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15 Healthy New Orleans Restaurants That Won't Make You Hate Life

Where to find the best healthy food for a post-Mardi Gras reset

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Eating healthy in New Orleans isn’t as difficult as it might seem, and there’s no better time to explore the city’s numerous options than during Lent. From gluten-free dishes to vegan specialties, with paleo, detoxes and more dietary restrictions taken into account, Eater presents a handy guide to New Orleans’s essential healthy restaurants.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Hippie Kitchen

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Hippie Kitchen serves health-conscious breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily in Old Jefferson with plenty of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. The “happy hippie” section of the brunch menu offers gluten-free items including huevos rancheros and breakfast, and the dinner menu has a handful as well — including pulled pork enchiladas, eggplant Napoleon, and a grilled salmon plate served with quinoa.

Hippie Kitchen’s gluten free salmon plate 
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Breads on Oak (Multiple Locations)

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Vegan and gluten-free breads, pastries, and sandwiches abound here. Menu favorites include a mushroom and walnut pate and the eggless salad sandwich. Now with a second location in the CBD.

Bearcat Cafe (Multiple Locations)

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A Jena Street city favorite for vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dining, Bearcat Cafe recently expanded with a new Warehouse District cafe, also with a menu split into Good Cat and Bad Cat sections.

Vegan breakfast potatoes from Bearcat Cafe
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Raw Republic

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Cleansing is the name of the game here, with all things juice and nut milk-related for those in detox mode.

Good Karma Prasad Cafe

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Located on the bottom floor of Swan River Yoga Mandir, this cafe is open for breakfast and lunch with curries, wraps, salads and juices made from the heart.

The Daily Beet (Multiple Locations)

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A third location of popular vegetarian cafe the Daily Beet is now open, four years after owner Dylan Maisel got started at St. Roch Market and two years after opening his first restaurant in the CBD. The menu is vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free good-for-you eats — toasts, rice and veggie bowls, and salads.

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HiVolt Coffee

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A great coffee shop that also specializes in vegan breakfast/lunch from pastries to soups and sandwiches. They also have smoothies and Big Easy 'Bucha.

City Greens (Multiple Locations)

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For the downtown and Elmwood lunch crowds, City Greens offers locally sourced salads and wraps. Most of the greens come from co-owner Ben Kazenmaier's hydroponic farm, and also from Covey Rise Farms on the Northshore. The newest location is Uptown on Freret Street in the former Halal Guys.

A selection of summer menu items from City Greens
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This vegan hotspot has returned with new owners and a revamped, upscale menu, The new menu features small plates like carrot cavatelli and masa gnocchi and cauliflower katsu, a kelp po-boy, and eggplant schwarma, but also straightforward soups, salads, and toasts.

Inside the reopened Seed
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The Green Fork (Multiple Locations)

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Located in the LGD and Old Metairie, these detox experts offer customized three-day cleanses (with delivery available). Also home of juice, smoothies, kombucha on tap and take away dinners like vegan meatloaf, stews, raw lasagna and more.

True Food Kitchen

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New Orleans’s location of the rapidly-expanding Oprah Winfrey-backed healthy restaurant chain opened in September with a wide-ranging, colorful menu of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. Open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, the seasonally-changed menu offers starters, salads, bowls, pizzas, burgers and sandwiches, and entrees, all crafted in line with the highly debated anti-inflammatory diet.

True Food Kitchen’s fall flatbread with cilantro pumpkin seed pesto, red and golden beets, arugula, and goat cheese
True Food Kitchen’s fall flatbread with cilantro pumpkin seed pesto, red and golden beets, arugula, and goat cheese
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Vegan and vegetarian specials abound with tropical flavors at play. Exotic juice (and cocktails), huge salads and tons of amazing specials make this Warehouse District gem a must-visit for lunch or dinner.

Meals From the Heart Cafe

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Almost all items on the menu can be made gluten-free at feel-good Meals From the Heart Cafe in the French Market, including the much-sought-after Beyond Burger and Impossible Burger. Meals From the Heart serves a vegan and gluten-free version of its crab cakes, in addition to having a gluten-free and health-conscious menu.

A fruit salad from Meals from the Heart Cafe
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Satsuma

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Both the Bywater and Uptown locations offer fresh pressed juice, kale galore, tofu scrambles, excellent sandwiches, and the best quinoa salads in New Orleans.

Sneaky Pickle

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This beloved all-vegan Bywater restaurant is back in action after shutting down due to a fire last year, and the food is better than ever. Recent specials include an entree of scallop mushrooms, purple cauliflower, curry Romesco, and pickled tomatoes, and charred cabbage over tahini miso with a fennel and golden raisin salad.

Sneaky Pickle on St. Claude Avenue
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Hippie Kitchen

Hippie Kitchen’s gluten free salmon plate 
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Hippie Kitchen serves health-conscious breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily in Old Jefferson with plenty of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. The “happy hippie” section of the brunch menu offers gluten-free items including huevos rancheros and breakfast, and the dinner menu has a handful as well — including pulled pork enchiladas, eggplant Napoleon, and a grilled salmon plate served with quinoa.

Hippie Kitchen’s gluten free salmon plate 
HK Nola/Facebook

Breads on Oak (Multiple Locations)

Vegan and gluten-free breads, pastries, and sandwiches abound here. Menu favorites include a mushroom and walnut pate and the eggless salad sandwich. Now with a second location in the CBD.

Bearcat Cafe (Multiple Locations)

Vegan breakfast potatoes from Bearcat Cafe
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A Jena Street city favorite for vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dining, Bearcat Cafe recently expanded with a new Warehouse District cafe, also with a menu split into Good Cat and Bad Cat sections.

Vegan breakfast potatoes from Bearcat Cafe
Bearcat Cafe/Facebook

Raw Republic

Cleansing is the name of the game here, with all things juice and nut milk-related for those in detox mode.

Good Karma Prasad Cafe

Located on the bottom floor of Swan River Yoga Mandir, this cafe is open for breakfast and lunch with curries, wraps, salads and juices made from the heart.

The Daily Beet (Multiple Locations)

The Magazine Street Daily Beet Official Photo/Madeline Rose

A third location of popular vegetarian cafe the Daily Beet is now open, four years after owner Dylan Maisel got started at St. Roch Market and two years after opening his first restaurant in the CBD. The menu is vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free good-for-you eats — toasts, rice and veggie bowls, and salads.

The Magazine Street Daily Beet Official Photo/Madeline Rose

HiVolt Coffee

A great coffee shop that also specializes in vegan breakfast/lunch from pastries to soups and sandwiches. They also have smoothies and Big Easy 'Bucha.

City Greens (Multiple Locations)

A selection of summer menu items from City Greens
City Greens/Official

For the downtown and Elmwood lunch crowds, City Greens offers locally sourced salads and wraps. Most of the greens come from co-owner Ben Kazenmaier's hydroponic farm, and also from Covey Rise Farms on the Northshore. The newest location is Uptown on Freret Street in the former Halal Guys.

A selection of summer menu items from City Greens
City Greens/Official

Seed

Inside the reopened Seed
Official Photo/Seed

This vegan hotspot has returned with new owners and a revamped, upscale menu, The new menu features small plates like carrot cavatelli and masa gnocchi and cauliflower katsu, a kelp po-boy, and eggplant schwarma, but also straightforward soups, salads, and toasts.

Inside the reopened Seed
Official Photo/Seed

The Green Fork (Multiple Locations)

Located in the LGD and Old Metairie, these detox experts offer customized three-day cleanses (with delivery available). Also home of juice, smoothies, kombucha on tap and take away dinners like vegan meatloaf, stews, raw lasagna and more.

True Food Kitchen

True Food Kitchen’s fall flatbread with cilantro pumpkin seed pesto, red and golden beets, arugula, and goat cheese
True Food Kitchen’s fall flatbread with cilantro pumpkin seed pesto, red and golden beets, arugula, and goat cheese
True Food Kitchen/Facebook

New Orleans’s location of the rapidly-expanding Oprah Winfrey-backed healthy restaurant chain opened in September with a wide-ranging, colorful menu of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. Open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, the seasonally-changed menu offers starters, salads, bowls, pizzas, burgers and sandwiches, and entrees, all crafted in line with the highly debated anti-inflammatory diet.

True Food Kitchen’s fall flatbread with cilantro pumpkin seed pesto, red and golden beets, arugula, and goat cheese
True Food Kitchen’s fall flatbread with cilantro pumpkin seed pesto, red and golden beets, arugula, and goat cheese
True Food Kitchen/Facebook

Carmo

Vegan and vegetarian specials abound with tropical flavors at play. Exotic juice (and cocktails), huge salads and tons of amazing specials make this Warehouse District gem a must-visit for lunch or dinner.

Meals From the Heart Cafe

A fruit salad from Meals from the Heart Cafe
Meals From the Heart Cafe/Facebook

Almost all items on the menu can be made gluten-free at feel-good Meals From the Heart Cafe in the French Market, including the much-sought-after Beyond Burger and Impossible Burger. Meals From the Heart serves a vegan and gluten-free version of its crab cakes, in addition to having a gluten-free and health-conscious menu.

A fruit salad from Meals from the Heart Cafe
Meals From the Heart Cafe/Facebook

Satsuma