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Best Restaurant for Vegetarians

The Helmand

806 N. Charles St., (410) 752-0311, Web site

Posted 9/22/2004

We had some trouble picking the best restaurant for vegetarians this year. But in the end, we went with the Helmand. It has a variety of tantalizing and unusual Afghan veggie dishes. Our personal favorites include a baked pumpkin dish called kaddo borawni thatís perfect as an appetizer or a dessert, and the vegetarian aushak, a delicious leek-filled ravioli. And the atmosphere is so nice and the prices so reasonable that half the first dates in the city take place here. But the chief reason Helmand topped our list this year is that itís a great culinary equalizer. Despite its range of veggie fare, itís not the kind of place where vegetarians go to segregate themselves. Itís the kind of place where omnivores and vegetarians can peacefully co-exist in gastronomic bliss. Not only do they have delicious meat dishes, but their veggie ones are so good, too, that even the most ravenous carnivores among us often go meat-free here. Thatís pretty impressive.

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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 Cafť, 9/19/2007

The Yabba Pot, 9/20/2006

The Yabba Pot, 9/21/2005

Mango Grove, 9/17/2003

Mr. Chan Szechuan Restaurant, 9/18/2002

The Helmand, 9/13/2000

The Helmand, 9/15/1999

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, 9/19/2001

Best Restaurant for Special Occasions, 9/13/2000

Best Restaurant for Vegetarians, 9/13/2000

Best Restaurant for Vegetarians, 9/15/1999

Best Restaurant, 9/17/1997

Best Restaurant for Vegetarians, 9/18/1996

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