Best vegetarian restaurants in New Orleans, Louisiana

The 7 Best Vegetarian Restaurants In New Orleans

The “Big Easy” is home to some of the best French Creole and Cajun fare in the country. For spicy vegetarian-friendly alternatives to the classic dishes, try these best vegetarian restaurants in New Orleans.

Who needs anything else when vegetarian dishes taste *this* amazing? These are our top picks of both dedicated vegetarian restaurants and places doing their bit to promote plant-based choices on their menus.

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1. Max Well

Max Well serves lunch and dinner and sticks to vegetarian fare such as salads, soups and bowls. There are protein sides ranging from hummus to lentils, and they have expanded entree offerings at dinner. Try the NOLA Bowl which features red beans, brown rice, cajun coleslaw and a jalapeño millet muffin.

Best vegetarian restaurants in New Orleans

2. Bearcat Cafe

This sleek and minimalist daytime cafe is a light and airy space for delicious, plant-based comfort foods. They make favourites ranging from pancakes and biscuits to fruit bowls and eggs with sweet potato hash. The artisan coffees are a must too.

Best vegetarian restaurants in New Orleans

3. Meals From The Heart Cafe

This French Quarter hole-in-the-wall is a vegan and gluten-free delight. The health-conscious menu packs tons of flavour into New Orleans dishes like po-boys, gumbo and more. Order the vegan crab cake po-boy with a side of red beans and rice.

Best vegetarian restaurants in New Orleans

4. Sweet Soufood

This low-key eatery serves up all things soul food with vegan options. There’s tons of Cajun spice and authentic flavour. Try the jambalaya or the okra jumbo. The stuffed peppers are also a hit.

5. Breads on Oak

For a vegan- and vegetarian-friendly breakfast, try Breads on Oak. The local bakery whips up pastries, breads and muffins in their stone-hearth oven as well as light cafe bites such as soups and sandwiches. Get the pumpkin-cheddar biscuit topped with tofu scramble and vegan andouille sausage.

6. The Daily Beet

For a light bite, head to The Daily Beet. They make fresh, cold-pressed juices and smoothies daily as well as grain bowls and toasts with creative toppings. Try the Beet Benedict toast which features avocado, miso-beet hollandaise and spinach.

7. 1000 Figs

This brick-and-mortar front from the Fat Falafel food truck serves up Mediterranean dishes made with seasonal ingredients. The setting is light and airy with tons of greenery, and the plates are always artfully and colourfully presented. Start with the beet and pecan dip and order the falafel platter.

Molly Harris

Molly Harris is a freelance travel journalist dividing her time between the United States and the Western Balkans.

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