Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Foods Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada
§ Reviewer's choice
4250 Burbank Dr., Ste. 101, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
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.
734 E. Rutland St., Covington, LA 70433
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.
207 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, LA 70433
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.
2920 Severn Ave., Metairie, LA 70002
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.
923 Metairie Rd., Ste. C, Metairie, LA 70005
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.
2916 Cleary Ave., Metairie, LA 70002
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.
200 Metairie Rd., Ste. 100, Metairie, LA 70005
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.
1141 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70116
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.
3635 Prytania St., New Orleans, LA 70115
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.
833 Howard Ave., New Orleans, LA 70113
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.
1212 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70116
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.
8640 Oak St., Ste. A, New Orleans, LA 70118
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.
527 Julia St., New Orleans, LA 70130
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.
2372 St. Claude Ave., Ste. 130, New Orleans, LA 70117
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.
2600 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70117
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.
2940 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70199
Vegan/Indian. This quaint café located inside Swan River Yoga serves traditional Indian food, but with a vegan twist. The bohemian atmosphere creates for an authentic experience. All ingredients are locally sourced and the cuisine is completely homemade from conscientious chefs that have been vegetarian their whole lives. Try the Malaysian Curry with a variety of vegetables, soy protein, a dash of ground peanuts, fresh cucumber, and your choice of rice. Feed your soul at GoodKarma!
630 Saint Peter St., New Orleans, LA 70116
Creole/Cajun. Located in the French Quarter, the Gumbo Shop offers vegan gumbo and vegan red beans & rice.
2018 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130
4724 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119
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.
1506 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130
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.
2706 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70117
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."
4126 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115
1120 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118
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.
2372 St. Claude Ave., Ste. 110, New Orleans, LA 70117
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.
8433 Oak St., New Orleans, LA 70118
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.
4308 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70116
Indian. Nirvana offers a daily lunch buffet with plenty of vegetarian options.
3218 Dauphine St., New Orleans, LA 70117
7901 Maple St., New Orleans, LA 70118
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.
1330 Prytania St., New Orleans, LA 70130
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.
4519 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115
1913 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70115
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.
4113 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115
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.
1400 Prytania St., New Orleans, LA 70130
Natural foods store/juice bar. See description under Metairie, LA.