“My vegan friends are coming to visit, where should I take them?”
We get asked questions like this all. the. time. So why not compile all the suggestions into one convenient resource for vegans in Baltimore and elsewhere in Maryland. For a list of vegan businesses in the area, take a peek at our Bmore Vegan Businesses page!
If you’re ever traveling and looking for good veg-friendly restaurants, be sure to check out Happy Cow. I wouldn’t have stumbled upon many of my favorites without it!
- V = Vegan
- Veg = Vegetarian
- Omni = Veg Options
- FC = Fast Casual
- CS = Casual Sit-Down
- US = Upscale Sit-Down
- $ = <$10 (cheapest entrée)
- $$ = $10-20 (cheapest entrée)
- $$$ = $20+ (cheapest entrée)
Amano Taco (in R House) // Remington
Must Order: Rajas Tacos (sans aioli)
I ordered the Rajas tacos. Rajas veggies are vegan. Hold the lime aioli—you can replace it with a different salsa.
BAMF Cafe // Station North
Must Order: I loved the Groot when I went there. To be honest, I haven’t ordered much else to know that else to recommend!
This quick little cafe is a fun spot for the geek in you! The theme is all things nerdy: comics, video games, sci fi, and cult classics. On my first visit, I ordered the Groot: an everything bagel with hummus. They’ve been known to vegan Chewbacca cupcakes, and their signature drinks are quite clever. The menu is pretty limited even before you eliminate non-vegan items, but this venue, part cafe part book store, makes for a great visit
Be.bim Korean BBQ (in R House) // Remington
Must Order: Spicy tofu!
The spicy tofu from Be.bim Korean BBQ is fantastic! A bit of a soy overload: tofu, edamame, and black soy beans. Whoops. I ordered it with a spicy sauce and it was delicious!
Blue Pit BBQ + Whiskey Bar // Woodberry
Must Order: Jackfruit BBQ
The jackfruit sandwhich is incredible! They have a vegan slaw, but no other sides are vegan, to my knowledge. They do a lot to support BARCS ( Baltimore animal rescue).
Breaking Bread // Pigtown
Must Order: If they have them, the veggie tacos
There was a veggie taco special one night I went and it was great! There aren’t too many vegan options otherwise, but the owners are very nice. Emphasize that you’re vegan/can’t consume dairy.
[Full review forthcoming]
I ordered the “Something Vegan”–squash, quinoa, spinach and some I-don’t-know-what drizzles! I really enjoyed it and had plenty as leftovers!
Dangerously Delicious Pies // Hampden
Must Order: Spicy vegan thai pie.
Dangerously delicious gets a lot of hype. I’ve had maybe one pie that blew me away (the vegan spicy thai pie), the rest have been just okay. They don’t always have a vegan savory option either, so it’s hard to just show up for dinner unless you want a sweet/fruit pie.
Donut Alliance // Govans
Must Order: One of everything
Donut Alliance is truly amazing! Baltimore folk used to have to drive all the way out to Frederick for glorious and decadent doughnuts—no longer the case. You can place an order with Donut Alliance! Make sure you check the available pick up times (whoops, I made that mistake and missed my donuts! But they were super accommodating as I asked to arrange a pickup the next day, outside their normal hours.). The donuts are amazing, super delicious! Lots of flavors! Drooling just thinking about em!
Five and Dime Alehouse // Hampden
Must Order: Tofu Lettuce Tomato
Five and Dime has a fabulous tamari tofu that tastes good in so many different versions. The TLT (Tofu lettuce tomato) sandwich is great, and I’ve even made my own taco salad before and loved it!
Encantada // Federal Hill
Must Order: If they’re serving the chickpeas, you MUST order them, but I doubt you’ll be disappointed regardless of what you order.
Let me tell you about my on-again, off-again relationship with Encantada. When I first visited in August 2015, shortly after they opened, I was told they were a “vegetarian restaurant.” For the most part, they were. Although there were one or two meat items on the menu. I visited again about a month later, and half the menu was meat. I visited a third time for the Baltimore winter restaurant week and there was only one vegan appetizer, one vegan entree, and one vegan dessert. Apparently, the Ritz Carlton condo residents across Key Highway wanted more meat on the menu, and since the vegans weren’t showing up in droves, Encantada obliged. Disheartening to see morals being bent, but understandable. My fourth visit to Encantada was for the Baltimore Vegan Drinks anniversary party. I ordered fresh beet juice and literally every vegan item on the menu. They’re fantastic. What I like about Encantada is that it’s a nicer atmosphere that’s ideal for celebrating something.
Golden West // Hampden
Must Order: Pumpkin Curry Soup
Possibly my favorite restaurant, but I could be biased because it’s about 50 steps from my front door. Golden West is not a strictly vegan restaurant; in fact, the atmosphere is not super pleasant for vegans as a major part of their decorating includes mounted taxidermy and antlers all along the bar wall…yeeeaaaah. That issue aside, Golden West actually has a separate vegan menu (in addition to a gluten-free menu), and has twice now held a “Baltimore Vegan Week” to feature specialty vegan dishes.
Greek on the Street // Food Truck
Must Order: falafel bowl
The falafel bowl from Greek on the Street food truck is so good. Super smooth falafel and the onion and tomato with the rice and seasoned pita are just mm mmm. Hold the feta/tzatziki/whatever else you need.
The Green Bowl // Food Truck
Grind House Juice Bar // Charles Village
Must Order: For your juice, The Refresher was…refreshing 🙂 and for a bite to eat, The Hipster with the Goddess Dressing
A little gem, Grind House is an all-vegan juice bar offering yummy snacks.
The GruB Factory // Midtown
Must Order: Their mac and cheez has won the local Mac n’ Cheese Smackdown, so definitely grab a little tub! And the cheezsteak is fantastic!
The cheezsteak blew me away—that cheez sauce was phenomenal!! The Mac and cheez was also super delicious but I saved most of that for later. The smoke is nice; staff is friendly, though service could be a little speedier. Highly recommend! And I hope the menu expands/changes because it’s currently limited.
Harmony Bakery // Hampden
Must Order: The curry chickpea tart
I feel so fortunate to live just 3 blocks from this bakery. All of their sweets are vegan, you just have to look out for cheese on a few of the savory items. They have donuts (my favorite is the cinnamon) and some raw items, too. While you’re there, check out some local kombucha from Wild Kombucha.
Joe Squared // Powerplant Live (Downtown) + Station North
Must Order: The “Vegan” pizza
I actually ate here on my 21st birthday! They offer vegan cheese and label vegan items on their menu.
Land of Kush // Mount Vernon/Seton Hill
Must Order: Definitely go on a weekend to order the Crab Cake Wrap!
If you can’t make it to their brick-and-mortar restaurant, you can at least count on coming across them at a vegan festival. Delicious vegan soul food!
La Tolteca // Canton
Liquid Earth // Fells Point
Must Order: Filly Cheese Phake
One of those restaurants that, for whatever reason, took my forever to finally visit. When I did, I think I ate the entire kitchen.
Lost City Diner // Station North
Must Order: The Venus…WITH vegan cheese…AND vegan bacon; and a root beer float on the side.
To my knowledge, the only place you can get a vegan root beer float in the area. Amazingly great diner food; a sure-to-be-enjoyed experience for all types of eaters. Also, go to a movie at The Charles afterward—right across the street.
Naked Lunch // Hampden
One World Cafe // Tuscany-Canterbury
Must Order: No favorite yet, but I’ve loved everything I’ve tried!
This restaurant does serve fish. They also are proud of their soupless Sundays. Both of these details upset me. However, they make fantastic vegan food; a great place to bring omnivores for brunch or dinner.
Of Love and Regret // Brewer’s Hill
Must Order: The banh mi was pretty solid.
The banh mi from Of Love and Regret. They label vegan items on their menu. It may only be a few items, but labeling makes a huge difference.
Papermoon Diner // Remington
Must Order: Spicy buffalo tofu wrap, no cheese
They don’t have a ton of vegan option but they’ve got a variety of tofu dishes and it’s a great place for breakfast. Tofu scramble’s good.
Paulie Gee’s Pizza // Hampden
Must Order: No matter which vegan pie you try (I love the Aphrodite + Bastet) order it with their homemade vegan ricotta and vegan sausage!
When this Brooklyn-based pizzeria first announced it was coming to Baltimore, folks got excited. Though opening took way longer than expected (by a few years…), I do believe it was worth the wait. Their pizzas are well-crafted. The atmosphere is relaxed (though the chairs are a bit miserable, to be honest). Plus, they’ve got a variety of vegan options. Be warned, they go heavy on the greens and the crusts get a slight char…not my style but others seem to enjoy it.
Pizza Studio // Charles Village
Must Order: Anything, as long as it’s on the rosemary herb crust
There are a few pizza places that have a similar model to Pizza Studio in the area; however, I’ve only tried Pizza Studio. When I first went, I couldn’t decide which veggies to get, so I literally got all of them. Bless that servers heart. It was amazing, and super cheap! The servers weren’t extremely knowledgeable on which crusts were vegan, so I did some research—turns out, all of the crust is vegan except for the gluten free crust (womp womp).
Plantbar // Belvedere
Must Order: Smoothie bowl
Dark green is the least appetizing food color, but I swapped honey in my spirulina bowl for dates and it tasted delicious!
Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse // Station North
Must Order: Grilled cheese with bacon…or the Banh Mi
This place is great because you can read all the anti-establishment literature while you wait; and I’m always pleasantly reminded that they serve alcohol!
Rocket to Venus // Hampden
Must Order: The Banh Mi with Monk’s “Chicken” and Vegan Remoulade
Rocket to Venus offers a fun atmosphere with a diverse menu. Vegan items are clearly labeled, and many more dishes can be altered to be vegan. They also have a nice selection of drinks and cocktails—including kombucha cocktails!
Sack Potato Company // Hampden
Must Order: The vegetarian options change daily, and isn’t always vegan!
I wasn’t hungry and was trying not to spend money, but I didn’t want to miss out on a new eatery in my neighborhood, and I’m glad I didn’t! The vegan Thai sweet potato is delicious! Sack Potato Co. is by the same folks from Soups On! It’s a bit slow to get your potato, but they’re cooked very well, and you can grab a beer next door while you wait and they’ll bring it to you!
Stall 11 (in R House) // Remington
Must Order: Korean BBQ Cauliflower
They label vegan items on the menu. Check out my review of R House.
Sticky Rice // Fells Point
Must Order: The Sante Fe
They label vegan items on the menu. And they have both sushi and other plates.
Suzie Soba // Hampden
Sweet 27 // Remington
Must Order: Hm, I don’t remember what it was called; I just remember it was spicy!
All food is gluten-free and they label vegan and vegetarian items.
SweetSide Cafe // Hampden
Must Order: Vegan soft serve
I was super excited when I learned that there was vegan soft serve in my neighborhood! I investigated and was pretty pleased with the flavor, texture, and variety of toppings! I wish there were more vegan flavors, but I’m happy to have something tasty! Friendly staff, lots of seating , and a convenient location. But there’s not much variety.
Thai Yum // Federal Hill
[Full review forthcoming]
Must Order: vegano arepas
I didn’t even know what an arepa was, but I just had one and it was delicious! The Vegano from White Envelope is such goodness — that was delicious!
Wine Market Bistro
Must Order: Most of their vegan stuff is fantastic!
I had a cantaloupe soup and the kung pao cauliflower, they had a watermelon salad as well as brussel sprouts which could be modified to be prepared vegan; and likewise a squash dish which could be made vegan. The food was wonderfully prepared! I would recommend a visit!
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Nalley Fresh // Timonium (Multiple Locations)
Must Order: BYOSalad
May not be worth it, but I appreciate any business that elevates the build-your-own-meal model to another level. Nalley Fresh does that. It’s overwhelming at first, but you can go down the line and pick everything from your salad base to the dressing, and tons of topping selections. It lived up to its name, and tasted very fresh. I just wasn’t blown away. It’s quick, cheap, and there are multiple locations, but it’s not the best salad I’ve ever had.
Spice and Dice // Towson
Must Order: Any curry dish!
The servers have always been really helpful in identifying if something is vegan. I don’t think they use fish sauce, but be sure to point out that you’re vegan.
The Wild Carrot // Timonium
Must Order: The Vegan Club was mouthwatering!
I made the mistake of underestimating this place. Tucked in the corner of a crunchy, mom-n-pop health food store, the Wild Carrot looks easy to write off. I shopped at The Natural for years…decades…before I tried something from The Wild Carrot. What a mistake!
The Vegan Club sandwich was amazing! Just incredible. So flavorful, and packed with delicious and fresh ingredients! I also got to sample the Peanut Butter Blast superfood smoothie while I waited and loved that, too. I wish I hadn’t waited so long to try this place! Be warned: they can be a bit slow!
Carriage House Inn // Emmitsburg
[Full review forthcoming]
Vegan options at meat-centric restaurants out in the boondocks! Restaurants are always more than happy to accommodate vegans and chefs will often customize a dish to make a vegan option. Here I ordered a mushroom saute without the cheese and with a plain roll instead of cheese and butter garlic bread. It was a fantastic dish! the two other vegans in our party ordered the same!
Glory Doughnuts // Frederick (Downtown)
Must Order: A doughnut, duh! Flavors change daily.
Here to confirm that, yes, they’re as good as they look and as everyone says they are. Be warned, though, because they’re not open on Mondays and Tuesdays, they’re only open until 2pm most other days, and they sell out of doughnuts often and may close early. So get there early. When I went, I couldn’t decide between the 8 flavors available, and I ended up going with two: the Beer Brownie (I believe this is a fall special) and the Peanut Butter Crunch (stuffed with PB!). So delicious!
The Mediterranean Grill // Frederick (Suburban)
Must Order: The Vegetarian Mezze Sampler
For $14 dollars I got an incredible amount of food! I ordered the vegetarian mezze sampler, switching out the tzatziki and sambousek for vegetarian kibbeh and grape leaves. I was stuffed and so satisfied! You’ll miss the authentic Downtown Frederick Experience, but you’ll get great food!
The Orchard // Frederick (Downtown)
Must Order: The Cajun Black Bean Soup (if they have it)
Sad to say that I was a bit disappointed only because my fried tofu sandwich was incredibly bland, and another in my party felt their meal was a bit bland as well. They have vegan/option stir fry and salads, and the black bean soup was absolutely perfect. Smells delicious in there, but I’d have to eat more to really know if it’s a “must visit.”
Great Sage // Clarkesville
Must Order: the Decadent Cinnamon Roll!
Wow! This is a must-visit vegan establishment in the Baltimore area. The food is so delicious, crafted with fresh and whole ingredients, and very affordable. The atmosphere can be both casual and ideal for special occasions. While you’re there, stop by Roots Market!
Little French Market Cafe // Ellicott City
Must Order: The “Frederick Road”
If non-vegetarian restaurants could get 5 stars, Little French Market would have it! They’re offering incredible support for the vegan community tucked away in Ellicott City.
This place is truly a hidden gem. I wandered in with some co-workers thinking I’d be pressed to find something vegan. Lo and behold, they have a designated “plant based menu” section of the specialty sandwiches that stands out against their regular menu. On top of that, they have vegan breakfast sandwiches which they serve all day.
I ordered the “Frederick Road” sandwich, which included: peppered Tofurkey, cayenne Chao cheese, chipotle Just Mayo, banana peppers, spring greens, and tomato on toasted ciabatta! It was amazing!
Pros: Variety of vegan options, clearly labeled, Well prepared food, Cute and cozy
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Blue Fish Restaurant + Sushi Bar // Ocean City
Must Order: Avocado rolls are usually a safe bet anywhere
This little sushi shop is a cute space in a sea of parking. The sushi is pretty good, though not the best I’ve had. They’ve got plenty of veggie rolls and items.
Fat Daddy’s // Ocean City
Must Order: Dirt Burger (sans cheese)
The vegan “dirt burger” from Fat Daddy’s is apparently quite delicious and shouldn’t be missed!
Mother’s Cantina // Ocean City
Must Order: Get your food with Daiya cheese!
Mother’s is a secret gem in Ocean City, offering vegan cheese for their dishes. A lot can be ordered/made to order as vegan. The staff are friendly (even if you show up with 8 hungry vegans).
Real Raw Organics Kombucha Brewery & Cafe // Ocean City
Must Order: Acai Bowl and Kombucha
I am so happy to have found a sweet little cafe like this in Ocean City, serving acai bowls and delicious booch! Their shop is a great location (limited parking but if you go early you’re good—plus, they’re right on coastal highway). The shop is tiny but they pack some goodness into the space!
Must Order: Kung pao “chicken”
At Chinatown Garden, I had a hard time choosing between all the vegetarian ‘meats.’ I ultimately decided on the Kung pao chicken. When I ordered, the waitress felt it necessary to remind me that it was tofu. I smiled and said, “that’s great!” It WAS great.
Elizabeth’s Gone Raw
Must Order: the wine pairing—it’s worth the cost!
Hip City Veg // Downtown D.C.
Must Order: The ceasar was amazing!
Takorean // The Navy Yards
Must Order: Vegan Korean BBQ taco
I’ve ordered the vegan Korean BBQ tacos and they were great, very flavorful. It’s a build-your-own style eatery.
Zaytinya // Downtown
Must Order: lots of small plates!
I told my server I had a dairy allergy so he could help me navigate the non-vegan items. Everything I had was delicious!