Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurants in Baltimore
Get your animal-free foodie fix with on-the-go options or indulgent meals.
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 Week happening Feb. 7-23 when even more restaurants are challenged to promote healthier diets, reduce animal cruelty and save the environment.
Get your sweet tooth fix without worrying about what you can order—everything on the menu is 100% vegan and gluten free. In addition to fresh-basked cookies, cakes and breads, Hampden-based Harmony Bakery offers quiches, flatbreads and meatless burgers.
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.
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. Due to the nature of the concept, the menu changes daily, but you’ll find things like mushroom stew and fermented ramp toast.
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.