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IT WASN'T that long ago that sidling up to the bar for a beer and a veggie burger was a comical incongruity. But as vegan food goes mainstream, pubs around Philly are now stepping up to serve us not just burgers but creative sandwiches and snack concoctions that often rival their meat-based mainstays.Some intrepid pioneer had to map this territory by drinking all over town. I couldn't pull it off alone, so I teamed up with the man who knows the ropes: Joe Sixpack.Through word-of-mouth and help from, I had found about a dozen spots around the city with standout items (see for a list). While I couldn't cover them all for this column, I did some sampling and concentrated on a core venue-hopping jaunt with Joe.