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The Best 15 Vegan Restaurants in New Orleans

Impossible burgers, vegan Philly cheesesteaks, and plant-based soul food

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New Orleans has long been an eating paradise for nearly everyone except vegans, but with bakeries, soul food joints, and dim sum spots taking root, a vibrant vegan food culture is thriving in New Orleans. Add to that all the carnivore-friendly spots that serve enticing vegan options, like Killer Po-boys’ roasted sweet potato po-boy or DTB’s vegan mushroom boudin balls. For the purposes of this map, however, restaurants included are either all vegan or have a lot of vegan options.

Note that longtime vegan favorite Seed is currently closed after a change in ownership, but projected to reopen with an all-vegan menu soon. The Bywater neighborhood awaits the return of Sneaky Pickle, close to reopening after a fire last spring. And finally, the chef of popular vegan Taiwanese-Chinese pop-up Midnight Noodle has a restaurant in his sights.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Vegan Wit' a Twist

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3225 St Bernard Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

Earlier this year, three New Orleans barbers turned what used to be a sno-ball stand along St. Bernard Avenue into a restaurant where they’re “turning your favorite foods vegan.” Roy Joseph, Ryan Billew and Ollie Williams have managed to do that and more at Vegan Wit’ a Twist, where they’re serving up savory jackfruit sandwiches, vegan hot sausage, fried rice and cauliflower bowls, tacos, vegan mac and cheese, and more. Now open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; check the eatery’s Instagram for special menu items and hours.

2. Trilly Cheesesteaks

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4413 Banks St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 784-8169
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Trilly Cheesesteaks brings vegans and meat eaters to the table with a vegan version of every single sandwich it sells. Traditional Philly cheesesteaks; “Far East” versions with ginger soy sauce and fried, pickled onions; and Buffalo chicken Philly cheesesteaks are just some of the reasons this one-time pop-up grew big enough to plant permanent roots where Clesi’s had previously boiled crawfish. The Banks Street building, painted bright pink, is impossible to miss.

3. Sweet Soulfood

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1016 N Broad St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 821-2669
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Vegan soul food and sweets seems like a difficult schtick, but Sweet Soulfood has managed to swiftly delight and impress the New Orleans vegan community and those outside it while offering a taste of a mash-up that once seemed impossible. From vegan options like chicken fried cauliflower, stuffed bell peppers, dirty rice to bread pudding, potato salad, jambalaya, chicken fried cauliflower, pralines, and ice cream, there’s plenty to choose from at this affordable, no-frills Treme eatery with cafeteria-style service. Note: It isn’t open late, just until 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Also, there’s not a lot of seating, so consider taking it to go.

Vegan potato salad, chicken fried cauliflower, and red beans and rice at Sweet Soulfood
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4. Good Karma Cafe

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2940 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 401-4698
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Located under Swan River yoga studio, Good Karma serves breakfasts and lunches aimed squarely at the health-conscious crowd with a 100% vegan menu ranging from Malaysian curry bowl to a smoky tomato sandwich with marinated tofu to a couple vegan burger options and salads. The vibe is cozy and quiet and embraces that vegan restaurant vibe of the ‘70s. Bonus: There’s free wifi.

Good Karma’s fire burger
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5. Small Mart

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1303 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 309-2288
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Small Mart is an easily-overlooked but much-loved Decatur Street deli and grocery that, somewhat surprisingly, specializes in vegan and vegetarian street food (oh, and is one of few local destinations for NYC bagels). Owner Bryant Wilms’s wide-ranging takeout menu is influenced by the Indian and Pakistani specialties served by the previous owners, his upbringing in Brazil and Queens, NY, and of course, New Orleans. Try the ridiculously well-priced daily curry, veggie samosas, and vegan po-boys from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. everyday. Following the sale of Small Mart’s building, Wilms indicated he was looking to relocate, but so far this gem has stayed put.

6. Meals From the Heart Cafe

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1100 N Peters St #13
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 525-1953
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First — Meals From the Heart has the much-sought-after Beyond Burger and Impossible Burger, meatless “bleeding” patties (recently embraced by the 97-year-old White Castle chain, FYI), and that’s worth a trip alone. The cafe serves the patties as burgers or as tacos. Known for having one of the best crab cakes in the city, Meals From the Heart also serves a vegan version, a rare beast for sure. Other great options include vegan po-boys and vegan okra gumbo.

Vegan gumbo made with Impossible Meat
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7. Nola Vegan

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1923 Leonidas St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 210-7106
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This brand new vegan restaurant in Leonidas is from chef Sonya Brown Tillison, who has been serving her NOLA-style vegan fare at pop-ups and catering gigs around town for the last two years. Brown Tillison has crafted a menu with all-vegan versions of classics like chickpea “tuna” salad, oyster mushroom po-boy, “crab” mac and cheese, and cauliflower tacos, with a focus on brunch, lunch, early dinner, and weekly specials. Bonus: Brown Tillison plans to hire teens aging out of foster care — a trained social worker, she previously founded an organization to help young people aging out of the system with housing, education, and employment. Nola Vegan is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (weekend brunch from 9 a.m. to noon).

Crispy cauliflower from Nola Vegan
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8. Green Goddess

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307 Exchange Pl
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 301-3347
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Located in Exchange Alley, a narrow, brick alleyway in the French Quarter steeped in history, Green Goddess isn’t limited to vegan food by a long shot, but it does have a lot of vegan options — and they’re all clearly labeled on the menu. Beet hummus topped with chile sauce and smoked sea salt, pecan orange mushroom pâté, Indian uttapam, lemongrass tofu and rice cakes take diners on a whirlwind tour of the world, while meat-eaters are satisfied with red eye pork, Swedish meatloaf, and chimichurri brisket. Try to snag a spot outside in the alleyway and sip a cocktail.

A vegan Cuban sandwich
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9. Piscobar

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914 Union St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 603-2442
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Beloved pop-up Midnight Noodle is no longer slinging the dumplings at Piscobar, but the kitchen is still 100% vegan and 100% delicious (it’s now overseen by Aey Iamkrasin, Uncle Boons NYC alum and Queens native). The current menu offers dumplings stuffed with sweet potatoes or shiitakes, tofu, carrots, and cabbage; a vegan take on Dan Dan noodles using ramen, mock beef, and a soy, chili oil, Chinese tahini sauce; lemongrass curry with cauliflower and chickpeas over basmati rice; and a bananas Foster bao — a coconut steamed bun is filled with vegan ice cream and topped with banana-cinnamon rum sauce and crushed pistachios. The bar even offers a vegan take on the classic Peruvian Pisco Sour. Kitchen is open daily from 5 to 10 p.m., with a daily happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m.

Piscobar’s vegan dumplings
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10. Breads On Oak

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8640 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 324-8271
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Charming with Old World appeal, this beloved Riverbend bakery is now 100% vegan. In addition to vegan baked goods like cinnamon rolls, Breads on Oak dishes out a vegan muffuletta with olive salad, maple tempeh, and provolone cheese; a veggie Reuben; an eggless egg salad; and a banh mi with local lemongrass chili tofu, pickled daikon and carrots, cucumbers, cilantro, jalapeños, and house-made Sriracha sauce; and the occasional mushroom étouffée. Make sure to say hello to the courtyard cats.

11. The Daily Beet (Multiple locations)

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1000 Girod St
New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 605-4413
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The Daily Beet first landed in St. Roch Market in 2015 as one of its first vendors, expanding to restaurants in the CBD and Irish Channel since. Its menu is feel-good — known for salads, smoothies, and toasts with avocado, tomato, and chili flakes; roasted beets, eggs, and harissa, and quinoa bowls served on beds of greens. The new Magazine Street location expands the brunch offerings, adding vegan buckwheat sweet potato pancakes and a Pitaya chia Bowl with granola, fruit, and bee pollen. 

Curried butternut squash soup from the Daily Beet
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12. Carmo

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527 Julia St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 875-4132
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This lush, cheery “tropical” cafe nestled behind frosted glass garage doors on artsy Julia Street hits all the right notes. Its menu includes plenty of vegan food (like vegan ceviche with mushrooms, beans, cucumber, aji limo, red onion, choclo, sweet potato, avocado and cancha) but the cafe will satisfy anyone in a party of meat eaters too with items like Brazilian chicken salad. The owners are big into sustainability, possibly more than any other restaurant in New Orleans, and diners can feel good about all the seafood sold here. Points for everything vegan on the menu being clearly labeled.

Carmo’s vegan broken noodle salad (rice noodles, bean sprouts, cabbage, tofu, cucumber, peas, carrots, mushrooms, peppers, scallions, cilantro, and peanuts)

13. Bearcat Cafe

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2521 Jena St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 309-9011
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Located off Freret Street under a yoga studio, the airy and adorable Bearcat Cafe has an aesthetic that mirrors the trends in many newer restaurants: industrial-meets-retro decor, lots of plants, mason jars on the tables. Bearcat Cafe splits the menu into “good cat” and “bad cat” sections, depending on how much you want to indulge your inner beast, and most of the vegan items appear on the “good cat” side. It serves breakfast and lunch with vegan rancheros and quesadillas, chia pudding, vegan trumpet mushroom scallops, vegan grilled cheese, vegan portobello Philly, and a vegan queso, to name a few. No liquor license, but the restaurant has great juice and coffee.

Vegan queso at Bearcat
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14. Max Well, New Orleans

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6101 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 301-0510
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Cool, laid-back, and vegan Max Well is located near Audubon Park, making it the ideal post-run, grab-lunch, and still-feel-good-about-yourself kind of place. The menu is very organized — choose a salad (beets & kale, chickpea, California, etc.), a dressing (sweet flax miso, almond basil, roasted red pepper, etc.), and a protein (quinoa cranberry stuffing, lentil kitchari, brown rice and veggies, etc.). Or for a more filling meal, order a “bowl.” The NOLA bowl comes with red beans, brown rice, pecan sweet potato, jalepeño millet muffin, spinach, and cajun coleslaw. The la bonita bowl comes with two kinds of beans, brown rice, cilantro cream sauce, pico de gallo, and more. The interior is pleasant, with computer discs as drinks coasters and big windows overlooking Magazine Street.

Beet and kale salad with quinoa stuffing
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15. Tal's Hummus

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4800 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 267-7357
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This casual corner cafe on Magazine oozes a certain Tel Aviv cool as it serves some of the top Israeli food in town. With a walk-up counter for ordering and menus printed on the walls, it’s much more relaxed than Saba or Shaya, which can be a very good thing when you just want to wear flip flops or order food to go. Of course there are plenty of vegan options at most Israeli restaurants — hummus, babaganoush, tabouli, and falafel, to name a few. Tal’s goes the extra mile with vegan shawarma. Tip: Hit up the condiment bar near the ordering counter and load up on jalapeños and a lemony, curry-tinged sauce that adds a bright zing to hummus.

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1. Vegan Wit' a Twist

3225 St Bernard Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

Earlier this year, three New Orleans barbers turned what used to be a sno-ball stand along St. Bernard Avenue into a restaurant where they’re “turning your favorite foods vegan.” Roy Joseph, Ryan Billew and Ollie Williams have managed to do that and more at Vegan Wit’ a Twist, where they’re serving up savory jackfruit sandwiches, vegan hot sausage, fried rice and cauliflower bowls, tacos, vegan mac and cheese, and more. Now open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; check the eatery’s Instagram for special menu items and hours.

3225 St Bernard Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

2. Trilly Cheesesteaks

4413 Banks St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Trilly Cheesesteaks brings vegans and meat eaters to the table with a vegan version of every single sandwich it sells. Traditional Philly cheesesteaks; “Far East” versions with ginger soy sauce and fried, pickled onions; and Buffalo chicken Philly cheesesteaks are just some of the reasons this one-time pop-up grew big enough to plant permanent roots where Clesi’s had previously boiled crawfish. The Banks Street building, painted bright pink, is impossible to miss.

4413 Banks St
New Orleans, LA 70119

3. Sweet Soulfood

1016 N Broad St, New Orleans, LA 70119
Vegan potato salad, chicken fried cauliflower, and red beans and rice at Sweet Soulfood
Sweet Soulfood/Facebook

Vegan soul food and sweets seems like a difficult schtick, but Sweet Soulfood has managed to swiftly delight and impress the New Orleans vegan community and those outside it while offering a taste of a mash-up that once seemed impossible. From vegan options like chicken fried cauliflower, stuffed bell peppers, dirty rice to bread pudding, potato salad, jambalaya, chicken fried cauliflower, pralines, and ice cream, there’s plenty to choose from at this affordable, no-frills Treme eatery with cafeteria-style service. Note: It isn’t open late, just until 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Also, there’s not a lot of seating, so consider taking it to go.

1016 N Broad St
New Orleans, LA 70119

4. Good Karma Cafe

2940 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119
Good Karma’s fire burger
Good Karma Cafe/Facebook

Located under Swan River yoga studio, Good Karma serves breakfasts and lunches aimed squarely at the health-conscious crowd with a 100% vegan menu ranging from Malaysian curry bowl to a smoky tomato sandwich with marinated tofu to a couple vegan burger options and salads. The vibe is cozy and quiet and embraces that vegan restaurant vibe of the ‘70s. Bonus: There’s free wifi.

2940 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70119

5. Small Mart

1303 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Small Mart is an easily-overlooked but much-loved Decatur Street deli and grocery that, somewhat surprisingly, specializes in vegan and vegetarian street food (oh, and is one of few local destinations for NYC bagels). Owner Bryant Wilms’s wide-ranging takeout menu is influenced by the Indian and Pakistani specialties served by the previous owners, his upbringing in Brazil and Queens, NY, and of course, New Orleans. Try the ridiculously well-priced daily curry, veggie samosas, and vegan po-boys from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. everyday. Following the sale of Small Mart’s building, Wilms indicated he was looking to relocate, but so far this gem has stayed put.

1303 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116

6. Meals From the Heart Cafe

1100 N Peters St #13, New Orleans, LA 70116
Vegan gumbo made with Impossible Meat
Meals From the Heart Cafe/Facebook

First — Meals From the Heart has the much-sought-after Beyond Burger and Impossible Burger, meatless “bleeding” patties (recently embraced by the 97-year-old White Castle chain, FYI), and that’s worth a trip alone. The cafe serves the patties as burgers or as tacos. Known for having one of the best crab cakes in the city, Meals From the Heart also serves a vegan version, a rare beast for sure. Other great options include vegan po-boys and vegan okra gumbo.

1100 N Peters St #13
New Orleans, LA 70116

7. Nola Vegan

1923 Leonidas St, New Orleans, LA 70118
Crispy cauliflower from Nola Vegan
Nola Vegan

This brand new vegan restaurant in Leonidas is from chef Sonya Brown Tillison, who has been serving her NOLA-style vegan fare at pop-ups and catering gigs around town for the last two years. Brown Tillison has crafted a menu with all-vegan versions of classics like chickpea “tuna” salad, oyster mushroom po-boy, “crab” mac and cheese, and cauliflower tacos, with a focus on brunch, lunch, early dinner, and weekly specials. Bonus: Brown Tillison plans to hire teens aging out of foster care — a trained social worker, she previously founded an organization to help young people aging out of the system with housing, education, and employment. Nola Vegan is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (weekend brunch from 9 a.m. to noon).

1923 Leonidas St
New Orleans, LA 70118

8. Green Goddess

307 Exchange Pl, New Orleans, LA 70130
A vegan Cuban sandwich
Green Goddess/Facebook

Located in Exchange Alley, a narrow, brick alleyway in the French Quarter steeped in history, Green Goddess isn’t limited to vegan food by a long shot, but it does have a lot of vegan options — and they’re all clearly labeled on the menu. Beet hummus topped with chile sauce and smoked sea salt, pecan orange mushroom pâté, Indian uttapam, lemongrass tofu and rice cakes take diners on a whirlwind tour of the world, while meat-eaters are satisfied with red eye pork, Swedish meatloaf, and chimichurri brisket. Try to snag a spot outside in the alleyway and sip a cocktail.

307 Exchange Pl
New Orleans, LA 70130

9. Piscobar

914 Union St, New Orleans, LA 70112
Piscobar’s vegan dumplings
Piscobar/Facebook

Beloved pop-up Midnight Noodle is no longer slinging the dumplings at Piscobar, but the kitchen is still 100% vegan and 100% delicious (it’s now overseen by Aey Iamkrasin, Uncle Boons NYC alum and Queens native). The current menu offers dumplings stuffed with sweet potatoes or shiitakes, tofu, carrots, and cabbage; a vegan take on Dan Dan noodles using ramen, mock beef, and a soy, chili oil, Chinese tahini sauce; lemongrass curry with cauliflower and chickpeas over basmati rice; and a bananas Foster bao — a coconut steamed bun is filled with vegan ice cream and topped with banana-cinnamon rum sauce and crushed pistachios. The bar even offers a vegan take on the classic Peruvian Pisco Sour. Kitchen is open daily from 5 to 10 p.m., with a daily happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m.

914 Union St
New Orleans, LA 70112

10. Breads On Oak

8640 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Charming with Old World appeal, this beloved Riverbend bakery is now 100% vegan. In addition to vegan baked goods like cinnamon rolls, Breads on Oak dishes out a vegan muffuletta with olive salad, maple tempeh, and provolone cheese; a veggie Reuben; an eggless egg salad; and a banh mi with local lemongrass chili tofu, pickled daikon and carrots, cucumbers, cilantro, jalapeños, and house-made Sriracha sauce; and the occasional mushroom étouffée. Make sure to say hello to the courtyard cats.

8640 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118

11. The Daily Beet (Multiple locations)

1000 Girod St, New Orleans, LA 70113
Curried butternut squash soup from the Daily Beet
The Daily Beet/Facebook

The Daily Beet first landed in St. Roch Market in 2015 as one of its first vendors, expanding to restaurants in the CBD and Irish Channel since. Its menu is feel-good — known for salads, smoothies, and toasts with avocado, tomato, and chili flakes; roasted beets, eggs, and harissa, and quinoa bowls served on beds of greens. The new Magazine Street location expands the brunch offerings, adding vegan buckwheat sweet potato pancakes and a Pitaya chia Bowl with granola, fruit, and bee pollen. 

1000 Girod St
New Orleans, LA 70113

12. Carmo

527 Julia St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Carmo’s vegan broken noodle salad (rice noodles, bean sprouts, cabbage, tofu, cucumber, peas, carrots, mushrooms, peppers, scallions, cilantro, and peanuts)

This lush, cheery “tropical” cafe nestled behind frosted glass garage doors on artsy Julia Street hits all the right notes. Its menu includes plenty of vegan food (like vegan ceviche with mushrooms, beans, cucumber, aji limo, red onion, choclo, sweet potato, avocado and cancha) but the cafe will satisfy anyone in a party of meat eaters too with items like Brazilian chicken salad. The owners are big into sustainability, possibly more than any other restaurant in New Orleans, and diners can feel good about all the seafood sold here. Points for everything vegan on the menu being clearly labeled.

527 Julia St
New Orleans, LA 70130

13. Bearcat Cafe

2521 Jena St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Vegan queso at Bearcat
Bearcat Cafe/Facebook

Located off Freret Street under a yoga studio, the airy and adorable Bearcat Cafe has an aesthetic that mirrors the trends in many newer restaurants: industrial-meets-retro decor, lots of plants, mason jars on the tables. Bearcat Cafe splits the menu into “good cat” and “bad cat” sections, depending on how much you want to indulge your inner beast, and most of the vegan items appear on the “good cat” side. It serves breakfast and lunch with vegan rancheros and quesadillas, chia pudding, vegan trumpet mushroom scallops, vegan grilled cheese, vegan portobello Philly, and a vegan queso, to name a few. No liquor license, but the restaurant has great juice and coffee.

2521 Jena St
New Orleans, LA 70115

14. Max Well, New Orleans

6101 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70118
Beet and kale salad with quinoa stuffing
Max Well/Facebook

Cool, laid-back, and vegan Max Well is located near Audubon Park, making it the ideal post-run, grab-lunch, and still-feel-good-about-yourself kind of place. The menu is very organized — choose a salad (beets & kale, chickpea, California, etc.), a dressing (sweet flax miso, almond basil, roasted red pepper, etc.), and a protein (quinoa cranberry stuffing, lentil kitchari, brown rice and veggies, etc.). Or for a more filling meal, order a “bowl.” The NOLA bowl comes with red beans, brown rice, pecan sweet potato, jalepeño millet muffin, spinach, and cajun coleslaw. The la bonita bowl comes with two kinds of beans, brown rice, cilantro cream sauce, pico de gallo, and more. The interior is pleasant, with computer discs as drinks coasters and big windows overlooking Magazine Street.

6101 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70118

15. Tal's Hummus

4800 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

This casual corner cafe on Magazine oozes a certain Tel Aviv cool as it serves some of the top Israeli food in town. With a walk-up counter for ordering and menus printed on the walls, it’s much more relaxed than Saba or Shaya, which can be a very good thing when you just want to wear flip flops or order food to go. Of course there are plenty of vegan options at most Israeli restaurants — hummus, babaganoush, tabouli, and falafel, to name a few. Tal’s goes the extra mile with vegan shawarma. Tip: Hit up the condiment bar near the ordering counter and load up on jalapeños and a lemony, curry-tinged sauce that adds a bright zing to hummus.

4800 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

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