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“PUT A FORK IN IT” White Dog Cafe

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Philadelphians are loyal to two things: their favorite team and their favorite restaurant.

Over the past ten years, new, hipster, and tasty eateries have added flavor to the historic metropolis, all of which offer their own interpretations of tempting cuisine. This surge of vitality helped cement Philly’s rightful place on the global culinary map. Instead of vying for palates, the old guards of the Philly restaurant scene are welcoming new owners in a ‘Brotherly Love’ kind of way.

The White Dog Cafe Restaurant in University City staked its claim on their faithful foodies when it opened in 1983. American food culture had not yet transitioned into ‘healthy’ options when dining out, however, when Judy Wicks introduced the ‘farm to table’ business model, she changed the game. The concept and ethical principles she established remain intact under the ownership of Marty Grims.

“White Dog Cafe is committed to using only the freshest ingredients purchased from local farms located no more than 50 miles from our restaurants,” says White Dog Cafe Executive Chef Zach Grainda. “We feature seasonal menus using ingredients from farms we trust. All of our proteins are pasture fed animals, humanely treated livestock, fish, and seafood harvested through sustainable suppliers.” Importantly, there are also options available to guests with restricted or specialized diets and food allergies.

The relationships with local farms and purveyors that cultivate fresh and local ingredients is what helped The White Dog Cafe earn its reputation as a neighborhood favorite among university students, the hospital community, and out-of-town professionals in search of delectable food and exceptional service for the past 35 years.

In addition to soliciting local food purveyors, The White Dog Cafe also procures beers and spirits from local wineries, breweries, and distilleries. Their impressive beverage menu is designed to top off the dining experience – whether bellying up to the mahogany crafted bar to watch the 2018 Super Bowl Champion Eagles or settling in for a leisurely dinner in the comfort of privately crafted dining rooms.

The landmark restaurant opened two additional locations in Wayne and Haverford in 2010 and 2013 respectively to much delight on the Main Line of Philadelphia. Each of the three sites offer unique décors including – of course – curated dog-inspired artwork.

For The White Dog Cafe, Philadelphian restaurant loyalty has its perks.

*The White Dog Cafe Favorites* 


HOT OFF THE GRILL: GREEN MEADOW DOUBLE CHEDDAR BURGER Smoked Bacon Mayo, Bibb Lettuce, Grilled Red Onion, Brioche, Truffle Parmesan Fries


The White Dog Cafe   
*Five Fork Rating*
Lunch $$ – Dinner $$$
(Reservations Recommended)

Dana M. Lewis is a professional writer and lives on the Main Line of Philadelphia. She graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 2003.

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