The last thing you want to do when visiting a new place is feel limited by dining options. If you tend to be the person who packs snacks so your friends can eat what they want, you’re in luck. Frederick County seeks to make everyone feel welcome, and that means offering a variety of delicious vegan and vegetarian eats.



Hippy Chick Hummus 


Hummus and Pita from Hippy Chick

Head to Hippy Chick for a fully vegan menu and kombucha on tap. If it’s a nice day, take your food to one of the shaded picnic tables out back.

Try this: The Cauliflower Tacos and homemade hummus—flavors include Coconut Curry and Everything Bagel.




A view of the front patio of Tsunami

You’re in for an explosion of flavor at Tsunami, where you’ll find a variety of vegetarian and vegan Japanese dishes to enjoy while taking in the energetic atmosphere and splashes of modern art.

Try this: Veggie & Mushroom Ramen or Vegan Curry.


The Orchard



Everything on the menu at The Orchard is homemade—including their whole wheat bread, sauces, and desserts. There’s something for every diet and food preference here.

Try this: The Grilled Avocado and Brie Sandwich (vegetarian) or one of their many gluten-free and vegan stir-fry offerings.


Cafe Nola


A view of a woman pouring a coffee at Cafe Nola

If you can’t decide whether you want coffee, cocktails, wine, or a meal, head to Café Nola. This eclectic art-filled restaurant is a popular brunch spot and turns into a lively music venue in the evenings.

Try this: Vegan Smoked Hash or Vegetarian B’s and G’s (biscuits and gravy).


Sanctuary Modern Kitchen

This gluten-free and nut-free kitchen offers a rotating menu of takeout baked goods and meals. Stop in for lunch and eat at one of the tables outside, or grab pre-made entrées and rolls to enjoy later.



Try this: GF/DF Croissants and Vegan Mac and Cheese Bake.


The Main Cup


Inside view of the Main Cup

If your traveling companions are craving burgers and steaks, head to The Main Cup in Middletown, where all ages and taste preferences will be satisfied.

Try this: Grilled Vegetable Sandwich with Portobello mushrooms, eggplant, roasted tomatoes, caramelized onions, provolone cheese, and pesto.


Motherland Kitchen

Searching for authentic, nourishing food? Motherland Kitchen creates mouth-watering, Afro-Caribbean dishes from recipes that have been passed down for generations. Made with love and local ingredients, dishes are created with Vegetarian, Vegan, and Gluten-Free alternatives in mind. In addition to the restaurant, Motherland Kitchen offers meal-prepping services and catering. Learn how to make your favorite dishes at home by watching cooking demonstrations with owner Sabina Jules over on YouTube

Try This: Watercress stew with fufu or Fonio Pilaf (Both Vegan and Gluten-Free). 


Mother Land kitchen owner Sabina Jules


Pumpernickel + Rye

This new-school deli serves up locally sourced and made-in-house breakfast and lunch offerings (including a smoothie bar) inside a restored farmhouse in Urbana. Known as Pump+Rye to locals, the restaurant is an easy stop for anyone traveling along I-270 or MD-355.

Try this: Kale of Duty vegan sandwich with marinated kale, watermelon radishes, tomato, pickled red onions, avocado, roasted apples, and vegan grains.



Hoffman Brothers Ice Cream 

Stroll through Downtown Frederick with the tastiest vegan soft serve in hand. Hoffman Brothers Ice Cream serves unique, premium-quality flavors and guaranteed happiness in every scoop!

Try This: Vegan soft-serve ice cream




Experience a vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free brunch