Whether you are vegetarian, vegan, or health conscious, there are plenty of places where you can get plant-based food at sit-down restaurants in Baltimore.
1. One World Café
100 West University Pkwy.; 410-235-5777
Serving food made with organic and locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible, One World Café in Charles Village near Johns Hopkins University serves items such as vegan philly cheesesteaks, chili, jumbalaya, and BLTs. The laid-back restaurant has a rotating menu of specials, including different veggie burgers each day.
2. Liquid Earth
1626 Aliceanna St.; 410-276-6606
Since the fall of 1996, the owners of Liquid Earth have been serving fresh juices and smoothies, healthy food, and vegan desserts. All of the juices served at this Fells Point restaurant are created using raw foods -- that is, nothing from a bottle, box, or can. The food is made with a similar mentality, using as few processes as possible. Dining is available inside and in the restaurant's courtyard (when weather permits).
3. Johnny Rad’s
2108 Eastern Ave.; 443-759-6456
Vegans at this skater-themed bar and pizza joint on the outer edge of Fells Point will enjoy ordering up a pizza with soy cheese. The fried edamame is another excellent choice for those on meat-free diets, and the bar has a great selection of local and microbrew beers on tap.
11 West Preston St.; 410-528-1003
This gourmet soup company in Mount Vernon creates a handful of soups every day, always making sure there are vegetarian and vegan options on the menu. Although the selection changes daily, meat-free options have included thai sweet potato or curry cauliflower soup. The restaurant also serves vegetarian and vegan sandwiches and salads.
800 St. Paul St.; 410-230-0450
This collectively owned bookstore and coffeehouse in Mount Vernon has a menu featuring vegetarian sandwiches, soups, salads, and baked goods -- almost all of which can be made vegan by request. Menu options include paninis, soups, salads, bagels, and granola.
6. Golden West Café
1105 W 36th St.; 410-889-8891
The eclectically decorated Golden West Café in Hampden has plenty of options for vegetarians and vegans, including generously portioned burritos and burgers. There is also almost always a vegan dessert ready for order, and with menu items like vegan biscuits and crazy, this is a great weekend brunch spot for those on meat-free diets.
1325 Key Hwy.; 410-837-9903
There are lots of vegetarian options at Little Havana, a bar and restaurant on the southern side of the Inner Harbor (near the Baltimore Museum of Industry). This is also a great spot for outdoor seating when the weather is mild.
8. Brick Oven Pizza
800 S Broadway; 410-563-1600
Although Brick Oven Pizza (also known as BOP) serves meat, the made-to-order restaurant has plenty of options for vegetarians and offers soy cheese so vegans can indulge.
840 N Eutaw St.; 410-225-5874
This family owned soul food restaurant serves completely vegan fare, including baked goods. Soy-based curry chicken and BBQ ribs are served along sides such as sesame spinach, candied yams, and macaroni and cheese (made with soy cheese, of course).