UPDATED FEB 21, 2020
Baltimore is often known for its great selection of seafood, specifically crabs. But, believe it or not, you don’t need to eat meat to use your Old Bay seasoning. There are so many options in the city that fit a green diet but don’t lack in taste! Dig in — you won’t dare to leave a crumb.
Good for both the vegan or vegetarian, Zia’s in Towson believes in clean, healthy, and delicious meals. Here, you can create your own sandwich, salad, juice, or smoothie. But if you’re willing to give your taste buds the ride of their life, try the lasagna — it’s vegan (we promise) and made from zucchini noodles, tomatoes, almonds, cashews, and even more veggies. It’s a raw foodie’s dream come true.
Red Emma’s is a community space within a Central Baltimore bookstore. So naturally, you’re in the best place to sit down with a nutrient-filled meal while you get lost in a novel. Though, if you aren’t in the mood to enjoy the fantasy world within a book, play a game of checkers or mancala while you feast on their vegetarian-friendly menu. Their cucumber mint salad is sure to keep you cool in the warmer months, and their mocktarts will put dessert (or breakfast?) at the top of your thoughts.
Golden West Cafe is a beloved culinary institution in Hampden offering Southwest comfort food guaranteed to make your mouth water. Also, it’s a menu perfect for date night or brunch for the vegetarian in your life. Try the vegan french toast from their takeout window — fresh-baked ciabatta bread dipped in banana coconut batter. We’ll toast to that!
The Land of Kush is one of Mt. Vernon’s quaint cafes that applauds feeding your spirit with soul food. Honestly, you won’t believe it’s veggie here! Craving that rack of ribs but can’t bear the thought of pigging out on that meat? Never fear — we’ve got Kush BBQ ribs that taste just like the real thing! You can also add some mac and (vegan) cheese and collard greens to have the same BBQ experience as those meat-lovers.
At Liquid Earth, their mission is to expand the palate and the mind. A brain-boosting stop in Fells Point, you can grab lunch or dinner to go, or sit and enjoy the artwork on the walls while you savor every bite of your meal. With nearly 50 different types of juices and smoothies, there are so many healthy options for you to choose from. But what had us begging for more was their Filly Cheese-Phake with tofu, onions, and vegan cheese. And yes, you should still order “The Works” like you would if you ordered a meaty cheesesteak.
First, clean up those thoughts. Naked Lunch is the cutest little cafe/juice bar (that requires clothing) serving up veggies galore inside MOM’s Organic Market in Hampden. Grab a bowl packed to the brim with black beans, quinoa, sweet potatoes — the options are endless for you! But don’t miss out on their cauliflower steak; it’s a meal that's sure to wow you.
Plant- and wallet-friendly, One World Cafe is a haven for vegetarians in Charles Village. In the mood for Italian or Mediterranean? Satisfy that craving with the chicken-less parmesan or the eggplant gyro at this community-centric eatery. Is your mouth watering yet?
Found inside the Natural Market in Timonium, this cafe-deli combo gets wild with flavor and their take on meatless treats. Natural Juice Bar, formerly The Wild Carrot, really shines with Grilled Avocado & Cheese Sandwich. Heading to a cookout? BYOB(urger) made fresh from this eatery, and don’t forget the (vegan) mayo. Fitt Tip: it’s a very small space, so be sure you or your guests aren’t claustrophobic before you make lunch plans.
We donut expect you to remain calm when we say… VEGAN DONUTS! That's right — you no longer need to travel great lengths for your donut craving. The GruB Factory is a short walk from the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, offering vegan breakfast at all hours of the day, as well as their spin on the Royal Farm’s chicken box. If this isn’t music to your ears, then we don’t know what is!
Okay, Miss America, this is your dream come true! World Peace Cafe in East Baltimore is run by the kindness of volunteers in the community; even the profits of the cafe go to building temples in Buddhist communities. Everything that hits your plate is pure plant-based food, and you’ll be dreaming of the mouthwatering quinoa meatballs long after you’ve left. Fitt Tip: be sure to check their hours; every month is different.
Paulie Gee’s is the go-to Hampden spot for wood-fired pizza — vegan pizzas included. Their extensive menu includes more than a dozen vegan recipes among 30+ different pies. So, plant-based patrons, veg-heads, and carnivores alike can all find something they love. Chefs cook up the scratch-made vegan sausage, beetballs, cashew ricotta, pecan pesto, and pickled red onions in-house. Top it all off with their signature chili oil and, well, good luck not reaching for another slice. Fitt Tip: no reservations at this hot spot. When there’s a wait, head to the bar in back to sip craft cocktails or local kombucha — whatever’s more your pace.
Adult vegan mac & cheese, here we come! If you’re up for a drive outside your usual city haunts for some delicious healthy eats, leave your neighborhood and head to Clarksville for a taste of Great Sage’s organic green cuisine. This vegan menu features meals you never knew were possible including a plant-based spin on the classic crab cake sandwich; flatbreads with cashew cheese; and a pulled BBQ jackfruit stack and sandwich. Be sure to grab one of their scrumptious cupcakes or giant cookies on your way out the door — guilt-free, of course.
Sprout Natural Choice is a quick and casual go-to lunch spot in Catonsville for all things fresh, flavorful, and vegan. Their entrées, salads, and sandwiches don’t skimp on portions — that means no 3pm slump (or stomach rumble) here. They’re also mixing up 100% natural juices and smoothies for a colorfully delicious boost to your meal.
If you're proud to call yourself a Francophile and a veg-lover, you won't be able to pass up this plant-based brasserie in Fells Point. With no shortage of organic, vegetarian, and vegan options, L'Eau de Vie is one of the best places to find elevated, produce-forward cuisine with a European twist. Saturday and Sunday mornings at this Fells favorite are synonymous with brunch, so drag yourself out of bed in time to feast on some veggie-filled, french-inspired fare.
Formerly Stall 11 located in R. House, Stem: Farm + Kitchen is showcasing modern twists on all of your plant-based favorites, from grain bowls and salads to juices and smoothies. They feature an array of ingredients sourced from Maryland biodynamic farms and their very own urban growing operation. Everything is made from scratch, daily, so you are guaranteed something fresh and delicious.
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