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White Dog Cafe

3420 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3404
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Ranked #169 of 3,747 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $9 - $40
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert, Private Dining
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 34th Street
Transit: Conveniently located a block east from the 36th Street stop on the Rt. 34 Trolley; two blocks south from the 34th Street stop on the Market-Frankford Line, and just around the corner from the 42 and 21 bus routes at 34th Street.
Description: White Dog Cafe was one of the original farm to table restaurants, founded in 1983 by social activist Judy Wicks promoting community environmental sustainability. White Dog Cafe is committed to serving the finest organic ingredients from local farms promoting sustainable, healthy dining and a strong community. Our contemporary American cuisine is prepared from our heart, blending seasonal ingredients and bold flavors with a refined presentation. Both our Wayne and University City locations provide unique and comfortable dining rooms paying tribute to everyone's beloved best friend. Open for Lunch, Brunch and Dinner with Happy Hour specials.
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Richmond, Virginia, United States
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

This quaint restaurant is on a charming side street right in the middle of bustling University City area. It has at least 5-6 different style eating areas that all have their own "Dog Decor" . Dog portraits, statues, leashes etc, are all displayed in a sophisticated, fun manner. The wait staff was elegant but not stuffy. Everything we chose tasted... More

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Larchmont, New York
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I had the apple -pumpkin soup and just loved it! Perfect for the fall season: sweet and warm and filling. All dinners with me also enjoyed their menu selections.

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Northampton, Massachusetts
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60 reviews 60 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Really delicious food - casual- friendly- best burger we had in years. This food is rich- very fried but we wanted that when we visited- it's just that you may not be in the mood for that. We were also really lost and hungry and in the rain.I had a lot of allergies and they helped me order something good.... More

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Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Had an excellent waiter, glass of cab was top notch. Really liked the green salad to start. Strip steak was HUGE and cooked poorly - - wanted it more than seared and it was bloody. side potatoes were weak and few in between. I'd go back and try again!!

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Vienna, Virginia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Service was attentive and discrete for our party of 4. Food came quickly and was surprisingly good. I'm not part of the organic craze but I would pay good money to visit this place again. Everything was beautifully presented. Portions were generous. The chef sent out an amuse bouche for each of us. The wine was good but pricey. Terrific... More

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Wilmington, Delaware
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43 reviews 43 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

The White Dog is one of my favorites. My last visit we sat at he bar and order a burger and fries along with one of their great draft beers. It was a great experience and the service was great. The full menu is outstanding. Highly recommend the café.

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South Orange, New Jersey
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We had dinner there when we took our son to college in the area. The food was fantastic and the restaurant itself was really funky.... all kinds of paintings of dogs. It's a converted house and has lots of different rooms to eat in. If you're in Philadelphia, it's a must!

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Arlington, Virginia
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75 reviews 75 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

A little off the main streets but worth the effort to find. I've been here before and they still use farm fresh, organic and locally sourced ingredients. Since my youngest moved to Philly we meet hear when I'm passing through. Brunch favorites are the chocolate waffles and pumpkin pancakes. Can't beat the $4 mimosas either.

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Chicago, Illinois
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

This cafe nestled into a really cute street with other restaurants and the Penn Law School. The decor was a little weird -- a lot of dog heads -- but the food was excellent, as was the service. White Dog is know for using locally grown, fresh products. The ambiance was good, and I was easily able to have a... More

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Pasadena, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

What a great restaurant -- farm fresh, locally sourced food,, prepared to perfection. The pasta with lamb bolognese is to die for -- you will never have a more flavorful pasta dish. I requested the recipe, to no avail. The salads were delicious, scallops and crab cake flavorful and perfectly cooked and beautifully presented. The restaurant was very cozy and... More

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