Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square neighborhood serves as a hub for all things luxurious and leisurely — epicurean dining, fine drinking, prime shopping, serious spa-going, and sunning and strolling in the area’s namesake park.
The only thing missing from the neighborhood’s splendid scene? A cool vegan taco bar.
Fortunately, Nicole Marquis of HipCityVeg and Charlie was a sinner. remedies that issue with the opening of Bar Bombón in Rittenhouse.
The contemporary Latin American vegan bar and restaurant makes the fourth restaurant opening for Marquis in just three years — no small feat — and all of the restauranteur’s eateries innovate by focusing squarely on plant-based eating-and-drinking service.
Joining the already-dynamic dining scene in Rittenhouse, Bar Bombón (which is Spanish for “candy”) took over a corner space just two doors from Marquis’ flagship fast-casual restaurant, HipCityVeg, and will make its grand debut on Monday, August 24.
The snug bar and restaurant offers up seating for 30 guests in the dining room, another 10 at the bar and, in fine weather, an additional 10 outdoors at sidewalk tables.
Inside, the clean-and-colorful interior comes courtesy of Philadelphia design firm Black & Poole, who took on Bombón for their very first restaurant-design project.
The Eats and Drinks
On tables, Latin American-style food and drink will come aplenty. A single menu runs for both lunch and dinner, and includes eats any abuela could be proud of: nachos, burritos, enchiladas and — of course — tons of tacos.
In addition to the tortilla-wrapped goods, the menu delivers options including rellenos, empanadas, arepas, soups, salads and a Cubano Club. To drink, expect margaritas, cold-pressed juice, coffee and more.
Bar Bombón — which, remember, is a completely vegan restaurant — embraces the fun and casual vibe that generally comes along with Latin fare, just leaving out all of the heavy meats and dairy products.
Ready to check out the sweet-looking menu? For the complete food menu, see below.
Plus, thanks to the efforts of Marquis’s team, led by director of operations Michelle Soda, the restaurant quietly opened this week ahead of its scheduled grand debut.
Now in soft-opening mode, Bar Bombón celebrates its official grand opening Monday, August 24. Thereafter, the corner spot will serve Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-midnight and Sunday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
With both eat-in and take-out service, Bombón will certainly live up to its cheeky tagline, “Once is never enough.”
To that, we say, “Salud!”
Opening Alert: Bar Bombón
When: Grand opening, Monday, August 24; Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-midnight; Sunday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Where: 133 S. 18th Street