If you’re a vegetarian looking for a meal in Hagerstown, Maryland, you won’t find a restaurant that’s strictly dedicated to animal-friendly food. Although the city is just a 20 minute drive from Frederick–and only 45 minutes or so from the suburbs of Washington, D.C.–no one has yet opened a vegetarian restaurant in Hagerstown. Every dining establishment in the city serves some type of meat. In fact, there are some restaurants that serve almost nothing suitable for a vegetarian diet, except for French fries and an iceberg lettuce salad.
That doesn’t mean, however, that vegetarian fare cannot be found within Hagerstown city limits. And if you don’t have time to call every restaurant in the yellow pages to inquire about the menu, here’s a quick guide to veg-friendly spots:
Hempen Hill BBQ Bar & Grill (301-797-HILL): Located in Fountainhead Plaza, this relatively new restaurant features standard barbeque fare, like ribs and wings. Surprisingly, however, the menu also includes a variety of vegetarian dishes, included a tofu/pasta entrée and a veggie wrap. Appetizers like hummus and pita are also available. And if you enjoy a cold brew with your meal, you’ll appreciate the variety of micro-brewed beers that are listed on the menu.
Sakura Japanese Steak House (301-393-8680): Don’t let the “steakhouse” part fool you. Like most Japanese restaurants, Sakura offers plenty of vegetarian options. Teriyaki tofu is a favorite entrée, and a wide variety of vegetable sushi is also available. Vegetable gyoza–or dumplings–and fresh edamame are some of the veg-friendly appetizers. The service is always pleasant, and the atmosphere is relaxing. The restaurant is located on Railway Lane, close to The Valley Mall.
Burhans Station (301-790-3000): Casual atmosphere can be found in this restaurant, which offers standards like chicken and fish on the menu. Located on Burhans Boulevard, this restaurant offers one or two menu items for vegetarians. The black bean burger is both delicious and filling, and their noodle salad works as a side dish, appetizer or small meal. The chef will take special requests if you call ahead, too.
Al Pomodoro (301-739-0440): Most vegetarians know they can rely on an Italian restaurant to provide something suitable, an Al Pomodoro on Eastern Boulevard is no exception. A number of veg-friendly pasta dishes are available, including and the lunch menu includes basics like pizza. The kitchen is very accommodating for those who make special requests.
El Ranchero (240-420-6880): In the mood for Mexican food? El Ranchero on Wesel Boulevard has plenty of vegetarian dishes, including bean tacos and burritos. Cheese-eating vegetarians can enjoy cheese quesadillas, too! You’ll get plenty of free corn chips and salsa to begin your meal, and the margaritas are a perfect accompaniment.