From impossible meatless burgers to eggless egg salad (yes, really) let’s face it; there’s never been a better time to be vegan. Most hungry herbivores might approach the city with caution, known for its hot sausage and crawfish étouffée. But here in this glorious food haven, those in search of vegan cuisine are in good company. Here’s our guide to the best Vegan and Vegan-friendly restaurants in the city.
307 Exchange Pl.
Tucked away in a charming pedestrian alley in the French Quarter, Green Goddess offers a bevy of vegan, gluten-free options, such as beet hummus topped with chile sauce, manchego truffle grits, and sweet potato biscuits. It offers a humble but colourful interior spilling out onto the alley, which boasts ample outdoor seating. Cool down amongst the shade of the tall plants and people-watch while you feast on your roasted beets and kale. They do offer some meat dishes so you can bring the whole family, and there’s a snowball machine too, which is always a good thing.
1330 Prytania St., 2372 St. Claude Ave.
When you think of vegan food, Seed is typically the go-to place. It has all the keywords: organic, natural, plant-based, local, you get the idea. It even has recycled menus, available compost, and solar panel energy. The bright, modern eatery has a varied, fresh, and delicious menu. Spiralized cucumber and carrot pad thai, deep fried tofu ‘nuggets’ in chickpea flower, and cashew queso fries are just some of the offerings here, as well as brunch, salads, soups, and desserts. And of course, what true vegan hot spot can exist without a giant freshly blended juice and smoothie bar? It’s got every fruit you can think of, some we can’t even pronounce.
Piscobar Kitchen/Midnight Noodle
914 Union St. inside the Catahoula Hotel
This Taiwanese-inspired, plant-based pop-up known as Piscobar Kitchen brings all your favorite Asian classics to the table. Their mouth-watering menu features their take on a variety of traditional dishes, such as spicy steamed buns with ginger and chili oil and garlic citrus dumplings with cabbage and shiitake. One of their most popular menu items, the glass noodles with Chinese tahini and chili, is an absolute must-try. They also serve those really big colorful drinks that look great on your Instagram feed.
2521 Jena St.
Nestled in the heart of Uptown, just off Freret Street, Bearcat Cafe offers up a delightful selection of breakfast and lunch options conveniently split into ‘good cat’ and ‘bad cat’ options, in case you wanted to be a super-duper healthy vegan instead of just a super one. Vegan scrambles, house-made granola and purple sweet potato noodles are some of the more popular dishes. Meat options are available for those who seek them, but who wouldn’t want to try their vegan queso smothered in cashew and red peppers?
4017 St Claude Ave.
Not to out-do the plethora of other vegan options in town, Sneaky Pickle makes every morsel of food from scratch, in-house, and even lists the farmers they use to source their ingredients. Opened by a marine veteran whose goal was to serve affordable and healthy food to the Ninth Ward community, this relaxed and upbeat spot has a great variety of comfort and health foods to offer. Their vegan mac ‘n cheese with squash sauce and cashew-chorizo crumble is mouth-wateringly delicious, as is their buffalo tofu and their selection of flatbreads.
4413 Banks St.
Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned Philly Cheesesteak? Well, probably vegans – until now. Trilly Cheesesteaks does the impossible and offers a vegan version of every single sandwich on their menu. Their sliced pickle fries sit alongside a bunch of overstuffed sarnies, including the Traditional Philly, a Far East Philly with a sweet ginger soy sauce, and the Buffalo Chicken Philly, to name a few. They also offer a dessert that consists of crushed Reese’s Puffs on top of a hot honey bun with vanilla ice cream, which is sinfully delicious.
527 Julia St.
This tropical-inspired restaurant and bar brings something different to the New Orleans vegan community. The menu at Carmo reflects multi-cultural influences from the Caribbean, Central and South America, West Africa, Southeast Asia, the Gulf South, and beyond. Their emphasis is on fresh, local ingredients, as well as unique and little-known flavors from around the world. Dine here for breakfast, lunch, or dinner with dishes such as Kottu Roti, a traditional Sri Lankan curried street dish or crispy house-made Armenian breads with a selection of mouth-watering toppings.
6101 Magazine St.
Sitting right alongside beautiful Audubon Park, Max Well is a handy little on-the-go lunch spot for uptowners with an abundance of healthy options on the menu. Natural juices such as Apple Beet Carrot are made in-house and their soups taste like a trip to the local farmer’s market – the carrot, turmeric, and ginger is a personal fave. Their salad and power bowls offer additional protein options (the quinoa cranberry stuffing is delightful) and everything on the menu has the calorie count next to it (but who’s counting?).
Breads on Oak
8640 Oak St., Suite A
This family-owned, plant-based bakery offers the most delicious, indulgent homemade pastries and breads you can imagine, and they’re all vegan. Indulge in brioche, herb bread twists and cinnamon maple walnut rolls to start. We love the all-day Sunday bread buffet, which comes with house-made cultured butter and organic jam. Everything is made from scratch and by hand, including their delicious hot & cold sandwiches and their all day breakfasts and quiches. Breads on Oak is powered mainly by solar energy, uses plant-based packaging, and all waste is recycled or composted. They even serve booze, which is never a bad thing.
Good Karma Cafe
2940 Canal St.
Finding delicious Indian and Malaysian cuisine can be difficult, but not in this town. Thanks to Good Karma Cafe, you can indulge in traditional-tasting Malaysian curry bowls, Bhima veggie burgers, and even a South Indian breakfast with coconut chutney. They have big plates as well as salads, sandwiches, and smoothies. On Sundays, they run a Mexican brunch in collaboration with South of Eden, offering up Belgian waffles, smothered tortillas, and a lots of dishes with cilantro and black beans. Win-win.