Celebrating International Vegan Day at Fitz on Fourth, AtiyaOla's Spirit First Foods

AtiyaOla's storefront

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Wendy Daughenbaugh

AtiyaOla's Spirit First Foods has been bringing vegan, vegetarian and raw foods to West Philadelphia for more than a decade. You can go for comfort foods like falafel burgers, mild or spicy vegan sausage and vegan cheesesteaks.

There are two soups of the day, one of which is always the coconut curry chickpea because owner AtiyaOla Malik Khan says, there's a customer revolt when it's not on the menu. For those who eat fish, they also cook salmon but Atiya Ola's is known for its raw platters and raw wraps.

Atiya Williams is the co-owner and AtiyaOla's goddaughter. The restaurant is part of the Enterprise Center (Center for Culinary Enterprises) and, just like the business incubator it calls home, AtiyaOla's supports other local makers with products like locally made honey, jewelry and even detergent for sale.