Welcome to the 9th annual Eater Awards, honoring the most talented restaurant and bar industry gurus in cities across the world. Here’s how the Eater Awards work: All 24 Eater cities and the national site will grant prizes in multiple categories, including but not limited to Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year, and Design of the Year.
Each category will dole out an editor’s choice winner and a reader’s choice winner — all to be announced on December 5, 2018. The reader’s choice winner gets unlimited bragging rights as an Eater fan favorite. The editor’s choice winner will receive an illustrious tomato can trophy, as is the tradition around here, and a splashy feature on Eater New Orleans in 2019.
An award for vegan restaurants seems a little more Portland than New Orleans, but this year marked a surge in vegan restaurant openings all over the Crescent City (and more vegan dishes on menus at non-vegan restaurants).
In the very last days of December 2017, health-minded Max Well New Orleans opened near Audubon Park with salads and grain bowls. In April, Sweet Soulfood stunned in Treme with vegan New Orleans classics like stuffed peppers, pralines, and more. By June, Breads on Oak became 100% plant-based in the Riverbend. That same month, the CBD’s Catahoula Hotel traded its Peruvian cuisine for Midnight Noodle’s vibrant vegan Chinese food. By mid-October vegan comfort food hub Seed expanded to a second location in the Marigny. From Treme to Uptown to the CBD and the Marigny, vegan food was a big trend in 2018.
Now, without any further ado, it’s time to vote for the reader’s choice winner in the New Orleans Vegan Restaurant of the Year category. Polls will be open for 24 hours and will be strictly policed for funny business. Cast your vote: