The beaches of Maryland and Delaware are big vacation destinations, but they still feel largely vegan un-friendly. To thrive as a beach vegan in Ocean City, MD or Delaware resorts like Bethany and Rehoboth, it’s best to arrive prepared.
I usually will visit these beaches a few times a year. I’m also usually the only vegan in my group (with the exception of vegan beach weekend with my #bmoreveganfam earlier this year). I know how hard it can be to coordinate group meals, especially when you’re the only vegan, and it’s particularly difficult when there aren’t many vegan options to begin with. So hopefully a resource like this can prove helpful.
While the area vegan community is still pretty quiet, it is expanding. There’s even a Rehoboth VegFest every June. So rest assured that you can have an enjoyable vacation at the MD/DE shore and find some good vegan eats.
Vegan grocery items aren’t too hard to come by, but they might be more expensive than you’re accustomed to. I still like to support the local natural foods markets (listed below with an ‘*’), but before I travel, I typically buy some key items from home and bring them along. Having a stocked fridge and pantry keeps me full between meals at some of the local vegan, vegetarian, and veg-friendly restaurants.
I’ve compiled a list of vegan-friendly places in the area. I haven’t eaten at all of these places, personally, but I received a number of recommendations from the community on the Baltimore Vegans Facebook group. If you’re planning on visiting one of these beaches, definitely check out some of these great eateries!
Thriving as a Beach Vegan
Ocean City, Maryland
Small Japanese/Thai fusion restaurant serving sushi with veggie options and tofu dishes.
Culture (sister restaurant: Shark on the Harbor)
Has a veggie burger, will need to confirm if it’s vegan-friendly.
Has vegan cheese.
The veggie burger is vegan, but I’m unsure if it’s cooked on a separate grill from the meat.
No vegan options are listed on their menu—you have to call ahead and make plans with Chef Hari, but it’s worth the trouble and very tasty.
Vegan mac and cheese, chili and vegan Caesar salad
Request that vegetarian items be made egg-free/vegan.
Has weekly meatless Monday items.
Offerings almond, soy and coconut milk coffee drinks; HUGE vegan oatmeal breakfast – share it!
Upscale Asian fusion restaurant; vegan options marked and more available.
Several vegetarian options that can be served vegan; fun place to drink/hang out.
A few vegetarian options (pasta, salad, hummus) that can be served vegan.