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Vegetarian

Posted 3/4/2009

Liquid Earth

1626 Aliceanna St., (410) 276-6606, liquidearth.com, $$

We've appreciated the vegetarian/vegan soups and sandwiches at Liquid Earth for over a decade now, and the place just keeps getting better. The sacred submarine is truly heavenly; the Liquid Earth club, with its mixture of avocado and thin, crisp faux bacon, is equally delightful. The raw tacos are so delicious you won't notice how good you're being to yourself. Plus, with cabbage in place of hard corn taco shells, the roof of your mouth stays blissfully intact. The raw pizza, while not as successful at simulating its baked counterpart, is also deeply satisfying.

Natural Brothers' Deli and Café

2149 York Road, Timonium, (410) 560-3133, thenaturalmkt.com $

Great food is worth going out of your way for--especially if you're vegan--and Natural Brothers' in Timonium is well worth the trip. At this no-frills eatery, located in the front of a health-food store, lunch and early dinner are served seven days a week. Try the "tuNOfish" wrap, overflowing with mock tuna, veggies, and greens, plenty big enough for two. Or try the totally tapenade wrap with a tangy blend of olives, capers, and garlic resting on a bed of cool green veggies. Better yet, take a friend and share.

One World Café

100 W. University Pkwy., (410) 235-5777, one-world-cafe.com, $$

One World is one of only a few vegetarian-tailored restaurants in a city that loves meat, and meat wrapped in other meat. While it serves a dinner menu that veers between Mexican and Italian, it excels at breakfast, particularly the tofu scramble, seasoned creatively with a house blend of spices and littered with veggies, and the simple egg and bagel sandwich that'll keep you going till mid-afternoon for $3.95. The stone bar and the narrow, triangular front room make for proper late evening coziness with a "Nutty Irishman" or something less-gross sounding containing alcohol.

Yabba Pot

2431 St. Paul St., (410) 662-8638, theyabbapotcafe.com, $$

You don't have to be vegan, or even vegetarian, to get addicted to Chef Skai Davis' food. You just need to appreciate vibrant yet subtle flavors and creative use of ingredients. This brightly colored Charles Village storefront is otherwise unprepossessing, inside and out, but Davis' signature juices and rotating selection of dishes, ranging from creamy black-eyed peas to revelatory kale to various satisfying faux meat preparations, tastes just as good out of a to-go container as it does on a plate. If you're staying, there's free wi-fi, and the buffet is all-you-can-eat.

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