White Dog Cafe

★★★☆☆
  • 3420 Sansom Street

    Philadelphia, PA 19104

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  • 215-386-9224

About White Dog Cafe

Categories
  • Restaurants
  • Traditional American Restaurants
  • Vegetarian Restaurants
Hours
M-Th 11:30am-9:30pm, F 11:30am-10pm, Sa 9:30am-10pm, Su 9:30am-9pm (Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 4 – 7 pm featuring $6 bartender specialty cocktail, house wine, sangria, well drinks and discounted draft beer.)
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Associations
  • Sustainable Business Network
  • Chefs Collaborative
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  • universitycity@whitedog.com
Year Established
  • 1983
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    Was visiting from New York, and this place was great for lunch! Outstanding service all around. Host was very nice and attentive to the note on my reservation about being seated in a quiet area. We opted to sit outside by Sansom street. One mistake was made on our bill and it was rectified quickly and with a smile. Food was a bit expensive, but reasonably priced for local organic ingredients. Loved the Turkey Salad Sandwich with cherries and heirloom apples. Would definitely go back!

    2
    ★★★★★

    Was visiting from New York, and this place was great for lunch! Outstanding service all around. Host was very nice and attentive to the note on my reservation about being seated in a quiet area. We opted to sit outside by Sansom street. One mistake was made on our bill and it was rectified quickly and with a smile. Food was a bit expensive, but reasonably priced for local organic ingredients. Loved the Turkey Salad Sandwich with cherries and heirloom apples. Would definitely go back!

    Pros: Tasty food, great service

    Cons: Tough to find street parking

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    Great food... nice staff... awsome little place... anyone who writes a book on here about how bad everything is knows nothing about food and is super CHEAP! ... 4 STARS for the white dog cafe!!!

    2
    ★★★★★

    Great food... nice staff... awsome little place... anyone who writes a book on here about how bad everything is knows nothing about food and is super CHEAP! ... 4 STARS for the white dog cafe!!!

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    This "lovely Victorian under new Management" B.S. that some other reviewer writes about here.....WHO is this person? The new owner? Ha! This place is hands down the WOST place in Philly-- and that's saying a lot! You can coast for a long time on a cute name, a very convenient location, and bogus claims about "political correctness." The idiot bald manager with the attitude and arrogant stares was probably THE rudest jerk who ever set foot in a restaurant. Waitresses are absolutely AWFUL and need to take a class at Penn in Etiquetts. Food is generally burnt or undercooked, and getting served takes up to an hour. really, this place needs to be shut down. charging what they charge for lousy service and lousy food should be illegal.

    0
    ★☆☆☆☆

    This "lovely Victorian under new Management" B.S. that some other reviewer writes about here.....WHO is this person? The new owner? Ha! This place is hands down the WOST place in Philly-- and that's saying a lot! You can coast for a long time on a cute name, a very convenient location, and bogus claims about "political correctness." The idiot bald manager with the attitude and arrogant stares was probably THE rudest jerk who ever set foot in a restaurant. Waitresses are absolutely AWFUL and need to take a class at Penn in Etiquetts. Food is generally burnt or undercooked, and getting served takes up to an hour. really, this place needs to be shut down. charging what they charge for lousy service and lousy food should be illegal.

    Pros: NOTHING

    Cons: Rudest management. Rudest waitresses. Bogus food

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    KAreid is an obvious schill. The only other review is for the Moshulu which is the group that bought the White Dog. They fired the kitchen and bar staff and dinners take FOREVER to get to your table. Enjoy the "Phille Blunt" seriously that is what is on the menu.

    0
    ★☆☆☆☆

    KAreid is an obvious schill. The only other review is for the Moshulu which is the group that bought the White Dog. They fired the kitchen and bar staff and dinners take FOREVER to get to your table. Enjoy the "Phille Blunt" seriously that is what is on the menu.

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    With the new year, new management, new menu...wonderful experience! Walking by this beautiful Victorian building, I always wanted to try this cute cafe! I heard a few negative remarks, though with hearing that it now has new owners, I gave it a try. Great decision! Fresh organic salads and sandwiches in a clean, cozy atmosphere...I certainly found my new warm spot to relax with a scrumptious meal!

    2
    ★★★★☆

    With the new year, new management, new menu...wonderful experience! Walking by this beautiful Victorian building, I always wanted to try this cute cafe! I heard a few negative remarks, though with hearing that it now has new owners, I gave it a try. Great decision! Fresh organic salads and sandwiches in a clean, cozy atmosphere...I certainly found my new warm spot to relax with a scrumptious meal!

    Pros: fresh menu! cozy atmopshere!

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    I wish I had read the bad reviews here before setting foot in this place (which I will never do again, nor will the people I went with). What is wrong with this place? First, they act as if they are doing you a favor by letting you sit down. Here's a rundown at this place that pretends to be oh so politically correct and into supporting all the right causes (by the way, remember when they squashed the workers request to unionize? and their 'grass-fed cow' burgers is a claim that is apparently bogus): Snotty waitress sits us next to door on a day when temperature is 20 degress. We ask to move. She says "your new table is being cleaned. It will be another five minutes." This five minutes went on for one hour. We also wait 45 minutes for food to arrives Then she gets the order wrong. She delivers a raw hamburger and two other wrong orders. She rolls eyes when asked for correct order. By the time it arrives, another 20 minutes later (yes, this is over an hour wait), she has gotten order wrong AGAIN and is annoyed that WE are not happy with this. "Want me to get the manager?" she sniffs, and some little wimpy guy with a bald head and big glasses comes over holding the hamburger. This is how the "manager" handles the problem: "Do you want the hamburger or not." When we said we couldn't stay longer , he responds with brilliant managerial skills: "Thanks for answering my question," and walks away,with the hamburger, then charges us for it! The other reviews attest to this ongoing problem-- and you'd think they would at least have someone smart enough managing the place to smooth over a problem, instead of rubbing salt into it. I was disgusted by this place and especially the idiocy of the management and staff. STAY AWAY.

    0
    ★☆☆☆☆

    I wish I had read the bad reviews here before setting foot in this place (which I will never do again, nor will the people I went with). What is wrong with this place? First, they act as if they are doing you a favor by letting you sit down. Here's a rundown at this place that pretends to be oh so politically correct and into supporting all the right causes (by the way, remember when they squashed the workers request to unionize? and their 'grass-fed cow' burgers is a claim that is apparently bogus): Snotty waitress sits us next to door on a day when temperature is 20 degress. We ask to move. She says "your new table is being cleaned. It will be another five minutes." This five minutes went on for one hour. We also wait 45 minutes for food to arrives Then she gets the order wrong. She delivers a raw hamburger and two other wrong orders. She rolls eyes when asked for correct order. By the time it arrives, another 20 minutes later (yes, this is over an hour wait), she has gotten order wrong AGAIN and is annoyed that WE are not happy with this. "Want me to get the manager?" she sniffs, and some little wimpy guy with a bald head and big glasses comes over holding the hamburger. This is how the "manager" handles the problem: "Do you want the hamburger or not." When we said we couldn't stay longer , he responds with brilliant managerial skills: "Thanks for answering my question," and walks away,with the hamburger, then charges us for it! The other reviews attest to this ongoing problem-- and you'd think they would at least have someone smart enough managing the place to smooth over a problem, instead of rubbing salt into it. I was disgusted by this place and especially the idiocy of the management and staff. STAY AWAY.

    Pros: Absolutely nothing

    Cons: You name it, but the staff and management is rude, snotty, and incompetent. SMALL portions too

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    I spent New Year's Day here with some friends and it was a blast!
    We wore our PJs - it's recommended - and we were glad we did.
    There is a sing along at the piano; you can also join the occasional parade through the dining areas in between your mimosas!

    4
    ★★★★☆

    I spent New Year's Day here with some friends and it was a blast!
    We wore our PJs - it's recommended - and we were glad we did.
    There is a sing along at the piano; you can also join the occasional parade through the dining areas in between your mimosas!

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    All of White Dog's free range, local, organic foods are delicious! It's a small place that can get crowded at lunch and dinner times. Sitting outside is great when the weather is nice. The chicken quesadilla is my fav!

    4
    ★★★★☆

    All of White Dog's free range, local, organic foods are delicious! It's a small place that can get crowded at lunch and dinner times. Sitting outside is great when the weather is nice. The chicken quesadilla is my fav!

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    Best all around place to eat in West Philly. Great food, utilizing lots of local ingredients. Bar is comfortable also. Favorite to take visiting parents and friends

    5
    ★★★★★

    Best all around place to eat in West Philly. Great food, utilizing lots of local ingredients. Bar is comfortable also. Favorite to take visiting parents and friends

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    We sat at the bar and ordered 3 burgers, 2 medium, 1 medium rare and nachos as an appetizer. My friend ordered a Sprite which tasted like water, so he ordered a water to replace it. It wasn't busy and the food took forever to come out. The nachos were lame and had jarred salsa on them. The burgers were overdone and tasted like charred meatballs. They were supposed to be grass fed beef burgers, for $9.50 a piece they should have tasted awesome. They messed up the side order as well. Overpriced, terrible meal, still burping up the garlic 5 hours later from whatever it was in. Place should focus more on it's food than its causes.

    0
    ★☆☆☆☆

    We sat at the bar and ordered 3 burgers, 2 medium, 1 medium rare and nachos as an appetizer. My friend ordered a Sprite which tasted like water, so he ordered a water to replace it. It wasn't busy and the food took forever to come out. The nachos were lame and had jarred salsa on them. The burgers were overdone and tasted like charred meatballs. They were supposed to be grass fed beef burgers, for $9.50 a piece they should have tasted awesome. They messed up the side order as well. Overpriced, terrible meal, still burping up the garlic 5 hours later from whatever it was in. Place should focus more on it's food than its causes.

    Pros: meh.

    Cons: food, service, prices,

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    On our quest of mapping Philadelphia's restaurant scene, the well known White Dog was the next item on our list. I looked forward to the evening, having heard many good things about the place - it seems, they were pretty much all without foundation. I am a proponent of locally produced "slow food", but the meaning of slow reached new levels last evening. It was a bit difficult to catch anyone's attention already in the beginning, in order to get a table, but on a Friday evening, that happens in the best of places. After being seated, it took a good 20 minutes for anyone to show up to take our orders. With our wine, we got a basket of tasty bread that we devoured all in the next 25 minutes, while our starters arrived. The craw fish and crab cake was nice, no complaint there, however, the ruins stayed with us for another 20 minutes, until someone realized that it might be time to clear our table for the main course. Which arrived after a long wait again - cold. The waitress apologized, and poured a good amount of sauce on the tablecloth from my plate without noticing it. After yet again another long wait, we got the same, reheated food , which was considerably drier than the original. The lamb was uninteresting and over-roasted, the duck was dry and flavorless. We were not inclined to try dessert or coffee after this experience... Considering the price range of the restaurant, we expected a much higher quality of service and food. The waitress kindly removed the price of our wine from the bill as an apology, but unfortunately, this was not enough to save the evening. Let alone the nausea and stomach problems that attacked us both later that night. We are definitely never setting foot in the White Dog again, and I definitely cannot recommend it to anyone. If you are looking for locally and sustainably produced food in a cozy restaurant, go to the Cresheim Cottage instead, where the level of service and food is much more superior.

    1
    ★★☆☆☆

    On our quest of mapping Philadelphia's restaurant scene, the well known White Dog was the next item on our list. I looked forward to the evening, having heard many good things about the place - it seems, they were pretty much all without foundation. I am a proponent of locally produced "slow food", but the meaning of slow reached new levels last evening. It was a bit difficult to catch anyone's attention already in the beginning, in order to get a table, but on a Friday evening, that happens in the best of places. After being seated, it took a good 20 minutes for anyone to show up to take our orders. With our wine, we got a basket of tasty bread that we devoured all in the next 25 minutes, while our starters arrived. The craw fish and crab cake was nice, no complaint there, however, the ruins stayed with us for another 20 minutes, until someone realized that it might be time to clear our table for the main course. Which arrived after a long wait again - cold. The waitress apologized, and poured a good amount of sauce on the tablecloth from my plate without noticing it. After yet again another long wait, we got the same, reheated food , which was considerably drier than the original. The lamb was uninteresting and over-roasted, the duck was dry and flavorless. We were not inclined to try dessert or coffee after this experience... Considering the price range of the restaurant, we expected a much higher quality of service and food. The waitress kindly removed the price of our wine from the bill as an apology, but unfortunately, this was not enough to save the evening. Let alone the nausea and stomach problems that attacked us both later that night. We are definitely never setting foot in the White Dog again, and I definitely cannot recommend it to anyone. If you are looking for locally and sustainably produced food in a cozy restaurant, go to the Cresheim Cottage instead, where the level of service and food is much more superior.

    Pros: cozy setting, socially conscious

    Cons: terrible service, boring and tasteless food, way too expensive for the value it offers

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    Last night we had occasion to get together with two couples, one of whom came in from California. Upon entering the restaurant they felt right at home & remarked that it easily could be transported to Berkeley or any other California college town. There were loads of Penn-related residents, roomfuls of casually-dressed others, a diverse population, the typical White Dog make-up.

    The 6 of us were met by a pleasant hostess & led to a round corner table where we could converse easily, undisturbed by any adverse noise. The room...the entire restaurant....was full, but cacophony wasn't a problem. When you consider that The White Dog is made up of 3 Victorian brownstones with dining in most of its rooms, this is no small feat. I've never been bothered by noise there, regardless of the size of the room or the height of the ceilings.

    Although only one of us is a bona fide vegetarian, we seemed to gravitate to those choices. Our appetizers consisted of a roasted beet salad with manchego cheese; warm salads of seared scallops, pea shoots with an orange vinaigrette; and a large roasted, poached pear filled with dried cherries accompanied by a good-sized piece of baked brie. All were excellent.

    Our entrees also for the most part were vegetarian, with only one person opting for their tasty ??Pan-Roasted Free-Range Amish Farm Chicken 1/2 with Rosemary-Sage Sauce, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Herb-roasted Plum Tomatoes & Sauteed Swiss chard.? Two of us had the ??Balsamic Roasted Organic Portobello Mushroom with Garden Vegetable Ratatouille, roasted garlic/white bean puree (delicious!), & sauteed Swiss chard?; two others had a shrimp dish over vegetables & some kind of pasta, & another enjoyed a large 1/2 of acorn squash filled with lentils, tofu, & topped with pureed root vegetables & accompanied by sauteed greens. It wasn't that we chose these vegetarian options because we were philosophically opposed to meat or poultry. They simply were interesting & very good.

    Desserts ordered were creme brulee with lemon-almond sable ??pup? cookie and a couple of sorbets. Tea, coffee & cappucino rounded out the meal.

    In a nutshell, the evening could be described as good food, good conversation, and good friends. Bracing for the storm that began just a short time later, we had the perfect gathering to send us off into hibernation.

    4
    ★★★★☆

    Last night we had occasion to get together with two couples, one of whom came in from California. Upon entering the restaurant they felt right at home & remarked that it easily could be transported to Berkeley or any other California college town. There were loads of Penn-related residents, roomfuls of casually-dressed others, a diverse population, the typical White Dog make-up.

    The 6 of us were met by a pleasant hostess & led to a round corner table where we could converse easily, undisturbed by any adverse noise. The room...the entire restaurant....was full, but cacophony wasn't a problem. When you consider that The White Dog is made up of 3 Victorian brownstones with dining in most of its rooms, this is no small feat. I've never been bothered by noise there, regardless of the size of the room or the height of the ceilings.

    Although only one of us is a bona fide vegetarian, we seemed to gravitate to those choices. Our appetizers consisted of a roasted beet salad with manchego cheese; warm salads of seared scallops, pea shoots with an orange vinaigrette; and a large roasted, poached pear filled with dried cherries accompanied by a good-sized piece of baked brie. All were excellent.

    Our entrees also for the most part were vegetarian, with only one person opting for their tasty ??Pan-Roasted Free-Range Amish Farm Chicken 1/2 with Rosemary-Sage Sauce, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Herb-roasted Plum Tomatoes & Sauteed Swiss chard.? Two of us had the ??Balsamic Roasted Organic Portobello Mushroom with Garden Vegetable Ratatouille, roasted garlic/white bean puree (delicious!), & sauteed Swiss chard?; two others had a shrimp dish over vegetables & some kind of pasta, & another enjoyed a large 1/2 of acorn squash filled with lentils, tofu, & topped with pureed root vegetables & accompanied by sauteed greens. It wasn't that we chose these vegetarian options because we were philosophically opposed to meat or poultry. They simply were interesting & very good.

    Desserts ordered were creme brulee with lemon-almond sable ??pup? cookie and a couple of sorbets. Tea, coffee & cappucino rounded out the meal.

    In a nutshell, the evening could be described as good food, good conversation, and good friends. Bracing for the storm that began just a short time later, we had the perfect gathering to send us off into hibernation.

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    It's hip to like this place. But the bottom line is that the food isn't all that impressive (I get a stomach ache every time I eat there), the tables are tiny and uncomfortable, and the general manager is downright unpleasant to talk to. Oh, and he proudly told me that he has enjoyed dog meat and horse meat! I complained that rabbit (a pet dear to my heart) was being offered on the menu. The response I got was condescending and rude, and the general manager insisted that I was overlooking all of the good that the restaurant does. And yes, as I said above, he informed me that he has eaten dog meat and horse meat. At the end of the day, it appears that the White Dog is happy to serve flesh of animals of all types (apparently if it were legal in the U.S., dogs and horses would be candidates for the menu too). They seem to think that serving "free range" animals makes up for it. Do a little research and you'll learn that free range is not a meaningful standard, and so this insistence that the White Dog is a socially responsible restaurant is why I think that the White Dog is "overstated" in its contributions to the community.

    If you want to dine at a restaurant with true ethical standards, please patronize one of the vegetarian restaurants our lovely city has to offer (Horizons, Govindas, Singapore, etc.). You will get better food, better customer service, and a truly socially responsible menu.

    0
    ★☆☆☆☆

    It's hip to like this place. But the bottom line is that the food isn't all that impressive (I get a stomach ache every time I eat there), the tables are tiny and uncomfortable, and the general manager is downright unpleasant to talk to. Oh, and he proudly told me that he has enjoyed dog meat and horse meat! I complained that rabbit (a pet dear to my heart) was being offered on the menu. The response I got was condescending and rude, and the general manager insisted that I was overlooking all of the good that the restaurant does. And yes, as I said above, he informed me that he has eaten dog meat and horse meat. At the end of the day, it appears that the White Dog is happy to serve flesh of animals of all types (apparently if it were legal in the U.S., dogs and horses would be candidates for the menu too). They seem to think that serving "free range" animals makes up for it. Do a little research and you'll learn that free range is not a meaningful standard, and so this insistence that the White Dog is a socially responsible restaurant is why I think that the White Dog is "overstated" in its contributions to the community.

    If you want to dine at a restaurant with true ethical standards, please patronize one of the vegetarian restaurants our lovely city has to offer (Horizons, Govindas, Singapore, etc.). You will get better food, better customer service, and a truly socially responsible menu.

    Pros: Vegan Options

    Cons: Dead Bunny on Menu, Rude General Manager, Tiny Tables, Overstated Social Value

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    Very disappointing
    Not a good place to spend anytime in. Food is mediocre and the service is
    brusque at best. Had to wait a long time for a our meals and place was
    not crowded as I've been told it never is.
    Beer was horrible and the glasses provided were, oh well.. and so it goes.
    Place is full to types completely painted up with Henna Tattoo's.
    The owner, I think her name is Judy Licks reminds me someone prancing
    around in drag.
    It was not a pleasant experience and place like this would never make it
    South Brooklyn, South Boston or South Philly for that matter.
    Bobby Goren
    South Brooklyn,NY

    0
    ★☆☆☆☆

    Very disappointing
    Not a good place to spend anytime in. Food is mediocre and the service is
    brusque at best. Had to wait a long time for a our meals and place was
    not crowded as I've been told it never is.
    Beer was horrible and the glasses provided were, oh well.. and so it goes.
    Place is full to types completely painted up with Henna Tattoo's.
    The owner, I think her name is Judy Licks reminds me someone prancing
    around in drag.
    It was not a pleasant experience and place like this would never make it
    South Brooklyn, South Boston or South Philly for that matter.
    Bobby Goren
    South Brooklyn,NY

    Pros: None

    Cons: To many to mention... Pass on it.

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    I was introduced to this restaurant on the first day of my undergrad career at Penn. It was a great introduction. Since then I have been back a few more times, not too often because of the price tag. However, all of the time that I went, everything was great. The food is always cooked to perfection. I also love all of the cocktails that they have named after different dogs. Can't wait to come back.

    2
    ★★★★☆

    I was introduced to this restaurant on the first day of my undergrad career at Penn. It was a great introduction. Since then I have been back a few more times, not too often because of the price tag. However, all of the time that I went, everything was great. The food is always cooked to perfection. I also love all of the cocktails that they have named after different dogs. Can't wait to come back.

    Pros: Ambience, good food

    Cons: pricey

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    AWSOME! Being on a student budget, I appreciate that the Dog even has a bar menu. I have read the reviews on this site for this place and find alot of them to be unfair. There are alot of spoiled, pretentious students that want to be treated like they are at the 4 Seasons but want to pay $10 bucks for food. They are being served by students sometimes as well. Cut this place a break. They do alot for the community too. This is a really nice place that just gets incredibly busy. I can take my parents here when they are in town for a nice dinner or I can split the nachos with my roomate at the bar. Brunch is a crazy scene- but they get it done. If you can't afford the brunch here go to Mickey D's or come back when you have a degree.

    2
    ★★★★★

    AWSOME! Being on a student budget, I appreciate that the Dog even has a bar menu. I have read the reviews on this site for this place and find alot of them to be unfair. There are alot of spoiled, pretentious students that want to be treated like they are at the 4 Seasons but want to pay $10 bucks for food. They are being served by students sometimes as well. Cut this place a break. They do alot for the community too. This is a really nice place that just gets incredibly busy. I can take my parents here when they are in town for a nice dinner or I can split the nachos with my roomate at the bar. Brunch is a crazy scene- but they get it done. If you can't afford the brunch here go to Mickey D's or come back when you have a degree.

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    can only get certain menus certain parts of the restaurant...slow service, BUT great sundae's...best burgers in philly...great bar food if you can get them to give it to you

    2
    ★★★★☆

    can only get certain menus certain parts of the restaurant...slow service, BUT great sundae's...best burgers in philly...great bar food if you can get them to give it to you

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    It's a homey restaurant full of nooks and crannies walled with dark wood - the dining space is broken up into smaller rooms. I agree this would not be a good place for +6 or more groups - however you can have a warm and intimate meal with a friend. Today, I tried the lamburger special served on a pita bread and Greek-like salad. The burger was flavorful and a bit greasy, yet still enjoyable. I finished with the scrumptious chocolate bread pudding and pale ale ice cream - beer ice cream?! Why didn't we think of that before?! Surprisingly it was light in texture, and the beer flavor mild - it works! WDC is in the midst of a college campus - parking can be scarce, though talk of politics and social issues are not. I appreciate their philosophy of buying ingredients from smaller local farms. The prices are right for a salaried working girl, but as a coed - I would have dined here for special occasions only.

    2
    ★★★★☆

    It's a homey restaurant full of nooks and crannies walled with dark wood - the dining space is broken up into smaller rooms. I agree this would not be a good place for +6 or more groups - however you can have a warm and intimate meal with a friend. Today, I tried the lamburger special served on a pita bread and Greek-like salad. The burger was flavorful and a bit greasy, yet still enjoyable. I finished with the scrumptious chocolate bread pudding and pale ale ice cream - beer ice cream?! Why didn't we think of that before?! Surprisingly it was light in texture, and the beer flavor mild - it works! WDC is in the midst of a college campus - parking can be scarce, though talk of politics and social issues are not. I appreciate their philosophy of buying ingredients from smaller local farms. The prices are right for a salaried working girl, but as a coed - I would have dined here for special occasions only.

    Pros: Tasty food, warm and comfortable dining, 1/2 block from public transportation

    Cons: parking

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    I had such a poor experience today I felt compelled to warn others... We dined at the WDC today for a Bridal Luncheon. We had reserved a room to accomodate 12-18 people; our party included 15. The service was pretty much abysmal... The simplest requests, like to have the water refilled, bread brought out, or an extra table setting were met with "I'm working on it." This was a large group, granted, but they knew to expect this. We were anything but demanding, but the waitress never seemed to be on top of things. We often had to remind her of our unfulfilled requests, which were met with stares of annoyance. Inattentive would be a good word to describe the experience. I guess if you're automatically going to receive a large gratuity, there's no need to work for it... We were not rushed at least... and although we were not in a hurry, lunch took so long we all got parking tickets! Moral: Don't come here with large groups expecting great service.

    1
    ★★★☆☆

    I had such a poor experience today I felt compelled to warn others... We dined at the WDC today for a Bridal Luncheon. We had reserved a room to accomodate 12-18 people; our party included 15. The service was pretty much abysmal... The simplest requests, like to have the water refilled, bread brought out, or an extra table setting were met with "I'm working on it." This was a large group, granted, but they knew to expect this. We were anything but demanding, but the waitress never seemed to be on top of things. We often had to remind her of our unfulfilled requests, which were met with stares of annoyance. Inattentive would be a good word to describe the experience. I guess if you're automatically going to receive a large gratuity, there's no need to work for it... We were not rushed at least... and although we were not in a hurry, lunch took so long we all got parking tickets! Moral: Don't come here with large groups expecting great service.

    Pros: Lunch entrees reasonably priced

    Cons: Poor service, absolutely NO parking

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    I loved this place right near Penns campus, and enjoyed my drinks with friends there. It is much better to be in a non smoking environment. The nachos are out of this world, and they were enough for a meal. In fact, they were the best I have ever had, and I consider myself to be an expert when it comes to eating nachos. The shopping next door at the black cat was also a lot of fun, and I found some very unique items.

    2
    ★★★★☆

    I loved this place right near Penns campus, and enjoyed my drinks with friends there. It is much better to be in a non smoking environment. The nachos are out of this world, and they were enough for a meal. In fact, they were the best I have ever had, and I consider myself to be an expert when it comes to eating nachos. The shopping next door at the black cat was also a lot of fun, and I found some very unique items.

    Pros: great nachos, black cat right next door

    Cons: no parking

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    Went there for the 1st time this past Friday. The waitress changed her tone and was short with us as soon as she found out we were there only for drinks and dessert. Will definitely not go back. The bubble house down the street certainly is a lot better.

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    ★★★☆☆

    Went there for the 1st time this past Friday. The waitress changed her tone and was short with us as soon as she found out we were there only for drinks and dessert. Will definitely not go back. The bubble house down the street certainly is a lot better.

    Pros: Ambiance, Parking

    Cons: Service

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    My son presented me with a $75 gift certificate to the White Dog Cafe. I took a friend to dinner and the bill came to $62. The management refused to give me $13 change, nor could the difference be applied to the gratuity! How outrageous is that? I wrote a letter of complaint. They very nicely called and sent me another gift certificate, this time for $50 (which I appreciated). However, it said "Does not include gratuity!" Moral of the story: never buy anyone a gift certificate from the White Dog Cafe! Very disappointing business practice.

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    ★☆☆☆☆

    My son presented me with a $75 gift certificate to the White Dog Cafe. I took a friend to dinner and the bill came to $62. The management refused to give me $13 change, nor could the difference be applied to the gratuity! How outrageous is that? I wrote a letter of complaint. They very nicely called and sent me another gift certificate, this time for $50 (which I appreciated). However, it said "Does not include gratuity!" Moral of the story: never buy anyone a gift certificate from the White Dog Cafe! Very disappointing business practice.

    Pros: Well known, socially progressive West Philly restaurant.

    Cons: Unfair to customers where giving change on a gift certificate is concerned.

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    I've been to White Dog only twice -- once at the bar, and once for lunch. I really like the bar's atmosphere; it's relaxed, friendly, small, and traditional-looking, and with a nice assortment of interesting drinks & beers (including some unusual local stuff). The lunch was also very good, and service was friendly. I had the soup of the day, which was a comforting veggie stew that came with a delicious assortment of fresh breads of various kinds. Dessert was light, delicious, and beautifully presented. However, prices seemed high, and although there wasn't a crowd there are too many tables in the room, which can make the place feel cramped.

    2
    ★★★★☆

    I've been to White Dog only twice -- once at the bar, and once for lunch. I really like the bar's atmosphere; it's relaxed, friendly, small, and traditional-looking, and with a nice assortment of interesting drinks & beers (including some unusual local stuff). The lunch was also very good, and service was friendly. I had the soup of the day, which was a comforting veggie stew that came with a delicious assortment of fresh breads of various kinds. Dessert was light, delicious, and beautifully presented. However, prices seemed high, and although there wasn't a crowd there are too many tables in the room, which can make the place feel cramped.

    Pros: good food, nice bar

    Cons: cramped dining room, expensive

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    when I first moved to Philly, one year ago, the first restaurant were we went was the white dog cafe, it was really great. Then we went there again, but I really feel that the food is always the same! The thing which I love is their bread!

    1
    ★★★☆☆

    when I first moved to Philly, one year ago, the first restaurant were we went was the white dog cafe, it was really great. Then we went there again, but I really feel that the food is always the same! The thing which I love is their bread!

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    I love the White Dos Block Parties. I now live in Richmond, VA and arrange my travels to attend the block parties. The crowd is always fun and loving, the music a great variety and the food est ce manifique Even though you are in the middle of West Philly you feel safe & surrounded by good people. I miss the White Dogs table talks and garden walks there is NOTHING like this restaurant here in Richmond, VA,

    2
    ★★★★★

    I love the White Dos Block Parties. I now live in Richmond, VA and arrange my travels to attend the block parties. The crowd is always fun and loving, the music a great variety and the food est ce manifique Even though you are in the middle of West Philly you feel safe & surrounded by good people. I miss the White Dogs table talks and garden walks there is NOTHING like this restaurant here in Richmond, VA,

    Pros: Organic food from local farms... a bar and a resturant menue for variety

    Cons: a bit expansive

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    I had the worst, and most expensive ($9!), pancakes I've ever eaten in a restaurant. The menu called them Strawberry Lemon Marscapone pancakes (Sunday brunch). They tasted like none of those things, nor were there any recognizable strawberries of any sort. They were very sweet, but the batter still had clumps of dry mix in it. I asked the waiter his reccomendation, as I couldn't decide between the mushroom omelet and the pancakes. Obviously he steered me wrong. Other than that the service was fine, we were in and out in under an hour. It was cramped and crowded. If you're curious, though, go for brunch because things are much more affordable (it was $26 including tip for 2 people).

    1
    ★★★☆☆

    I had the worst, and most expensive ($9!), pancakes I've ever eaten in a restaurant. The menu called them Strawberry Lemon Marscapone pancakes (Sunday brunch). They tasted like none of those things, nor were there any recognizable strawberries of any sort. They were very sweet, but the batter still had clumps of dry mix in it. I asked the waiter his reccomendation, as I couldn't decide between the mushroom omelet and the pancakes. Obviously he steered me wrong. Other than that the service was fine, we were in and out in under an hour. It was cramped and crowded. If you're curious, though, go for brunch because things are much more affordable (it was $26 including tip for 2 people).

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    I wish I had read these reviews first... I'll keep this short.. Food was awful. Very very overpriced. Service was the worst. Will never go back.. save yourself the experience.

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    ★☆☆☆☆

    I wish I had read these reviews first... I'll keep this short.. Food was awful. Very very overpriced. Service was the worst. Will never go back.. save yourself the experience.

    Cons: Expensive, rude service, dirty

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    I believe I received the worst service of my life and paid the most money for it. Our server had 2 other tables who were practically done eating when we sat down and we still had to wait 10 minutes for her to come to us. She behaved as though she was doing us a favor every time she brought something (which wasn't often). She never refilled water, never asked how we were. She just stood around trying to look busy. The food was dismal, the wine was disgusting and our service was atrocious. I've never in my life paid that much for such a horrible experience. Bland, tasteless food. Dogs all over the place. Being a server myself, I won't even call that "service". This was the first time I've ever left less than a 20 percent tip.

    0
    ★☆☆☆☆

    I believe I received the worst service of my life and paid the most money for it. Our server had 2 other tables who were practically done eating when we sat down and we still had to wait 10 minutes for her to come to us. She behaved as though she was doing us a favor every time she brought something (which wasn't often). She never refilled water, never asked how we were. She just stood around trying to look busy. The food was dismal, the wine was disgusting and our service was atrocious. I've never in my life paid that much for such a horrible experience. Bland, tasteless food. Dogs all over the place. Being a server myself, I won't even call that "service". This was the first time I've ever left less than a 20 percent tip.

    Pros: nice wood tables

    Cons: horrible service, disgusting food, rude management

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    I really WANTED to like the White Dog... but the service was really, really bad and the food was average or below average. I've heard so many people say good things... so I'll try again. But, my first experience there was so disappointing.

    1
    ★★☆☆☆

    I really WANTED to like the White Dog... but the service was really, really bad and the food was average or below average. I've heard so many people say good things... so I'll try again. But, my first experience there was so disappointing.

    Pros: cute ambiance

    Cons: crowded brunch, bad service

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    This is one of my favorite places in Philly because no matter what you're in the mood for (casual bar food or upscale dinning, breakfast, lunch or dinner) this place always hits the spot. The place has a friendly neighborhood atmosphere, and even though the food is always top notch, it is never pretentious and always special.

    2
    ★★★★★

    This is one of my favorite places in Philly because no matter what you're in the mood for (casual bar food or upscale dinning, breakfast, lunch or dinner) this place always hits the spot. The place has a friendly neighborhood atmosphere, and even though the food is always top notch, it is never pretentious and always special.

    Pros: Friendly atmosphere, Great food, Inexpensive

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    I have been a customer for 15 years and love this place! It is versatile in the sense that there is a casual dining area near the bar, and a more pricey, upscale dining room in the back. No matter what you are in the mood for, this place always delivers the most imaginative dishes, friendly service and a great atmosphere. No matter what you order, they always put an interesting spin on it, so food is never dull.

    2
    ★★★★★

    I have been a customer for 15 years and love this place! It is versatile in the sense that there is a casual dining area near the bar, and a more pricey, upscale dining room in the back. No matter what you are in the mood for, this place always delivers the most imaginative dishes, friendly service and a great atmosphere. No matter what you order, they always put an interesting spin on it, so food is never dull.

    Pros: Versatile, Consistent, Good for any occasion

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    too cramped, too expensive, average food and the activist atmosphere might be fine for a political rally but otherwise is just plain tacky. I remember 15 years ago this place was truly excellent, although was pricey even then. After losing the head chef (or so I heard) it's been downhill ever since. Avoid sitting in the downstairs dining area as they have tried to capitalize on past success by cramming in ever more tables without commensurate increase in floorspace. Try out the New Deck Tavern next door if you're interested.

    1
    ★★☆☆☆

    too cramped, too expensive, average food and the activist atmosphere might be fine for a political rally but otherwise is just plain tacky. I remember 15 years ago this place was truly excellent, although was pricey even then. After losing the head chef (or so I heard) it's been downhill ever since. Avoid sitting in the downstairs dining area as they have tried to capitalize on past success by cramming in ever more tables without commensurate increase in floorspace. Try out the New Deck Tavern next door if you're interested.

    Pros: nice bar area

    Cons: , average food, activist atmosphere

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    I went for my sister's birthday. The place is incredibly cramped, so I found myself stuck between a wall and a lamp. As far as the ambience of the place, I suppose it's great if you're a fan of the "whole lotta crazy crap on the walls" decor that is popular at places like Ruby Tuesdays. The pricey piece of fish that I ordered arrived looking pale, frightened and begging for me to put it out of its misery. However, I found myself chomping down on more pin-bones than fish, and for the absurd prices they really could have removed those pin-bones. The calamari had such a salt level that I swear deer were eyeing up my plate. I would sooner recommend the McFish-wich to any seafood there. On a positive note, my sister's veggie platter was delicious. Perhaps it's their way of punishing us who choose to eat meat.

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    ★☆☆☆☆

    I went for my sister's birthday. The place is incredibly cramped, so I found myself stuck between a wall and a lamp. As far as the ambience of the place, I suppose it's great if you're a fan of the "whole lotta crazy crap on the walls" decor that is popular at places like Ruby Tuesdays. The pricey piece of fish that I ordered arrived looking pale, frightened and begging for me to put it out of its misery. However, I found myself chomping down on more pin-bones than fish, and for the absurd prices they really could have removed those pin-bones. The calamari had such a salt level that I swear deer were eyeing up my plate. I would sooner recommend the McFish-wich to any seafood there. On a positive note, my sister's veggie platter was delicious. Perhaps it's their way of punishing us who choose to eat meat.

    Pros: Veggie Platter

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    I heard such good things about White Dog a long time ago so I made reservations for my romantic Valentine's Day with my boyfriend. They had a price fixed menu that was overpriced to begin with and we should have seen the red flags. White Dog Cafe shouldn't cost $65/person. This is not a downtown hot spot! After a carafe of wine for $22, tip, and tax, our dinner was over $200!! The shrimp fritters appetizer was 4 latkas filled w/ 3 shrimps in total. The lamb tenderloins smelled like body odor and were thrown on the plate. The beef filet was overcooked and tasteless with a potato salad and garlic mix. The coat check was a big mess in the Black Cat store that it's connected to. The only thing noteable was the nice service and huge, tasty desserts. White Dog Cafe is overpriced and a BIG disappointment.

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    ★☆☆☆☆

    I heard such good things about White Dog a long time ago so I made reservations for my romantic Valentine's Day with my boyfriend. They had a price fixed menu that was overpriced to begin with and we should have seen the red flags. White Dog Cafe shouldn't cost $65/person. This is not a downtown hot spot! After a carafe of wine for $22, tip, and tax, our dinner was over $200!! The shrimp fritters appetizer was 4 latkas filled w/ 3 shrimps in total. The lamb tenderloins smelled like body odor and were thrown on the plate. The beef filet was overcooked and tasteless with a potato salad and garlic mix. The coat check was a big mess in the Black Cat store that it's connected to. The only thing noteable was the nice service and huge, tasty desserts. White Dog Cafe is overpriced and a BIG disappointment.

    Pros: Good Service

    Cons: , Horrible ambiance

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    After three visits to the White Dog, I find an undeniable gap between aspirations and delivery, between rhetoric and actions. The handsome, hand picked decor, the quirky looking servers, the detailed menu all seem to say 'this is a special place. Prepare for a dining experience.' But it all crumbles when the dishes start arriving: too many dominant ingredients, too sloppy cooking. My orcchieta, thin, quarter shaped pieces of pasta, were way over cooked. They were drenched in what the menu called 'rich' sauce. But the sauce seemed to contain every stray ingredient found in the kitchen, leading to a mishmash of competing tastes, struggling with each other.

    0
    ★☆☆☆☆

    After three visits to the White Dog, I find an undeniable gap between aspirations and delivery, between rhetoric and actions. The handsome, hand picked decor, the quirky looking servers, the detailed menu all seem to say 'this is a special place. Prepare for a dining experience.' But it all crumbles when the dishes start arriving: too many dominant ingredients, too sloppy cooking. My orcchieta, thin, quarter shaped pieces of pasta, were way over cooked. They were drenched in what the menu called 'rich' sauce. But the sauce seemed to contain every stray ingredient found in the kitchen, leading to a mishmash of competing tastes, struggling with each other.

    Pros: hand picked decor, quirky looking server, Local beer selection

    Cons: sloppy cooking, poor value, difficult parking

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    This is one of favorite restaurants in the city. It's always reassuring to find that the ingredients are fresh and organic and vegan entrees are an option. Everything tastes great. I also love the fact that they have socially responsible philosophies.

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    ★★★★★

    This is one of favorite restaurants in the city. It's always reassuring to find that the ingredients are fresh and organic and vegan entrees are an option. Everything tastes great. I also love the fact that they have socially responsible philosophies.

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    We enjoyed our visit very much and found this restaurant to be very charming, with the whimsical dog theme. They have a lot to offer when dining with children, but I would go there as a couple as well. The otherwise pleasant server was a little careless and seemed rushed, and they were out of what seemed to be the best vegan entree. (Where is their social consciousness?) Why not offer soymilk so vegans can enjoy it with their coffee?
    Even Starbuck's does that!
    Overall, we loved this restaurant. We would and will recommend it to others.

    2
    ★★★★☆

    We enjoyed our visit very much and found this restaurant to be very charming, with the whimsical dog theme. They have a lot to offer when dining with children, but I would go there as a couple as well. The otherwise pleasant server was a little careless and seemed rushed, and they were out of what seemed to be the best vegan entree. (Where is their social consciousness?) Why not offer soymilk so vegans can enjoy it with their coffee?
    Even Starbuck's does that!
    Overall, we loved this restaurant. We would and will recommend it to others.

    Pros: charming, fun, delicious food

    Cons: out of vegan entree, careless server, no lobby/crowded

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    finally made it there after walking past it everyday going to school. food was excellent. friend i took is vegetarian and got a great meal. interesting decor. only complaint was the waitress we got was a little..umm...loopy and the tea tasted funny even after sending it back for a new one...but oh well. would go back.

    2
    ★★★★☆

    finally made it there after walking past it everyday going to school. food was excellent. friend i took is vegetarian and got a great meal. interesting decor. only complaint was the waitress we got was a little..umm...loopy and the tea tasted funny even after sending it back for a new one...but oh well. would go back.

    Pros: prompt seating, interesting decor

    Cons: little pricey, waitress a little odd

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    tasty food, fun atmosphere. I don't know if I would like it now since I am now a Vegetarian and I don't know what kind of Veggie options they have. It's kind of a place for SUV driving mega stock option carrying wannabe hippies who think they are cool because they voted for Al Gore. Go Figure. It is on a fantatic neat side street near UPENN. The building is great. The atmosphere is great. The food is neatly presented. The staff seems a little bit arrogant though. GET RESERVATIONS!!!!
    One more thing, they try to act like cool Ralph Nader lovers (who still voted for Gore) but if they are so cool and progressive, why is there so much meat on their menu (Calfs liver? YUCK!)

    2
    ★★★★☆

    tasty food, fun atmosphere. I don't know if I would like it now since I am now a Vegetarian and I don't know what kind of Veggie options they have. It's kind of a place for SUV driving mega stock option carrying wannabe hippies who think they are cool because they voted for Al Gore. Go Figure. It is on a fantatic neat side street near UPENN. The building is great. The atmosphere is great. The food is neatly presented. The staff seems a little bit arrogant though. GET RESERVATIONS!!!!
    One more thing, they try to act like cool Ralph Nader lovers (who still voted for Gore) but if they are so cool and progressive, why is there so much meat on their menu (Calfs liver? YUCK!)

    Pros: great building, yummy food, they use solar power

    Cons: Vegetarian unfriendly, arrogant wait staff, taken over by yuppies

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    Probably my favorite restaurant in the city. I have never, ever, had a bad meal here. The menu is inventive, always the freshest, usually organic ingredients; the environment is warm and cozy and homey and funky, service is good, and I love Judith Wicks' politics. She is a true citizen, and contributes immensely to this city and to furthering social justice. The staff are friendly. Try the chocolate-caramel pie - it is to die for. And I love the Snaggletooth Red house wine.

    2
    ★★★★★

    Probably my favorite restaurant in the city. I have never, ever, had a bad meal here. The menu is inventive, always the freshest, usually organic ingredients; the environment is warm and cozy and homey and funky, service is good, and I love Judith Wicks' politics. She is a true citizen, and contributes immensely to this city and to furthering social justice. The staff are friendly. Try the chocolate-caramel pie - it is to die for. And I love the Snaggletooth Red house wine.

    Pros: Food!, Ambience, Politics

    Cons: None

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    One can't deny the quality of ingredients, or that the menu is pretty interesting at the White Dog. However the prices are out of whack with a) the food, b) the level of service and c) all of the Marxist crap that one has to eat along with the entrees. Shouldn't Marxists serve food priced for the downtrodden masses?

    That one is force-fed so much tired, hippy, self-righteous political "hooray for our side" polemic is a huge disincentive for me to go to the White Dog. That it is in a good location, in a charming building, that the food is pretty good causes my wife to force me to go there sometimes.

    1
    ★★★☆☆

    One can't deny the quality of ingredients, or that the menu is pretty interesting at the White Dog. However the prices are out of whack with a) the food, b) the level of service and c) all of the Marxist crap that one has to eat along with the entrees. Shouldn't Marxists serve food priced for the downtrodden masses?

    That one is force-fed so much tired, hippy, self-righteous political "hooray for our side" polemic is a huge disincentive for me to go to the White Dog. That it is in a good location, in a charming building, that the food is pretty good causes my wife to force me to go there sometimes.

    Pros: location, interesting menu, nice building

    Cons: overpriced, preachy politics

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    White Dog Cafe has been engaging the Philadelphia community with award-winning contemporary American cuisine, since 1983. Known for creative menus, using the highest quality farm-fresh ingredients and humanely raised meats and poultry, our menus change weekly to capture the best local, seasonal and sustainable grown foods available. Completely renovated in August 2014, the historic trio of brownstones feature charming and whimsical décor in each of the unique dining spaces and bar with the same warm hospitality and inspiring fare.

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