Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Foods Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada

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Louisiana

Baton Rouge

Mellow Mushroom

4250 Burbank Dr., Ste. 101, Baton Rouge, LA 70808

(225) 490-6355

Pizzeria/bar/eclectic. Mellow Mushroom is a pizzeria chain known for its cool vibe, tasty eats, and craft beer. They offer a large variety of vegetarian options, many of which can be made vegan. They serve appetizers, salads, calzones, hoagies, pizza, and micro brews. Their crust and red sauce are both vegan and they offer Daiya vegan cheese as well. Vegan pizza toppings and sandwich fillings include tofu, tempeh, and fresh veggies like avocado. Their Mega-Veggie pizza is very popular. Mellow Mushroom cares about its sustainability; their napkins, paper towels, tissues, and pizza boxes are made from 100% recycled material. Enjoy dining on their outdoor patio.

Open Monday through Thursday for lunch and dinner. Open Friday through Sunday for lunch and dinner through late night service
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, beer, non-alcoholic beer
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

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Covington

The English Tea Room

734 E. Rutland St., Covington, LA 70433

(985) 898-3988

Tea Room. The English Tea Room offers the elegance and charm of England in historic downtown Covington. Their menu of organic salads and sandwiches includes vegan items. Of course, tea is the star of the show here. Enjoy tea with your meal or come for High Tea. Don't forget to reserve your special event in the courtyard garden.

Open Monday through Saturday. Closed Sunday
Full service
vegan options
catering
VISA/MC, $$

Toad Hollow Café

207 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, LA 70433

(985) 893-8711

American/organic. Toad Hollow Café is a charming little eatery with displays of local artists' works. There are many vegetarian selections on the menu including the Tempeh Reuben, Tofu Bowl, Curry Tofu Scramble, Black Bean Burrito, and Tempeh Tacos. Outdoor seating is available.

Open Tuesday through Thursday for lunch. Open Friday for lunch and dinner. Open Saturday for three meals. Open Sunday for breakfast and lunch. Closed Monday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices, espresso/cappuccino, soymilk, beer/wine/alcohol
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

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Metairie

Café Equator

2920 Severn Ave., Metairie, LA 70002

(504) 888-4772

Thai. Café Equator includes a vegetarian section on its menu. Try Veggie Cashew, Tofu Ginger, Veggie Three Seasons, or Tofu Basil Eggplant. Please note that credit cards are only accepted for bills of $20 or more; if less, cash is the only accepted payment.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, beer/wine/alcohol
VISA/MC, $-$$

Taj Mahal Indian Cuisine

923 Metairie Rd., Ste. C, Metairie, LA 70005

(504) 836-6859

Indian. Between the airport and New Orleans' city limits, Taj Mahal offers several vegetarian dishes that are prepared in oil, not butter. Try curry, dahl, fresh breads, and other items. The owner says that half the orders they serve are vegetarian.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday
Full service
take-out, wine/beer
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

Tandoori Chicken

2916 Cleary Ave., Metairie, LA 70002

(504) 889-7880

Indian. Serving authentic Indian cuisine, Tandoori Chicken offers many vegetarian menu items. Don't miss their daily lunch buffet! Tandoori is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours. The restaurant is located between Veterans Blvd. & the I-10 Overpass.

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday
Full service
vegan options
take-out
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$-$$$

The Green Fork

200 Metairie Rd., Ste. 100, Metairie, LA 70005

(504) 309-3677

Natural foods store/juice bar. Enjoy smoothies and juices with creative names like Grateful (ginger, carrot, banana, cinnamon, nut milk, and agave) or Compassion (cucumber, celery, romaine, kale, spinach, cilantro, lime, and pineapple). The Green Fork also offers vegan baked goods and take-out veggie food in the fridge.

Open Monday through Saturday. Closed Sunday
Counter service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering, fresh juices, smoothies
VISA/MC, $-$$

·The PeaceBaker

6601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, LA 70003

(504) 888-9094

Vegetarian/bakery. Located in the Lafreniere Plaza Shopping Center, the PeaceBaker is a gluten-free bakery with a full menu that is customizable for those with dietary restrictions. Offering egg-free, dairy-free, and vegan options, it's a one-stop shop for sweets baked from scratch. With over 22 different cupcake flavors alone, all featuring vegan buttercream, this bakery has enough options to satisfy even the pickiest eater. Try the pink lemonade flavor!

Open Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday
Counter service
vegan options
take-out
VISA/MC, $-$$

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New Orleans

··3 Potato 4

2727 S. Broad Ave., New Orleans, LA 70125

(504) 298-7761

Vegan/organic/fast food. 3 Potato 4 is a small franchise offering potato-based (only organic potatoes are used) fast food. Choose your potato (russet, redskin, or sweet), pick your size, add a sauce (like bbq or curry ketchup), and then, if you'd like, add an extra such as vegan bacon bits. Their fries are baked not fried or cooked in oil, and they only use sea salt. They also offer soups, chili, chocolate frozen bananas, natural drinks, and organic coffee. 3 Potato 4 New Orleans is completely vegan, including the sauces.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Counter service
take-out
VISA/MC/DISC, $

Angeli on Decatur

1141 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70116

(504) 566-0077

International. Angeli's menu includes veggie burgers; hummus; spicy tomato spreads; green and pasta salads; portobello, roasted eggplant, and artichoke and spinach sandwiches; veggie pita rolls; and specialty pizzas.

Open daily for lunch and dinner through late night service
Full service
vegan options
take-out, espresso/cappuccino, beer, special beverages
VISA/MC, $-$$

August Moon

3635 Prytania St., New Orleans, LA 70115

(504) 899-5129

Vietnamese/Chinese. August Moon serves Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine with many vegetarian dishes. Veggie items include Lemon Grass Tofu, Vegetarian Soup For 2, Szechuan Eggplant, Vegetables Curry, and Kung Pao Tofu. Located uptown, August Moon is a short drive from Lee Circle, Touro Hospital, St. Charles General Hospital, and Tulane & Loyola Universities.

Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner. Open Saturday for dinner. Closed Sunday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering, special beverages, beer/wine
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

Back to the Garden

833 Howard Ave., New Orleans, LA 70113

(504) 299-8792

Natural foods. Back to the Garden is a veg-friendly eatery. Lunch items include red bean chili, veggie stir-fry over brown rice, hearty salads, and vegetarian tacos. They also feature all-natural fruit juices and smoothies. Back to the Garden is located in the Central Business District, near Lee Circle.

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch. Closed Sunday
Counter service
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices, smoothies
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $

Bennachin Restaurant

1212 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70116

(504) 522-1230

African. Bennachin Restaurant offers 'A Taste of Africa.' While this is clearly not a vegetarian restaurant, they have several vegetable dishes and other meals that can be served without meat (these are noted on the menu). They offer daily lunch specials that are a terrific value. Cash only.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, BYOB
$$

··Bhava

2600 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70117

(504) 617-2652

Vegan/natural foods. Located upstairs at Feelings Café, Bhava offers an intimate environment and vegan cuisine. The menu features weekly specials and foods like Tofu Crabish Cakes and Tamales. The restaurant is located in the Marigny area of New Orleans. Reservations are accepted. Outdoor seating is available.

Open Thursday through Saturday for dinner. Closed Sunday through Wednesday
Full service
take-out, catering, beer/wine/alcohol
VISA/MC, $-$$

Breads on Oak

8640 Oak St., Ste. A, New Orleans, LA 70118

(504) 324-8271

Bakery/café/organic. Breads on Oak is a bakery and café. Breads are baked fresh daily and made with organic flour. Quite a few of their breads are vegan including baguettes, multigrain, ciabatta, and whole wheat. Vegan items are noted on the menu. They offer vegan sandwiches, soups, and pastries. Strawberry Vanilla Muffins and Double Chocolate Pecan Brownies are examples of some of their vegan sweets. The atmosphere is very cozy and warm at Breads on Oak.

Open Wednesday through Saturday for breakfast and lunch. Open Sunday for breakfast and early lunch. Closed Monday and Tuesday
Counter service
vegan options
take-out, espresso/cappuccino
VISA/MC, $-$$

Carmo

527 Julia St., New Orleans, LA 70130

(504) 875-4132

Latin American. Carmo, a tropical café, is a wonderful place for a refreshing meal. They use local, organic produce as well as exotic fruits in making their dishes. The Caju and Graviola juices are very popular. The Carmo salad with vegan ham and mango is a crowd favorite. There are quite a few vegan options on the menu including the Black Bean Fritter Dish and the Broken Noodle Salad. The Esmeralda salad with quinoa, beans, and pumpkin seeds is another very popular item. Outdoor seating is available. Carmo is located between Camp and Magazine. The restaurant is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open Monday for lunch. Open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering, fresh juices, espresso/cappuccino, beer/wine/alcohol
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

Fatoush Restaurant & Coffee House

2372 St. Claude Ave., Ste. 130, New Orleans, LA 70117

(504) 371-5074

Mediterranean/coffeehouse/juice bar. Fatoush Restaurant & Coffee House is a Mediterranean grill, juice bar, and coffeehouse -- all in one. They offer vegetarian and vegan items including Falafel with Vegetables, Eggplant, Veggie Burger, and Veggie Stew. Fatoush is located on the corner of the New Orleans Healing Center.

Open daily for three meals
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies
VISA/MC, $-$$

Feelings Café

2600 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70117

(504) 945-2222

French. Feelings Café is a French restaurant with a separate vegan menu. Vegan selections include Roasted Eggplant and Creole Tomato Napoleons, Potato and Marinated Tempeh Patties, and Quinoa and Shiitake Mushroom Cakes. They often feature vegan specials. Feelings is located in the historic Faubourg Marigny with its beautiful interior and romantic atmosphere. The café is closed on Sundays between brunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours. Reservations are accepted. Outdoor patio seating is available.

Open Wednesday through Saturday for dinner. Open Sunday for brunch and dinner. Closed Monday and Tuesday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, beer/wine/alcohol
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC/DC, $$-$$$

Gumbo Shop

630 Saint Peter St., New Orleans, LA 70116

(504) 525-1486

Creole/Cajun. Located in the French Quarter, the Gumbo Shop offers vegan gumbo and vegan red beans & rice.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, fresh juices, espresso/cappuccino, beer/wine
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

Juan's Flying Burrito

2018 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130

(504) 569-0000

4724 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119

(504) 486-9950

Mexican. A Creole-Mex Taqueria, Juan's offers an "Eat Your Veggies" menu, including veggie quesadillas, tacos, and fajitas. You might also consider the Veggie Punk (pinto bean burrito with potatoes, jalapenos, cheese, salsa, rice, and lettuce), the Supergreen (a burrito with spinach, onions, peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, and sliced avocado in a spinach tortilla), Spinach Garlic Mushroom Enchiladas, and much more.

Open daily for lunch through late dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, beer/wine/alcohol
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

Lebanon's Café

1506 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130

(504) 862-6200

Middle Eastern. The menu at Lebanon's Café includes hummus, baba ghanouj, vegetarian grape leaves, and several other Middle Eastern favorites, along with vegetarian entrées like the Falafel Plate, Vegetarian Plate, Vegetarian Cabbage Rolls, and more.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering
$-$$

Mardi Gras Zone

2706 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70117

(504) 947-8787

Natural foods store. Mardi Gras Zone is a hipster natural foods store with hot food bar and grab-n-go items. With the exception of Yom Kippur, they are open every day 24/7. The Zone is located not far down the river from the French Quarter across Elysian Fields Avenue; look for the sign that says "Market."

Open 24 hours
Take-out
vegan options
delivery
VISA/MC, $$

Mona's Café

4126 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

(504) 894-9800

1120 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118

(504) 861-8175

Middle Eastern. Mona's Café is a combination general store and restaurant. They offer many vegetarian and vegan options. Try the Vegetarian Plate. Mona's on Magazine Street is located downtown on the outskirts of the French Quarter.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

New Orleans Food Co-op

2372 St. Claude Ave., Ste. 110, New Orleans, LA 70117

(504) 264-5579

Natural foods store. The New Orleans Food Co-op offers organic and natural foods and products at affordable prices. They have a small soup and salad bar as well as fresh produce and bulk foods. Many vegan grab-n-go items are available. Everyone is welcome to shop at the Co-op; you don't have to be a member. They are located in the New Orleans Healing Center, on the corner of St. Claude and St. Roch.

Open daily
Take-out
vegan options
VISA/MC, $-$$

Ninja Restaurant

8433 Oak St., New Orleans, LA 70118

(504) 866-1119

Japanese/sushi. Ninja is a Japanese restaurant and sushi bar with an entirely separate vegetarian menu! Their food presentations are impressive. Try the Enoki Mushroom Sushi, Avocado Roll, Tofu Steak, or Cold Soba Noodles. Save room for dessert and try the vegan Coconut Sorbet. Ninja is located uptown, a couple blocks off the streetcar line, and not far from colleges like Tulane, Loyola, and Xavier. The restaurant is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours. Reservations are accepted.

Open Monday and Tuesday for dinner. Open Wednesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering, beer/wine
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

Nirvana Indian Cuisine

4308 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70116

(504) 894-9797

Indian. Nirvana offers a daily lunch buffet with plenty of vegetarian options.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
smoothies, espresso/cappuccino, beer/wine/alcohol
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

Santa Fe Tapas

1327 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130

(504) 304-9915

Spanish/Southwestern. Santa Fe Tapas offer several Spanish-style vegan dishes including Green Curry Eggplant, Arancini, Penne Arrabbiata, tamales, and vegan sausage. The atmosphere is sophisticated with a beautiful mural outside on the front of the building. Don't miss their Saturday vegan brunch! Outdoor seating is available. Santa Fe Tapas is located in the Garden District of New Orleans.

Open Tuesday through Friday for lunch and dinner. Open Saturday for brunch and dinner. Open Sunday and Monday for dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, beer/wine/alcohol
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

Satsuma Café

3218 Dauphine St., New Orleans, LA 70117

(504) 304-5962

7901 Maple St., New Orleans, LA 70118

(504) 309-5557

American. Satsuma Café has many vegan options including sandwiches, tofu scramble, and quinoa salad. Many foods, including their pesto, can be made vegan upon request. They try to source their produce as locally as possible. People really love their freshly-made juices, fair-trade coffee, and lattes. The vibe is laidback and hip at Satsuma. Outdoor seating is available.

Open daily for three meals
Counter service
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices
VISA/MC, $-$$

··Seed

1330 Prytania St., New Orleans, LA 70130

(504) 302-2599

Vegan/organic/eclectic. Seed features an eclectic all-vegan menu made from local, organic, and sustainably-sourced ingredients. The café offers a wide selection of vegan comfort foods, traditional New Orleans fare, and some raw selections. Enjoy gumbo, fried tofu nuggets, peach and kale salad, raw chili, the Po-Boy sandwich, Toasted Coconut wrap, enchiladas, or a BBQ sandwich made with their own homemade seitan. Save room for dessert; sweets include raw cupcakes, cinnamon-raisin bread pudding with bourbon dressing, and classic beignets. Don't miss their weekend brunch with offerings like tofu scramble and French toast. Outdoor seating is available. Seed is located in the Lower Garden District.

Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner. Open Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner
Full service
take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, beer/wine/alcohol
VISA/MC, $-$$

SukhoThai

4519 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

(504) 373-6471

1913 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70115

(504) 948-9309

Thai. SukhoThai has a separate entirely-vegan menu. Mouth-watering dishes include Garlic Tofu, Drunken Noodles, Tofu Spring Rolls, and Pad Thai. The restaurant is big, open, and roomy, and the brick walls are beautifully lit. Bicycle parking is available.

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery
VISA/MC, $-$$

··Superfood Bar

4113 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

(504) 891-7733

Vegan/raw foods/juice bar. Superfood Bar offers a vegan menu using "superfoods," which includes avocados, cashews, and coconuts. Enjoy daily seasonal local salads, an extended special order raw foods menu, fresh coconut water, raw snacks, granola, and smoothies. Although there is no seating, you can order at the counter or call ahead for carry-out. Superfood Bar is located between Milan and Marengo.

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and early dinner. Open Sunday for lunch
Counter service
take-out, smoothies
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $

The Green Fork

1400 Prytania St., New Orleans, LA 70130

(504) 267-7672

Natural foods store/juice bar. See description under Metairie, LA.

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