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White Dog Cafe (University City)

3420 Sanson Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215-386-9224websitePrice: Moderately Expensive
Area: Philadelphia, PA

Located in three neighboring Victorian brownstones near University of Pennsylvania, this homey cafe offers a very local and flavorful experience. The place is known for its social activism, support for small local farmers and seasonal menus. The décor is in keeping with the café's name; there are white dogs everywhere. The casual vibe, homey and eclectic décor attracts student, professors and others. Healthy foodie types will enjoy checking this place out. The menus are an interesting mix of seafood, vegetarian, and meat dishes with a strong emphasis on organic, farm raised, free range etc. The bar area upfront is more casual and offers a separate grill menu that is perfect for those looking to dine on the cheap.
The menus change with the availability of seasonal ingredients.

Lunch starters many include fresh guacamole and chips, trio of hummus, farm lettuce salad, roasted organic beet salad, tuna tartare and a daily soup. Various sandwiches (veggie wrap, Thai shrimp club, burger, smoked salmon) and entrees (free range chicken Cobb salad, spicy lamb bolognese, crab cake and orange ginger tofu round out the lunch menu. There are more options at dinner in all categories with seafood lovers and vegetarians getting the most attention. There are at least one or two red meat options. The menu notes which dishes are Vegan or Vegetarian and there are additional veggies available as a side dish.

The bar/grill menu offers soups, appetizers (Greek plate, nachos), some salads (including an entrée option), burgers (meat and veggie), hot dogs (6 concoctions) and sandwiches. Sunday brunch offers a number of egg dishes, granola, pancakes, French toast, and lunch fare like salmon burgers, salads, and sandwiches.

Open for Lunch M-F 11:30a-2:30p; Dinner M-Sun starting at 5:30p and weekend brunch 10a to 2:30p

Grill is open daily beginning at 2:30p

Vegetarian friendly

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