vegetarian in new orleans
Visiting New Orleans for the first time. I'm generally a vegetarian, although I will eat seafood. Anywhere I should really try? I live in New York, so I can get all kinds of regular vegetarian food at home, but would like to find somwhere that serves Cajun style veggie. Any thoughts?
The Gumbo Shop on Toulouse, in the Quarter, offers a special vegetarian gumbo, called Gumbo Z'Herbes. It was a traditional Lenten dish, but the chef there, Richard Stewart, developed a completely Vegan version, using smoked mushrooms to give it a hearty taste. True Creoles raise an eyebrow, but some here welcome innovation.
Also, there's a place uptown near Tipitina's called Dick and Jennie's. They have a vegetarian Lasagna that's better than any meated one I've ever had.
My partner is vegetarian and eats seafood so we had no problems in New Orleans fing great food. I second the rec on the Gumbo Shop, we ate there twice during our 5 day visit and a vegetarian friend just went there while on a business trip and enjoyed their vegetarian gumbo.
I got a good laugh out of your post: I can't think of a single cajun-style vegetable dish that doesn't involve meat in some way (bacon grease, salt pork, diced andouille sausage, tasso, ham hocks, etc). I can't cook so much as a pot of beans without "seasoning meat," and my grandmother's favorite carrot dish involved a whole lot of minced beef. In some ways, it's almost like a chinese approach to certain veggies: a tiny bit of highly flavored meat is used to infuse the entire dish.