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13 Excellent Vegan Restaurants in New Orleans

Impossible burgers, vegan Philly cheesesteaks, and meat-free 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 items, and options abound. For the purposes of this map, however, restaurants included are either all vegan or have a lot of vegan options.

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1. Vegan Wit' a Twist

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3225 St Bernard Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

Vegan Wit’ a Twist is what happens when 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 savory jackfruit sandwiches, vegan hot sausage, fried rice and cauliflower bowls, tacos, vegan mac and cheese, and more. Check the eatery’s Instagram for special menu items and hours.

2. Sweet Soulfood

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1016 N Broad St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 821-2669
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Sweet Soulfood has managed to swiftly delight and impress the New Orleans vegan community and those outside it with a mash up of vegan soul food and sweets. From vegan options like chicken fried cauliflower, eggplant lasagna and cheesy grits to bread pudding, potato salad, jambalaya, and ice cream, there’s plenty to choose from at this affordable, Treme eatery with cafeteria-style service. Note: Open until just 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Vegan potato salad, chicken fried cauliflower, and red beans and rice at Sweet Soulfood
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3. Coalesce Goods

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2381 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 267-0388
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Chef Jas Rogers and Alex Davis bring a spirited verve to their cooking at Coalesce Goods in the St. Roch Market, where they conjure plant based proteins and vegetables into replicas of homestyle favorites. Boudin balls, Buffalo chick-N-bacon mac, and braised brisket with beet barbecue sauce are just a few winners on the rotating menu.

4. Garden Eden: Plantmade

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2940 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 401-4698
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Located inside Swan River yoga studio, Garden Eden: Plantmade recently expanded and offers a mix of breakfast and lunch fare for the health-conscious crowd with a 100 percent vegan menu ranging from Malaysian curry bowl to jackfruit tacos to a couple vegan burger options and salads. There are smoothies too, along with produce and pantry items.

Good Karma’s fire burger
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5. Small Mart

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2700 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 766-8740
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Small Mart on Chartres Street specializes in vegan and vegetarian street food (and is one of few local destinations for NYC bagels). Owner Bryant Wilms’s wide-ranging takeout menu offers a well-priced daily curry, veggie samosas, and vegan po’ boys.

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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This counter and table service spot in the French Market is a gem. They aren’t all vegan, but Meals From the Heart has the much-sought-after Beyond Burger, meatless “bleeding” patties (recently embraced by the White Castle chain, FYI), and that’s worth a trip alone. 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 cheesesteaks and vegan okra gumbo.

Vegan gumbo made with Impossible Meat
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7. Breads On Oak

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8640 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 324-8271
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Oozing Old World appeal, this beloved Riverbend bakery is now 100 percent plant based. In addition to vegan baked goods like cinnamon rolls, Breads on Oak dishes out a hefty sausage biscuit, a “muffanada” version of the New Orleans staple; a TLTA (tempe, lettuce, tomato and avocado); a “live food” veg sandwich; and a substantial simply Impossible burger.

8. 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 — salads, smoothies made with almond or oat milk and toasts with avocado, tomato, and chili flakes; roasted beets, eggs, and harissa, and quinoa bowls served on beds of greens. CBD is a $3 add on.

Curried butternut squash soup from the Daily Beet
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9. 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 plant-based 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 and diners can feel good about all the seafood sold here so order that Peruvian style sashimi with yuzy sauce. Points for all vegan menu options being clearly labeled.

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

10. Kindred

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7537 Maple St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 841-9538
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At the two-year old Kindred on Maple, expect vegan comfort food like quinoa salads and bowls, tons of vegan appetizers (including fried Brussels sprouts, quesadillas, eggplant balls, yucca fries, and onion rings), “shrimp” & cauliflower po’ boys, as well as excellent, no-mix daiquiris and a full cocktail program.

11. Seed

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1330 Prytania St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 417-7333
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After a change in ownership a few years back, this longtime destination for vegan food is better than ever with a new menu and revamped interior. It’s open at 11:30 a.m. everyday, serving a globally inspired lunch/dinner menu of mushroom tostadas, tofu “pork belly” bao, Korean fried cauliflower, and artichoke “shawarma.”

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12. Bearcat Cafe

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2521 Jena St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 309-9011
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There are three locations of the adorable Bearcat Cafe which splits its menu into “good cat” and “bad cat” sections, depending on how much you want to indulge your inner beast. Most of the vegan items appear on the “good cat” side. It serves breakfast and lunch with vegan rancheros and quesadillas, chia pudding, vegan grilled cheese, vegan portobello Philly, and vegan queso, to name a few. No liquor license, but the restaurant offers great juice and coffee.

Vegan queso at Bearcat
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13. Max Well, New Orleans

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6101 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 301-0510
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Max Well’s menu offers small and large plates, bowls and sweets. Try veggie gyoza, birria tacos made with smoked jackfruit, and filling bowls with rice and beans. The Sparta bowl comes with greens, smoked white bean hummus, chickpea fritters, marinated olives and tabouli. The interior is funky, with computer discs as drinks coasters and big windows overlooking Magazine Street.

Beet and kale salad with quinoa stuffing
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1. Vegan Wit' a Twist

3225 St Bernard Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

Vegan Wit’ a Twist is what happens when 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 savory jackfruit sandwiches, vegan hot sausage, fried rice and cauliflower bowls, tacos, vegan mac and cheese, and more. Check the eatery’s Instagram for special menu items and hours.

3225 St Bernard Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

2. 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

Sweet Soulfood has managed to swiftly delight and impress the New Orleans vegan community and those outside it with a mash up of vegan soul food and sweets. From vegan options like chicken fried cauliflower, eggplant lasagna and cheesy grits to bread pudding, potato salad, jambalaya, and ice cream, there’s plenty to choose from at this affordable, Treme eatery with cafeteria-style service. Note: Open until just 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

1016 N Broad St
New Orleans, LA 70119

3. Coalesce Goods

2381 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

Chef Jas Rogers and Alex Davis bring a spirited verve to their cooking at Coalesce Goods in the St. Roch Market, where they conjure plant based proteins and vegetables into replicas of homestyle favorites. Boudin balls, Buffalo chick-N-bacon mac, and braised brisket with beet barbecue sauce are just a few winners on the rotating menu.

2381 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

4. Garden Eden: Plantmade

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

Located inside Swan River yoga studio, Garden Eden: Plantmade recently expanded and offers a mix of breakfast and lunch fare for the health-conscious crowd with a 100 percent vegan menu ranging from Malaysian curry bowl to jackfruit tacos to a couple vegan burger options and salads. There are smoothies too, along with produce and pantry items.

2940 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70119

5. Small Mart

2700 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70117

Small Mart on Chartres Street specializes in vegan and vegetarian street food (and is one of few local destinations for NYC bagels). Owner Bryant Wilms’s wide-ranging takeout menu offers a well-priced daily curry, veggie samosas, and vegan po’ boys.

2700 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70117

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

This counter and table service spot in the French Market is a gem. They aren’t all vegan, but Meals From the Heart has the much-sought-after Beyond Burger, meatless “bleeding” patties (recently embraced by the White Castle chain, FYI), and that’s worth a trip alone. 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 cheesesteaks and vegan okra gumbo.

1100 N Peters St #13
New Orleans, LA 70116

7. Breads On Oak

8640 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Oozing Old World appeal, this beloved Riverbend bakery is now 100 percent plant based. In addition to vegan baked goods like cinnamon rolls, Breads on Oak dishes out a hefty sausage biscuit, a “muffanada” version of the New Orleans staple; a TLTA (tempe, lettuce, tomato and avocado); a “live food” veg sandwich; and a substantial simply Impossible burger.

8640 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118

8. 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 — salads, smoothies made with almond or oat milk and toasts with avocado, tomato, and chili flakes; roasted beets, eggs, and harissa, and quinoa bowls served on beds of greens. CBD is a $3 add on.

1000 Girod St
New Orleans, LA 70113

9. 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 plant-based 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 and diners can feel good about all the seafood sold here so order that Peruvian style sashimi with yuzy sauce. Points for all vegan menu options being clearly labeled.

527 Julia St
New Orleans, LA 70130

10. Kindred

7537 Maple St, New Orleans, LA 70118

At the two-year old Kindred on Maple, expect vegan comfort food like quinoa salads and bowls, tons of vegan appetizers (including fried Brussels sprouts, quesadillas, eggplant balls, yucca fries, and onion rings), “shrimp” & cauliflower po’ boys, as well as excellent, no-mix daiquiris and a full cocktail program.

7537 Maple St
New Orleans, LA 70118

11. Seed

1330 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Official Photo/Seed

After a change in ownership a few years back, this longtime destination for vegan food is better than ever with a new menu and revamped interior. It’s open at 11:30 a.m. everyday, serving a globally inspired lunch/dinner menu of mushroom tostadas, tofu “pork belly” bao, Korean fried cauliflower, and artichoke “shawarma.”

1330 Prytania St
New Orleans, LA 70130

12. Bearcat Cafe

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

There are three locations of the adorable Bearcat Cafe which splits its menu into “good cat” and “bad cat” sections, depending on how much you want to indulge your inner beast. Most of the vegan items appear on the “good cat” side. It serves breakfast and lunch with vegan rancheros and quesadillas, chia pudding, vegan grilled cheese, vegan portobello Philly, and vegan queso, to name a few. No liquor license, but the restaurant offers great juice and coffee.

2521 Jena St
New Orleans, LA 70115

13. Max Well, New Orleans

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

Max Well’s menu offers small and large plates, bowls and sweets. Try veggie gyoza, birria tacos made with smoked jackfruit, and filling bowls with rice and beans. The Sparta bowl comes with greens, smoked white bean hummus, chickpea fritters, marinated olives and tabouli. The interior is funky, with computer discs as drinks coasters and big windows overlooking Magazine Street.

6101 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70118

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