About 4.3 million adults in the United States identify as vegetarian, never eating meat, fish, seafood or poultry. The vegan population is not far behind with 3.7 million adults identifying as vegan, according the Vegetarian Resource Group’s 2016 Harris Poll. And the numbers are growing.
Surely, some of you are visiting New Orleans.
Question: What on earth do you do eat when you come here? Let’s face it, NOLA is not on veganbits.com Top 10 vegan-friendly cities–at least not yet.
But it seems the food gods are smiling because New Orleans is home to a number of Black-owned eateries that are cooking up healthy food options for traditional, vegan and vegetarian diets and doing it without skimping on the taste for which New Orleans cuisine is known.
And if this growing crop of restaurants have anything to say about it, NOLA may very well crack that vegan-friendly Top 10 list one day in a big way by putting vegan and vegetarian twists on classic NOLA dishes.
For example, the folk at Dough to Dough, a restaurant with a variety of vegan and vegetarian options, has created fare that serve up the taste of the traditional New Orleans poboy without animal products, including a downright delicious soy-based “shrimp” po-boy, a veggie-based “hot sausage” poboy and a fried mushroom poboy that will have you saying “oyster what?”
So just because you don’t eat meat or animal products doesn’t mean you can’t get a taste of New Orleans.
Bottom line is you can still enjoy great food and patronize Black-owned businesses while visiting the city without abandoning your diet or your lifestyle.
We’ve selected a few places you have to try while you are here. You won’t be disappointed. Here we go:
1016 N. Broad St.
At Sweet Soulfood, vegan food is as delicious as your favorite soul food dishes. So if you want to eat healthier meals and fulfill your Southern food craving at the same time, Sweet Soulfood is the spot whether you are fully committed to veganism, on a diet, or wanting to try something new.
Dough to Dough
1522 St. Bernard
(Inside Circle Food Store)
With their slogan “We Got That Dough,” Dough to Dough is a tradition eaterie with a great vegan-friendly menu. Trust us, the soy “shrimp” po-boy is sooo good. Oh, yeah, they have vegan doughnuts too! Sweet!
2030 Woodmere Blvd.
Suite D. Harvey
If you are out on the Westbank, Kush Café will satisfy your vegan and vegetarian cravings along with a menu of regular options. This African-American Cultural center will feed your mind, body, and soul.
Meals from the Heart Café
1100 N. Peters
Here you will find the Maxi Black Bean Po-Boy. It is also the home of Chef Doucette’s Crab Cake Passion, a vegan crab cake served with fresh spring mix greens, ripe tomatoes, and their famous house garlic remoulade sauce
Best Life Pharmacy and Restaurant
2657 Tulane Avenue at N. Broad
This trailblazing business is a pharmacy on one side and a resturant on the other,. Traditional, vegan and vegetarian options are available. But at Best Life, owner and pharmacity Chris Sylvain does serve any fried foods and everything from the pasta to pizza dough to the grits are all whole grain.
599 N. Claiborne Ave.
(at Toulouse, under the overpass)
This eatery boasts a holistic way of life, from juicing to eating healthy and their tasty juices are organic and made fresh by the owner. Make sure to ask for a shot of Bissap in your juice.
2515 Bayou Road
Open Tuesday through Friday, CoCo Hut brings all the flavors of the West Indies to New Orleans and offers a range of seafood, meat and meatless dishes.