Raw Food Restaurants in Philadelphia

Philadelphia is home to many different types of vegetarian and vegan dining establishments, including the upscale Horizons listed on PETA's Top Ten list. The Philadelphia area is host to several unique raw food restaurants, as well. Raw and living food are defined by internationally reknowned author and raw food chef Alissa Cohen as "uncooked fruits vegetables, nuts, seeds and sprouted grains. These raw foods can be eaten whole or combined." Several Philadelphia area restaurants specializing in raw or living food host lectures and food preparation classes as well as unique dishes suitable for the raw food diet.

Arnold's Way

Try the unique raw made to order soups, wraps, and entrees at the Raw Food Cafe at Arnold's Way in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Propietor Arnold Kauffman opened a natural grocery store in 1992. As Arnold discovered the health benefits of a raw diet, his market and on-premises cafe evolved to specialize in raw foods. The Raw Food Cafe at Arnold's Way hosts lectures, classes and potlucks to introduce people to the raw food lifestyle. Arnold's Way sells raw foods, books, DVDs and tools which bring the raw food lifestyle home. Arnold's Way 319 W. Main Street Lansdale, PA 19446 (215) 361-0116 arnoldsway.com

Oasis Living Cuisine

Select from a wide assortment of specialty raw chocolates and other homemade raw items while enjoying a lunch at Oasis Living Cuisine in Frazer. This small, casual lunch cafe serves unique specialties such as raw nut pate and buckwheat crust pizzas. Owner Tiffany Watts has been selling raw foods to Mainline residents since 1995. She opened Oasis Living Cuisine in 2002 and features an unusual line of chocolates made from raw cacao. The chocolates and other gourmet raw food items are available on the website, as well. Oasis Living Cuisine Raw Food Restaurant and Retail Store 134 Lancaster Avenue Frazer, PA 19355 (610) 647-9797 oasis-pa.com

Atiya Ola's

Dine on raw food specialties such as smoothies and seasonal specialties at Atiya Ola's First Spirit Foods located in the University City area. Atiya Ola and her husband Bata Kumi opened this vegetarian cafe in October 2008. Diners at this African-inspired cafe have access to free Wi-Fi while dining. Atiya Ola's is casual and inexpensive. The brightly colored restaurant is home to many Meet Up groups and other gatherings. Atiya Ola's Spirit First Foods 4505 Baltimore Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19104 (215) 939-3298

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