• Vegan Philly Cheesesteak at Mi Lah: A Field Report

    June 10th, 2011quarrygirlmore restaurants (not LA), philadelphia

    if i could only eat one meal out in philadelphia, you can bet your arse it would be a vegan philly cheesesteak. thankfully, JL goes vegan is the same and she’s written us a lovely field report on the coveted sandwich. i really wanna go to philly so bad someday, and when i do, this thing is on my bucket list.

    I recently found myself on an Amtrak from New York to Philadelphia to attend a cooking intensive. The great thing about taking a three-day vegan culinary class is that you don’t worry about where to eat — you eat what you cook. I arrived Friday morning, the class was to begin at 2:30, so I had only one meal out. I met up with my friend who lived locally. She knew I wanted a vegan Philly cheesesteak sandwich for lunch and suggested Mi Lah.

    This small, vegan restaurant is bright and bustling. As I read the menu I became quickly distracted by the specials of the day (from rice noodles to veggie burritos to mofongo veggie bacon and chorizo to corn masa cakes) and had to snap myself back to my mission: eat a vegan Philly cheesesteak!

    But first, the salad…

    Mango, avocado and mix green salad with spicy Caribbean lime dressing $6

    This was the “small” salad. The portion was generous and the fruit and vegetables were extremely fresh.

    Then it was show time.

    Mi Lah Cheesesteak with sauteed mushrooms and peppers $8

    The peppers added a great kick. The mushrooms went really well with the “cheese” making each bite creamy and rich.

    Truth? I ate the whole thing.

    I can’t imagine a better “last” meal before heading into a three-day macrobiotic cooking class. This sandwich had it all. Bread, “cheese” and processed “meat” (I can only assume) and it was awesome!

    Mi Lah
    218 South 16th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19102
    (215) 732-8888

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5 responses to “Vegan Philly Cheesesteak at Mi Lah: A Field Report” RSS icon

  • I was the lucky person who took JL to Mi Lah. As a Philly native and resident I frequent Mi Lah often and everything I have ever had there has been awesome! I highly reccomend it if you are in Center City Philadelphia!

  • Gauri Radha गौरी राधा

    That looks so good!

  • I’ve had this a few times. It. Is. Awesome. Period. Was a cheesesteak junkie back in the day (Jim’s on South Street was where i got my fix), and this one definitely cures those phantom neck itches. I only pass thru Philly once or twice per year, and always make it a point to stop in for one. However one time it was a weekend (don’t remember if it was sat or sun), and they were only serving brunch…had the breakfast quesadilla, which was very good, but not what I was there for. This was over a year ago, so I’m not sure if the brunch situation is still the case…call to make sure you can get what you need if it’s a weekend.

  • I love Mi Lah (especially brunch!), though this is not the best cheesesteak in town – both Blackbird and Gourmet 2 Go both have this beat.

    Also, pretty sure they are using Nature’s Soy beef (http://www.naturesoy.com/products04.htm) – which, for anyone in the area, you can get at nearly any asian market, uber-cheap. Like $1.20 for a package that will make you several cheesesteaks, if you want to at home!

  • Kevin, I heard Blackbird’s was very good, too. I’ll have to go there next time I’m in Philly!

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