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Best Restaurant for Vegetarians

The Helmand

Posted 9/15/1999

Even the veg-heads here at Baltimore's Most Ecosystem-Friendly Alternative Weekly recognize that there's a reason vegetarians are in the minority: Meat tastes good. (Why else would so many vegetarians worship the great god Boca Burger, the gold standard of meat-replication technology?) More to the point, meat is satisfying in that grunting, Cro-Mag way that, tragically, is hard to replicate without slaughtering our animal pals. Which is why we worship the great god Helmand. We've said it before in these pages: No one in this town makes vegetarian food that hits that grunting Cro-Mag chord like Mount Vernon's Afghan mainstay. When we find our steely vegetarian resolve wavering--and it happens--we treat the jones with mushroom lawand, musky, meaty fungi in a rich tomato sauce with spiced rice. Or spinach-stuffed baby eggplant. Or aushak (Afghan ravioli) in a nutty split-pea sauce. You can even make a soul-satisfying meal out of the vegetarian appetizers. (We recommend the eggplant and pumpkin.) Sure, you can get meat dishes here, and great ones, but why bother? At the Helmand, it's easy being green.

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Other Awards for Best Restaurant for Vegetarians:

Mr. Chan's, 9/16/2009

Golden West Café, 9/17/2008

One World Café, 9/19/2007

The Yabba Pot, 9/20/2006

The Yabba Pot, 9/21/2005

The Helmand, 9/22/2004

Mango Grove, 9/17/2003

Mr. Chan Szechuan Restaurant, 9/18/2002

The Helmand, 9/13/2000

The Helmand, 9/18/1996

All Awards for The Helmand:

Best First-Date Restaurant, 9/16/2009

Best Middle Eastern Restaurant, 9/20/2006

Best Middle Eastern Restaurant, 9/21/2005

Best Restaurant for Vegetarians, 9/22/2004

Best Restaurant, 9/19/2001

Best Restaurant for Special Occasions, 9/13/2000

Best Restaurant for Vegetarians, 9/13/2000

Best Restaurant, 9/17/1997

Best Restaurant for Vegetarians, 9/18/1996

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