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Sep 20, 2007 08:08 AM

Vegetarian visiting new orleans

Hi , I will be in New Orleans for 4 days and would appreciate dining recommendations near or in the French quarter. I do not eat meat in any form ( that includes fish and chicken), I would love to sample food that is unique to New Orleans, and I also love all Itallian and Mediteranean type cusines, as well as wine bars.

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  1. I'm sorry to say that if don't eat meat in any form (including seafood) then you won't be able to sample the food that's unique to New Orleans.

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    1. re: Frolic

      I agree with Frolic. The only slight hope of local food is finding a place that has vegetarian red beans (but they're not as good as the real deal w/some smoked pork products, though).

      1. re: Hungry Celeste

        I should say that you can still eat well. Higher end places will certainly take care of you. But no, strict vegetarians really can't experience the local culinary culture.

    2. My veg friend did very well ordering things like Eggs Sardou at Galatoire's. Look for New Orleans breakfast dishes; other than that, I'm afraid they're right, everything has pork or fish in it.

      Better luck at Italian and Mediterranean places, try Mona's (lebanese) and Adolfo's (italian), both on Frenchman St. Wine bars, try Tommy's Wine bar (next to Tommy's restaurant), or Delachaise. You may just have to subsist on beignets and coffee; not a bad life. Good luck.

      1. Head over to the Gumbo Shop in the Quarter for their vegan gumbo made with smoked mushrooms in lieu of meat - a delicious, smoky, meat-free gumbo. I think they do vegetarian (possibly vegan) red beans too.

        1. Muriel's has a vegan dish on the menu.

          1. I know this is a really old thread, but I just wanna mention Bennachins. I've never had a dinner I didnt love there, plus there are so many options. I dream of the black eyed pea fritters.

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            1. re: rozz01

              You just have to be REALLY clear that you want the vegetarian version. Unfortunately, while dining there with my boyfriend's child (who is a vegetarian) they brought her favorite dish with chicken and given that it took 45 minutes to get our meal, we did not have time to wait for them to re-assemble the meal. Try telling a toddler that she can't have her food.

              Other than that though, Bennachin is amazing. And very worth it, if you have the time.