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By Melanie D.G. Kaplan
Special to The Washington Post
Thursday, February 17, 2011; 11:53 AM

GETTING THERE

Philadelphia is about 135 miles from Washington. From Interstate 95 north, take Exit 17 in Philadelphia and make a left onto Lombard Street. Turn left onto South 15th Street and left onto South Street for the neighborhood where many of the vegan restaurants are located.

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STAYING THERE

Le Meridien Philadelphia

1421 Arch St.

215-422-8200

www.starwoodhotels.com

The year-old hotel was originally a YMCA. Rooms start at $169.

The Independent

1234 Locust St.

215-772-1440

www.theindependenthotel.com

A 24-room boutique hotel in the Midtown Village neighborhood. Rooms start at $149.

EATING THERE

Blackbird Pizzeria

507 S. Sixth St.

215-625-6660

www.blackbirdpizzeria.com

Philadelphia's first all-vegan pizzeria. Slices $2.50-$3.75, whole pies $13-$19.

Grindcore House

1515 S. Fourth St.

215-839-3333

www.grindcorehouse.com

Meatless sandwiches, dairy-free bagel spreads, vegan chocolate and desserts, and plenty of creamer substitutes. Sandwiches $3 to $6.

Vegan Treats

1444 Linden St. Bethlehem, Pa.

610-861-7660

www.vegantreats.com

The shop has a few seats, but most of its business is carry-out and East Coast restaurant delivery. Whoopie pies and brownies $2.75; pies $25; cakes $37 to $45.

VEGGING THERE

Tierra Mia Organic Nail Spa

328 S. 17th St.

215-735-7980

www.tierramiaorganicnailspa.com

Nontoxic manicures $20-$30, pedicures $42-$60.


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