Cajun/Creole restaurants with vegetarian dishes, not overly expensive
A friend who is vegetarian is traveling to New Orleans very soon. What Cajun and/or Creole restaurants offer good versions of traditional dishes adapted for vegetarians? Something besides red beans and rice. :) Also she is quite young and can't spend a lot of money on food.
Thanks in advance.
The Gumbo Shop always has a vegetarian option but it's usually a variation on a bean dish. But it's good. Also, it's a solid inexpensive restaurant with a nice old ambience.
Central Grocery will make a vegetarian muffaletta that's worth it for non-meat eater. Napoleon House will make one as well if she wants it warmed up (the melted cheese makes up for the lack of meat a little, I think.)
Otherwise it can be tough since seafood is so ubiquitous. Also she should watch out for other weirdness, like beef broth in the bloody mary's at Mr B's or some places making Gumbo Z'Herbes vegetarian while others putting a ham hock in it.
re: Hungry Celeste
To HC's point, red beans are usually made with pork as well ... check that they're veg before proceeding.
I and others wrote about some veg friendly places on this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/872798 ... I think the advice is still sound though Pizza Delicious has more vegan friendly stuff on their menu now that they've settled in. Maurepas Foods will have veg friendly options for not unreasonable (but not necessarily cheap) money, as might Suis Generis across the street.
Killer Po-Boys (inside the Erin Rose bar in the FQ) has a vegan poboy on their menu. I haven't had it but if the quality of their spicy lamb sausage pb is anything to go by, it'll be fantastic. (Seriously, it's awfully good.)
I was wondering about this myself, as I'm taking a trip to New Orleans in a few weeks. I found a place called Meals From The Heart Cafe that looks like it may fit the bill. Their website is currently not working, I see, but maybe she can give them a call?
Finding veg food is a challenge. Try EAT or Vacherie in the FQ.
There's a place between Casamentos and Miss Mae's on Magazine called Hey! cafe - I glanced at their menu and saw many veg options, but can't remember what they were.
Slim Goodies also on Magazine has some veg options.
And if worst comes to worst, the new Rouse's grocery in the Warehouse District on Baronne has a salad bar and other veg options...so says my sister.
I've heard that Feelings Cafe has implemented an impressive vegan menu alongside their regular fare (the vegan stuff won't be cajun/creole but the ambience is very nice) To be fair, I've never been to Feelings, but my pal was raving and it's supposedly very pretty.
The closest two options I've found for things approximating "local" food (note I don't say cajun or creole) are the beans/greens (they have vegetarian offerings of each) at Praline Connection on Frenchman Street, and going to Bennachin on Royal and getting any number of their dishes, it's African cuisine and it's delicious. Probably the best bet for a veg wanting something approximating "local flavors." Service is very slow.
Do a search here for vegetarian, there's been lots written over the years. And if you are willing to reach outside of the traditional fare (which admittedly does not offer much for vegetarians) you should be able to find plenty for your friend, especially in the last year or so, a lot of new restaurants with options for vegetarians now in town if you look.