Vegetarian and Vegan Food in Baltimore

You may have heard that Baltimore is famous for its seafood, but that doesn’t mean our restaurants aren’t vegetarian and vegan-friendly, too! Baltimore’s animal-free menu items continue to expand every day. Find delicious meatless options from some of our favorite restaurants below.

Baltimore Vegan Restaurant Week
February 9-18, 2018

The mission of Baltimore Vegan Restaurant Week is to increase the awareness, benefits and accessibility of a plant-based diet through a fun, innovative and community-based experience across multiple neighborhoods. The new week-long event is led by vegan-friendly restaurants The Land of Kush and Golden West Café.

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Joe Squared

Both food critics and fans have repeatedly named Joe Squared coal-fired pizzas among the best in the country. Diners can top their own thin square sourdough crust from scores of options or choose a signature pizza, such as cheese, margarita, coalhouse, flag, Greek, mushroom lovers, quattro fromaggio, vegan and veggie. Joe Squared also features a monthly vegetarian special pizza like the broccoli and pine nut pictured here. Diners can also substitute vegan cheese on all pizzas, and all risottos are made with vegan cheese and coconut milk.

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Maggie’s Farm

Maggie’s Farm is committed to supporting local farms and businesses to create globally inspired comfort food. The menu changes seasonally so if you come across the grilled cauliflower steak, don’t pass it up. Maggie’s Farm also has a wide variety of salads, such as the beet salad with toasted almonds and pumpkin seeds, or ask for the crispy Brussels sprouts.

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Maiwand Kabob

For a quick and easy option that gives you the best bang for your buck, try Maiwand Kabob. This Afghan restaurant offers a vegetarian platter that consists of rice, potatoes, curry, chickpea curry, spinach, pumpkin and eggplant. Also try the falafel, samosa and bolani.

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While it’s not an entirely vegetarian restaurant, Encantada’s menu puts an emphasis on vegetables in a starring role. For an alternative to deviled eggs, try the deviled turnips, and instead of buffalo chicken wings, try the Nashville cauliflower. The beet salad (pictured here) is another favorite, along with the eggplant filet and the cauliflower steak. For breakfast, get the BBQ tofu benedict.

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Alma Cocina Latina

The menu at Alma is always changing, but the Venezuelan-style food remains delicious. The Pabellón Vegetariano (pictured here) is made of slow cooked black beans, coconut basmati rice, sweet plantain wrap, and queso de año cracker. Alma’s signature arepa bar is also a great option for vegetarians with many different options.

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Gunther & Co.

The giant living wall at Gunther & Co. greets vegetarians and carnivores alike in this old converted brewery. Serving modern American food with global influences, there is something for everyone. Head over on Meatless Monday and look for this flatbread with eggplant purée, house made ricotta, roasted corn, heirloom tomatoes and arugula.

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Land of Kush

Land of Kush serves vegan and vegetarian soul food, the kind that will make you say “I can’t believe it’s veggie!” Everything on the menu is vegetarian or vegan friendly, from the crab cakes and BBQ ribs to the curry chicken and sweet potato cake.

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Gertrude’s might be known for its Chesapeake Bay cuisine, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t vegetarian options that are just as tasty at this restaurant located inside the Baltimore Museum of Art. The vegan “crab cakes” made of zucchini will have you saying, “I can’t believe it’s not crab!” Plus, try the vegetarian chili, hummus wrap, or mushroom melt sandwich.

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The Helmand

For over twenty years, The Helmand has been serving fine Afghan cuisine to Baltimore, which means you will see a lot of lamb and beef options, but there are just as many delicious meatless options. The kaddo borwani and the banjan borwani are crowd-pleasing appetizers. For your entrée, try the dolma murch (stuffed peppers) or the mushroom lawand.

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Big Bean Theory

Located in Mount Vernon Marketplace, The Big Bean Theory’s bean-based menu offers an endless array of vegetarian dishes including black bean burgers, falafel burgers, veggie lasagna, black-eyed pea gumbo, lentil soups, bean fa-waffles, bean bread pudding, smoked hummus, and countless other soups and meals.

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Grind House Juice Bar

Stop by the Grind House for fresh-pressed juices and smoothies on the go, or sit down and enjoy their 100 percent vegan menu of wraps, salads, bean burgers, “ribs,” and more!