Managing a vegan lifestyle in a great foodie city like New Orleans sometimes seems like a tall order. However, there are hidden gems for great vegan food that might even sway some meat-lovers. Here are some hot spots to check out.
If you want vegan food without carefully combing through a menu for hidden egg or milk products, Seed has you covered. Everything is vegan approved. Their bold nachos feature the most delicious cashew queso, black beans, and guac warmed over corn chips. The southern fried po-boys are sure to even get a meat eaters’ attention. The sunny, yet industrial chic atmosphere, coupled with a colorful menu makes Seed a favorite for vegans. Photo courtesy: Seed
Good Karma Café
Plant-based food and coffee await you at this Uptown, vegan-friendly hot spot. Yes, you’ll find the usual standard of juices and smoothies galore, but they offer some great food selections as well. One item you must try is the “Bhima Veggie Burger,” which isn’t your typical veggie burger. It’s made with lentils, grains, fresh vegetables, packing a chipotle kick. Another favorite is the “Teriyaki Tofu Wrap” with avocado mash, almond spread and locally-sourced tofu. Here’s an added bonus: Check out their signature vegan ice-cream cookie sandwiches. Photo courtesy: Good Karma Cafe via Facebook
This Bywater gem champions making everything from scratch, using fresh and local ingredients. You’ll even find local art on display across its pickle green walls. Of course, you will have to try the pickle plate — an assortment of house-pickled local veggies. However, another must is their “TLT” which is smoked tempeh, tomato, caramelized onions and a dab of chipotle aioli. Another great option is the spot’s “Beet Flatbread” with caramelized onion, seasoned slaw and sunflower seed puree. You can also bring along a non-vegan friend along: they offer a few meat options as well. Photo courtesy: Sneaky Pickle
Read the menu carefully at this CBD hotspot. Some items are vegan, and some are not. However, it’s still worth the trip. Look no further than the “Mushroom Mofongo,”which is chimichurri mushrooms atop of a plantain cake, toasted cucumber and a drizzle of aioli. Another safe bet is the “Tofu Escabeche.” This dish takes on a tropical palette with a pineapple marinated and grilled lemongrass tofu with mixed greens, toasted cucumbers and mango puree. Photo courtesy: Green Goddess
Juice, smoothies and salads… oh my! Did we mention wraps? This Magazine Street eatery is perfect for a post-workout fuel-up that you can feel good about. However, if you want to be a little “bad,” try the tangy barbeque wrap with a veggie patty, smoky barbeque sauce and tart pickled veggies. Even though these dishes are great, the fresh smoothies and juices definitely puts this place on our list. Photo courtesy: Superfood Bar
Vegan and vegetarian options here come with a tropical flair. The “Esmerelda Salad” is a great vegan salad with quinoa, toasted pumpkin seeds, black beans, corn, peppers, cilantro and a chili lime vinaigrette. Here’s another great option: Try the “Rico,” which has grilled plantains with melted cheese and avocado (just make sure to request they hold the pulled pork). The warm atmosphere and cozy setting makes this a great downtown stop. Photo courtesy: Carmo
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