New Orleans is the new epicenter for clean eating. More and more people are turning away from meat and dairy products after learning about the awful treatment of animals on factory farms as well as the detrimental effects that meat has on the environment and human health. People are looking for vegan restaurants in New Orleans and every city, and the demand is being met. In fact, the South now offers a smorgasbord of vegan restaurants. Check out this list of plant-powered soul food restaurants around the country.
Are you en route to Mardi Gras? You’ll want to know about these vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants. Enjoy!
Breads on Oak
This restaurant’s website boasts a “full line of organic, vegan foods.” Sign us up.
Bayou Vegan Cafe
This pop-up restaurant veganizes all your favorite Southern comfort food dishes.
Seed serves plant-based New Orleans staples such as Southern Fried Nuggets, Seed Gumbo, Creole Zucchini Wraps, Sweet Corn Polenta, and so much more.
Restaurants With Vegan Options
Bao & Noodle
Whether you’re in the mood for Scallion Pancakes, sweet Sesame Balls with Red Bean Paste, or Yellow Curry, Mock Duck and Mung Bean Bao, there are always vegan options at this Chinese restaurant.
For your pizza pleasure, we recommend the Veg Out, topped with zucchini, mushrooms, red onion, and red sauce dollops. And you can get vegan cheese at no extra cost!
Cake Cafe & Bakery
Look no further for vegan delectables. Healthy Grits (hold the goat cheese), a tofu sandwich (order on ciabatta bread), and more are waiting for you at this cozy café.
This worldly café serves cuisine from Southeast Asia, West Africa, the Caribbean, and South America. Vegan delights include the Broken Noodle Salad and the Caribbean Banana Cake.
Vegans can choose from among a Spicy Chipotle Dog, Field Roast Italian Dog, and a Smoked Apple Sage sausage.
Breakaways Restaurant & Bar
Grilled Local Lemongrass Tofu PoBoy and Rolled Uttapam pancakes are on the veg-friendly menu.
Lebanon’s is another Middle Eastern option in New Orleans, featuring flavorful dishes such as musaha—an appetizer consisting of sautéed eggplant with roasted garlic, jalapeño peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, and celery marinated with olive oil and vinegar.
Meals From the Heart
All meals are made to order, and the restaurant delivers, too! Featured vegan items include gumbo, pancakes, meatless apple sausage, and apple patties.
Build your own pizza, and use dairy-free Daiya cheese to achieve plant-based perfection.
Mid City Pizza
Vegan cheese is available upon request. We recommend the Herbivore pizza with seven veggies!
Namese Vietnamese Café
This restaurant brings together Vietnamese and New Orleans flavors to create a new food attitude. It can make any traditional Vietnamese dish vegan, such as bún (vermicelli noodles), phó (noodle soup), a Five Spice Fried Tofu appetizer, and even fusion favorites like Vietnamese tofu tacos.
Your mouth will water when you see some of the creative Italian dishes at this pizza joint. We’re dying to try the Vegan Roasted Mushroom Bolognese & Whole Wheat Rigatoni and the Vegan Brussels Sprouts pizza with marinara, pickled red onions, and olive oil.
We’d give anything to try the Vegan Reuben sandwich or the Smokey Tempeh flatbread with vegan garlic aioli, carmelized onions, and slaw. Oh, and check out this mac and cheese with peas, mushrooms, tomatoes, greens, and cashew chorizo. Swoon.
South of Eden
Feast your eyes on these insanely delicious-looking tacos from this vegan pop-up restaurant:
Food Trucks With Vegan Options
Not headed to NOLA anytime soon? Check out this list of New Orleans–inspired recipes to celebrate Fat Tuesday in any city.