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THE BEST HEALTHY BRUNCH SPOTS IN BALTIMORE

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Alison Sallitt

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It’s a weekend morning and a Baltimore brunch is slated to be a mimosa-filled match made in heaven. It’s also an easy way to send your macros skyrocketing before the week even starts. So if you’re like us, you’ll want to know how to avoid the inevitable FOMO of missing brunch while keeping your summer ab goals in check.

To lead your grumbling (possibly hungover) stomach to farm fresh omelets and vegan French toast, we’ve listed out the top healthy brunch spots in the city.

Seeking more options for your brunch than a one-stop-shop can deliverable? Brunch House at R. House in Remington has you covered with all the options, from a vegan tofu scramble to a gluten-free breakfast arepa. Open for brunch on weekends, this upscale food hall offers different mouth-watering brunch items at each stall offering a variety of options for the whole crew. Highlights include breakfast tacos from Amano Taco, yucca hash browns from White Envelope, and seasonal quinoa pancakes from Stall 11. And don’t forget to get the bottomless drink hook up at r.bar.

Be sure to make a reservation before heading to Woodberry Kitchen’s rustic patio for brunch – it’s no secret that it’s the place to go. The pride and joy of Hampden’s hipsters, Woodberry has a unique and ever-changing seafood-infused brunch menu sourced straight from the Chesapeake. We recommend trying the veggie flatbread after your order of Chesapeake oysters. Add a French press coffee, chai tea, or daytime cocktail to go round out your meal. This restaurant is at the top of the list for a Baltimorean looking for a delicious brunch experience to enjoy, with pinkies up, of course.

Extra trendy and extra tasty. That’s Red Emma’s of Hampden in a nutshell. This place is a radical bookstore, 100% vegetarian restaurant, coffee roaster, and public events space wrapped into one. But on weekends, it becomes a great spot to get down with your chill, healthy brunch vibes. Your toughest decision will be choosing between something savory, like the tofu scramble or vegan quiche, or the plant-based lemon blueberry pancakes for a sweeter treat from the long list of options on their exclusive weekend brunch menu.

City Café’s snazzy space has a modern feel with all the brunch staples you need. Will you overpay for avocado toast? Maybe – but will it be worth it? Totally. Nestled in the heart of Mount Vernon, City Café has your American comfort food with twists that include choices for us health nuts. Think veggie benedicts, egg white omelets, and even bison sliders if you’re more in the lunch mood. Their delicious and nutritious brunch menu is offered weekends and weekdays, so it’s always an option.

Here’s a curveball for you — this funky roadhouse in Hampden serves vegan Americana and Southwest comfort food options. Unusual combos to be found in the same café, but that doesn’t make Golden West Café any less delicious. Serving brunch all day on weekends, GWC has your guilt-free choices like vegan French toast, vegan burritos, Bison burgers, and skinny salads (and also “The Hangover Burger” to satisfy your hungry friends’ cravings). You can’t go wrong with the clean, flavorful bites at this New Mexican-inspired eatery.

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Calling all vegetarians and vegans craving some meat-free soul food! Mount Vernon has your new favorite brunch at The Land of Kush. They’re drawing veg heads from all over the city with their signature $10 Sunday brunch consisting of gluten-free fruit-filled pancakes, veggie scramble, potatoes and/or veggie sausage. Want to splurge a bit more? Try some of their vegan Baked Mac & Cheese. We’re hungry just thinking about it.

With "sweet" in the name, it might be hard to believe this place made our healthy brunch list. But, hear us out, because this isn’t your typical brunch spot. For a 100% gluten-free cafe brunch without sacrificing any taste, you'll want to make your way over to Sweet27 in Charles Village. Here, you can order eccentric, globally-inspired dishes, like the ginger tofu entree or vada pao burger. Craving something a little more basic? Grab the fish tacos or pesto veggie pizza. End your meal on a sweet note with a couple of dairy-free or all-vegan treats from the bakery, like the chocolate raspberry ganache muffin.

Lock in your reservation now to guarantee your seat at this waterfront restaurant featuring an extensive healthy brunch. Go to Gertrude’s on a Saturday morning and wander through the Baltimore Museum of Art before indulging in brunch on the balcony. Good luck nailing down your entree — with choices like the Veggie-Fu Scramble and crabmeat or veggie omelet it’s hard to land on just one. But they don’t skimp on size, so you’ll still leave filing full even if you don’t order a side dish or that fizzy brunch cocktail.

Another Charles Village spot that’s serving up an undeniably good brunch is One World Cafe. This laidback locale keeps us on our toes with their rotating brunch menu. But you can look for the likes of Churro French Toast (one of our favorite cheat day meals) or the vegan breakfast tostada with scrambled tofu, fresh guac, and grilled veggies. Try to nab an outdoor table when the weather is decent for a true sun’s out, (burger) buns out brunch.

**Updated by Alison Sallitt, February 2019

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