baltimoresun.com

« A guest Tuesday list, all about Howard County | Main | A café will pop up at the Contemporary Museum »

January 11, 2011

Another guest post -- 13 favorite vegetarian items on Baltimore menus

owcAnd you thought he was just an indispensable film programmer. Eric Allen Hatch, director of programming at the Maryland Film Festival, is also a vegetarian man about town. He posted the following on his facebook page. With his permission, I am posting it here.

What are your favorite vegetarian dishes around town?

Update -- a few of Eric's Facebook correspondents mentioned Yabba Pot, as did a commenter below. There was some back-and-forth over on that thread, with at least a few comments praising the new Yabba Pot ownership. But, for sure, there was a time when you would go to Yabba Pat and end up losing your mind because it was just sooooo slow, and slow in that inexplicable way that makes you scream inside your head, "WHAT IS GOING ON!?!" -- good to hear it's back in good form. -- RG

Here's Eric:

I put this together recently at a friend’s request and thought I’d open it up for suggestions and debate.   

I’m not including a few awesome places in the burbs, most notably Great Sage, Mr. Chan’s, and Mango Grove, as well as restaurants w/ rotating seasonal veggie options such as Woodberry Kitchen; I wanted this to be a list of dependably great year-round options within the city limits.

R.I.P. to eternal favorites “I Got the Hook-Up Rastarant” and Silk Road Café.

1) Nam Kang – Dol bab. They’ll hold the beef and make it vegan (w/ tofu) or vegetarian (tofu and egg). Come with a group and enjoy the mountains of free appetizers.

2) Liquid Earth – The Liquid Earth club w/ hippy lippy smoothie. No other meal in town leaves me feeling as fresh and healthy afterwards

3) Mekong Delta  – Vegetarian noodle soup; basically veggie pho and devastatingly delicious

4) Minato – Lunch bento box: shiitake w/ avocado roll, seaweed salad, hot tofu (hold the fish flakes)

5) Dukem – Vegetarian dinner special w/ Hakim beer; their largest veggie special is the most varied Ethiopian spread I’ve seen

6) Soup's On -- Eggplant/red pepper/arugula sandwich

7) Rocket to Venus – Banh mi sandwich w/ tofu

8) One World Cafe – Tempeh reuben

9) Red Emma's – Atzlan open-faced sandwich.

10) Golden West Cafe – Aztec burrito.

11) Thai Restaurant – Masaman curry w/ tofu.

12) Carma's Cafe – Icelandic yogurt w/ granola.

EDIT: Lucky 13 -- how could I forget the veggie aushak and veggie matwo at The Helmand (not to mention that pumpkin appetizer)?

 

Baltimore Sun photo/Algerina Perna

 

Posted by Richard Gorelick at 12:43 PM | | Comments (19)
        

Comments

I think you have to also include something from multiple Best of Baltimore Vegan winner The Yabba Pot. Also, while I have not been there yet The Land of Kush just opened and they also have vegan soul food type dishes.

Pumpkin polenta at Brewer's Art!!

A knock-out dish at Mari Luna Latin Grille in Pikesville:
PAELLA VEGETARIANA :A classic Spanish Rice Dish made with assorted Vegetables

Liz, thanks for the polenta vote, but we don't have this (or very many other dishes) year-round, which eliminates us as per Eric's disclaimer.

Not that I am implying that Eric would have necessarily included us...:^)

Volker, you know I love Brewer's Art! As you say, I wanted this list to focus on year-round dishes, a quick cheat-sheet of sorts for dependable veggie eats.

Thanks for the kind words, Eric! And I SWEAR I was not fishing for that compliment!! Just did not want to appear presumptuous...

Volker, I realized that before I posted, but I just couldn't help myself. I am a meat lover til I die, but that polenta would keep me happy in the event I couldn't eat meat ever again.

I'm pretty sure the Rocket To Venus Banh Mi is made with fish sauce.

How does this guy know all this? And why is it virtually impossible to go into a bar and be able to get a raw veggie plate with dip? Hello?

I guess I get the point, but this list strikes me as odd. I like to eat seasonally, and if anything can be done seasonally it would be a good vegetarian dish... so why limit it to "year-round" sameness? I would like to know who is the most dependable for good seasonal vegetarian dishes. (I'm not a vegetarian, but often order as such.)

I know Woodberry Kitchen does Meatless Mondays, but I wouldn't expect them to have the exact same dish every day of the year. Honestly, unless it is a wholly vegetarian restaurant, I would think some variety would be most important.

Aren't humans amazing? They kill wildlife - birds, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice and foxes by the million in order to protect their domestic animals and their feed.

Then they kill domestic animals by the billion and eat them. This in turn kills people by the million, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative - and fatal - health conditions like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and cancer.

So then humans spend billions of dollars torturing and killing millions more animals to look for cures for these diseases.

Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals.

Meanwhile, few people recognize the absurdity of humans, who kill so easily and violently, and then call for Peace on Earth.

~Revised Preface to Old MacDonald's Factory Farm by C. David Coates~

_____________


Anyone can break this cycle of violence! Everyone has the power to choose compassion! Please visit these websites to align your core values with life affirming choices: http://veganvideo.org & http://tryveg.com

Aren't humans amazing? They kill wildlife - birds, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice and foxes by the million in order to protect their domestic animals and their feed.

Then they kill domestic animals by the billion and eat them. This in turn kills people by the million, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative - and fatal - health conditions like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and cancer.

So then humans spend billions of dollars torturing and killing millions more animals to look for cures for these diseases.

Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals.

Meanwhile, few people recognize the absurdity of humans, who kill so easily and violently, and then call for Peace on Earth.

~Revised Preface to Old MacDonald's Factory Farm by C. David Coates~

_____________


Anyone can break this cycle of violence! Everyone has the power to choose compassion! Please visit these websites to align your core values with life affirming choices: http://veganvideo.org & http://tryveg.com

@JC -- Hey, with the apocalypse coming, you're going to have a tough time finding enough nuts and berries to sustain yourself.

And lastly, don't you think it's a strange coincidence that "meat" is the word "eat" with a letter "m" at the beginning?

Hey, Vegan Jesus's:
God hates vegans. Attention all Xians and Jews, when Cain offered Yahweh veggies and Abel offered Yahweh meat, God REJECTED Cain's gift. So, vegans, you are both the first bad restaurateurs AND the first murderers.

My favorite vegetarian dish contains locally-farmed minced pickled vegetarians served over a bed of shredded un-sustainable self-righteousness with a side of my goodness you really are no fun to dine with…

Owlie, Those classes at the seminary come through again.

JC, when we're born it is destined that we die. Might as well enjoy the interim.

It would be awesome if Brewer's had more than one veggie entree or be able to get the veggie bar food in the dinning room. I would love to eat there more than once a season!!

And while we're on a hyperbole trip, remember, Hitler was vegetarian.

My $.02:

2) I dunno, man, the Sacred Sub and Tempeh Reuben Royale take the cake for me. Also, try their cake.

8) At One World, I actually prefer the Philly cheese(meatless)steak.

11) Yes. Oh yes.

Glad you squeeze the Helmand in there - I was already composing my Angry Letter.

Post a comment

All comments must be approved by the blog author. Please do not resubmit comments if they do not immediately appear. You are not required to use your full name when posting, but you should use a real e-mail address. Comments may be republished in print, but we will not publish your e-mail address. Our full Terms of Service are available here.

Verification (needed to reduce spam):

About this blog

You are reading the archives. For updated blog posts about the Maryland food scene, see Richard Gorelick's new Baltimore Diner blog.
Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.
-- ADVERTISEMENT --

Top Ten Tuesdays
Most Recent Comments
Baltimore Sun coverage
Restaurant news and reviews Recently reviewed
Browse photos and information of restaurants recently reviewed by The Baltimore Sun

Sign up for FREE text alerts
Get free Sun alerts sent to your mobile phone.*
Get free Baltimore Sun mobile alerts
Sign up for dining text alerts

Returning user? Update preferences.
Sign up for more Sun text alerts
*Standard message and data rates apply. Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Food & Drink newsletter
Need ideas for dinner tonight? A recommendation for the perfect red wine? Baltimoresun.com's Food & Drink newsletter is there to help.
See a sample | Sign up

Stay connected