If you follow Beyonce on Instagram, you know that she and Jay-Z went on a 22-day vegan diet a few months back. Bey was such a fan of her healthy venture that she recently introduced a vegan food delivery service called 22 Days Nutrition. Unfortunately, the meals are pretty pricey—especially for college students—averaging around $10-$17 per plate.
As a fellow Beyhive member in New Orleans, here are some of the top spots in New Orleans that cater to vegans. After all, if Beyonce is doing it, we should too.
1. Café Carmo
This Central/South American restaurant keeps vegans in mind in the majority of their dishes. Their food is incredibly unique, including an addictive citrus chili vinaigrette as well as the Rico sandwich, which uses grilled plantains as a substitute for bread. They also make vegan ham and cheese, which can be added to any dish. Word is that their cacao juice is a must-have.
Address: 527 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA
Hours: Monday 11:00 am-3:00 pm; Tuesday-Saturday 11:00 am-10:00 pm
This quaint and cozy bakery regularly experiments with vegan baked goods such as king cakes, croissants, donuts, and beignets. Their food menu also features all organic ingredients ranging from sandwiches and soups, to muffins and pastries.
Address: 8640 Oak Street, New Orleans, LA
Hours: Closed Monday and Tuesday; Wednesday-Saturday 7:30 am-3:00 pm; Sunday 7:30 am-1:00 pm
Pizza is easily one of the biggest culinary sacrifices when going vegan. All hail Mellow Mushroom, the pizza haven for vegans and gluten-free foodies. They offer pizzas made with Daiya—the king of dairy-free vegan cheese—and their extensive menu lets you top your pizza with veggies, tofu, seitan, and more.
Address: 8227 Oak Street, New Orleans, LA
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11:00 am-10:00 pm; Friday-Saturday 11:00 am-11:00 pm
Looking for a delicious make-your-own-salad bar? Fresh Bar has got you covered. The clean, bright space offers dozens of toppings and dressings to create a chopped salad or wrap. All of Fresh Bar’s dressings are made in-house daily and marked as gluten-free or vegan when available. For a protein boost in your veggie-packed meal, add tofu, quinoa, or nuts.
Address: 6101 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA
Hours: Monday-Friday 11:00 am-8:00 pm; Saturday-Sunday 11:00 am-5:00 pm
5. Cake Café
Although their specialty is custom cakes, this small Bywater bakery also has a mouthwatering full breakfast and lunch menu. The entire vegetarian portion of their menu, which includes the tofu sandwich and roasted vegetable omelette, can easily be made vegan and they also bake a vegan French bread, a rare find in New Orleans. Make sure to stop by frequently to check out their changing vegan specials.
Address: 2440 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA
Hours: Wednesday-Monday 7:00 am-3:00 pm; Tuesday closed
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