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Locavore Lunch: White Dog Cafe

Say hello to the second installment of our latest blog feature, Locavore Lunch. In the coming months, we’ll be featuring area eateries that serve lunch and source their ingredients locally. They’re all sure bets for delicious eats and foodie cred. Happy noshing!

The White Dog Cafe is more than just a beloved and award-winning dining establishment. The restaurant—including past and present owners, staff, guests and vendors—has a commitment to sustaining a healthy environment for future generations. White Dog Cafe uses local and sustainable products driven by both “taste and food politics.”

Political affiliations aside, White Dog has a succulent and surprising lunch menu. A variety of soups, salads and platters start off the experience, using tasty ingredients like Amish chicken and Kauffman farm apples. Appetizers include sustainable options like rich Yellowfin tuna tartare and local artisanal cheese platters—with smooth Pennsylvania Noble Cave aged cheddar.

Entrees are reasonably priced, around $15, and have many vegetarian and vegan options, noted on the menu with asterisk, making it easy for the often-forget herbivore.

Use White Dog’s website to see where exactly within the Philadelphia foodshed your meal came from. Micro-greens and lettuce come from Blue Moon Acres in Buckingham, PA, and Green Meadow Farm produces the grass fed beef used in the juicy, flavorful Pepperjack burger.

White Dog is on Sansom Street, just a block from the heart of Penn’s campus and often fills up with a lively, hungry crowd. Reservations are recommended, but there is bar seating available, as well as al fresco dining in the summer months.

White Dog Cafe
3420 Sansom Street
Lunch hours: Mon-Fri 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

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