New Orleans is a city marked with so much history and culture. In August, I got the chance to visit NOLA, and experience this wonderful city for myself. New Orleans is well known for its food like poboys, gumbo, and beignets. These foods intertwine with the history of NOLA’s creole and French origins. However, they are not vegan friendly by any means. With a quick search, I found that New Orleans has several vegan friendly restaurants to offer! I had the chance to visit three restaurants on my short weekend trip, and let me tell you, they did not disappoint.
1330 Prytania St.
New Orleans, LA
After a late night of bar hopping on Bourbon street, my friends and I were eager to have a tasty, filling brunch! We decided to go to Seed. Seed is located in the Lower Garden District, and is an all vegan/vegetarian restaurant. The décor in the restaurant is quite modern and provides the perfect ambiance for their tasty food! My friends and I ordered beignets, chicken and waffles, and grits and grillades. Being the only vegan in the group, I tried all of them! Here are my opinions and a rating out of 10.
This was my second time having beignets ever, and my first time having vegan ones. For some reason, I thought they would be much softer. It has been years since I’ve tasted one, but my friends who have a better recollection of the taste and texture agreed they were pretty average. It is awesome that you can be vegan and still enjoy this treat, but I personally did not love these!
Chicken and Waffles 9/10
The chicken and waffles were amazing! Especially the “chicken”. The texture was great and it was fried and flavored to perfection. I really enjoyed tasting this dish, and ate a bit too much of what my friend ordered.
Grits and Grillades 8/10
This dish was very savory and flavored very well! It’s a heavy dish so it will fill you up! Even add some hot sauce to give it an extra kick!
740 North Rampart St
New Orleans, Louisiana
Vegan Hot Dog 8/10
Dreamy Weenies is in the French Quarter. It is a great spot for its convenient location if you’re doing tourist activities, and for its amazing hot dogs! The concept is to build your own hot dog by choosing the type of “meat”, toppings, bun, etc. It is also great if you have non-vegan friends because they have meat options as well as kosher options! I enjoyed this hot dog, and the toppings the menu had to offer. This restaurant only accepts cash, so be sure to bring some if you stop by!
4017 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA
Sneaky Pickle is located in the Bywater District! Unlike the Garden District, it has a little more grit. This is definitely apparent in the casual vibe of the restaurant. I loved every single dish I had here. The food was so good! The food took a little longer to get to our table, but was well worth the wait. Unfortunately, I am writing this review a while after my trip! Sneaky Pickle sources most of its food locally, so the food changes on a weekly basis. Some of the items I mention might not be on the menu when you go!
Fried Green Tomatoes 9/10
One word: yum!
Mac and Cheese 7/10
Okay so this dish right here, has a little competition. My mom makes the best vegan mac and cheese ever, so nothing (in my eyes) compares. This did a pretty good job though. The mixture of veggies and flavoring makes it more savory.
Multigrain Patty 9/10
One of the best veggie patties I’ve ever had. The tomato and smoked onion jam was so delicious and the roasted garlic aioli just made my taste buds love it even more. I dream about this sandwich. I plan to visit NOLA next year and honestly I am visiting here again just for this dish!
These are only the three vegan friendly restaurants I got to visit while there! They have several more, including: Green Goddess, Shake Sugary, and Good Karma Prasad Café! I cannot vouch for these but only heard good things, and they are on my list for when I visit NOLA again!
Deanna Ross is an Atlanta native. She's usually doing one of three things: studying/researching neuroscience, thrifting/styling clothes, or eating delicious vegan food.