vegan New Orleans food, crabless cakes from I-tal Garden and vegan pizza from Pizza Delicious

Eating Vegan in New Orleans Is (the Big) Easy

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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!

Vegan Restaurants

Breads on Oak

This restaurant’s website boasts a “full line of organic, vegan foods.” Sign us up.

I-tal Garden

Find healthful and hearty soul food–inspired fare at I-tal Garden. The Crabless Crab Cakes, Cajun Pasta, and Okra Filé Gumbo Bowl are just a few of the delectable items on its menu.

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.

Bearcat Cafe

With two locations in the city, Bearcat Cafe is a solid spot for vegan brunchy goodness, like these super-crispy loaded breakfast potatoes.

Blaze Pizza

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!

Breakaways Restaurant & Bar

Grilled Local Lemongrass Tofu PoBoy and Rolled Uttapam pancakes are on the veg-friendly menu.

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 Vegan Ceviche.

Dat Dog

Vegans can choose from among a Vegan Bratwurst, Spicy Chipotle Dog, Vegan Italian ‘Dog, and a Smoked Apple Sage ‘Dog.

Killer Poboys

These aren’t your usual po’boy sandwiches. Killer Poboys serves at least three inventive vegan varieties: Thai BBQ Tofu, Roasted Cauliflower Sandwich, and Roasted Sweet Potato with black-eyed pea and pecan spread.

Lebanon’s Cafe

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.

Mid City Pizza

Vegan cheese is available upon request. We recommend the Herbivore pizza with seven veggies!

Pizza Delicious

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.

Satsuma Café

You’ll feel like a local at this cozy café, which serves breakfast and lunch, with plenty of vegan options and fresh, cold-pressed juices.

Sneaky Pickle

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.


This restaurant’s vegan menu is full of your favorite Thai dishes made without any ingredients that harm animals.

Trilly Cheesesteaks

Trilly Cheesesteaks has a comprehensive vegan menu, including five sandwiches, pickle fries with vegan ranch, and vegan poutine.

Food Trucks With Vegan Options

Taceaux Loceaux

La Cocinita

Not headed to NOLA anytime soon? Check out this list of New Orleans–inspired recipes to celebrate Fat Tuesday in any city.

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