Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Foods Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada
§ Reviewer's choice
25 Market Space, Annapolis, MD 21401
Vegetarian/Middle Eastern. The Amsterdam Falafelshop is an experience that no falafel lover should miss! It is a fun, casual way to enjoy popular Middle Eastern food. Just order your sandwich and get creative with the wide variety of toppings available at the salad bar. Some of the sauces contain dairy, so be sure to ask if you are unsure. Don't miss out on the true Amsterdam experience by forgetting to order a cone of fries! The Falafelshop is located in the Market Place Shopping Center at the City Dock.
257 West St., Annapolis, MD 21401
Indian. Located in Annapolis' historic district and known for its relaxed, elegant fine dining, India's offers a menu of vegetarian specialties. Entrées include Malai Kofta (mixed vegetable balls cooked in onion and tomato sauce) and Bayngan Bhurta (whole eggplants cooked on skewers, chopped, then mixed with tomatoes, onions, and spices). Reservations are recommended.
609 Melvin Ave., Annapolis, MD 21401
Mexican. The Mexican Café offers several vegetarian options, and their beans do not contain lard.
47 State Cir., Ste. 100, Annapolis, MD 21401
Café. The Potato Valley Café offers oven roasted potatoes as well as sandwiches and salads. Their "South of the Valley" potato includes beans, corn, lime, mango, and peppers. Make sure to check out their daily specials.
1933 West St., Annapolis, MD 21401
Natural foods store. This natural foods store features vegetarian sandwiches to take out.
(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Columbia, Ellicott City, Owings Mills, Pikesville, Randallstown, Timonium, and Towson.)
823 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201
Indian. Akbar features authentic Indian cuisine with a wide variety of vegetarian dishes. This restaurant has consistently given great service.
3811 Canterbury Rd., Baltimore, MD 21210
Indian. This restaurant is located near Johns Hopkins University and offers a formal environment with outdoor patio seating, weather permitting. Enjoy a wide selection of vegetarian Indian dishes. The food tends to be spicy, so you may want to request that it be prepared mildly.
800 S. Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231
Pizza. This pizza joint offers soy cheese upon request, as well as whole wheat crusts. Fresh tomatoes, artichoke hearts, potatoes, salsa, fresh garlic, and eggplant are some of the topping choices.
631 S. Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231
Chinese. This old-fashion style Chinese restaurant has great service and offers many vegetarian items including appetizers, soups, and tofu and vegetable entrées.
1100 Maryland Ave., Baltimore, MD 21201
Ethiopian. Newly remodeled, cozy restaurant near the University of Baltimore. Try the wonderful vegetarian combo platters consisting of spicy lentil stew, yellow peas, greens, cabbage and potatoes, and/or salad.
542 E. Belvedere Ave., Baltimore, MD 21212
Middle Eastern/pizza. This café has great tasting Middle Eastern food and unique pizza combinations. All pizza is available without cheese or with soy cheese (contains casein). Egyptian Pizza Café is located in Belvedere Square.
5723 York Rd., Baltimore, MD 21212
American. This restaurant has people raving about its “melting-pot” of cuisines. Flight American Fusion offers vegan and vegetarian options at a good price. In fact, the menu contains a whole section dedicated to vegan dishes. Popular vegan menu items include: Vegan Bistro Wings with your choice of buffalo, old bay, Thai Chile, and other sauces or the “Beef” and Broccoli which consists of sautéed vegan beef tips and broccoli, served with rice and cabbage. For plenty of vegan options in multiple cuisines, Flight American Fusion is your go-to restaurant.
1105 W. 36th St., Baltimore, MD 21211
Eclectic. This Hampden restaurant offers a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan options. Breakfast and brunch features New Mexican dishes such as the Drew special, which is vegan. For lunch and dinner, try BBQ Un-Chicken, The Riblet, Vegan Burrito, and more. You can also order vegan tacos at the take-out window. Golden West is closed between lunch/brunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
2431 St. Paul St., Baltimore, MD 21218
Vegan/café/juice bar. Grind House Café & Juice Bar is an all-vegan market and juice bar. Their mission is to bring life to the community through juice and music. Menu items include BBQ Tofu, Quinoa, Curry Chick-un Salad, and Tun-o Salad. Free Wi-Fi is available.
3446 Chestnut Ave., Baltimore, MD 21211
Vegetarian/natural foods. Harmony Bakery serves up healthy vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free items including a wide range of baked goods such as sticky buns, donuts, savory tarts, and much more. The owners previously owned Puffins in Pikesville and have had a booth at the Waverly Farmer's Market.
908 W. 36th St., Baltimore, MD 21211
Mexican. This Hampden restaurant offers a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan options including tacos, burritos, fajitas, and more.
30 Market Pl., Baltimore, MD 21202
133 W. North Ave., Baltimore, MD 21201
Pizza. Joe Squared serves a variety of specialty coal-fired thin crust pizzas and has vegan cheese available. Their signature vegan pizza includes crushed tomato, roasted veggies, and oregano. You can also veganize many of their other pizzas or build your own! Not in the mood for pizza? Try their vegan risottos made with coconut milk!
3600 Hickory Ave., Baltimore, MD 21211
Vegan/juice bar. Jukai Juice is located in the Hampden area of Baltimore. Offering juices produced daily by a specialized cold-press which allows the lowest oxidation levels when extracting maximum vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. These low oxidation levels allow the juices to be stored for 3 to 5 days at 38 degrees. Refreshing Juices include the Hulk- which is made from kale, pineapple, green apple, lemon, and ginger. Purchases can be made online as well.
1606 Thames St., Baltimore, MD 21231
Mediterranean. Tapa dishes are featured here. There are many vegetarian and vegan options on the menu. Try Falafel, Oven Roasted Eggplant, Lima Beans, Tabouli, and more.
719 S. President St., Baltimore, MD 21202
Lebanese. With decorative accents like lanterns and backgammon tables, the atmosphere at Lebanese Taverna is elegant and inviting. Choose from vegetarian dishes such as Eggplant Ratatouille, Falafel, Grape Leaves, and Baba Ghanouj. Or create your own meal at their Hummus Bar! This popular Middle Eastern restaurant offers cooking classes and outdoor dining in some locations. The location in Baltimore overlooks the Harbor East Marina. Reservations are recommended.
1626 Aliceanna St., Baltimore, MD 21231
Vegetarian/natural foods/juice bar. Liquid Earth is best-known for its smoothies and fresh juices, but it also serves light vegetarian fare with many vegan options. They offer inexpensive soups, salads, sandwiches, and raw foods, using organic and local ingredients whenever possible.
1730 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201
Diner. Lost City Diner is an old-fashioned style diner that offers vegan versions of your favorite diner food. Enjoy vegan chili and nacho fries, vegan burger, eggplant parmigiana made with vegan cheese, spaghetti and vegan meatballs, vegan BLT sandwich, and more. Don't forget to order one of their vegan fountain drinks including vegan milkshakes, as well as vegan ice cream treats. Be sure to try their all vegan breakfast special including buckwheat pancakes and vegan sausages. Lost City Diner is located near the Charles Theater.
830 W. 36th St., Baltimore, MD 21211
International. Ma Petite Shoe Café describes itself as a "radical espresso bar" with "twisted modern global cuisine." Vegan foods include their vegan BLT made with housemade adzuki bean 'bacon' and Shepherd's Pie. Periodically, they offer a special vegan dinner. They also feature an extensive selection of teas and housemade beverages. The café is also home to a shoe boutique. Outdoor seating is available.
920 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201
Indian. The vegetarian section on their menu includes: Alu Methi, Bhindi Masala, Alu Gobi, Dahl, and more.
11 W. Preston St., Baltimore, MD 21203
Natural foods store. Located in the theater district near Penn Station, MICA, and the University of Baltimore, this natural foods store offers supplements, groceries, herbs, organic produce, and boxed sandwiches for lunch.
100 W. University Pkwy., Baltimore, MD 21210
American. Mostly vegetarian restaurant located near Johns Hopkins University. Soups are prepared daily and smoothies are made with real fruit and 100% juice. Sample lunch items include Tempeh Reuben and Philly Steakless Sub. Dinner selections feature Thai Vegetable Tempeh Stir-fry and Tandoori Tofu. Usually will have at least one vegan dessert.
529 E. Belvedere Ave., Baltimore, MD 21212
Vegetarian/juice bar. Raw, gluten-free, and mostly vegan food and drinks. Purchase either an already-designed juice combination or create your own from nine fruits and vegetables, from grapefruit to celery. For an additional 50 cents each, include add-ons such as mint, ginger, or jalapenos. You can also purchase a “super food smoothie” or an “acia power bowl.” Can be eaten on the go or on a table in Plant Bar.
30 W. North Ave., Baltimore, MD 21201
Vegetarian/coffeehouse/café. After you've browsed the anarchist literature, relax with a cup of tea and a vegan scone or vegan dessert. Red Emma's menu also includes bagels, sandwiches, soups, and salads. Free Wi-Fi is available.
BWI Airport - Concourse B, Baltimore, MD 21240
American/diner. Silver Diner serves American diner food but offers several vegetarian and vegan selections (both noted on the menu). Some of their vegan items include Pesto Veggie Pasta, Santa Fe Roasted Veggies, Black Bean Hummus, Mango Vegetarian Stir Fry, and SD Veggie Chili. They often use whole grain breads and offer gluten-free items as well as entrées under 600 calories.
1301 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21202
Thai. Want to feel like you are in a New York City restaurant without leaving Baltimore? Then, Stang of Siam is worth a visit! The restaurant offers generous portions for lunch and dinner and caters to vegetarians and vegans. All items on their 'Green Corner' menu can be made vegan except for the following which are made with fish sauce: Tom Yum Tofu Soup, Papaya Salad, and Mango Salad. They offer weekday lunch specials with several vegetarian items; try vegan selections like Curry Noodle, Stang Eggplant, Pad Prig King Tofu, or Drunken Noodle Veggies. Stang of Siam is located at the corner of Preston and North Calvert, not far from the University of Baltimore. Outdoor seating is available. Reservations are accepted.
1634 Aliceanna St., Baltimore, MD 21231
Asian Fusion. Sticky Rice Baltimore offers vegetarian and vegan options which are clearly marked on the menu. Try Cold Soba Salad, Mock Chicken Szechuan, Santa Fe (tempura fried sweet potato), Veggie Tofu Medley, and more!
1207 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201
Thai. Thai Landing is a quiet, friendly restaurant near the University of Baltimore. They have a separate vegetarian menu with many vegan selections. Try the very popular but very spicy Tofu Drunken Noodles. The restaurant makes a point of indicating that all vegetarian dishes contain no fish sauce or oyster sauce. Thai Landing is closed on weekdays between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
3316 Greenmount Ave., Baltimore, MD 21218
Thai. At Thai Restaurant, they will substitute tofu for meat in any of their dishes. The service and atmosphere are formal, but dress is casual. The restaurant is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours. They are located in the Oakenshaw neighborhood of Baltimore.
1605 Sulgrave Ave., Baltimore, MD 21209
Mediterranean. At The Desert Café, all soups are homemade and vegetarian. There are also salads and vegetarian Middle Eastern specialties. Enjoy live belly dancing on Saturday evenings. The Desert Café is located in the heart of Mount Washington Village.
806 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201
Afghan. The Helmand offers a fine dining experience of Afghan cuisine served in an elegant setting. Their menu includes a section of vegetarian entrées including Vegetarian Dolma (eggplant filled with spinach in sun-dried tomato and herb sauce) and Vegetarian Aushak (ravioli filled with leeks). The Helmand is right in the heart of Mount Vernon. Reservations are accepted.
840 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore, MD 21201
Vegan/soul food. The Land of Kush offers delicious soul food that is 100% vegan! Enjoy Curry Chikun, BBQ Rib Tips, Smothered Drumsticks, Candied Yams, or Smoked Collard Greens. The Land of Kush is located in the Mount Vernon area of Baltimore near Maryland General Hospital.
6313 Reisterstown Rd., Baltimore, MD 21215
Kosher dairy. Pizzas and falafel are available at this primarily vegetarian dairy restaurant that serves some fish. $10.00 minimum with credit cards.
641 South Montford Ave., Baltimore, MD 21224
Pizza/Italian. Verde Pizza offers a range of authentic Italian pizzas, calzones, pasta, and salads. With a whole section of their menu dedicated to vegan pizza, Verde caters to all crowds. Vegan Cipolla is a Neapolitan style pizza topped with caramelized onions, zucchini, roasted red peppers, basil, and extra virgin olive oil. They also offer gluten free pizza for those with allergies! If you aren’t in the mood for pizza, they have plenty of salad options that could easily be made vegan like the roasted beet salad with arugula and balsamic vingear, hold the cheese.
900 East Northern Pkwy., Baltimore, MD 21212
Vegetarian. The World Peace Café is located in Baltimore’s first Buddhist Temple for World Peace. A tranquil, harmonious atmosphere greets visitors with walls adorned of local art, starlit lighting, and the friendliest people around. The lunch menu of soups, salads and sandwiches rotate on a weekly basis. A sample featured vegan soup is the Green Posole Santa Fe Soup, described as the Native American version of hominy, cooked into a soup and mixed with poblano chiles, red bell peppers, red potatoes, and carrots, topped with lime, tortilla chips, and cilantro. A kale salad is also on the menu. Unlimited vegan pancakes are offered for brunch on weekends.
2108 Emmorton Rd., Bel Air, MD 21015
Indian. Sizzling Bombay uses authentic Indian ingredients to create dishes with excellent flavor. Veggie options include Chana Masala, Baingan Bharta, and Vegetable Jalfrezi. The restaurant is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours. Reservations are accepted.
7945 Norfolk Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814
Lebanese. This Lebanese restaurant offers several vegetarian items, including stuffed grape leaves, hummus, baba ghanouj, stuffed eggplant, eggplant salad, potato salad, cauliflower and tahini dip, and falafel.
7141 Arlington Rd., Bethesda, MD 20814
Lebanese. The Bethesda location is on the corner of Arlington Road & Elm Street. See description under Baltimore, MD.
4903 Elm St., Bethesda, MD 20814
Vegan/juice bar. Puree Artisan Juice Bar uses organic and locally-sourced ingredients for their fresh juices. The Grab & Go fridge has some plain juices, but the blended ones are all made to order with fresh-pressed juice. Almond milk is the base for all the creamy smoothies. Sit at a small table or at the bar and watch the action in Puree's bright and modern atmosphere.
15510 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD 20866
Ethiopian. Soretti's Ethiopian Cuisine is a small but inviting café. They offer a variety of vegan dishes including cabbage and potato, red lentils, chickpea salad, collard greens, string beans, split pea, tomato salad, and much more. They only use canola oil to cook, and offer 95% of their dishes with a gluten-free option. Enjoy traditional Ethiopian music while you dine at Soretti's.
9185 Central Ave., Capitol Heights, MD 20743
Vegan/soul food. Everlasting Life is a completely vegan gourmet restaurant with a bakery and a banquet hall. Their menu includes soups, salads, sandwiches, pastas, and desserts. You can choose from appetizers like Spinach Dip or Hummus, and follow those up with some Spinach Lasagna, Vegetarian Kabobs, or Grab Cakes (similar to crab cakes). Everlasting Life is located in the Kingdom Square Mall.
622 Frederick Rd., Catonsville, MD 21228
Indian. Vegetable Samosa, Vegetable Korma, and curries are served, as well as many other vegetarian options.
706 Frederick Rd., Catonsville, MD 21228
Vegetarian/natural foods/juice bar. Sprout Natural Choice is a vegetarian eatery with a juice bar. All menu items are available as vegan options. Their menu of sandwiches, salads, wraps, and soups includes many raw foods. Try 'Chef Designed Sandwiches' like the Yummy Hummus Club, Philly Cheezesteak, or Dream of Falafill. Or select from a wide variety of options to design your own salad, wrap, or sandwich. Sprout offers vegan cheese and vegan mayonnaise along with seitan and tofu.
5809 Clarksville Square Dr., Clarksville, MD 21029
Vegan/organic/gourmet. Enjoy fine gourmet dining at the all-vegan Great Sage. With an international flavor and emphasis on organic ingredients, their menu includes gluten-free, soy-free, and raw foods selections. Between lunch and dinner, they offer a lite fare menu. They feature live music from local musicians on Thursday evenings. When weather permits, you can dine on their lovely outdoor patio. Reservations are recommended on weekends.
8150 Baltimore Ave., College Park, MD 20740
Vegan/soul food/juice bar. Nu Vegan Café is completely vegan with organic and raw options. They feature raw salads, a hot bar, juice bar, and rotating specials. Enjoy tasty foods like the Battered Tofu Sandwich, Black Bean Burger, Curry "Chicken," Macaroni & "Cheese," Kale Salad, Jambalaya, and "Crab" Cakes. NuVegan Cafe is located near The University of Maryland at College Park.
7313 Baltimore Ave., Ste. E, College Park, MD 20740
Vegan/Asian. Ovo Simply Veggie offers an all-vegan menu of delicious Asian Fusion cuisine in a modern environment. Try the Entrée Combo which allows you to pick a protein, choose your flavor, select white or brown rice, and then choose your salad, soup, or beverage. Protein selections include Seaweed Yuba, Tofu, Mushroom Protein, Soy Protein, or 4 Veggies of your choosing. Flavors range from Coconut Green Curry and Fiery Kung Pao to Ginger Soy and Garden Harvest. Prices can't be beat. Ovo features a nice selection of teas to complement your meal.
The Diner, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
Vegan/food station. Sprouts is a vegan food station at the University of Maryland in College Park. They offer made-to-order wraps, veggie burgers, vegetables, and changing daily specials. Entrées featured include black bean and corn quesadillas and barbeque falafel sandwiches. They are great for on-the-go students. Sprouts is located in The Diner in the Ellicott Community on the north side of campus, near the Eppley Recreation Center. Please note that hours may change depending on the academic calendar.
9400 Snowden River Pkwy., Columbia, MD 21045
Indian. See description under Baltimore, MD.
5430 Lynx Ln., Columbia, MD 21044
Natural foods store/café. David's Natural Market sells natural products including frozen & refrigerated foods, non-dairy milks, gluten-free items, herbs, cosmetics, and personal care products. The Columbia location also has a café with many vegetarian and vegan selections including homemade vegan soup prepared daily. Also enjoy sandwiches, wraps, and salads, all at great prices. The café has different hours than the store, so please call ahead.
7091 Deepage Dr., Columbia, MD 21045
Chinese. Hunan Manor offers many vegetarian dishes using mock "meat" and tofu. Be sure to request details about their vegetarian specialties.
8865 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045
Vegetarian/Indian. The Mango Grove offers unique South Indian dishes. Be sure to try the Onion Masala Dosai or one of their delicious curries when you visit. Vegan items are clearly marked on their menu. The Mango Grove is closed on weekdays between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours. Reservations are accepted.
8001 Hillsborough Rd., Ellicott City, MD 21043
Café/organic/gluten-free. One Dish Cuisine is a café, deli, and bakery that specializes in meals free from allergens such as gluten, casein, dairy, corn, soy, eggs, fish, and nuts. Natural and organic ingredients are used whenever possible. Vegan selections are so noted on the menu and include a vegan grilled cheese sandwich, pizza, and cheeseburger. Specials and bakery items vary daily. Their cute café features art on the walls and flowers at the tables. One Dish Cuisine is located in the Taylor Village Center. Outdoor seating is available. Cash only.
1523 Rock Spring Rd., Forest Hill, MD 21050
Natural foods store. The Forest Hill store is located in Rock Spring Shopping Center and does not have a café. See description under Columbia, MD.
915 W. Seventh St., Frederick, MD 21701
Chinese. Hunan Gourmet offers a Vegetarian Menu with appetizers, soups, and vegetable dishes, and entrées made from mock chicken (gluten), beef (gluten puff), and pork (tofu jerky). They offer vegetarian versions of traditional Chinese cuisine like Kung Pao Chicken and Szechuan Beef, as well as unique items like Beef Mimosa (orange-flavored gluten puff and red pepper in a spicy brown sauce) and Sweet and Sour Spareribs (green pepper, carrots, pineapple, and dough staning in for the meat). Hunan is located in College Park Plaza and is near Hood College and Frederick Memorial Hospital.
106 South Market, Frederick, MD 21701
Vegetarian/Middle Eastern. Conveniently located on Market Street in Downtown Frederick, That Hummus Place would be an awesome spot for lunch! Their menu includes falafel sandwiches, salads, and desserts and many items can be ordered as a combo meal. Try the eggplant salsa dip with fresh pita or the eggplant and hummus sandwich!
5728 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick, MD 21704
Natural foods store deli/juice bar. Located in Evergreen Square, The Common Market is a natural and organic food co-op. Enjoy tempeh or seitan at their Made-To-Order Sandwich Station. They also have a Café Beverage Bar with fresh juices, smoothies, teas and coffee drinks. Their Hot Food Bar and Salad Bar features organic produce as well as entrées and side dishes for vegetarians and vegans.
45 N. Market St., Frederick, MD 21701
Natural foods. This completely natural foods restaurant is located in the heart of downtown Frederick.
11 Bowery St., Frostburg, MD 21532
Italian. Located in a small town near a ski area, this unique Italian restaurant offers many lacto-ovo choices and a tasty plain sauce for vegans. Giuseppe's will accommodate special needs.
60 E. Main St., Frostburg, MD 21532
Coffeehouse/café. Mountain City Coffeehouse & Creamery, located in the heart of historic Frostburg, is a cozy and welcoming place to relax. They offer a vegetarian special that changes every other day. Previous specials have included vegetable tart with side salad, vegetarian wrap, and a roasted veggie sandwich. Their regular menu has hummus sandwiches, flat bread pita sides, and assorted Indian food. Their slogan is 'catering to the community' and they do that by hosting community events and showcasing local artists' work.
74 Bureau Dr., Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Vegetarian/Indian. Madras Palace offers authentic South Indian vegetarian cuisine. Their extensive menu includes Idly (steamed rice & lentil patties), Rasam (spicy soup), Uthappam (Indian pancakes), Thali, and Curries. But their specialty is Dosas (lentil crepes); in fact, they call themselves, "A Place for Dosas." Make sure to try their daily lunch buffet.
701 Russell Ave, Space E-149, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
American/diner. This location of Silver Diner is at the exterior entrance, between Macy's and JCPenney, of the Lakeforest Mall. See description under Baltimore, MD.
8369 Snouffer School Rd., Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Thai. The menu features original spicy Thai foods and 30 vegetarian dishes made without MSG. Thai House is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
871 Annapolis Rd., Gambrills, MD 21054
Natural foods store. Please note that the Gambrills location does not have a café. See description under Columbia, MD.
13016 Middlebrook Rd., Germantown, MD 20874
Mexican. Enjoy fresh, made-from-scratch Mexican cuisine including vegetarian items at La Mexicana.
6040 Greenbelt Rd., Greenbelt, MD 20770
American/diner. This location of Silver Diner is in front of Beltway Plaza. See description under Baltimore, MD.
13208 Fountain Head Plz., Hagerstown, MD 21742
Barbecue/eclectic/bar. Hempen Hill BBQ is an independently-owned, family-run traditional barbecue restaurant with vegetarian and vegan fare! Their vegetarian menu includes Smoked Tofu, the Tree Hugger Veggie Burger,and 'Vicken' Ravioli (vegan chicken). All vegetarian menu items can be made vegan by request. Don't miss their Meatless Monday Dinner Deals! Hempen Hill also has a full bar with an outstanding craft beer draft list as well as many organic wines and spirits. Enjoy live music every Saturday night. The restaurant is located just an hour west of Baltimore and Washington, DC. Reservations are recommended.
8046 New Hampshire Ave., Hyattsville, MD 20783
Vegetarian/Indian. Woodlands serves an ample selection of cuisine from Southern India, such as curries, breads, appetizers, and regional delicacies. Their house specialties include Poori Bhaji (whole wheat bread that is fried and puffed then served with potato and chickpea curry) and Malabar Adai (pancake made of mixed lentils and vegetables). Their daily lunch buffet is a great value.
14550 Baltimore Ave., Laurel, MD 20707
American/diner. This location of Silver Diner is at the Boulevard Shops. See description under Baltimore, MD.
106 S. Main St., Mount Airy, MD 21771
Vegetarian/natural foods store/café. Located in historic downtown Mount Airy, Superfoods on Main serves up vegetarian, café-style foods. Try a smoothie from their extensive list and be sure to ask about their Superfood Boosters. Stop in for breakfast to try their specialty oatmeal and tea. Or enjoy lunch selections like a Collard Wrap and their dessert of the day. You'll find plenty of vegan, raw, and gluten-free choices on their menu. They also feature daily specials and almost all of their ingredients and products are organic. While you're there, pick up some specialty snacks and staples from their health food store. Superfoods also offers community events and classes.
4005 34th St., Mount Rainier, MD 20712
Vegetarian/natural foods/organic. GLUT Food Co-op is a vegetarian co-op offering bulk items such as dried fruit, beans, grains, herbs, spices, and nuts. They also offer organic and local produce. No membership is required to shop and items are fairly priced.
4009 34th St., Mount Rainier, MD 20712
Vegan/café/bakery. Sweet & Natural is an all-vegan café and bakery. Enjoy tasty treats and light fare.
1301 Atlantic Ave., Ocean City, MD 21842
Vegan/raw foods/organic. Vegan options in Ocean City are no longer limited to fries and salads! Come to this raw oasis to try a variety of raw/vegan salad bar options including mashed cauliflower "egg" salad, raspberry crepes, lentil burgers, and more. Save room for a shot of wheatgrass or a banana split with almond crumbles. My Nature also doubles as a bookstore and indoor garden - many ingredients used in the entrées are grown in the store! This eatery is located on the boardwalk, beneath the Phillips Beach Plaza Hotel on 13th Street.
2000 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney, MD 20832
Natural foods. This cozy restaurant with a fireplace during winter months offers several vegetarian dishes, such as chili, tofu and Sunburgers, salads, and homemade breads. It's very crowded on weekends, so expect a long wait.
9201 Lakeside Blvd., Owings Mills, MD 21117
Mediterranean/Lebanese. Hummus Corner offers authentic Mediterranean and Lebanese cuisine at great prices. Their large selection of vegetarian items are noted on the menu and include Falafel, Manoushi (Lebanese Pizza), Fattoush (Lebanese Salad), and, of course, Hummus!
8904 Harford Rd., Parkville, MD 21234
Vegetarian/Indian. Pavan Foods is an all-vegetarian eatery featuring South Indian cuisine. Enjoy traditional dishes such as Masala Dosa, Chana Paneer, and Aloo Gobi. Or stop at their Sweets and Snacks Deli for grab-n-go items. They even have their own boutique of Indian fashion accessories. Pavan Foods is located near the Baltimore Beltway in Parkville.
8043-F Ritchie Hwy., Pasadena, MD 21122
Thai. This restaurant offers a variety of Thai specialties, including Sautéed Spicy Vegetables; Mixed Vegetables with Tofu, Snow Pea, Baby Corn, and Black Mushrooms with Rice; and Thai Curry Vegetables.
1809 Reisterstown Rd., Pikesville, MD 21208
Middle Eastern/pizza. This café has great tasting Middle Eastern food and unique pizza combinations. All pizza is available without cheese or with soy cheese (contains casein). Al Pacino Café is located at the Festival at Woodholme.
1000 Reisterstown Rd., Pikesville, MD 21208
Chinese. Unique items for vegetarians. Great hot and sour soup, vegetarian sushi, delicious orange seitan, tempeh dishes, yuba with kale and much more!
3541 Brenbrook Dr., Randallstown, MD 21133
Indian. Authentic Indian cuisine with a wide variety of vegetarian dishes. Their specialties include Vegetable Jalfrezi, Alu Gobi Masala and Vegetarian Biryani. They have consistently given great service.
98 W. Montgomery Ave., Rockville, MD 20850
Indian. Bombay Bistro serves vegetarian dishes from North and South India, including vegetable samosas, vegetable biryani, and oothapam (a savory pancake of lentils and rice with onions and tomato).
12303 Twinbrook Pkwy., Rockville, MD 20852
Kosher/pizza. This Kosher veggie-friendly restaurant (they also serve fish) offers pizza without cheese, falafel, roasted veggie wrap, veggie burger, pasta dishes, baked potatoes, salads, and Mexican fare.
12276 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852
American/diner. This location of Silver Diner is in Federal Plaza. See description under Baltimore, MD.
798 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852
Vegetarian/Chinese. Yuan Fu's owner, Chef Tai, has 30 years of experience with vegetarian cuisine. They make all of their mock meats, using wheat gluten, tofu, and tofu skin. The inexpensive lunch menu includes Moo Shi Vegetables and Sweet and Sour "Chicken."
11237 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20904
Chinese. See description under Columbia, MD.
8309 Grubb Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20910
Vegetarian/deli. This co-op has the area's largest olive selection, "direct from the grower." The deli only does take-out, with a selection of vegan, low-fat, low sodium, wheat-free, dairy-free, and other vegetarian foods.
939 Bonifant St., Silver Spring, MD 20910
Thai. The noodle specialities and all other dishes are made without MSG upon request. Thai Derm is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
3830 International Dr., Silver Spring, MD 20906
Vegan/Chinese. If you are in the D.C. area and you like Chinese food, the Vegetable Garden is a must! It has dozens of vegan dishes, especially seitan and wheat gluten items, and interesting soups, such as Sizzling Rice. A non-fat heart-healthy menu is available. They are located in Leisure World Plaza.
201 Ethan Allen Ave., Takoma Park, MD 20912
Vegetarian/deli. See description under Silver Spring, MD.
2149 York Rd., Timonium, MD 21093
Vegetarian/natural foods/deli/juice bar. The Wild Carrot is a vegetarian deli and juice bar within a natural foods store. They feature a selection of tasty wraps, salads, and sandwiches including the Veggie BBQ Wrap and Falafel Wrap. The Sunny Sun Burger is really good, too! Additionally, their deli case is full of grab-n-go items and soups are made fresh daily. The Wild Carrot is inside The Natural Market which is located in the Timonium Shopping Center, across from the fairground.
20 Allegheny Ave., Towson, MD 21204
Middle Eastern. Falafel House serves traditional Middle Eastern dishes. Falafel is available as a platter, salad, wrap, or pita. They also serve veg-friendly appetizers like Hummus and Pita and Tabouli Salad. Be sure to check out the Sage Tea and desserts as well.
13 Allegheny Ave., Towson, MD 21204
Café/juice bar. Zia's uses organic and local ingredients to provide an inexpensive menu of natural foods in a bright and cheery setting. For breakfast, try the Tofu Scramble. For lunch, enjoy the vegan Tofu Wrap or a vegetarian sandwich such as the Sunflower Powerhouse or Garden Grill. A vegan soup is offered each day along with some vegan baked goods. Zia's has an extensive menu of fresh fruit & vegetable juices and smoothies. Free wi-fi is available too.
330 One Forty Village Rd., Westminster, MD 21157
Bakery/coffeehouse. Starry Night Bakery & Coffeehouse is an eclectic and comfy spot for a sweet treat. They specialize in custom cakes for any occasion, including weddings, birthdays, baby showers, and bachelorette parties. Their menu notes which cakes can be made vegan and the flavors, fillings, and icings for their custom cakes all include vegan options. For example, one could choose a vegan cake with chocolate flavor, raspberry filling, and 'buttercream' frosting. Mmmm! The coffeehouse offers organic, fair-trade coffee and free high-speed Internet access. Starry Night is located in the Fairground Village Shopping Center.
11419 Georgia Ave., Wheaton, MD 20902
Kosher/pizza. Experience Nut House's pizza made with soy or kosher cheese, falafel, vegetarian burgers, and vegetarian pitas. This eatery is mostly vegetarian with the exception of tuna served sometimes.
11232 Grandview Ave., Wheaton, MD 20902
Vietnamese. A large vegetarian menu features appetizers, soups, and several tofu and gluten dishes daily. Lunch specials are available on weekdays.
8045 Liberty Rd., Windsor Mills, MD 21244
Caribbean/American. Located west of Baltimore's city limits, Tashes Ankh offers several vegetarian dishes, including Curry Yuba, Brown Stew Seitan, and Tempeh with Veggies & Rice. Don't miss their great weekday lunch specials!