Maryland? Isn’t that state just known for crab cakes and lacrosse? Well not anymore! Maryland, like many east coast states in the United States, is catering more and more to vegans. Next time you’re passing through on the way to Washington, D.C., stop and take some time to check out these lesser known vegan gems in the the “Old Line State.”
1. Great Sage – Columbia, Maryland*
Great Sage is part of the Conscious Corner shopping center in Columbia, Maryland with Nest, Bark, and Roots Market. Make some time before or after your meal to check out these shops. Roots has a great selection of vegan groceries as well as an excellent hot bar, and Nest has gorgeous local pottery for sale. Head into Bark to get supplies for your furry friends. Great Sage is a sit-down casual dining restaurant that changes their menu seasonally. They offer both indoor and outdoor seating as well as a bar. I have had many a delicious meal at Great Sage, but the highlights include the spinach artichoke dip, the pistachio panzanella salad, and the adult mac and cheese. You really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu so make sure to come hungry and definitely leave room for dessert!
2. The Land of Kush – Baltimore, Maryland*
The Land of Kush is a vegan soul food joint known for their southern style mac ‘n cheese. This no-frills, order at the counter restaurant offers platters where you pick your entree, two sides, and a drink. You can also order each item separately or get a platter of three sides. Don’t forget to check out the baked goods on the counter. The cornbread is a must. Sides include collard greens, carrot “tuna”, and more. Entrees include BBQ ribs, eggplant parmesan, “chicken” salad, and a Maryland staple, crab cakes! Some entrees are only available on weekends and different specials are offered daily, so you definitely will never get bored of this delicious food. Metered street parking is usually available right outside the restaurant.
3. Glory Doughnuts – Frederick, Maryland*
Glory Doughnuts recently got a storefront in downtown Frederick and quickly became one of my favorite places to frequent. Although they are known for their delicious doughnuts that sell out before 10am almost every day, they also have a great menu with various cafe style fare. Their menu items are simple yet delicious and as they accurately describe, are “forged from nostalgia, comfort, family, and friends.” Some of my favorites include the tofu fried egg sandwich, the bbq tofu club, and the crispy stuffed french toast. Don’t forget to try their “beyond fair trade” coffee. The cold brew is worth every penny. The doughnut flavors vary daily and seasonally with some of the most delicious being the chai tea, raspberry coconut shortbread, and rosewater. Check out their instagram for a daily dose of doughnuts!
4. Sabai Sabai Simply Thai – Germantown, Maryland
I don’t have a proper picture of this one probably because I always devoured my meal before snapping a pic! Sabai Sabai Simply Thai is truely a hidden gem for vegans. Tucked away in Germantown Town Center, this restaurant boasts an impressive menu for vegans. To start, the tom kha soup is the perfect balance of sweet, salty, and sour to satisfy your Thai food cravings. Get it with tofu or just with veggies, they are very accommodating to special requests. Next, try any of the noodles with fried tofu, or if you are feeling very adventurous get a curry. My favorite dishes are the “You Think It’s Duck” Curry and the Herbal Tofu. Please go here and send me a picture @vegansabroad on instagram so that I can live vicariously through you!
5. Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant – Rockville, Maryland
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First off, I want to give a big thanks to the booming Ethiopian population in the Washington D.C. metro area because I would not have made it through three years in the D.C. area without lentils and injera. The D.C. area is actually home to the largest Ethiopian population outside of Africa, and the amount of Ethiopian eateries reflects that. Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant in Rockville is my preferred spot, located in an unassuming strip mall between a salon and a Thai restaurant. I ordered the same thing every time, the vegan sampler (pictured above). If you are the type of person who prefers a little of everything rather than a lot of one thing, you will love this platter. It comes with eggplant, two types of lentils, collards, cabbage, chickpeas, beets, and a house salad. Don’t forget to finish your meal with famous Ethiopian coffee.
So now that you know all of the best places to get vegan food in Maryland, what are you waiting for? Tag us in all of your vegan adventures!
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