Baltimore is the land of crab, crab cakes, steamed crab, and Crab Imperial. But vegetarians don't eat crab, and they do live in Baltimore, so the promise of an awesome crab dish isn't really a win for the city. But one may be surprised to learn of the vegetarian offerings by restaurants and groceries in Central Baltimore.
Take for example, Soup's On, which features over 80 vegetarian and vegan soups for Baltimore's consumption. XS, on the 1300 block of Charles Street, offers vegetarian options from a number of cuisines - sushi, noodles, sandwiches, breakfast, and sweet baked goods. And Sweet Sin is a bakery that offers vegan cupcakes. Who would have thought?
Vegetarians typically cite animal welfare and health as the reasons they live a meat-free life, and followers of plenty of other progressive food movements based on those same values have found a home in Baltimore; the locavores, the slow foodies, the raw foodists all have a small following in the city. Food awareness of any kind can only have a positive effect on a community. But because, among the aforementioned movements, vegetarianism is the best known and broadest, tracking the way Central Baltimore accommodates specifically vegetarian habits will give Baltimore's food-conscious hope that its community is aware of what we eat.