This stretch of Sansom Street is home to many of our favorite Philly fast-casual restaurants, and 3 of them are owned by the team behind Philly’s famous (expensive) Zahav: Federal Donuts, Dizengoff, and Goldie. We’ve already reviewed Federal Donuts (Philly Restaurant Review: Federal Donuts (Donuts & Fried Chicken)). Dizengoff will be up next – but this time it’s Goldie’s turn.
These are seriously good falafel- crunchy on the outside and bright green and soft on the inside. They always taste super-fresh. Combined with the fresh salad – full of veggies, herbs, seasonal add-ins (pickled beets and sunflower seeds on our last visit) and choice of dressing (we like the spicy) and you have a lunch that makes you feel healthy (the whole restaurant is vegan).
The perfect pairing (so you don’t feel too healthy!), is one of their tehina milkshakes. Super-creamy (not sure how they make a vegan shake so creamy??), with a just a touch of nuttiness from the tehina, they come in 4-5 flavors. Our favorite is the mint-chocolate chip. They also have really good home-made fries – best with the shwarma seasoning.
New: Not sure how long it will last, but on our last visit they were offering (at the Sansom Street store only) a “fry boat” – their delicious fries topped with falafel, salad and choice of dressing. The best of both worlds for those who can’t choose!
Tobey says: My #1 favorite!
Location: Center City and Whole Foods (Pennsylvania Ave.)