Take it from a 10-plus year pescitarian, it is not hard to find delicious non-meat meals in New Orleans. On your next visit, ditch the meat-inspired itinerary and take advantage of this city’s burgeoning green scene. Trust us, whether you’re just staying for the weekend or residing permanently, you won’t have any issues finding meat-free fare. So don’t worry about passing on the chicken gumbo and boudin because we’ve rounded up all of the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants the Big Easy has to offer.
This mediterranean eatery got its start roaming the streets of NOLA as the Fat Falafel food truck, but we couldn’t be more excited that the owners found a brick and mortar locale right off of Esplanade. Does it get any cuter than taking your silverware out of a drawer at the table you’re sitting at? Though this place is tight on space, it’s big on flavors. If you have to wait for a table, relax with a glass of wine at Swirl Wine Bar next door. If you’ve got a couple of friends, go ahead and order the feast. You won’t be disappointed. With flavors like cilantro chile, garlic, and sesame paired with piping hot flatbread, the food is out of this world.
If you find yourself in the French Quarter on your next visit to Louisiana (which should be as soon as possible), make your way to Exchange Alley to get some grub at Green Goddess for lunch or dinner. If the weather’s nice, grab a table in the courtyard. While you may think going with a vegetarian or vegan restaurant might limit your flavor palette, that’s not a problem at Green Goddess, where all of the dishes are rooted in traditional New Orleans flavors. With an array of options, Green Goddess caters to the dietary trifecta: vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free. No matter what you decide to order, be sure to save room for the sweet potato biscuits. To die for!
With a variety of crispy toasts for you to try (avocado’s our favorite), savory grain bowls, salads, cold-pressed juices, and smoothies, The Daily Beet’s tasty, fresh vegetarian creations can be found downtown on Girod or in a brightly lit stall in St. Roch Market. The only thing that’s more pleasing than the delish food is the collection of bright and beautiful photos on The Daily Beet’s Instagram. Stay in the neighborhood a while and try out another incredible restaurant for dinner.
The flavors of Southeast Asia, West Africa, the Caribbean, and South America come together at Carmo, a tropical café and bar serving innovative, vegan-friendly fare with tropical flavors. This NOLA-based open-kitchen eatery, founded in 2010, prides itself on its “commitment to providing vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores alike with healthy and affordable” dining options in a laid-back atmosphere. Menu favorites include the Carmo Salad, the Rico Sandwich and any of the appetizers featuring avocado, of course.
Quite honestly, Bao & Noodle is one of the best Chinese restaurants in the whole city. Not only does it have plenty of vegetarian options, there are also daily specials, seasonal vegetables, and daily dumplings cooked to perfection. You can’t go here without ordering the steamed vegan bao, scallion pancakes, Burmese tea salad, and the strange flavored peanuts. As if the food isn’t enough of a reason to make your way to the Marigny district, the fact that Bao & Noodle allows patrons to BYOB definitely is.