Vegan & Vegetarian Restaurants in Baltimore
Get your animal-free foodie fix with an on-the-go or indulgent meal from one of Baltimore's vegan or vegetarian restaurants.
Here in Baltimore we love our seafood. But we also have vegetarian and vegan-friendly options that are just as delicious and well-loved. We’ve selected a few of our favorite restaurants with plant-based and meatless dishes for you to check out. And don’t miss Maryland Vegan Restaurant Month, taking place Aug. 5-28 this year, when even more restaurants are challenged to promote healthier diets, reduce animal cruelty and save the environment.
Cloudy Donuts, a Black-owned vegan doughnut shop with locations in Lauraville and Federal Hill, operates with the goal of transcending stereotypes about vegan diets and provide cleaner food alternatives to communities of color. Their selection changes seasonally, but recent delicacies have included brown butter chocolate chip, chai sugar, blood orange and mango chili lime. This 2021 Best of Baltimore winner sells out quickly on weekends, so we recommend getting your donut fix on a weekday.
STEM, located in the modern food hall R. House in Remington, is a mission-driven, plant-based eatery serving salads, sandwiches, smoothies and juices. Through a partnership with local charter school Green Street Academy, STEM grows its own ingredients while training young entrepreneurs.
Gangster Vegan Organics
As part of a movement that started in Philadelphia, Gangster Vegan Organics aims to redefine what’s considered “gangster,” including healthy food. Located in Federal Hill’s Cross Street Market, GVO offers fresh smoothies, juices, salads, bowls, desserts and even “burgers.” Try the Swizz Beets with homemade BBQ sauce and cashew nacho cheese.
Land of Kush
Land of Kush serves vegan and vegetarian soul food so good you won’t believe it’s veggie. Everything on the menu is v-friendly, from the crab cakes and BBQ ribs to the curry chicken and sweet potato cake. Just a few blocks from the heart of Mount Vernon, Land of Kush is a perfect spot after a day of exploring the Washington Monument or the Maryland Center for History and Culture. They also help produce Vegan Soulfest, a 3-day food and musical festival that takes place every year in the summer.
The fourth location of a popular chain from celebrity chef Matthew Kenney, Double Zero rethinks pizza from a vegan viewpoint. The creative menu includes modern pizza combinations topped with dairy-free cheeses like macadamia ricotta and cashew mozzarella and cooked to perfection in a custom-built wood-burning oven. A smattering of small plates and a selection of organic, sustainable wines round out the offerings. Located in Baltimore’s iconic Inner Harbor, Double Zero is the perfect place to end a day of exploring the National Aquarium, paddle boating on the water or taking a scenic Water Taxi ride.
Described as a “hyper-seasonal” eatery, this petite Hampden restaurant takes farm-to-table to the next level—the forest. Foraged chef Chris Amendola turned his passion for finding food in nature into a menu here, loaded with local, seasonal, and foraged ingredients, offset by a nose-to-tail program, and sprinkled with flowers and herbs grown in a hydroponic garden installation on one interior wall. Though not an entirely vegan restaurant, the daily menu always includes meatless options like mushroom stew and fermented ramp toast.
Also found along the Inner Harbor, Chef Kenney’s latest concept Liora offers a curated menu of creative plant-based dishes. Kenney says the menu takes inspiration from Baltimore’s rich history, artistry and charm, so it’s no surprise that it features vegan twists on Baltimore signatures like crab cakes and barbecue. Still, the menu also includes surprising concepts like the beet-based Reuben sandwich, sweet potato gnocchi and pumpkin curry. And don’t forget about the lengthy wine list ripe with organic and biodynamic varieties!
Gertrude’s might be known for its Chesapeake Bay cuisine, but they’ve also perfected a few vegetarian options that are just as tasty. The vegan “crab cakes” made of zucchini and paired with an Italian vegetable stew can’t be missed. And the restaurant’s location on the grounds of the Baltimore Museum of Art make it an ideal dinner spot after perusing the museum’s collection.
Golden West Café
This Southwest comfort food spot has some of the best tacos in Hampden. Nearly everything on the menu is vegan or can be modified with vegan chorizo, cheeses, eggs and sauces. Don’t skip on the Mission Impossible Burger. Plus, Golden West has a late-night bar and takeout window for easy service at any hour.
Paulie Gee’s in Hampden offers a full menu of vegan pizzas that are just as good as the non-vegan options. Try toppings like cashew ricotta, vegan sausage and vegan beetballs. And don’t forget to head past the wood fired oven in the middle of the restaurant to find the hidden bar in the back for local beer and top notch cocktails.
For over twenty years, The Helmand has been serving fine Afghan cuisine to Baltimore from its Mount Vernon location. You’ll 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.
You’ll find plenty of traditional American food on the menu at this Fell’s Point pub, but Red Star has veganized a few of the options like a Beyond burger with cashew cheese and marinated and grilled tofu. The same goes for brunch where you’ll find a “just eggs” version of Florentine Benedict and a vegan breakfast burrito.
Part café, part bookstore and part community events space, Red Emma’s is a radical worker cooperative that aims to create a welcoming environment for all. The books are from independent publishers and the menu is 100% vegetarian with a fully vegan brunch. Plus everything is sustainable and ethically sourced.