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SamanthaLE May 2, 2011 04:12 PM

I am traveling to New Orleans for 4 days and I'll be with two friends that are vegan. Any suggestions on where to eat? I am not vegetarian so the restaurant doesn't have to be strictly vegetarian, but they need options too! I've spent time looking at all sorts of places online, but none seem out of the ordinary--Except Green Goddess which I loooooove. Any restaurants that serve local meats and produce are a total plus. Also, any suggestions on cool bars that aren't pricey, full of annoying frat boys, and have great bear? Thanks a bunch! :)

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Green Goddess
307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

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    Tonto May 3, 2011 03:46 PM

    There are no vegan restaurants here. Muriels, Bayona, and August have vegetarian offerings. As Tom Fitzmorris says to people with food issues, shop the menu for ingredients that suit your needs and ask the kitchen to fix it for you. They have the food and know how to cook. It shouldn't be a problem.
    Couchon for local meat dishes.

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    Bayona
    430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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      Littleman May 3, 2011 04:33 PM

      I would go to Muriel's. They have vegetarian entrees. Good luck.

      Muriel's @ 801 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 568 - 1885.
      http://www.muriels.com/html/home.html

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        shrike4 May 3, 2011 06:28 PM

        Domenica has tons of vegetarian options, and they will gladly accommodate a vegan diner - I've been there with a vegan who has gluten issues and her meal was as good as mine!

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        Domenica
        123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

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          Cookie Baker May 5, 2011 10:32 AM

          My daughter is vegeterian and she enjoyed Angeli on Decatur

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            CharlieH May 5, 2011 10:38 AM

            Push vegan through the search box above and you get a lot if suggestions. Also what Vietnamese and Mediterranean food?

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              SamanthaLE May 7, 2011 05:32 AM

              Indeed! I never think to use chowhound as a search engine.....I just look at random threads.

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              mcegielski May 6, 2011 10:28 PM

              are your friends VEGAN or VEGETARIAN? Huge difference!!!!!!!!!!

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                SamanthaLE May 7, 2011 05:27 AM

                They are most definitely vegan and I am an omnivore. I just said I wasn't a vegetarian to imply that I wasn't a vegan either. Sorry for the confusion.

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                mcegielski May 6, 2011 10:36 PM

                for beer and drinks:

                Avenue Pub: 1732 St. Charles Ave. Decent beer selection for New Orleans but not as good as they like to think. However, it is decent for NOLA. We have issues getting West coast beers down here so not likely to see tons of hopped out cali IPA's. We have two wonderful local craft beer companies, Abita and NOLA Brewing, both are excellent. Try them all! You should really consider getting out of the quarter and heading uptown. Really, on St. Chalres Ave you have some pretty incredible drinking establishments!
                Columns Hotel 3811 St. Charles Ave. Huge old mansion with a giant porch/deck overlooking gorgeous St. Charles Ave. Not a huge beer place but a perfect place for a martini or mojito or glass of wine. It was in the Brooke Shields movie "Pretty Baby." Incredible place for a drink, great vibe, beautiful mansion.
                The Delachaise 3442 St. Charles-walking distance to Columns from here. Great beer selection of imports and belgian and german beers. Huge wine selection.

                For these bars you could take streetcar and get off at Avenue Pub (they have a nice big balcony as well that is overlooking St. Charles.
                After a few pints at Avenue Pub jump back on Street car and get off at Louisiana or Delachaise (actual street name) after a few there you can easily walk the two to three blocks to the Columns hotel.
                Wow, my little game plan now has me in the mood to drink!

                Enjoy and be safe! Let us know where you ended up.

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                Columns Hotel
                3811 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

                Avenue Pub
                1732 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

                Delachaise
                3442 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

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                  ninrn May 6, 2011 11:24 PM

                  Old Dog, New Trick Cafe between Decatur and Chartres on Frenchmen in the Faubourg Marigny area is a vegetarian-plus-fish restaurant. Great for vegans, too. (Hope it's still open.)

                  Cafe Granada uptown has several vegetarian tapas options and a veggie paella.

                  Surrey's Cafe & Juice Bar and Slim Goodie's DIner, both in the Garden District, have a number of veggie and vegan breakfast and lunch offerings.

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                    SamanthaLE May 7, 2011 05:30 AM

                    Thank you all so much for your generosity. It has been overwhelming. :) I now have a great list of places that my friends and I can both enjoy.

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                      swampsue May 7, 2011 10:37 AM

                      Sorry to say that Old Dog/New Trick is no longer. There is a bar there now,13 (with adequately priced drinks) and a number of vegetarian options, and I'm sure they can do vegan. It's reasonably priced, not the greatest food, but perfectly acceptable bar food. Try Bennachin and Praline Connection for great vegan options. And have a great trip

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                      Praline Connection
                      542 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116

                      Bennachin Restaurant
                      1212 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116

                      1. Suzy Wong May 12, 2011 08:00 AM

                        Not sure if this was mentioned, Satsuma Cafe in the marigny has vegan options....

                        3218 Dauphine Street
                        New Orleans, LA 70117
                        (504) 304-5962

                        Surrey's and

                        Slim Goodies as well....
                        3322 Magazine Street New Orleans, LA 70115-2411 - (504) 891-3447
                        6am-3pm

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                        Surrey's Juice Bar
                        1418 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

                        1. noradeirdre May 14, 2011 02:31 PM

                          one of my friends here is vegan, and she most often eats out at Byblos and Sake Cafe on Magazine- and further up Magazine just past Louisiana is a new Ethiopian place as well. If you see Holly cruising down Frenchman Street in her bicycle cart selling her Holly's Hot Tamales, she usually has a vegan tamale in the mix (as well as awesome meat ones) Juan's Flying Burrito (Lower Garden District on Magazine as well as in Mid City) also has several vegan options.

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                          Juan's Flying Burrito
                          2018 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                            briox May 18, 2011 03:27 PM

                            If you haven't already visited, I have 2 suggestions.

                            Cafe Bamboo is on Esplanade under the Dragon's Den. They have an all vegan and vegetarian menu which I very much enjoy (if it is still open).

                            Also, Veggie Fest is this weekend, so y'all may want to check it out if you're coming this weekend. www.nolaveggiefest.com

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                            Cafe Bamboo
                            435 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

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                              bembom May 18, 2011 03:51 PM

                              I believe that Cafe Bamboo is closed.

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                              Cafe Bamboo
                              435 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

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                                rouxdauphine May 18, 2011 04:15 PM

                                Yes, sadly, Cafe Bamboo closed right around this time last year. I'm not even a vegetarian and I miss them a lot.

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                                Cafe Bamboo
                                435 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

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