Charlie Was A Sinner in Philly


Shortly after moving to NYC, I was told I needed to get to Philly and Charlie Was A Sinner. Multiple people have shared with me this is an incredible vegan bar. The name threw me as it brings the south to my mind and the south I know is not always great for vegan food. How could this place be as good or better than the vegan paradise I know in NYC? Well, it is.

Hubby and I decided it was time to start exploring weekend trips outside the city. Philadelphia is our first destination and the train ride was very easy. Charlie Was A Sinner was on our agenda for the first night and was totally worth it.

Consider getting a reservation. We didn’t have one. I didn’t even think about it since it’s a bar. Well, CWAS is much more than a bar! It has small plates that are fantastic in addition to a wonderful drink list.


We sat at the bar and decided to try four plates. Smoked Cauliflower, Heirloom Beet Salad, Carrot Mousse, and Tofu & Bean Sausage. Each dish was wonderful in a special way. The flavors are so well developed and not at all overwhelming. Yummers! The atmosphere is also very enjoyable with a dark speak-easy meets farm-to-table feel.


We HAD to try dessert after enjoying our dinner so much. The photos show how servings are small plates, so we had room.


The Meyer Lemon Cake and Summer Peach Empanada are both truly enjoyable.

We had such a wonderful experience that we returned the next night for drinks and appetizers.


This trip we got Zuchinni “Crabcake” Sliders and Artichoke Frites. Again, yummers!

I can’t say enough good things about Charlie Was A Sinner. Even the staff was wonderful. If ever in Philly, make sure to enjoy this place. Charlie Was A Sinner gets five out of five vegan cupcakes.

Written by Deanna Meyler, PhD

Certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach & Educator. Sharing an everyday approach to being vegan.

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