Memphis Taproom Phila. PA ~ Restaurant Review

Memphis Taproom
2331 E. Cumberland St. Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 425-4460
Located in the Kensington section: Border of Port Richmond & Fishtown neighborhoods.


Just to quote myself again from my Coconut Bacon post,

[“The first time I ever realized that coconut ‘bacon’ was even a thing was at a restaurant in Philly called the Memphis Taproom when I tasted their vegan sandwich called the Smoked Coconut Club! This sandwich is so incredible and was even featured on the Food Network’s show Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives. Seriously, if you are ever in Philadelphia, try this sandwich, they actually use a smoker to smoke their coconut. Since that experience years ago, I was inspired to make coconut ‘bacon’ myself, however, using smoked flavoring instead of an actual smoker. Since then I’ve added it atop my black bean burgers, put it in my version of Spaghetti alla Carbonara, in Mofongo and even attempted to recreate the Taproom’s Coconut Club”]

I would categorize this restaurant as a dive. I know people go for the beer (hence ‘Taproom’) and they have a beer garden too, but we went for the food! They offer vegan sandwiches and appetizers on their menu. The Smoked Coconut Club (Grilled Lemon Garlic Tofu, Smoked Coconut with Tomato Herb Mayo) is truly divine. A favorite amongst vegans and non-vegans alike. I’ve had their Spaghetti Sandwich (Lentil Meatballs, Marinara and Vegan Mozzarella – Daiya) in the past also.
My brother is getting married soon and Saturday morning was his future wife’s surprise Bridal shower. These past few weeks have been hectic with preparations – centerpieces, décor etc. The bridal shower was a success, Breakfast at Tiffany’s themed! Everything was beautiful. Given the theme and the time of day, brunch was offered. There were no vegan selections for Jasmine and I, however, since the guys were hanging out at my brothers until the shower was over it turned out to be the perfect opportunity for us to hit up Memphis Taproom before heading home.
This was my first time trying the Hummus (Hefeweizen Hummus) served with Grilled Pita, Carrots, Cucumbers, Kalamata Olives sprinkled with Sumac. The hummus was amazing, warm, flavorful and devoured very quickly (evidence below)…we stopped eating for a moment when I remembered to photograph it. 🙂
(Excuse the cell phone pics :-/)



Although I’ve recreated this sandwich in the past…I don’t have any pics today to share of my creation, however, combining a few of my prior posts you can easily re-create a similar sandwich.

Coconut Bacon:

Baked or Grilled Tofu:

Try with my Russian Sauce (Although I have tried my hand at the Tomato Herb Mayo)

If you’re in Philly check out the Memphis Taproom! Enjoy.


18 thoughts on “Memphis Taproom Phila. PA ~ Restaurant Review

    • veganrescue says:

      I can honestly say that I never had bacon either (pork bacon) my entire life, however, prior to being vegan I tried turkey bacon in the past. Now as a vegan I’ve tried the commercial soy bacon products (smart bacon) and my favorite version remains to be my smoked coconut! 🙂


  1. christianears says:

    This is great! I recently stopped eating meat for digestive reasons. And I have thought about going vegan or at least having a plant based diet. Its nice to see I have easy access to some good recipes and accredited restaurants. Now for the question: Is there vegan meat? (I know that kind of defeats the purpose) but for example bean burgers which taste awesome! I noticed that smoked coconut bacon is in fact bacon – so I can’t have it. But if I may be so bold what could substitute for it? Is there vegan bacon lol?


    • veganrescue says:

      Thanks for stopping by! – The short answer regarding vegan ‘meats’ is yes! There are different varieties: Seitan (wheat-meat), Tempeh (which is a soy based product), Tofu. Also, there are loads of vegan friendly products and brands that offer vegan (hot dogs, burgers, chicken)-like products: Gardein, Field Roast, Tofurky, Light Life – just to name a few.
      Also, my coconut ‘bacon’ is in fact vegan – it is not meat from animal products. As a vegan I do not consume any animal products or by-products. The ‘meat’ mentioned in my post or comments is referring to the actual Coconut as in Coconut Meat (white part of the coconut).
      Yes, there are vegan bacon products. Light Life that I mentioned earlier sells ‘smart bacon’. Hope you found this info helpful. Thanks for stopping by. You should be okay trying my coconut bacon unless you have a coconut allergy – it is completely animal meat free! 🙂

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      • christianears says:

        I didn’t even know there was coconut bacon! Thank you so much for all the information! It’s just what I needed. Really appreciate it. (:-)

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