Alright Nomsters, are you ready for another bomb roundup? We asked some of our favorite Charm City food experts to discuss the best vegetarian food in Baltimore today so you’re in for a serious treat.
And we can pretty much guarantee that you’ll enjoy these dishes whether you’re vegetarian or not. So, make sure to bookmark this post and share with all your friends so they can get in on this nom action as well.
1. @Bmorefood: Ida B Table’s Heritage Bowl
Ida B’s Table is known for serving delicious modern soul food right in the heart of Baltimore, just a block away from City Hall. They are national known because Head Chef/ Co-Owner David Thomas is a Food Network Chopped and Bite Club Champion. But they are locally known for delivering a unique dining experience with beautiful libations and picture perfect entrees.
I’m a big fan of their delicious fried chicken and catfish but don’t sleep on their Vegetarian options! Like everything they create at Ida B’s Table, their Heritage Bowl is built on the tradition of their ancestors. They start with a base from options including white rice, grits, quinoa or my personal favorite: jollof rice.
You can then select a protein which includes eggplant before loading up to 4 vegetables from 12 options. Top your bowl off with their culinary significant and modern sauces including Chef’s famous comeback sauce that’s sure to have you coming back for more.
Enjoy this amazing bowl at Ida B’s or if you’re in a rush, get it to go. It’s their mission to deliver you the convenience you desire while still providing you the convenience you deserve. Be sure to check them out more than once to try multiple combinations that are bursting with flavor.
Located on 235 Holiday Street, Ida B’s is open Tuesday through Thursday from 11:30-8PM, Friday from 11:30-9PM (closed 2 to 5PM), Saturday from 10-9PM (closed from 3 to 5PM), and Sunday from 10-8PM (closed from 3-5PM). Have questions? Give them a ring at 410.844.0444.
2. @Food1to12: Samos Greek Island Grill, Assortment
Samos Greak Island Grill serves up some mouth watering options that will have you cleaning your plate! My favorite vegetarian dish is the watermelon and feta. The combination of the perfectly ripe and flavor bursting watermelon pieces combined with the crumbly texture of the feta gives just the right balance of sweet and salty to start your meal off right.
The Greek salad is pleasant with fresh ingredients throughout and is always devoured by each guest. The spanokopita was packed with spinach, feta and herbs, and had a wonderfully flaky and tasty crust. I could have easily eaten two, but I had to save room for dessert. Finish your meal off with an order of their baklava!
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Samos Greek Island Grill has two locations: one at Canton Crossing (3745 Boston Street, 410-276-0165) and one at McHenry Row (1703 Whetstone Way, 410.244.1714).
3. @BaltimoresBestFoods: The Outpost’s Buffalo Mushrooms
The Outpost is one of my all-time favorite restaurants in Baltimore (you already know that their tin can nachos are amazing), but they have so many other delights on their menu that are equally as astonishing, like their buffalo mushrooms.
This vegetarian dish packs a serious punch, and their buffalo sauce is not one you want to mess around with if you don’t like spicy. But fried oyster mushrooms coated in cornmeal breading, slathered in sauce? It’s what dreams are made of. Definitely make sure to give them a try if you love spicy buffalo as much as I do.
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Located on 1032 Riverside Avenue, The Outpost is open Monday-Thursday from 4PM-12AM, Friday from 4PM-2AM, Saturday from 10AM-2AM, and Sunday from 10AM-12AM. If you have additional questions, give them a call at 443.388.9113.
4. @Dinewellbmore: Alma Cocina’s Black and White Arepa
I’ve been in love with Alma Cocina Latina ever since they first opened their doors in 2015. In fact, I remember going to the soft opening (perks of living in the neighborhood) and being quite literally stunned by the explosion of flavors. While Alma’s menu is ever evolving, one of the dishes that remains is the one I first fell in love with.
I’m a carnivore at heart so you might be surprised to hear that the Black and White Arepa is not only vegetarian, but that it can be prepared vegan as well. It consists of stewed black beans, caramelized plantains, avocado purée, cotija cheese and cilantro mojo all nestled into an arepa, a culinary staple of Venezuela.
Alma pays homage to Venezeuelan food and culture and does so with great care, attention and elegance. Each dish is consistently exceptional, creatively imaged and perfectly executed. If you haven’t had a chance to visit, put it on your list. Soon. Now.
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Located on 2400 Boston Street in Baltimore, MD, they’re open Monday through Thursday 5PM-9:30PM, and 5P-10:30PM Friday and Saturday. There’s free parking available at the Can Company, and they have weekly specials so make sure you take advantage.
5. @Onthemoveforfood: Ekiben at Suspended Brewery
For a place that is famous for their Thai chicken meatballs and their Neighborhood Bird, you might be surprised to find out that Ekiben serves up a mean vegan and vegetarian game. If you are in the know, all of their sides are vegan (Tofu nuggets, tempura broccoli, and their red beans and rice) and their ever popular Tofu Brah Bun is vegetarian.
Look, I know some people are leery about tofu, but trust me, as someone who grew up on tofu and even then didn’t really like it, Ekiben’s tofu nuggets are life-changing and BOMB. Those delightful fried cubes smothered in a sweet and savory peanut sauce…mmmmmmf. I can never get enough. Okay, so the tofu nugget sides are vegan, but the Tofu Brah bun is not? Well, unfortunately their fluffy magical bao buns are not currently vegan friendly. But vegans can still enjoy the Tofu Brah over rice.
But whoaaa for a moment. I know you’re still craving those fluffy buns.
Well, vegans, you can now experience the magic of the Tofu Brah–*drumroll please*–at Ekiben’s vegan pop-up at Suspended Brewing! It’s the only spot you can find a vegan version of their fluffy white bao buns in addition to other items that are not usually found on their Fells Point menu.
In addition to the vegan Tofu Brah (which tasted just as good as their original one) I had their dandan noodles, with its umami-packed creamy sauce perfectly balanced by the pickled veg on the side. It was so hard to share this with my husband instead of hoovering down the entire order.
It looks like their menu rotates a little with each visit, but you can find this all-vegan-friendly Ekiben offering every Thursday and Saturday starting at 5PM at Suspended Brewing in Pigtown. We don’t know how long they’re gonna be around with this pop-up though, so get there fast!
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6. @Avocontrolallie: Limoncello’s Mozzarella D.O.P
Limoncello is the new kid on the block! They opened in Locust Point in October 2019 and offer a menu largely inspired by the Amalfi Coast. They import many of their ingredients directly from Italy to give their dishes the most authentic flavor possible.
If you’re searching for a brunch, dinner, lunch, happy hour, etc. spot that can accommodate a vegetarian diet, Limoncello is your place. There are many vegetarian options at Limoncello that both vegetarians and carnivores would love.
Pictured is the Mozzarella D.O.P, flown into Baltimore directly from Italy every day. This dish is amazingly creamy and the balsamic pearls add perfect balance to this appetizer. Go check LImoncello out yourself to explore all of the vegetarian dishes that they offer.
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Located on 900 East Fort Avenue, they’re open for lunch Monday-Friday from 11-2:30PM, brunch on the weekend from 11-2:30PM, and dinner Monday-Thursday and Sunday from 4-10PM and Friday & Saturday from 4-11PM. Have questions? Give them a ring at (443) 708-1540.
7. @Thanksalatke: Le Comptoir du Vin’s Curried French Lentils
Before you read any further, go ahead and book a reservation for next month at Le Comptoir du Vin. Next month? Yup, that’s what happens when Bon Appetit names this Station North no-frills French bistro one of America’s hottest new restaurants and Esquire also heaps the on the praise (sexiest third date night spot).
Now let’s talk about my favorite vegetarian dish in Baltimore (and the best bite I had in 2019). Lentils. But not just any lentils. Curried French lentils with labneh and flat bread. This is the winter comfort I want on my plate when it’s a brisk twenty degrees outside. Go ahead and order some more homemade bread to sop up all the leftover bits. You’re going to want to order the rest of the menu, but if you’re fortunate enough to score a reservation, make sure these lentils are top of your list.
Located on 1729 Maryland Avenue, Le Comptoir du Vin is open Tuesday through Saturday from 5:30PM-10PM. Reservations are available online up to 30 days in advance, and you can reach them at (443) 297-7384 with questions.
8. @Baltbite: Charmed Restaurant’s French Toast
It’s got strawberries, whipped cream and FREAKING NUTELLA! What’s not to love? And they’re not shy about the portions here. Their tasty French toast is stacked high at Charmed Restaurant. Located on 824 North Calvert Street, they’re open Tuesday to Friday from 6AM-3PM and Saturday from 8AM-1PM. Reach them at (443) 835-2803 if you need to get in touch.
9. @Food_conniesseur: Babas Mediterranean Kitchen’s Falafel Platter
When searching for a favorite vegetarian/vegan dish in Baltimore, one of the first thoughts that comes to mind is the Falafel Platter from Babas Mediterranean Kitchen. This cozy corner restaurant in Locust point has been a go-to spot for people all around Maryland for over 10 years. All of their food is made fresh in-house, and has incredible authentic Mediterranean flavor.
The falafel is no exception to the homemade rule. The fresh chickpeas, onions, jalapeños, parsley and a secret spice blend, has the falafel bursting with unique flavor. They are also cooked to order keeping them perfectly fluffy every time. That alone puts it above the rest of the falafel in the city, so it’s no surprise that it is one of the most popular dishes on their menu.
It’s served over a choice of orzo rice, quinoa, salad, or wrapped in pita and also comes with a side house salad and generous portion of hummus! Not to mention, it’s topped with the best tahini sauce, that you will seriously want to put on EVERYTHING! The dish is completely vegan too!
The Babas menu offers many other vegetarian/vegan options, and they always have new specials to try. There is something for everyone, and no one will leave there unsatisfied! The atmosphere is the perfect spot to enjoy a meal for either lunch or dinner, and it’s also BYOB so grab your favorite drink and head on over to Baba’s for the BEST falafel in Baltimore!
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Located on 745 East Fort Avenue in Baltimore, MD, they’re open Monday through Friday from 11:30-2:30PM, 5-9PM, Saturday from 11:30-9PM, and Sunday from noon to 8PM. Reach them at (410) 727-7482 with any questions and concerns.
10. @Charmcityfoodadventures: Paulie Gee’s Vegan Pizzas
Vegetarian restaurant offerings have come a long way in Baltimore! Thankfully, the days of cobbling together sides and settling for boring factory produced veggie burgers are over. Many restaurants now have extensive selections of vegetarian and vegan options. Hampden is likely at the epicenter of satisfying local vegetarian friendly establishments.
Hampden’s Paulie Gee’s has over a dozen vegan pizzas, including the awesomely named Stinger Bell. However, my favorite Paulie Gee’s vegan pie is The Heat is On. It’s topped with Italian tomatoes, garlic, red onion, amaaaazing house made spicy vegan sausage and a nice drizzle of hot chili oil that really puts it over the top! This delicious pie is sure to please vegetarians and meat lovers alike! Give it a bite!
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Located on 3535 Chestnut Avenue, they’re open Tuesday through Thursday from 5PM-9PM, Friday from 5PM-11PM, Saturday from 1PM-11PM, and Sunday from 1PM-9PM. Need to get in touch? Give them a call at (410) 889-1048.
Alright Nomsters, that’s it for today. A huge,HUGE thanks to everyone for participating in our latest roundup. Make sure you guys give them all a follow to stay up to date on the best eats in Charm City. And if you enjoyed this post, also make sure to check out the following: The Best Cheap Eats in Baltimore, Where to get the Best Seafood in Baltimore, The Best Brunches in Baltimore, and Where to get the Best Crab Cakes in Baltimore. Until next time – happy eating!