A Taste of University City

Exploring a city’s culinary scene is like embarking on a delicious adventure. In University City, I set out to find restaurants that offered plant-based options, had a welcoming ambiance, and were budget-friendly. My culinary journey led me to three delightful spots: Louie Louie, Greek From Greece, and Goldie, each offering a unique and memorable dining experience.

Louie Louie:

Louie Louie quickly became my go-to spot for Wednesday lunches. It’s a European bistro with an ambiance that feels like a mini-getaway from the daily hustle. The menu may lean towards the pricier side, but it’s well worth it. As I sip on a glass of wine and enjoy a light lunch, the charming atmosphere and their Chardonnay selection make every visit a treat.

Greek From Greece:

My quest for a new coffee spot with a twist led me to Greek From Greece. What caught my attention was their diverse pastry selection, a refreshing change from the usual croissants. I opted for the Greek Avocado Toast, a delightful medley of avocado, feta, arugula, and a perfectly fried egg. With a Greek salad on the side, it was a fresh and cozy meal. The friendly staff and welcoming atmosphere made it an ideal place for studying or simply enjoying a quiet moment.


When my search for plant-based options led me to Goldie, I discovered a gem nestled in the heart of the University of Pennsylvania campus. This vegan Israeli-style falafel shop offers an array of flavorful dishes. The falafel sandwich, bursting with taste and priced at just $12, quickly became a favorite. They also provide a range of delicious smoothie options, a perfect complement to their sandwiches or bowls.

Culinary Takeaways:

The beauty of University City’s culinary scene lies in its diversity. It’s a place where cultures and flavors converge, offering something for every palate. From European bistro sophistication to cozy coffee spots and vibrant vegan options, this city is a culinary paradise waiting to be explored. It’s a testament to the idea that you don’t need to break the bank to savor delightful dishes in a warm and welcoming environment.


My journey through University City’s food spots affirmed the city’s reputation as a melting pot of tastes and cultures. It’s a reminder that the joy of discovery lies just around the corner. And, while savoring flavorful and affordable plant-based options, it’s easy to appreciate the city’s rich tapestry of flavors.

Join me next week as I continue my exploration of University City, unveiling more hidden gems and unique experiences waiting to be uncovered.