Basic 4 Vegetarian Cafe

Philadelphia Metro, Pennsylvania

Closed as of Jan 1 13

12th St and Arch St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
(215) 440-0991


3.9 / 13 votes

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Vegan sandwiches, snacks and fresh juices in reading market terminal

Located in Philadelphia's finest historical landmark, Basic 4 Vegetarian Cafe is the vegetarian connoisseur's paradise, delivering delicious healthy renditions of American comfort classics. Owner/Chef Alfoncie B. Austin opened the doors to Basic 4 in 1981 fulfilling a niche of delectable dishes typically unavailable to the health conscious. As a dietician, Alfoncie carefully designed each menu item to provide the 4 basic elements necessary in a meal: whole grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy and legumes (protein).

The store's name represents the complete diet and caters to those who are concious of health, the environment, and fresh ingredients, but don't want to compromise mouthwatering meals. Fresh fruit and vegetable juices or smoothies refresh and revive; dairy free deserts like Sweet Potato Pie or Cheesecake are the perfect guilt free finishing touch to a hearty meal. Basic 4 Vegetarian Cafe is the transparent staple inventing a healthy indulgence for the conscience consumer. Eating here will make anyone want to join the vegelution.

Added by maureen grant on Mar 15 04 (last updated Oct 15 13)

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Basic 4's vegan cheesesteak isn't bad, but it's not the best. The sweet potato pie was pretty delicious though. I've only been here once, since I always forget that they're closed on Saturday

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I am a regular. The vege burger is to die for. Everything is handmade and fresh. If in Philly a must thing to do

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Inside Reading Terminal Market


No Reservations

Wheelchair Accessible


$ - inexpensive

Cash Only


  • American


  • Delivery


main image for Basic 4 Vegetarian Cafe Carrot tuna sandwich and large cream of broccoli soup


10am - 6pm
9am - 5pm

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