About The White Dog Cafe

Judy Wicks, social activist and original founder, opened White Dog in 1983. Located in three connecting Victorian brownstone buildings in University City, White Dog Cafe quickly became a neighborhood favorite known for its environmental sustainability and community engagement. Beginning as a small shop serving muffins and coffee, White Dog Cafe grew into a full-service eatery that was recognized nationally as one of the original farm to table restaurants that began the social revolution of supporting local communities. Judy Wicks sold the White Dog Cafe to Marty Grims in 2009, allowing her focus to shift wholeheartedly to humanitarian and social efforts. Judy stays in contact with the management team assisting with the businesses’ sustainability practices.

In 2010, the Wayne location opened on the Main Line introducing an elevated dining experience and our love of dogs. White Dog Cafe in University City completed a total renovation in the fall of 2014, upgrading the facility infrastructure and décor. In May of 2015, a third location opened in Haverford Square meeting the needs of the lower Main Line. All three locations designed by Balongue Designs, offer a welcoming and comfortable backdrop inspired by our love of dogs, each with their own unique charm and personality.

Enjoy the harvests and artisan creations from the following farms, fisheries, distillers and brewers.

  • Woodland Jewel Mushrooms, Spring City, PA**
  • Lancaster County Farmer’s Market, Wayne, PA
  • True Leaf Microgreens, Chester County, PA **
  • Philadelphia Distilling, Philadelphia, PA
  • Midnight Madness Distilling, Quakertown, PA
  • Stoudts Brewing Company, Adamstown, PA **
  • Yards Brewing Company, Philadelphia, PA
  • Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA
  • Dock Street Brewing Co., Philadelphia, PA
  • Shellbark Hollow Farm, West Chester, PA
  • Green Meadow Farm, Gap, PA**
  • Sandy Ridge Farm, Doylestown, PA
  • Irwin Mushrooms, Kennett Square, PA
  • Blue Moon Acres, Buckingham, PA & Pennington, NJ
  • Epic Pickles, York, PA
  • Metropolitan Bakery, Philadelphia, PA
  • Birchrun Hills Farm, Chester Springs, PA
  • Penns Woods Winery, Chadds Ford, PA
  • Karamour Winery, Fort Washington, PA
  • Yellow Springs Farm, Chester Springs, PA
  • Waste Oil Recyclers, Modena, PA
  • Zone 7, Ringoes, NJ
  • Common Market, Philadelphia, PA
  • Lancaster Farm Fresh, Leola, PA
  • 1732 Meats, Landsdowne, PA
  • Severino Pasta, Westmont, NJ
  • **White Dog Cafe was their first restaurant
    3420 Sansom St. Philadelphia | 200 W. Lancaster Ave. Wayne | 379 Lancaster Ave. Haverford
    University City:
    Logo of White Dog Cafe - Our Philadelphia, PA Cafe supports sustainable farming methods and the use of fresh, organic ingredients.
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