Great food...with a vegetarian
Hi all -
I eat everything, but my wife has made the unfortunate life decision to restrict herself to the less-tasty part of the food chain. We love good food and are coming to NO for 2 nights in a couple weeks.
My question is if anyone knows whether any of the highly-regarded places (e.g. Cochon, Stella!, Brigtsen's, Patois, etc) whose online menus I've been salivating over would be accommodating to a vegetarian. I could call, but I'd appreciate if anyone had any first-hand experience.
Everybody and his brother are vegetarian these days...if not, they're vegan. Which is fine, more meat for me....but why does everyone (not pinpointing you specifically) think that a restaurant that does something like a Revillion menu can't come up with a dish with no meat? They may not be advertising a "Meatless Entree" (and why should they?) but I have no doubt they could create one in minutes. A phone call to the place that the carnivores choose would certainly take care of that.
Because New Orleans is the only major city to which I've traveled that has no vegetarian entree options on the online menus for any of its well-known gourmet establishments. Check it out - August, Cochon, Herbsaint, Bayona, Brigtsen's, Cuvee, etc. None of them have a vegetarian entree on their menu. Contrast that to other cities that are known for their food. Also, I don't consider a boring grilled vegetable plate a vegetarian option. That's what a lot of places will tell you when you ask if they offer anything vegetarian.
My question wasn't about whether any of your great places can come up with a dish with no meat, but rather whether any of them can offer an experience equal to that of a carnivore. Sorry if that didn't make sense from my original post.
Thanks again for everyone's suggestions. Our trip is coming up this weekend and I couldn't be more psyched.
They may not list them as an entree but look at the salads, the soups, the amuse and ask them to please serve a dinner portion. Hell, even being a serious carnivore I could certainly enjoy some of these at the restaurants you mentioned above: ARUGULA WITH ROASTED BEETS AND BURRATA CHEESE or OLIVE OIL SEARED GNOCCHI WITH LEMON, PARMESAN AND TOMATOES or FRIED EGGPLANT WITH TOMATO CONFIT (Herbsaint); House Salad with Tomato, Feta Cheese, Spiced Pecans, Croutons, Vidalia Onion, & Cane Vinegar Dressing (Brigtsen's); truffled parmigiano reggiano risotto (Cuvee); Caribbean pumpkin curry soup with coconut or Greek chopped salad with hummus, cucumbers, pepperoncini, grape tomatoes, chickpeas, feta and crispy pita (Bayona)....I think you get the picture.
Thanks, everyone. I actually emailed Restaurant August and the enthusiastic reply was that they could do an entire 9 course vegetarian degustation.
Given what I've read on this board about August, I think that's where we're headed for our big dinner. I'll check out the other suggestions for our other meals.
If anyone has any other suggestions, I'd love to hear them.
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Most of the "finer" dining establishments, and certainly all you are toying with, are more than happy to make something special, I'm a local and a vegitarian (and you think your wife is nutty) so I know what I say. Rule of thumb really is to call ahead and speak to someone so the chef will know, it's your safest option and the chef often enjoys the challenge. Last few nicer meals were at Bayona and Gautreau's and both were great. I will be very curious to know how your wife's August experience goes, sounds fabulous.
I'd go to Galatoire's and order my weight in Fried Eggplant & Souffle Potatoes Bearnaise.
Otherwise on the menu:
Grilled Vegetable Platter, Asparagus , Broccoli , Cauliflower , Cauliflower au Gratin , Broiled Eggplant , Broiled Tomatoes , Fried Onion Rings , Sauteed Portobello, Mushrooms , Rockefeller Spinach , Creamed Spinach , Sautéed Spinach
If she eats eggs, there's Eggs Sardou or Asparagus Omelettes.
then there's the soups and salads.
Ruth's Chris at Harrah's does a nice veggie plate:
Grilled Portobello Mushrooms on garlic mashed potatoes, with grilled asparagus, broccoli, tomatoes and sizzling lemon butter.
Maximo's has reopened and kept their Pasta Arrabbiata on the menu. I would also check Irene's, as I recall a great creole tomato salad and an eggplant parm dish. And call Eleven79, as they always did a great caprese and pasta dishes. Finally, pop into Rambla for some veggie tapas and flatbreads.
I would avoid Cochon. I don't eat meat, but I eat seafood, and my choices were extremely limited. I haven't been to Dick and Jenny's in awhile, but I've really enjoyed my meals there, and they usually have at least one vegetarian entree. If you want po boys, Mahoney's has some vegetarian options. Also, Central Grocery will make a vegetarian muffaletta if you ask.