Sunday, January 22, 2012

A Night Out in Philly- Estia

If you read my recent post about business travel and eating vegan you know I am not shy about asking a non vegan restaurant to make me a vegan meal.  On Saturday night we headed into Philadelphia to dine at Estia, a Greek Mediterranean Restaurant which is decidedly non vegan.

Estia Chips- alone worth the trip to Estia.

We needed a restaurant close to the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts as my 13 year old son (a rather talented aspiring musician) and his girlfriend (also a musician) went to see the Philadelphia Orchestra perform Beethoven's 3rd. It worked out perfectly!

We sat down and were greeted at the table with some bread and hummus.

I let the waiter know that I would like a vegan meal and he went to speak to the Chef. He returned asking if eggplant would be ok. Um... yes! I love eggplant.

A little while later the waiter returned with some fresh veggies, just for fun!

The Estia Chips- crispy lightly fried zucchini and eggplant, perfectly seasoned and piled up high made a great first course. In fact, these alone are worth the trip to Estia!

Dinner came and I will tell you that hands down, beyond a shadow of a doubt, bar none this is the best eggplant I have EVER had. It was flavorful, tender and had a certain creaminess not typically found with eggplant.

As you can see, I at the whole thing!

We opted to skip dessert and head back to the Kimmel Center to wait for the kids. We were lucky enough to hear the end of the concert from the lobby. From what I coud hear of the music, and the thunderous applause at the end of the show, the kids saw a spectacular concert so it was truly a great night for everyone!

Have you had a great dining experiences in a non vegan restaurant lately? I would really like to know!


  1. that all looks fabulous!! I want those chips!

    1. Diane- I need to figure out how to replicate my meal at home! It was great! I have to admit sometimes I go to Estia for lunch and the chips are my lunch!

  2. I want those chips too!! My mouth is watering ... lol!! I'll have to try something at home!! Umm Umm!

    1. Honestly, the chips are reason enough to plan a trip to Philly! I have been wanting to make these at home as well. One of times I went for lunch the waiter told me it was just the vegetable sliced (very thin) dredged in seasoned flour and fried in olive oil. One of these days I shall try it! Please let me know if you do!