A couple Sundays ago we set out for a day date: the Barnes followed by a first visit to the relatively young PS & Co, that I just realized is not a juice bar but a full blown cafe. It is tucked in a row home on Locust Street, right off of Rittenhouse Square, and it is hereby my new favorite place. I know, I know, I have a lot of favorites…But this spot is special, especially for people like myself with dietary restrictions on the hunt for delicious food.
The cafe is as peaceful as they come. The back room is filled with light in the afternoon, as well as plants and pineapples lining the window. Computer use is at a minimum (at least on a Sunday afternoon) and conversation and cookbook perusal (there is a huge bookshelf to choose from) at a high.
The menu is completely made up of organic, gluten-free, vegan dishes. Perhaps most uniquely, no industrial seed oils (i.e.: sunflower/safflower, canola, soy, etc.) are used that I could see, which is unheard of in the restaurant world. Oh, and just to be certain, the ingredient lists are noted, too. Also, the vegan fare is totally based on natural foods versus concoctions that resemble food, if you know what I mean.
Later in the afternoon on Sundays there are cooking demonstrations. Monday night offers a 10% discount. The rest of the week offers menu specials like burgers and shakes, tacos, and ramen: all organic, vegan, gluten free, and industrial oil free. That understood, some of the prices are on the steep side, but using ingredients like this, that can’t be helped.
During my visit, I tried the Mohinga soup ($6) which is a Burmese noodle soup. It was so unique from anything I’ve had before and really, really delicious. My coffee ($3) came with homemade Brazil nut milk– a nice touch and compliment to a very healthy, very warming meal.
If you can’t tell, I am excited about this place!
Philadelphia, PA 19103