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Philly's best vegan cheesesteak

The veggie best!

City Councilwoman Cindy Bass (left) discusses the the vegan cheesesteak contenders while serving as a judge Friday at Weavers Way in Chestnut Hill. She was on the panel to name the Best Vegan Cheesesteak in Philly. To her right is Dr. Ana Negron (face blocked), AVS President Freya Dinshah, who stepped in to help until judge Ed Coffin (right) could arrive after Lincoln Drive was closed. Not shown is our fourth judge, Frank Olivieri, Jr., proprietor of Pat's King of Steaks.

And the winner according to the judges? Royal Tavern! The win gave the popular eatery the Triple Crown for 2015, also nabbing People's Choice Sandwich and Best Newcomer.

Royal Tavern held off strong competition from Blackbird Pizzeria and Jerry's Kitchen. The judging event was part of the store's celebration of FARM's Great American Meatout, a day when everyone is encouraged to give vegan a try.