Baltimore’s love may run deep for crab and seafood, but there’s no shortage of great vegetarian and vegan fare in the city either. In fact, there are vegetarian- and vegan-friendly restaurants across the spectrum, from the casual to the trendy and fancy. Here are some of the best.
Located within the American Visionary Art Museum (which is a fantastic museum), Encantada focuses on sustainable food and has a way with making vegetables exciting. Just like the space, which is fun, colorful, and filled with art, the food is visually stimulating, tasty, and creative. It’s not exclusively vegetarian, but their vegetarian dishes are standouts. The spicy Nashville-style cauliflower, mushroom tacos, and cauliflower steak are all delicious, and you can be sure that on their changing seasonal menu, you are bound to find some mouthwatering vegetarian options.
The Land of Kush is a vegan classic in Baltimore, with soul food that is all vegan. Their mac ‘n’ cheese, curry “chickun,” and vegan crab cakes are just some of the popular dishes you will find on their menu. If you want to get a taste of tasty vegan food at a good price, then definitely give them a try.
A popular café in Fells Point, Liquid Earth focuses on vegetarian and vegan food that is wholesome and healthy. Salads, sandwiches, juices and more are prepared with fresh ingredients and are flavorful. The Philly cheese “phake” and the tofu Reuben are both tasty sandwiches, but anything with their fresh house-made bread is a winner!
One of Baltimore’s newest additions, Cosima is an absolute treat for all diners. The flavors and freshness of Southern Italy are the main highlights here. Enjoy dishes such as arancini with smoked mozzarella, caponata eggplant salad with chickpea fritters, excellent pasta, and “hot out of the oven” pizza. The setting is also lovely, making you feel as though you are in the Mediterranean.
If you are not familiar with Afghan cuisine, you might not know that they have a fantastic variety of vegetarian dishes, and the classic Baltimore restaurant Helmand is no exception. Start with one of the appetizers; the “kaddoo borwani” (baked baby pumpkin) or the “bowlawni” (pan-fried pastry filled with leeks and potatoes) are both great options. Choose from one of their many vegetarian entrées, including the “Aushak,” which are Afghan-style ravioli, and the stuffed bell pepper—you really can’t go wrong!
This trendy farm-to-table restaurant is a Baltimore hot spot. While the vegetarian items on the menu are not as exhaustive as the non-vegetarian, it’s still absolutely worth a visit. You can find snacks such as roasted garlic with “adorable” toast, salads, flatbreads, and an entrée or two. Trust us—you will eat well at Woodberry Kitchen.
Global fare with a variety of vegetarian options is the focus at Sweet 27. You’ll find influences from Indian, Asian, and Caribbean food on the eclectic menu. Try the “batata vada,” an Indian-inspired fried potato fritter with mint chutney, the General Tso tofu, or the Latin American platter with a pupusa, tamale, and more.