Miss Rachel’s Pantry: My Favorite Things

About six months back, I did a post on a vegetarian restaurant called Thoreau. While Thoreau is no longer in existence, the owner’s original spot, Blue Sage, is alive, well, and amazing.

Blue Sage was a saving grace for me as a teenager. As a vegetarian in the Philadelphia suburbs, there weren’t many options around. When Blue Sage first opened (about 10 years ago) – we could walk right in and get a table. These days it’s no longer a secret, and reservations are definitely necessary for dinner.

A few things I love most about Blue Sage:

1 – You get what you pay for. Blue Sage is not cheap, but they don’t cut any corners. You’ll get a filling, absolutely amazing meal with very generous portions. Most appetizers are around $10; entrees are in the $18-$21 range and “casual” dinner options in the mid-teens. Desserts weigh-in well under $10.

2 – They don’t use mock meats or tofu. Utilizing texture, spices, beans and ultra fresh produce – their meals are like nothing I’ve ever had. And they’re as lovely to look at as they are to eat. The colors and presentation of each dish makes it a treat before the first bite.

3 – Though only about a third of the menu offerings are labeled vegan, nearly three quarters of the dishes can be made vegan – and this is marked clearly next to the description of each item.

On our most recent trip, we shared the Green Curry BBQ Summer Rolls (Not-fried rice paper roll with baby spinach, Thai barbeque glazed vegetables, smoked red onion, fresh ginger and basil … with a sweet soy syrup and herbaceous dipping oil) (they had these on the menu at Thoreau, also).

We also tried Blue Corn and Asparagus Tacos – an option that traditionally contains cheese, but can be made vegan. It was stuffed with the most amazing, creamy filling – like a thick bean puree with sundried tomato flavor – and perfectly seared asparagus throughout. It comes with a cold bean and corn salad and greens.

Our main dish was the Cubano Supper – flaky, chewy little plantain pastries (like empanadas) with a creamy, decant, nutty filling. In the center of the dish is a tower of amazing yellow tomato slices and guacamole, topped with jicama slaw and surrounded in mango-papaya relish. I wish the picture did it justice.

The 45 minute hike from Center City Philadelphia is so worth it – you’ll be rewarded with inventive cuisine, a cozy BYOB atmosphere with well-informed servers AND leftovers for the next morning.

If you want to try Blue Sage on a smaller budget, I’d definitely recommend going for lunch (well, I’d recommend that for anyone, actually). Practically everything on the menu – from salads to pressed sandwiches – cost less than $11. So you can take me out to lunch.


Blue Sage Vegetarian Grille

772 Second Street Pike

Southampton, Pa 18966




Miss Rachel’s Pantry is a vegan personal chef, meal delivery, and catering company in Philadelphia, Pa, making real-deal homestyle food.  To contact her for more information, her blog is:www.missrachelspantry.blogspot.com and her website is: www.missrachelspantry.com

Editors note: We at friendlysuggestions.com are delighted to have Miss Rachel’s Pantry provide these recipes for all of us!  If you can’t make them yourself, do yourselves a favor, those of you in the Philly area, call her to make something for you, and/or have her provide some healthy food for your next party or event.

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