Abbey Burger Bistro
1041 Marshall St.
Baltimore, Md. 21230
Abbey Burger Bistro is easy to miss; it’s tucked back behind the old McHenry Theater off of Cross Street in Federal Hill. Be sure to turn into the alley to take advantage of Abbey Burger Bistro’s burger checklist, where patrons can choose the bun, meat, cheese and condiments and make his/her own burger creation. There are plenty of options for the vegetarian, including fried green tomato, roasted portobello mushroom and the classic veggie burger. Each can be ordered from the regular menu if the numerous options on the checklist are too overwhelming.
Paper Moon Diner
227 W. 29th St.
Baltimore, Md. 21211
A diner isn’t always the top spot to look for a quality veggie burger, but Paper Moon is no ordinary diner. Serving Baltimore since 1994, Paper Moon offers fresh fare in an extremely eclectic location. It’s pretty hard to miss the bright colors, mirrored exterior and sculptures that surround the diner along 29th Street in Remington. The menu is a mish-mash of items with a full page dedicated to burgers. The weed burger is a garden burger served with lettuce, tomato, sprouts and avocado. The smarty pants burger is also a garden burger with melted smoked Gouda, arugula, tomato and sautéed onions, and the pizza burger can be made vegetarian, as well.
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1710 Thames St.
Baltimore, Md. 21231
The Waterfront Hotel is along Fells Point’s busy Thames Street, facing the picturesque waterfront. While many go there for the live music and nice bar, the food is not to be missed. Vegetarians can rejoice, as the menu contains a black bean burger, which is made in house and served wish guacamole, pico de gallo and lettuce on a toasted brioche roll. There’s also a bourbon-brown sugar mushroom “burger” with caramelized onions and Swiss cheese on a potato onion roll.
Golden West Cafe
1105 W. 36th St.
Baltimore, Md. 21211
Golden West Cafe has been serving food in Hampden for 10 years and has won multiple awards for its fare. “Rules” at Golden West include no substitutions (unless noted) and no cell phones. The focus is meant to be on the food, prepared the way that the chefs feel it should be. The zesty black bean and vegetable burger patty are made with homemade flavor and topped with melted jack cheese. The burgers are one area where substitutions are permitted; the black bean burger can be subbed for any other burger on the menu.
One World Cafe
100 W. University Parkway
Baltimore, Md. 21210
One World Cafe near Johns Hopkins University in the Tuscany-Canterbury neighborhood is a vegetarian restaurant, so it’s a safe bet for a veggie burger. Each day, it serves a veggie burger of the day on a multi-grain roll with mixed greens, tomatoes, onions and sprouts. The all-vegetable boca burger is served on a multi-grain bun with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and sprouts with lemon tahini on the side.
Renee Libby Beck spends her days as a public relations and social media manager for Medifast, Inc. and any spare time that she can find as a freelance writer. Her work has been published in local and national publications. Renee also serves as the Baltimore Food Examiner for Examiner.com.