dominate the underlying dish, ever. When I adapt omni recipes, or even when I start with vegan recipes, the cheese component is frequently reduced because it is excessive.

AikoVenus said...

Ooh that sounds delicious! I'm so glad that there are more and more veggie-friendly restaurants. %%

isabella777! said...

so u just go all around the country looking for vegan resturanat and reviewing them? if you do LUCKY!!! 2 things one im vegetarian thinking about going vegan but i love cheese so havent made that step yet umm oh and im isssy im going to follow you cuz i thnk wat u do is amazing

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vegan.in.brighton said...

I would love to be able to just go & grab a slice of pizza!

Johanna said...

When we were in Philly, we had vegan Dim Sum to the point of exploding (China Town), and went to Horizon's. Very, very good.

Valerie Reanne said...

if you are still in philly and would like to cool down with some ice cream, i've heard Franklin Fountain on Market St. (between 1st and 2nd St) has several soy flavors that are really good!

CHoward86 said...

Thats amazing. I wish there were places like that around here. (West Virginia)

bourgeois gal said...

I'm a "less is more" with the daiya cheese as well...when it gets a touch crispy, I like it best! If you ever make it to St Louis, try Pi Pizzeria. They have vegan options, including soysage and daiya, which they often overload, so we ask for "light cheese" when we order, and it's really delish!

Thanks for sharing the Philly find!

Ali :D said...

I love how you can show amazing foods for vegetarians which really shows to us "meat eaters" how vegetarian food has amazing taste and variety.

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

yummmmmm. Now I'm hungry.

VeggieLow said...

i know what you mean about dry crust! drives me crazy. if you ever visit the DC area, there is a place called roscoe's in takoma park that has the most amazing pizza crust i have ever had. ever. ever. ever. this is a good post - i go to philly lots and probably walk right by this place w/out visiting! can't wait to check it out next time!

Kelly said...

Next time you go try the Cubano sandwich- best thing on the menu! I tend not to order pizza when I go to Blackbird, but if I do, the Yukon gold (crust topped with yukon poatatoes, olive oil, rosemary, and salt) is the winner.

elenareviews said...

I like a healthy meal and I discover now your blog, is amazing! I'll visit again.

nora said...

THE CUBANO!! I agree with Kelly, its sooo good! also The Couch Tomato which is in Manayunk - about 15 min outside center city has great pizza crust (regular and whole wheat) they have a vegan pizza with daiya cheese thats pretty good.

Craig Duncan said...

To live in a world where one gets to complain about the dryness of the crust at an all vegan pizzeria. Damn.

Vegan Dad said...

Craig,
I know, right? Now that I am back home I would give anything for some dry crust.

Green Laces said...

Oooh, Blackbird, sweet memories. I was there, together with my vegan kids and husband, just a week before you. We live in Sweden, so we were just visiting for a couple of days. Our six year old ate a whole slice of pizza and didn't utter a word before she had finished it. Haha, lovely.
Love your blog, Dad. /Nina

A- said...

The owner's daughter is one of my students! Go for the Haymaker (onions and sausage) next time!

Natalie said...

mmm....love Blackbird and love living within blocks of it - If you haven't tried the fries, you should definitely do so next time, as well as the eggplant grinder sandwich. The Antipasti salad is also fabulous.

I need to go make dinner now before I find myself at Blackbird...